Extreme Religion

By Rabbi Arthur Green

(An important discussion of religious extremism in both Judaism and Islam by Rabbi Arthur Green. — Netanel Miles-Yépez, editor)

"Religions are terrible things if you take them literally. My goodness, imagine, you read in today's newspaper about what's going on in Iraq and Syria, and the quotations from the Qur'an without any context, without any change. It's as though we're still living in the 7th-century, and the idea that you can take women of a tribe you conquer if they are not subjugated Peoples of the Book, if they are so-called, 'pagans,' you can kill all the men and take the women and make them sexual slaves, it's terrible. .  . . ."