Fact, a new series of articles by The Sapota, in which we explore issues that frequently confuse people, and attempt to clear out misunderstandings. This week we delve into the perfectly harmless and strength giving phenomenon of religion.
Religion has nothing to do with religion - this is a fact. Sounds strange? Consider this: terrorism has nothing to do with religion. If terrorism has nothing to do with religion - a fact, despite the numerous frequently elucidated connections that some racists and Islamophobes try making between Islamic texts and the acts of Islamists - then religion has nothing to do with anything because once you deny the links between religion and religious terrorism - as we are rightly doing - then one can confidently say that religion has no link with anything. It's like this: if you deny the link between the game of football and the football itself then it becomes very easy to deny its link with football boots, football teams, football grounds, sports, teams, competition, money etc...The obvious point here is that Islam has nothing to do with anything.
If Islam has nothing to do with anything then only stating this is Islamophobic, gross, and racist (because naturally some people will be offended by the statement 'Islam has nothing to do with anything'). So we must include all religions into this statement because all religions are the same and saying anything else is gross and racist. Conclusion: religion has nothing to with anything. And we do not use the word 'anything' lightly. We mean it. Anything includes even religion. What are we left with? Religion has nothing to do with religion.
Say we allow that religion has something to do with religion. This is dangerous. Let's work backwards from this seemingly obvious and harmless statement. If religion has something to do with religion, then one could say that religious people are in some ways inspired to act in some ways by their religion. In what ways are people influenced by their religion? These kind of questions lead to a slippery slope, where one could easily draw a strong connection between religious texts and the actions of its believers. This must be avoided at all costs.
And so for the benefit of all, for everyones information, let us make the following a fact: religion has nothing to do with religion.