- “Religion Does Its Worst” by Roger Cohen (New York Times; 2011.04.04) – http://www.nytimes.com/2011/04/05/opinion/05iht-edcohen05.html
- “So Terry Jones, the Florida pastor who organized a Koran burning on March 20, wanted “to stir the pot.” Mission accomplished. Perhaps he’d care to explain himself to the family of Joakim Dungel, a 33-year-old Swede slaughtered at the U.N. mission in Mazar-i-Sharif by Afghans whipped into frenzy through Jones’s folly.
On reflection, no, there’s nothing Jones can explain to Dungel’s family, or the other U.N. staffers murdered. Jones is not in the explanation business. He’s a zealot. How else to describe a Christian who interprets his faith not as grounded in love and compassion but as a mission to incite hatred toward Islam? “
- “Free Exercise of Religion? No, Thanks.” by Christopher Hitchens (Slate; 2010.09.06) – http://www.slate.com/id/2266154/ – …The taming and domestication of religious faith is one of the unceasing chores of civilization…
Appropriation of older cultural elements
- “What Does the Easter Bunny Have To Do With Easter?” by Lauren Effron (Discovery news; 2010.04.02) – http://news.discovery.com/history/what-does-the-easter-bunny-have-to-do-with-easter.html
Related: Millennialism and other religious catastrophisms – https://eikonal.wordpress.com/2011/05/22/millennialism-and-other-religions-catastrophisms/