Leitmotif

Reason as the Leading Motive

Further Evidence of Collectivism and Religion

Posted by Jerry on February 22, 2006

This news report provides further evidence for, and therefore corroborating my argument that religious doctrine by itself is not a sufficient motivator for mass violence and mob riots that happens to take on a particularly religious tone. There needs to be a reciprocal synergy between a prevailing culture’s collectivist mind-set and their religious beliefs. The former without the latter has absolutely no moral grounds to stand on (not even a mystical moral ground), whereas the latter without the former is impotent to incite large scale violence that can sustain any significant period of time.

According to this AP news report, the bloody violence in Nigeria is between Christians and Muslims, and their religious tensions have been dire since 2000. Apparently, the Christians were retaliating against the Muslims after some Churches had been razed and some Christians had been initially attacked.

The report says:

“Residents said soldiers had opened fire on a mob of ethnic Igbo Christians that tried to enter the military barracks after reports ethnic Hausa Muslims sheltering in the barracks had attacked a nearby primary school, killing a number of children.
The claims could not be verified and it was not clear if the soldiers killed anyone in the mob.
The deaths brought to at least 96 the number of people killed in Nigeria since sectarian violence first erupted Saturday in the northern city of Maiduguri, where Muslim protests against cartoons caricaturing the Prophet Muhammad turned violent, razing 30 churches and claiming the lives of 18 people, mostly Christians.”

Mob violence – regardless of what religious garb it disguises under – is mostly fueled by a collectivist mind-set. Religion importantly plays a role in legitimizing the patently evil acts of a collectivist mob by giving them self-redeeming philosophical and psychological ammunition such as: martyrdom, heavenly reward, after-life, sin, evil, moral, God’s command, army of God, etc.

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