When faith turns sour.

Religious intolerance.

Such a foreign topic and yet, indulged in, by many of us on a daily basis.

Faith is subjective. For some, faith is something that gives strength. For some, a weakness. But there are some, who, in the name of faith, justify the most heinous of crimes. Some, who in the name of faith, turn inhuman while believing that what they are doing is “right” according to their faith.

But can they really be called religious people? Hinduism, Islam, Christianity, Buddhism, Judaism, Jainism and so many many more religions. So many ideologies. So many belief systems. But there is still one thing, one thing that is supposed to bring us together. Humanity. But sadly, somewhere along the way, we seem to have forgotten this. We seem to have forgotten that despite our differences, we’re all still the same. We are one.

When something goes wrong, it is so very easy to point fingers and generalize based on faith. But rarely do we think about the consequences of this ruthless finger-pointing and blaming. Rarely do we comprehend the sort of environment that we create.

Negative. Hurtful. Unfair. Unjust. Ignorant.

When will we learn, that the crimes, sins and mistakes of a few people who supposedly follow a religion, does not define the rest of the people in that very religion?

When will we learn, that there are still people in this world who will defend and protect every human being, no matter what faith they follow, even though the whole world points fingers at them?

When will we understand, that there are still people in the world who still have some amount of humanity in them?

When will we understand, that the lives lost in the name of (falsified) religious scripts, hurts the sentiments of other followers who know better? Who actually know the true intentions of the same religion?

It’s about time we realize that true, pure religion, and the religion that protects inhumanity, are entirely different concepts. And it’s high time we stop confusing the two to be the same thing, because They are NOT the SAME.

-3.14

P.S. Religious Intolerance affects me on a very personal level. This post wasn’t meant to offend anyone. But if it did, I’m incredibly sorry.

 

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