Today’s newspaper had not one but two cartoons disparaging religion. The first one touches on a topic that I often raise when I have been invited to be on panels that include representatives from many religions. In such forums, those representatives go strongly into the kumbaya mode, vaguely suggesting that they all believe in the same god and focusing on common elements of morality and ethics that they happen to agree on. Boring!
So if the format allows it, I say that it cannot be that the gods of all the religions are the same because if so, s/he has a cruel sense of humor by ‘revealing’ himself/herself to different groups at different times with different messages in different holy books and throwing in severe prohibitions on heresy and apostasy, thus guaranteeing that conflicts and killing would ensue. Thus at most only one religion can be true so which one is it? This tends to not go down well and there is usually a period of confusion as they try to find the best way of avoiding that discussion and get back to vague generalities. Fun!