This post is inspired by a couple of Facebook posts I’ve seen in the wake of the horrific attack on Drummer Lee Rigby, posts that said that all Muslims should be removed from the country. Posts that ignored the fact that people attack people; not those of specific gender, colour or religion, just people.
Removing one group from a country will not make it safer. It may make the racists feel safe, but they wont be, because there are some people that are just bad. They may claim to do it in the name of religion, but religion condemns them. Those that commit crimes and claim it is in the name of religion are extremists, and, as the name implies, are not a part of the true religion.
I don’t consider myself a liberal, but I do believe in freedom of religion and aside from the point made above, what about those who convert? Say you did remove all of religion X from the country and then someone born and raised in that country converted to religion X, what then? You throw them out of their home country? You let them stay and break your own rule? It’s absurd!
Call me a bleeding heart liberal if you like, I know I’m not, but I also know that common sense should prevail and instead of preaching hate we should be united in grief.