In a recent post I talked about Pastor Rick Warren, whose little video I watched on Ted.com. I actually liked a lot of the things he said, and found him a lot easier to listen to and more respectable than most of the religious individuals I hear. However, then I watched a counter-argument Ted Talk an atheist had done, and this person mentioned something truly horrifying that Pastor Rick Warren had put in his book:
“Surrendered people obey God’s word, even if it doesn’t make sense.” (p60)
And I have to ask how it’s possible for someone to support obeying God’s word after they heard about things like the 9-11 attacks, and Isaac Zamora who murdered a woman on the front lawn of my childhood home (along with a few others) because God asked him to. The answer to that, I believe, is that he and many other believers do actually support killing in the name of God. They would never do it themselves and would do everything they could to talk someone else out of it, but when it happens in a manner they can’t control, they chalk it up to God’s great plan, and say that God works in mysterious ways, and though they don’t say it out loud, preachers like Rick Warren believe that Isaac Zamora’s victims deserved to die. Why else would God ask him to kill them? The fact is that Isaac Zamora and the 9-11 terrorists did exactly what Rick Warren and countless other preachers told them to do, and all religious individuals put their stamp of approval on those actions every time they say things like this.
The scary part of this is that I think Rick Warren is one of the good religious individuals. He’s not hateful (at least from what it seemed in his video) and seems to be surprisingly respectful of other’s beliefs. He supposedly also donated to charity the majority of the money he earned from selling 30 millions copies of his book. He might not even believe in hell for non-believers. If a good guy like this can openly say things that so quickly and easily translate to “I support murder”, then what kind of things do the hateful ones believe?