The is much discussion in the press attributing the Boston bombing with a trip one of the accused took to the Russian territory. The motive, it is concluded, was religion.
We know there are countless atrocities linked to “religion”. The link below mentions nationalists of countries who also killed but were officially not religious.
While I have made accusations the Christian faith has had more than its share of wars waged in the name of the faith, I also believe all religions are products of the prevailing culture. Thus, I have to conclude killing enemies is inseparable from the culture. When the culture is one which takes lives at will, the religion will be identified as the cause.
Interestingly, the link below says the most religious killing has been Buddhist. The Buddhists I know don’t even regard it as a religion. But, others do.
In my view, the terrorist events in the U. S. are over analyzed. They seem like random crimes and the people who do them are less religious zealots and more simply criminals.
This distinction is important. President Bush decided the 9/11 terrorists were products of a country in which a violent form of Islam had taken over. The invasion of Afghanistan was justified on the basis of this.
If they had been considered simply random common criminals, perhaps the response would have been to beef up our security, instead of invade a country.
Hopefully, the response to Boston will not be entirely focused on religion and be more rational.