Throughout the last two millenia, horrible things have been done in the name of Christianity. Horrible things have also been done in the name of Islam. And the Japanese in World War II cloaked their aggression in the name of Shintiism.
Now, I must say, I know a little about Buddhism, Confucianism, and the Tao, and absolutely nothing about Shintiism.
Frankly, off the top of my head, I can’t think of horrible things that have been done in the name of Buddhism, Hinduism, Confucianism, Taoism, or Judaism (at least not since the days of the stories of the Old Testament).
One of the shames of our country’s history is the use of Christianity to justify slavery; if I climbed upstairs to the attic and dug out my old text books, I could offer many citations, but I’m too lazy to do so. But it was there and it was real.
And those who would pervert Christianity to violence and destruction are still around us; one only needs to read the paper to learn of the destruction done in the name of the Jesus Christ.
There is an internet site–Landover Baptist Church–that satirizes this particular form of perverted Christianity. I visit it from time to time, but, even though I know it’s satirical, it gives me the willies.
My friend Opie posted a link the other day that makes the fictional Landover Baptist seem tame:
It just drips hate. Hate in the name of love.
Why is it that those who claim to be closest to the God of Love are so full of hate?