Death for thoughts
“An Afghan court on Tuesday sentenced a 23-year-old journalism student to death for distributing a paper he printed off the Internet that three judges said violated the tenets of Islam.”
Though this is unlikely to ever occur in North America, we need to be vigilant to keep church and state separate. When religious tenants set public policy, reason and choice go out the window. As we saw for many years where homosexuals were discriminated against (and continue to be prevented from marrying in many U.S. states) and blacks were discriminated against, both partly justified by interpretation of religious texts, the use of forcing religious beliefs by the government on others continues to occur.
Though the examples in North American are not as heinous as this case where someone is being put to death “for distributing a paper that humiliated Islam”, there are cases where religious thought is used to punish people using government forces.
Islam kills. Just saying that puts me on the list.