Sunday, November 17, 2013

The misuse of political and religious power

Nasir Khan,  November 17, 2013


“Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities.”

—Voltaire (1694 – 1778)




The wise words of Voltaire can be applied to a number of situations. Those who have political, economic, social and religious power over others make them believe as true which in many cases are absurd lies and misleading garbage. Accordingly, such misled people will be ready to commit all sorts of atrocities when asked to do so without any guilt or remorse. Those who have global political and military power and aggressive designs on other countries hush up the cult of patriotism and push their armies to do the patriotic duties by unleashing destructive wars in other countries while the populations at home applaud the glorious and heroic services rendered by their ‘men and women in uniform’! 


The preachers and clerics in a violence-ridden country like Pakistan use their rhetoric against other religious sects and minorities by calling them infidels (kafirs) and succeed to inflame the feelings of their congregations. Consequently, the brainwashed and misled followers of such religious preachers kill their fellow countrymen in the name of Allah, Islam and the Holy Prophet. It is obvious that ignorance produces more ignorance and in such an atmosphere of perpetual frenzy of hatred and barbarism the Shia Muslims and other religious minorities are targeted and killed.
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