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Religious terrorism or mental illness?

Posted in Wrongness with tags , , , , , , on November 9, 2009 by arievergreen

Lauren Cox’s Fort Hood Motive Terrorism or Mental Illness? brings up some very interesting questions about Nidal Malik Hasan’s shooting rampage at Fort Hood. Was he fighting for Islam, or was he lonely and insane? Or was it both?

“I think it would be a mistake for people to theorize [he did this] because he is an adherent of this or that religious faith,” said Dinwiddie, a professor of psychiatry and behavioral neuroscience at the University of Chicago. “The mental illness comes first, then flowing from that is the adoption of perhaps, unusual, religious beliefs.”

Afkhami also wondered if the public will place too much emphasis on Hasan’s religion. Based on Afkhami’s experience lecturing and working with the military, and plain common sense, it follows that few, if any, of those who oppose the war have turned to radical acts such as a shooting rampage.

“We’re missing a core underlying issue, there are tons of religious folks who are morally opposed to the war on some level who are still serving in the military and get things done,” said Afkhami.

Rather, Afkhami is convinced that a combination of stressors in Hasan’s life — especially in his role as a military psychiatrist — could have led him to a breakdown.

In this story, and in many things posted on this blog, we can see how religion and insanity (or even just power – take George W. Bush and his conversations with god for example) mix with dangerous results. If someone is feeling persecuted, and their religion says they’re on the side of god while others are evildoers, the stage is set for god-sanctioned retribution.

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Links roundup: What’s up, religion?

Posted in Wrongness with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 28, 2009 by arievergreen

I’ve been saving these ones up – stories of ordinary people who are subjected to oppression for religious reasons. (And several of them resist successfully!) Isn’t religion supposed to improve our quality of life, not destroy it?

The Nightmare of Christianity

Posted in Wrongness with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 30, 2009 by arievergreen

Max Blumenthal, writing for the Nation, describes how a young man went from being oppressed as a young Christian, to rebellion via various occult traditions, to murder and suicide. The media played a part in blaming his violence on his beliefs during his rebellious phase, while avoiding or glossing over the crucial role his earlier brainwashing played in eroding his mental health. This story is three pages long, and well worth the read.

A few miles down the road from Colorado Springs [a home to James Dobson’s Focus on the Family], in the quiet bedroom community of Eldredge, a deeply disturbed young man named Matthew Murray followed the unfolding debacle at New Life Church [once under the stewardship of Pastor Ted Haggard] with an interest that bordered on obsession. Murray, a sallow-faced, bespectacled 24-year-old, had been indelibly scarred by a lifetime of psychological abuse at the hands of his charismatic Pentecostal parents. Murray’s mind became crowded with thoughts of death, destruction, and the killings he would soon carry out in the name of avenging what he called his “nightmare of Christianity.”

Read the rest and leave comments. What do you think will happen with the many kids being raised the same way Murray was?

Links Roundup: Lots o’ wrongness

Posted in Wrongness with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 30, 2009 by arievergreen

I haven’t updated in a while, but I sure have saved up a lot of links! Here’s a whole batch of wrongness all over the world – and all of it done in the name of god.

Any of these stories speak to you? Please comment.

The Friendly Face Of Hate

Posted in Wrongness with tags , , , , , , , , on August 31, 2009 by arievergreen

Gawker on Brian Brown, the executive director of the anti-gay hate group the National Organization for Marriage:

His job is to come up with rational-sounding logical-sounding arguments designed only to reinforce irrational prejudices while making sure those who hold those prejudices don’t have to feel bad about being prejudiced… All of Brown’s Debating Club arguments are built on simple, elementary fallacies, but that doesn’t actually matter, because he is simply coming up with justifications for bigotry.

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Some Lutherans may leave over gay clergy

Posted in Wrongness with tags , , , , , , , , , , on August 30, 2009 by arievergreen

Some members of a Lutheran group that just decided to accept gay clergy are considering switching to the more conservative Missouri Synod… Members of both branches of the Lutherans say some ELCA members who oppose gay clergy might feel uncomfortable in the Missouri Synod for other reasons. While the ELCA has ordained women for more than 30 years and has a liberal attitude toward theology, the Missouri Synod does not ordain women as pastors and believes the Bible to be the inerrant word of God.

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Ironic similarity of Iranian women to Iranian Baha’i’s

Posted in Wrongness with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 5, 2009 by arievergreen

For the past 400 years… Iranian women have been second class citizens. From forced wearing of the hijab, whether its full chador or roosari to a whole host of other things that most of us Iranian men have known and know about but haven’t given enough crap to correct; examples are laws of divorce, inheritance, jobs, salaries, mandatory husband permission to do many things, custody etc etc. Bottom line, if you ask most women in Iran if they feel equal to men, the answer is NO. Women have been systematically oppressed via teachings of Islam and men have benefited from this for at least 4 centuries… Since the very first weeks of the so called revolution of 1980 and the formation of the Islamic Republic, the government of IRI has systematically done everything possible to make second class citizens out of the Bahais. The steps taken included but were not limited to: 1) confiscation of real and personal property 2) prohibition of work in public or private enterprieses 3) prohibition of enterance into institutes of higher eductaion (public or private universities) 4) creation of an atmosphere of fear and in some cases encouragement to leave Iran.

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