The killing of others due to religious differences is a dastardly act by uncivilised individuals, Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department, Datuk Seri Jamil Khir Baharom said yesterday.
It is a case of stating the obvious, but this is a most welcome stand as there are those in our society who believe that such killings are justified. They not only condone, but also perpetuate violence in the name of the Almighty.
Jamil Khir said everybody should respect the religious, racial and cultural diversity to ensure society’s harmonious existence.
“Islam teaches us to respect all human beings and even animals, the environment and so on although we are of different faiths, races and cultures and speak different languages.
“Killing of people because of religious differences shows utter backwardness and condemned by the world’s civilised societies. We should instead demonstrate that we are highly cultured and wise by respecting others and do good deeds,” he said after attending the Jelebu district-level Maal Hijrah celebration.
Jamil Khir’s statement referred to the killing of four Myanmar nationals in Bachok, Kelantan, recently due to religious conflict between ethnic Myanmar groups.
“We see such killings as most regrettable and touch societies the world over over,” he said.
What about the crusaders and Buddhist monks, or for that matter any religion, who have taken lives? In the name of religion, children have been trained to be fighters and killers. There are ISIS training camps specially set up to groom child soldiers.
Not everything engaged in the name of religion is righteous. History has taught us that faiths have been prostituted for narrow aims, and in all cases, brutality and violence used in the name of religion are against the very principles that religions stand for.
Source : The Heat Malaysia Online