Christian Teapot Calling the Muslim Kettle Black
One particularly ironic characteristic among modern-day followers of the Abrahamic faiths (Judaism, Christianity, Islam) is their tendency to lash out at each other more viciously than they do at agnostics, atheists, deists, and non-Abrahamic theists.
In today's world, witch hunts for the most part are no longer conducted by Abrahamics onto Pagans, but by Abrahamics onto other Abrahamics. Christians incinerate millions of Jews in death camps. Muslims terrorize Jews and Christians with suicide bombs. Christians and Jews team up to terrorize Muslims with Apache helicopters, Abrams tanks, and laser-guided bombs. Christians even kill other Christians who simply have different interpretations of Christianity than the others do! All the while, members from each Abrahamic sub-group point their fingers and scream bloody murder at the other Abrahamic sub-groups.
Conservative Christians like Michelle Malkin argue over whether the recent Seattle Jew-killer Naveed Haq was a Muslim or a Christian. What's the fucking difference which superstitious cult of Abraham he subscribed to at the time?
Well, to Abrahamic theists, it is a big deal. Because each Abrahamic sub-group is trying to grab the moral high ground by painting the other as more barbaric and greater evil. To Muslims, Christians are the Great Satan and Jews are their lap dogs. To Christians, Muslims are terrorists and Jews are Jesus killers. To Jews, both the other Abrahamic groups are not trustworthy, but at the moment its the Muslims that want to burn and blow up Jews, not the Christians, so the Jews will happily take all the free military hardware that the Christians care to give them.
These theists need to stop acting like their version of the Abrahamic cult somehow makes a person more moral. They need a perspective shift. They need to see their little ménage a trois of religious death from a bird's eye view. Because if they did, they might see that they are all equally obsessed with the violent destruction of each other. They might understand that their faiths serve as reasons - and justifications - to kill.
Nobody ever needs to invoke a reason not to kill unless they already have a good reason to kill. And nobody ever needs a better reason to kill if they already have a dictate from almighty God!
Religion - sometimes yours, sometimes someone else's - is a huge motivator for killing in the world. It's never a motivator for not killing. Abrahamic theists often claim that without God's rules, we have no reason not to kill people. They are, of course, wrong for reasons which I won't get in to here. But more importantly I think, when placed in an actual real-life moral choice of whether to use deadly violence, no Abrahamic theist ever cites their faith as their reason not to kill. No Abrahamic theist says to another person, "if it wasn't for my faith, I'd kill you right now!"
The horrible absurdity of this situation manifests itself every day all over the globe. I remember a particularly ironic example that happened a couple years ago when an American General was pumping up his troops just before they moved into an Iraqi city by declaring that Satan was in the Iraqi city and that they were going to drive him out. Soldiers were hanging their cross necklaces on the barrels of their Abrams tanks. And inside the city, just before the invasion, Muslim resistance fighters were shouting "Allahu Akbar!" (God is great) and assuring themselves of victory over the "Satanic American forces".
Abrahamic theists are over-represented in Western prison populations. Abrahamic religious factors are often cited in motivations for killings in today's world, while atheistic, agnostic, or Pagan factors are conspicuously absent.
The irony is that all of these superstitious sub-groups are correct when they claim that the others are evil and cause people to do immoral things, yet they each believe that their version of Abrahamic faith is okay morally. It is the teapot calling the kettle black. It is two sides of the same wooden nickel arguing with each other over which side is worth more money.