I'd much rather see religion inspire campaigns of poverty relief than divisive political battles. I really don't think the marriage of those two fellows in the next suburb should take precedence over thousands dying daily in Darfur. We need to learn to live with each other's differences. Dobson and Co. over at Focus on the Family need to focus a bit on correcting their own hatemongering and their actions that so totally defy the religious teachings they profess belief in. And people elsewhere ... let's just say that I cannot grasp ethnic or religious conflict. So you're a white Christian and your next door neighbour's a black Hindu. That's not any reason to go and smack the bloke in the face or set fire to his house.
Of course, I'm just such a pacifist at heart, maybe too much of one in the sense it makes me too idealistic at times. That's strange for a guy who enjoys writing and reading action novels, but quite true. I simply do not comprehend violence and hate, and I don't understand why people allow trivial differences to spiral into outright conflict and hate. It staggers me that religion, a force of unification and good, is twisted so prolifically to be a force of hate, and how race and ethnicity, matters that cannot be helped, are used to justify hate and vilification. It makes no sense to me.
Anyhow, I'm not really trying to go to any particular concluding point with this entry. Have a good and peaceful one, folks.