The recent uprisings against repressive regimes in the Islamic world and the
The hypocrisy of denouncing despotism under the influence of Islam while our own Christian history is replete with Christian despots and Christian inspired mistreatment is evident. People raised to consider themselves morally superior and therefore deserving of exclusive divine rights will inevitably be arrogant, selfish, and mean spirited. Leaders who are influenced by this same doctrine will feel divinely ordained and therefore worthy of respect and obedience. This is the mindset of despotism.
If God operates under the might makes right paradigm because of moral superiority, then his followers naturally gravitate to the same. What could be more natural than mimicking one’s God in attributes and actions. If God has no qualms about exercising ruthlessness in dealing with mankind; why would those influenced by this doctrine not follow suit? If I feel righteous enough or threatened sufficiently, I can and will justify whatever ruthlessness I deem necessary to repress perceived evil. The banner of religious exclusiveness never waves over real freedom anywhere.