Saturday, September 11, 2010

Of Qur'ans and religious tolerance

I'm writing this during my lovely breakfast in a very nice hotel in front of Lake Leman in Geneva, Switzerland. As I do this, many Muslims have ended the holy month of Ramadan and have started to protest the plan of American pastor Terry Jones to burn the Qur'an.

As many pundits have already wrote in the blogosphere, it's disconcerting that such an insignificant act of a small but radical Christian church in the USA has caused quite a bit of a stir. And more disconcerting still is that we're creating these problems (a war of civilizations, if you will) all in the name of religion, of a God that supposedly heals and protects and renews.

Christians, Muslims and Jews have for a long time prided themselves for their great monotheistic traditions. It seems to me, though, that whatever name we call it (Him?), our God has been reduced to a primordial and banal concept. War, that is.

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