Today one editorial in the new York times was still discussing the fanaticism of some religions, and since I have commented on this theme before, would just like to add some things that I found were new to me.
Not all wars were started by fighting between religious fanatics, only about 7%. But that is enough to make us wonder if we will ever get that percent down to zero.
One thing that is common to all the religions is how the women are treated, and that has only worsened lately. Girls get kidnapped and sold into slavery, women get assigned second class status with denial of participatory rights.
Some enlightened religions actually confer higher status to women after democratically voting.
Other women get kicked out for being too publicly demanding.
Religions in the West are losing memberships and the low birth rate contributes to the problem of increasing memberships. The youth are disillusioned, in that there seems to be no fun at church any more, and only a lot of prohibitions.
There is some argument as to which religion causes the most guilt, with the Catholics coming out ahead.
Guilt does not show up in the Islamic world, because people are too afraid for their lives if they leave and become apostates.
Can we ever see the diminishing of fanaticism in the religious world? I doubt it as social media has enabled the fanatics more of an audience, and money to support nut jobs like Glenn Beck seems to flow ever upwards. This money from True Believers make it so easy for fanatics to broadcast their hate for the Other, and garner adherents for future “Holy Wars”.