After the events which took place at the American consulate in Libya yesterday I feel it necessary to comment on the actions of the political extremists who instigated violent conflict against Americans with the ridiculous excuse that they act in the name of religious outrage at the release of a poorly made film portraying a prophet of God in a less than desirable light.
Let me be clear that I do not normally choose to involve myself in such political circumstances. I firmly believe in the total separation of church and state as, to my mind, it is impossible to justify the legislation of morality or even faith itself for the act of doing so negates the Divine mandate of free will. I do not approve of those who use religious dogma to justify the increase of political power or perhaps most heinous of all, as the impetus for war. Any individual who chooses to support acts of aggression, hatred and outright murder in the name of God most assuredly does not understand God; many, although certainly not all, of these individuals utilize religion as a convenient, ready-made platform to serve their own greed, their all-consuming desire for absolute power. I find it unlikely that such a person actually believes in God at all… if they do have faith it is wholly corrupted by the dark, negative emotions they seek so desperately to hide from the rest of the world.
To be in the Presence of God is to be surrounded by and overcome with absolute peace. In that moment, when God speaks directly to one’s soul, fear, anger, hatred and all other such negative emotions become irrelevant, relegated to mere symbols of humanity’s ongoing confusion as to the true nature of God as a conscious being. God does not advocate violence, does not promote hatred and abhors conflict which by definition is the antithesis of unity, of harmonious balance.
I urge you not to blame the practice of religion itself or the Personage of God for the contemptible choices of delusional individuals leading to acts of hatred and war. Every person that truly understands the Will of God acts out of a desire for peace, compassion and human unity – violence and outright war is the province of those who act without faith and live without hope.