The Rhetoric Of Anger Is Often Misplaced

The death of any individual is a tragedy and we can never by our words express our sorrow when an innocent young man is killed while walking the streets of a supposedly civilized city. A young student from India was killed in Melbourne, Australia, and this has led to expressions of anger and fury by the government of India. The foreign minister of India described the killing as “a heinous crime against humanity” and demanded the Australian government should respond to uncivilized and brutal attacks on innocent Indians.” He was referring to attacks on Indian students who study at Australian universities.

Australian Foreign Minister Simon Crean did respond with some calm words. Yes, there are murders of the innocent, he said, but “they happen in India. They happen in Mumbai.They happen in Delhi. It’s an unfortunate fact of life.”

Frankly, terming a murder of a young man a “crime against humanity” is strange coming from an Indian government official who lives in a nation in which over a thousand Muslims were killed a few years ago by Hindu fanatics.

  • journeyer58

    Never mind the many thousands of Christian people, who have been slaughtered and their churches burned.
    There seems to be a pattern of religious intolerance that is becoming more and more foundational to each faith’s beliefs.
    In a more and more secular society, we have to think of what should happen to those who, take it upon themselves to avenge or destroy those of other faiths. The very idea of someone purposely killing a person of another faith, just because of that other faith is an abhorrent and shortsighted means of controlling the population that is of a different faith.
    Conversion to another faith is not reason enough for murder and mayhem. We cannot any longer tolerate the idea that faith is an essential part of human existence and must be forced upon the population as a whole.
    Faith is an individual matter that should be kept private and personal. Not spewed about like so much hot air, especially those faiths which consider themselves to be the one, true faith that will save a man’s soul. Where is the evidence of a man’s soul but in the words and beliefs of one’s faith? The world must become tolerant of others, or we shall surely bring about the Armageddon of the world, the destruction of all mankind in the name of religion.