In Remembrance of 2001/09/11

Today marks the four­teenth anniver­sary that a hand­ful of faith­ful Mus­lims chose the path of mar­tyr­dom in an act of ter­ror against the Unit­ed States.

Rick Beck­man and Sec­u­lar Now would like to remind you that reli­gions — espe­cial­ly the Abra­ham­ic reli­gions of Judaism née Hebraism, Chris­tian­i­ty, and Islam — have antag­o­nism toward human coop­er­a­tion built into their core scriptures.

Human­i­ty was at peace, and the sup­posed “God of Peace” came down and wrecked the whole civilization.

In a sec­u­lar now, we don’t wor­ship ter­ror­ist gods, nor do we incite vio­lence against one anoth­er in the name of our sup­posed gods of peace.

We get along, togeth­er, for the sake of each oth­er, because we know this is the only life we have. Togeth­er, we can pros­per. We can sur­vive. We can do great and amaz­ing things!

But we can’t do that with reli­gion. The foun­da­tion­al tale of the the tow­er of Babel for­ev­er reminds us of that — that we should­n’t be com­ing togeth­er, that we should­n’t be aim­ing to do great things. When we do so, after all, reli­gion los­es its grip; its fur­ther­ance depends upon human­i­ty being divid­ed, even if it has to be the one divid­ing us, through acts of ter­ror, through the mak­ing of mar­tyrs, through nev­er end­ing per­se­cu­tion complexes.

We must move past reli­gion. We can do so much better.

Fea­tured image: source, pub­lic domain

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