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Thursday, January 20, 2011

USA: Only Christians are my brothers and sisters!

Hector Avalos, a professor of Religious Studies at Iowa State University, masterfully argue in the book, Fighting Words – The Origin of Religious Violence, that religion is inherently violent. A view I totally agree with. In the book, one of the mechanism Avalos identifies as a way in which violence is channeled through religion is by creating scarce resources. Creating in-groups and out-groups; us vs. them, and if you are on the outside or are the “them”, resources will not be forthcoming. Now, imagine allowing religions and their “holy” books become the medium by which politicians (who are almost always staunchly religious) rule and make decisions. Resources will definitely be scarce for those not part of the decider’s or deciders’ religious cipher
That is what Alabama’s Governor, Robert Bentley, is doing; he is creating scarce resources; creating us vs. them.

“Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley told a church crowd just moment into his new administration that those who have not accepted Jesus as their savior are not his brothers and sisters.” "Anybody here today who has not accepted Jesus Christ as their savior, I'm telling you, you're not my brother and you're not my sister… Bentley said Monday his inauguration day”. He went on to say that “anyone who isn't a Christian doesn't have that same relationship to him”, but, Governor Robert Bentley assures the crowd, guess what “I want to be your brother, too”.

But what if there are people who do not what to accept Robert Bentley's Jesus? What will happen to them? How will they be treated? Robert Bentley is definitely suggesting that if there are people in Alabama not down with the Jesus guy, they are certainly no friend of Robert Bentley. That most certianly  put them in the out-group. So, how are they going to be treated since they will not be counted among Governor Robert Bentley’s family? Well, let's see.

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