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Religion is the masterpiece of the art of animal training for it trains people as to how they shall thinkArthur Shopenhauer If one could train people how to think heshe could control their thoughts actions and beliefs Thus religion gives one or a few selected men the power over millions of others and power corrupts Although one associates religion with good holy and pure it is not always used for pure causes While religion in its true form can be used to do bring out the good in all people it can also be used as a weapon Throughout history wars have been fought innocent men women and children have been slaughtered in the name of God and religion Does God the merciful the compassionateThe Koran revel at the death of innocent men Was Gods glory magnified all that much as the crusaders took the city of Jerusalem Or is it man who benefits at the cost of his fellow human being Consequently the main theme which religion was meant to transcend to man is often manipulated and people ignorant as any other animal follow it blindly And blind obedience along with other misuse of religion is what Salman Rushdie comments on in the story The Prophets Hair in the book East West One theme which Rushdie implies through the Prophets Hair is fundamentalism which he himself was a victim of In the story Hashim the moneylender finds the sacred relic containing a hair from the prophet Mohammed and over night is transformed into a devout muslim For example At five oclock the next morning the moneylender forced his family to rise and say their prayersHuma saw the servants under her fathers direction constructing a great heap of books in the garden and setting fire to itthe only volume left untouched was the QuranRushdie 46 In contrast to Hashims actions the Quran does not state Kabir 2 that one should force
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