It is upsetting that we seem to need to use more violence to try to end the violence of ISIS. I don’t feel good about it, but perhaps it will work.
What could also work, without using violence is to rid us of the Abrahamic religions. We could have a Qur’an Buy-Back program. I like it.
Can you imagine a few generations without the Qur’an or the Bible? What a beautiful world we could create! I wish we had a really good humanist book that is easy to read and is about feeling happy, loving life, being kind, thinking beyond our species, and helping the earth. I can’t think of one, but I’d love to swap out the holy books with such a humanist book!
In reality, no one would dream of taking away those “wonderful” holy books where the most we got out of them are: “The Golden Rule,” “Love thy neighbor,” and “A camel can’t go through the eye of a needle” (or something like that). People sit in churches all their lives and those are about all they can remember! All these ideologies of love, respect, don’t be greedy and treat people well are present in most societies and are not original to Christianity anyway.
Since I know the holy books will not disappear, the next idea is to have a panel of neutral people with scissors to go through the Qur’an and the Bible and cut out anything objectionable. What will be left after excision could be their new holy books; and these books would be short enough, everyone could read them cover to cover! Perhaps we could add a few important lessons we have learned, such as slavery and rape are bad. Update these shortened, more positive versions of the holy books from time to time by people with no vested interest.
Well, those are my ideas instead of blowing people and cities and countrysides apart in order to bring peace. Simple, effective, yet none of these ideas will come to fruition.