After Lahore blast, people will give you different reasons for the blasts; they will say that it is Pakistan and America’s fault; America and Pakistan trained these people earlier to fight against Soviets, and now they have turned against both; they will say these people have nothing to do with Islam, and Islam is a peaceful religion; they will say these people do not represent Islam. May be it is true. But somehow, somewhere religion is involved, and one can not deny that–hence, these savage killers believe that they are just about to meet 71 virgins after committing mass murder. They are doing all this in the name of God, the most compassionate, the most merciful; whether with his approval or without.
It is not just one particular religion, most religious people, whether belonging to Christianity, Hinduism, Judaism or Islam, are different from people, who let’s say have very casual attitude towards religion or do not believe in God at all. Here in USA, I have personally experienced, the more religious a person is, it is more likely that person would hate certain “others”. In the case of Christian religious fanatics in USA, they have long list of people whom they hate, but these days mainly Muslims.
In the case of Islamic fanatics, they have long list as well, in fact Islamic fanatic hate almost every other religion, every other religion is their enemy, be it Christians, Jews, Hindus. In the case of Pakistani fanatics, the situation very strange, the only other culture they seem to like is Chinese, who don’t even have a religion. A Pakistani fanatic would prefer a Chinese over a Shia or an Ahmedi without blinking his eyes.
The more religious you are; it is more likely that you fail to accept or tolerate any other belief, but yours. This is where missionary zeal leads people to fight it out with others. Some religions seem to have more of it than others. Almost all the wars were, and are being fought to advance religion, or in the name of religion.
Few years ago, I was talking to my uncle, who is very religious person himself. He mentioned that how he admires Hitler, and if only Hitler had stayed in power few more years, all the Jews would have been wiped out from this earth. It really got me thinking, and I asked him, do you mean all? He said, yes, all, because all Jews are horrible people. I asked him again, what about countless little babies, few days, months or years old? What crime those little kids committed, for which they were killed, assuming that may be adults did something wrong, because they at least had the chance to do it. He had no answer. It seems like religious hate and zeal completely blinds people of any rationality.
The most hated people in religious philosophy are those who do not believe at all; Atheist/ Liberals etc. But who do Atheists/Liberals hate? If you are an immigrant in USA, having different religion and culture, the only people who fully accept you wholeheartedly without any judgment are the ones who don’t believe in God. It is an important question to ask, why believers of God are so full of hate and non-believers so full of compassion and understanding? Why so much killing in the name of most compassionate, most merciful.?