Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Egypt’s Morsi - the hatred within

But it isn't just hatred it is hate with religious zealousness: "The hatred [for Zionists, Jews] must go on for God and as a form of worshiping him.” [Egypt’s Leader, Morsi, Made Anti-Jewish Slurs].

This remark and similar others made in 2010 have apparently surfaced only now in videos on the Internet.  The NY Times article notes that "[w]hile his past comments may be a liability abroad, he faces a political culture at home in which such defamation of Jews is almost standard stump discourse. "

"Standard stump discourse." Really? I don't think so. Remarks like these from national leaders is not atypical. This goes beyond politics. And Mr. Morsi doesn't stand alone at that altar. Israeli leaders spew the similar hate, although maybe not so verbally specific.  George W. Bush as president is said to have claimed that "he was on a mission from God when he launched the invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq." [George Bush: 'God told me to end the tyranny in Iraq'].

It is not about gender, skin color, anthropological features, political ideals or concepts, policy differences, and it isn't even about national pride. It is hate justified by their love of god. Isn't that ironic? Isn't that illogical and irrational thinking?  Is it any wonder that more and more people are disclaiming attachment to organized religion? [Losing Our Religion: The Growth Of The 'Nones'].

This hatred in the name of their particular god is nearly synonymous with "the argument that superior people have a right to dominate over other people and purge society of supposed inferior elements."  That is a far right extremist view as espoused in Nazism.

But admittedly it seems that the hate justified by this love of a god has been more the focus of extremist leaders like Morsi in Egypt and Ahmadinejad in Iran than any other global leader. I have no doubt that if Egypt or Iran had the economic and military wherewithal - these leaders and the populace that nourishes their extremism would annihilate Israel.

Not so with Israel. While one can find their actions against the Palestinians disreputable, their speech and conduct belie the same hatred expressed by Muslim extremists. No one can deny that Israel has the wherewithal, militarily and economically (Western support) to take the actions that those like Morsi and Ahmadinejad can only see as aspirations.

It is odd that religion can be seen as the glue that holds society together yet it exists in the real sense causing the disintegration of society. Religion has become a polarizing, not a cohesive, force. It exists to justify the most immoral, inhuman and anti-social conduct because "God told me" or "hatred is a form of worshiping him."

Is that what God is all about - hatred spawned violence? Notice how quiet religious leaders are in the face of the most violent and virulent speech and conduct. Have we really advanced since the days of the Neanderthals?

Religion has taken humanity down the wrong path.