How can it be that once noble religions - having the same traceable genealogy - can still end up justifying the sacrifice of children?
Whether the story of Ibrahim and Ishmael, or Abraham and Isaac - depending upon your Middle East politics and tradition - the message of the story seems quite clear to any thinking,loving human being.
The One God does not require human sacrifice! Never did!
So,how do these kind of "justifications" relate to 'religion'?:
“They have legitimised the murder of their own children by killing the children of Palestine,” Mahmoud Zahar [Hamas leader] said in a televised broadcast recorded at a secret location. “They have legitimised the killing of their people all over the world by killing our people.”
Mr Zahar made his first appearance since Israel launched its offensive. Dressed in a dark suit, he declared: “Victory is coming, God willing.”
I am not debating here the rights or wrongs of the political scenario in the Middle East.
What I am debating is the 'right' of any person to justify 'wrongs' in the One God's name.
With such inhuman absurdities some individuals claim 'religious authority', against a tradition that has stood for thousands of years.
Who needs a God that punishes - when humanity does such an inconceivably brilliant job of it?