And of course, it’s much broader than Pakistan.
Any religion taken to extremes becomes a scourge. My ideal world would stand on two legs: logic and the Golden Rule.
Logic includes science.
The Golden Rule includes everything from the Sermon on the Mount to the philosophy of John Rawls.
For color and comfort and community, inspiration, and richness of feeling, my ideal would would embrace the wonderful stories and traditions it already does, that I, too, cherish. Just not taken literally. (What: are we crazy?)
And do you know who should be the first to teach that distinction? Priests and rabbis and mullahs and monks and ministers and madrassas.
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The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary.~H. L. Mencken
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