In the words of Blaise Pascal, mathematician and Catholic, “Men never do evil so completely and cheerfully as when they do it from a religious conviction.” Does religion breed intolerance, violence, and the promotion of medieval ideas? Or should we concede that overall, it has been a source for good, giving followers purpose, while encouraging morality and ethical behavior?
For: Matthew Chapman
For: A.C. Grayling
Against: Rabbi David Wolpe
Against: Dinesh D’Souza
The Muslim Times’ Editor’s comments
I agree with many of the statements made by all four speakers. But, here, I want to opine on one comment that I take a strong exception to.
Dinesh D’Souza in his opening statement says that only 2000 were killed during the 4 centuries of Inquisitions.
I do not know how reliable his number is, but, there is another way of judging his ‘fact.’
In 1492 the year Columbus discovered America, each and every Muslim was either killed, converted by force or banished from Spain and for centuries to come there was no Muslim alive in Europe.
This is one way of judging the impact of Inquisitions on religious landscape of Europe. Inquisitions among other things was also a genocide.
This is what a religion can do to other religions at its worst.