I don’t think most of the world realizes this (and I applaud you, reader, if you do) but murderers like Breivik and Bin Laden are two faces of the same coin of ultra-conservatism. You take right-wing, ultra-conservative religious dogma, toss in some pro-gun antics, and you get Christian and Muslim fundamentalism. These opposing fundamentalists hate each other; their hatred runs so deep that they want to take innocent lives. The sad irony is that they have more in common than they think, yet innocent lives keep dying in the crossfire. Is that the biggest irony of the 21st century? How many more innocent lives need to perish in the name of their war?
If you are a liberal-thinker, then you realize that this mindless ultra-conservative violence isn’t going stop. Count the number dead from Timothy McVeigh, to 9/11, and Breivik. Liberals just stand and watch as more innocent people die while they know exactly what the problem is.
Pan-atheism is a start. When will atheists of the world challenge faith, instead of hiding like some persecuted minority? Atheists are everywhere, now more than ever. But they are also divided because there is no cause that binds them. Can this cause be human life? Can solidarity be formed to take a stand against genocide perpetuated by the world’s most dominant religions. The time is now, and the internet is a tool. Religion has claimed more lives than any other cultural institution and will continue to do so if nothing is done.
If you live in a Christian country, your enemy is not a Muslim. If you live in a Muslim country, your enemy is not a Christian. If you are religious, then you are not fully aware, fully knowledgable, fully empathetic, or fully objective. The cancer of the world is religion, and only when religion itself is uprooted, can terrorism cease, and the framework for a more peaceful world be set forth.