2nd February 2009

“There seems to be an inverse relationship between how vociferous believers are in claiming that their religion is peaceful and how peaceful their religion actually is. Perhaps a truly peaceful religion is obviously peaceful and doesn't raise a lot of red flags, so adherents don't need to go out of their way to say how peaceful they are. Violent religions, though, have a PR problem with outsiders so adherents need to go out of their way to explain how peaceful their beliefs actually are.”

Austin Cline

3 Responses to “2nd February 2009”

  1. Lurker Says:


    Islam just got schooled.

  2. Ed Says:

    Yeah, that sounds about right. You never hear anyone trying to defend the peacefulness of Buddhism, for instance. On the other hand, the Israelis are considered somewhat violent, while Judaism is not. Of course, it’s not necessarily the case that Israel represents Judaism.

  3. John Sutton Says:

    Or perhaps “The lady doth protest too much, methinks.” puts it more succinctly.