Tuesday, 21 May 2013

Religious discrimination

This week was the release of the much needed International Religious Freedom report by the US state department.
This has been followed by reports in new agencies detailing the religious bigotry and atrocities that exist because of religion around the world.

Now I will applaud the US state department on their report, not because I think religion deserves a special place in society, but because they are making an official report about how bad religion is. The original reason is to make sure that the "freedom of religion" can be practised in all countries, but it has ended up showing that religion is extremely hateful. No where in the report did I see non religious people committing these acts of terror against other religious groups. Granted I have note read the reports for every country so I could be wrong, but I doubt it.

The one thing missing in this report I suppose would be discrimination by religious people against non-believers and not necessarily believers of different faiths. This is important to get a full picture of the discrimination that exists in religions around the world. However I suppose it does fall out of the scope of this report, as atheism (the rejection of a belief in a god) is not a religion. So as long as the religious are persecuting non-believers they will not be in this report.

Hopefully one day in the not to distant future, we can look back on these reports by the state department and be able to say "this is an important piece of history that details how religion was destroying the world." To which we will get the reply "what is religion?"