Thursday, August 19, 2010

Guilt By Association

Like every past episode of bigotry, the zoning issue in lower Manhattan will one day be viewed with the shame it deserves. Either that, or certain folks will pretend it never happened.

Virtually all religious traditions have committed violent and unseemly acts in recent memory, and we would not hold Protestants, Catholics, or Jews responsible for the heinous acts of a few of their adherents.


This is why I don't look at Southern white Protestants and immediately think "Klan," even though that xenophobic and Christian-themed terrorist organization murdered, raped, tortured, pillaged, burned and intimidated its way across this nation for decades, aided and abetted by other right-thinking, God-fearing individuals.

On a more personal note, I'm a Catholic. This whole episode has reminded me how problematic it is to attribute collective guilt to adherents of a religion based on the hideous crimes of a few self-associated individuals.

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