The problem with taking Religious Texts too literally

Muslims, according to the traditions of Ramadan, are supposed to fast from sunup until sundown, neither eating or drinking during daylight.

Not that big a problem in Mecca. Big problem in Reykjavik, where there’s currently daylight 21 hours per day.

Are there Muslims in Reykjavik? Not a lot. But a few.

Forget, for a moment, about the fact that while fasting is okay, it’s really not healthy to abstain from drinking most of the day. But for the poor Muslims living way up north, this is really a serious problem. And the problem is serious because the true believers are trying to take the text of their holy book literally.

Spoiler alert: don’t do it.

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2 Responses to The problem with taking Religious Texts too literally

  1. squashkin says:

    A lot of religious superstition came about because, put bluntly, people were too stupid to not eat diseased animals or rotten fish. The only way to be a good leader, religious or political, was to remind everyone to wash themselves and not eat dead things off the ground and that people who chew poison ivy are witches and not to be trusted. Religion is law and medicine taken out of context.

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