Why Religious People Kill

The Boston Bombers have been dealt with now. I found an interesting tidbit on the older guy’s bio. He did an interview at some point in which the following was said,

“A devout Muslim, he said that he quit drinking and smoking. “God said no alcohol,” he said to Hirn. “There are no values anymore.” He added that he worried about people who couldn’t control themselves.”

This caught my attention. Rather odd having a guy who tried to blow up a marathon have a problem with other people’s morals. Later in the day I was reading a thing about a formative member of the Muslim Brotherhood, Sayyid Qutb.

One of the formative things in his extreme Islamic views was spending some time in America where there were no morals. He was outraged by the looseness of American women and the general lack of virtue in American culture and at the same time, self-satisfied with his abilities to resist it.

So, he responded by trying to kill people.

Self-righteousness kills. When we see our own virtue we have a heightened sense of others failings. This contrast, my superiority mixed with your inferiority, leads the superior one to get angry with the inferior.

As you may recall, Jesus once said being angry with someone without cause is right in line with murder. There is a short step between self-righteous superiority and killing people.

Religion does indeed have a nasty history of harboring violent people, and most of this violence comes from riders of high-horses. It was the self-righteous who crucified Jesus.

This is not a shocking revelation to anyone, we all know the dangers of self-righteous people. We talk about them all the time and how evil they are and how un-self-righteous we are in turn.


How much anger is nothing more than comparing perceived righteousness? Jesus says you don’t even have to blow up a pressure cooker for you to be guilty of murder, just have the feeling. Self-righteousness is no fun without the feeling and it’s the feeling that condemns.

Fight it before you end up on the nightly news being shot in a boat.

“Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such an one in the spirit of meekness; considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted.Bear ye one another’s burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ. For if a man think himself to be something, when he is nothing, he deceiveth himself.”

4 thoughts on “Why Religious People Kill”

  1. “Rather odd having a guy who tried to blow up a marathon have a problem with other people’s morals.”

    If you had ever read the Koran you would understand why he thought like that. Its a very dry and repetitive read, however, so I myself barely got past chapter 10. But there was enough enticement to violence in those first 10 chapters or Suras for me to be sure I understand what the guy was thinking. Killing infidels is not considered a sin or immoral in the Koran. In fact, the Koran says that the Muslim should not view it as if they killed that person but as if Allah did. Hence it removes the personal responsibility in its attempt to coerce Muslims to go to war. Furthermore, dying on the battlefield fighting infidels brings with it a promise of instant forgiveness of all sins in the Koran.

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