Continued from ‘Does Religion cause War and violence Part 1’
Have you ever watched an action movie? Allow me to assume that you have. In an action movie we mostly side with the good guys or the so called starling. How would you feel if the movie ended with the bad guys winning?
Imagine a situation where the gang ‘bad guys’ arm themselves with sophisticated guns, bombs and grenades. They walk out of their base in a slow motion manner as the ‘terengtereng’ soundtracks play in the background. On the other side the other good guys are very happy and enjoying themselves in a party as they dine and wine, they have no clue what is coming. In a dint of a second the bad guys land in the un aware guys location and they start to shoot everybody as they play golf with grenades in this society.
Remember that child crying over the dead body of her mum. That husband who was out for a job and comes back home only to find her wife and children dead. Remember the funeral services, did you see any smiling face? Pain did reign in this place as tears of pain rained. Bitterness, sadness and anguish were the colors painted on this people faces. The priest in this situation is out of words and all he can say is “God will wipe away all your tears from your eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things have passed away”. What else can you add to that rather than say AMEN!
Leaders of this society try to bring order back, they threaten the suspects with all manner of weapon like words. The head of security all he can say is “we are expecting the suspects to come out in large numbers. In oratorical voices they promise the innocent citizens that the criminals will be arrested and charged in court.
“ONE MONTH LATER” is the word displayed after this dark hours. At this point you are very anxious that the criminals have being arrested, imprisoned and some sentenced to death. How would you feel when the movie starts with another bloody scene? The bloody scene has the bad guys once more attacking the innocent society and this time round they leave many dead. ‘ONE MONTH LATER’ happens again and again and again and the situation is still the same. How does it feel like? And the movie indicates END without a solution as they tell you to wait for part two.
What if later in part two you come to find out the bad guys did all this in line with a certain belief in their religion? And that the government of this society, deployed their defense forces to this place to kill this group in order to eliminate them. You also find out that this group hits back time and again because their belief dictates that they kill the enemies of their religion. After hitting back they always claim to be responsible.
In the movie “Holy war” is the title attached to their acts. In their holy book “holy war” in their own language appears 162 times. “Holy war” is their religious duty meaning “struggle” or “resisting”. Shockingly the scholars of this religion do not all agree on its definition and the observers too. One of the scholars in the movie says this belief has two meanings: an inner spiritual struggle which is the greater “Holy War” and the other meaning is an outer physical struggle against the enemies of their religion. The latter meaning may take a violent or non-violent form.
Not until I found out this is not a movie anymore because it is happening in my country Kenya. The intelligent will tell the “what?” and the “who?” I am speaking about. I don’t really hate their religion and I don’t have a right to do so. I have friends, neighbours, workmates and classmates from that religion and actually I am half way reading their holy book.
As I was looking at my religion too I noted there is something too which I will narrate in part 3. But dear ones I remain a confused lot and I still ask the second time ‘Does religion cause war and violence?’
Look out for part three as I cover on Christianity and atheists since I am done with Al-Shaabab and Islamic religion