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Strong Gesture

Arab Quwet Al-Sanadid (= Forces of the brave) Fighters from the Shammar Tribe and their Leader Humaydi Dahman Al-Assi have visited yesterday Yezidi religious leaders, Yezidi Resistance Fighters & PKK Guerillas in Shingal. Reason for the visit was the 1st annivesary of the Yezidi Genocide which was commited by ISIS Terrorists. Al-Sanadid & Al-Assi, who is also the governor of the Kurdish Cizir Canton, have expressed their deepest condolence & have oath eternal loyality.

During the Genocide, the about 500-man strong unit fought free the border crossing in Rabia side by side with YPG & Christian MFS Fighters. Through that, tens of thousands of Yezidis were rescued. The tribe arrived to the kurdish areas in 1916 and the relation with Kurds were always good. It’s also one of the few tribes that refused to fight the Kurds for the Assad Regime after riots in March 2004. In Rojava the Sanadid forces fight jointly with the YPG. They say that they will follow YPG wherever they go.

When religion occurs in an individual without external ethical and philosophical checks to hold back the darker and more dangerous, more lethal aspects of a religion, it gives them a justification and a reason to indulge every atavistic, harsh, tribal, patronizing, judgmental, hateful, bigoted, self-righteous or murderous impulse they’re carrying around as evolutionary luggage. 

And it gives them a great reason to ignore the consequences: This Is What God Wants. The next life is more important, anyway. This world of dust is mere illusion.

Religion doesn’t necessarily make a good person any more good, but it can make a dangerous person a lot more dangerous, simply by obviating (rather than counteracting) personal responsibility. 

It does not matter if God is named YHWH or Allah, Zeus or Athena, if s/he is believed to be violent, then those who follow will likely be more tolerant of violence. In fact, in more extreme cases, followers of that god will eagerly engage in violence themselves. One problem with this belief is that when violence is justified—when an eye for an eye is how those religious interpretations operate for individuals and nations—they will, in reality, often ramp up the violence.

Religions can bring peace to those who need them and use their faith as personal spiritual journeys. But, that is completely different from when religions become politicized. Politicizing religion and forcing religious ways on others is a definite way to damage the image of that religion.