A couple of week’s ago I pointed readers to this new blog – Diary of a Transgender Muslim Girl. Her latest post, Terrorists have no religion, is really worth reading! Poignant and thoughtful, it dispels the myth that the Quran endorses violence. She says, “In the Quran,Jihad means killing the evil in yourself.”
My cult experience brings up questions for me about the fine line between religion and cults a lot — at what point does a religion cross the line and become a cult? In my life time, I’ve never seen religion used more to justify the reprehensible than I do these days — of course, ISIS is the most extreme example.
So the Quran is violated by violent groups who justify hatred by misrepresenting the content. The Bible is often violated in the same way. “School” is an equal opportunity misuser — The Bible, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Gurdjieff’s teachings, Hans Christian Anderson and Grimm’s Fairy Tales, you name it, “School” has probably abused it … but, I am going to stop myself for now. Perhaps I’ll explore the question about religion vs. cult another day.
All I want to say right now is, I hope you go read Arena’s post.