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The nature of religion including Christianity and Islam

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Submitted by Ralph C Whaley MD (United States), Jul 6, 2007 at 13:23

The essence of religion is Faith. All serious scholars of religion agree on this point. Faith is a belief in the absence of evidence and/or in controversion of evidence. When humans disagree on any matter including those of life and death the only way for them to interact peacefully is by using reason, facts and making a case to persuade the other that he is wrong. If that fails they properly leave each other alone and go their separate ways. Men of faith who are serious about faith when confronted with those who disagree have no tool for dealing with the non-bliever except by force. History shows this to be true without exception. The war of Islamic governments (Iran an Islamic Dictatorship,Saudi Arabia an Islamic dictatorship) against the non-believers is being waged against civilized nations with increasing fury.

The only rational way to deal with these monsters is by making it clear that they cannot succeed. By destorying their means to harm us and more importantly their will to harm us, totally devastating their governments, their factories, their water supplies, their communications systems, their power plants, their trnasportation systems, their mosques, in short demoralizing them till they surrender unconditionally their threat will be ended. We did that with Nazi Germany and Shinto Japan in WW11. It was the right thing to do then. It is the only thing that will end this evil and make America safe from this scourge. This is a war of ideas, essentially faith vs. reason. Faith and force go together. Reason and persuasion are the only means of making life as humans in society possible. It is either/or!

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