Iran, The Death Penalty, And Belief

The conviction and possible execution of a Christian pastor in Iran is but the latest example of faith feeding on faith. Such barbaric actions should not only be roundly condemned they should be stopped. The best idea, if universally adopted, to eventually put an end to such barbaric violations of human rights came from Mark Twain,

“Ye shall be indifferent as to what your neighbor’s religion is.” Not merely tolerant of it, but indifferent to it. Divinity is claimed for many religions; but no religion is great enough or divine enough to add that new law to its code.

As long as anyone cares at all about his neighbor’s religion the possibility of legal action including execution for beliefs will remain. It is always legitimate to be concerned with behavior and sometimes even with thought process, particularly when that thought process might influence public policy. But “Ye shall be indifferent as to what your neighbor’s religion is” must become the order of the day and all belief systems need to be “great enough or divine enough to add that new law to its code.”
It is common for Christians in the US to whine about being persecuted for their beliefs. In all but a shockingly few cases this is nothing more than a misunderstanding of our 1st Amendment on the part of the whiners. But in many places including the US people of the wrong faith and people of no faith at all are persecuted and in some places killed for what they believe or what they don’t believe. Today is a good day to stop this!