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Letter: We need a religion based on empathy

In the aftermath of the terror attacks in

In the aftermath of the terror attacks in France, local Muslims gather outside the Islamic Center of Long Island in Westbury on Friday Nov. 20, 2015. At a news conference there, leaders of the Islamic Center denounced the Paris attacks. Credit: Newsday / J. Conrad Williams Jr.

Terrorism is a form of expression shared by obtuse people who idolize obsession [“Threat called ‘hoax,’ ” News, Dec. 16]. A Christian terrorist is accused of shooting and killing three people at a Planned Parenthood facility in Colorado Springs in November. This wasn’t the first time for such killing. More recently, a husband and wife team motivated by their Islamic beliefs killed 14 and wounded many more at a facility for the developmentally disabled in San Bernardino, California. In Myanmar, Buddhists long seen as the epitome of peace lovers forced non-Buddhist minorities to flee their homes.

And the beat goes on. Invent a superstition-based mystical belief, and there will be many to challenge it and destroy it. Throughout the history of mankind, the greatest contributor of misery has been religion.

What a wonderful world it would be if there were a religion called empathy. No invisible beings, inexplicable miracles or colorful fables, merely placing oneself in the position of a fellow human and treating him or her as you would wish to be treated.

Nicholas Zizelis, Bayside