I was just listening to a cable news channel (Fox, of course) and the scariest words you can hear came out of the speakers. Yes, I’m going to make you play the guessing game. I’ll get you started; it wasn’t:
Your money or your life.
Your services are no longer necessary.
You are being audited.
Let me read you your rights.
None of that, sorry. The words were, “In the name of <insert the name of any appropriate God or Gods here.> In the particular context of the news report, the speaker was some stupid Muslim’s last video record before they went and blew them self up in an effort to kill some Jews, because God told them to do it. However, from what I recall of my history classes, those same words have prefaced a plethora of religious inspired violence down through the centuries. These include, to name a few off the top of my head, the Crusades, the Islamic invasions of Europe, the Spanish Inquisition, Nazi Germany, the destruction of countless native cultures and artifacts at the hands of Catholic Missionaries, England’s lengthy list of conquests during the height of Her power, the current insanity in the Middle East, Spain’s rape of South America, the continuing low level war between India and Pakistan, and, if we consider Communism to be a religion (which it is if you look closely,) Cuba, North Korea, Vietnam, the USSR under Stalin, plus too many supporting cast roles to be mentioned here.
As a global community we have many problems, many threats facing us. These include the politicization of Global Warming, over population, lack of education, HIV/AIDS, other health threats like the Bird Flu, clashes of culture, too many languages, dictators, lack of education, and far too many others to list. However, to me, the worst, the very worst problem we face are those words, “In the name of…”