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Religion should be taken out of the world -Wole Soyinka

Nobel laurette Wole Soyinka has said that if religion were to be taken away from the world, he would be one of the happiest people in the world.
Soyinka who disclosed this in an interview published in The Telegraph of London today,   condemned the Islamic Boko Haram, describing their actions not as religion, but criminality.
He
said: “All religions accept that there is something called criminality.
And criminality cannot be excused by religious fervour…you cannot
hold the world to ransom simply because some idiots chose to insult a
religion in some far-off place
which most of the world has never even
heard of. This for me is a kind of fundamentalist tyranny that should be
totally unacceptable.

 “So a group calls itself the Boko Haram,
literally: ‘Book is taboo’, the book is anathema, the book is a product
of Western civilisation, therefore it must be rejected. You go
from the rejection of books to the rejection of institutions which
utilise the book, and that means virtually all institutions. You attack
universities, you kill professors, then you butcher students, you close
down primary schools, you try and create a religious maginot line
through which nothing should penetrate. That’s not religion;
that’s lunacy. My Christian family lived just next door to Muslims. We
celebrated Ramadan with Muslims; they celebrated Christmas with
Christians. This is how I grew up.
“And now this virus is
spreading all around the world, leading to the massacre of 50 students.
This is not taking arms against the state, this is taking up arms
against humanity.”
Do you agree with him?

Tireni Adebayo

Tireni Adebayo is the Editor of Kemi Filani News.She has BSC in Mass Communication from the Redeemer's University and M.A in Mass Communication from the University of Lagos (2014 - 2015) where she majored in Public Relations and Advertising and Digital Media.  When she is not writing, she is either listening to music or reading her favorite books.Tel: +2348000000901 Address: Herbert Macaulay, Yaba, Lagos, Nigeria Email: [email protected]

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