Liberalism to me is being free of the intellectual oppression of rigid ideology.
Translation: "Liberalism means not knowing what you believe in."
Whatever works to best alleviate the suffering and burden of the human condition should be worthy of serious consideration regardless of religion, nationalist pride, or social system.
This is actually quite close to the Marxist position that whatever expands the forces of production, by no matter what means, is objectively progressive. We'll make a Commie out of you yet!
And any God or religion considered too "big" to adhere to the sanctity of human life deserves no worship. Such philosophy requires a belief in the innate decency of the human spirit, not a suspicion and condemnation of it.
This is actually nonsensical. The 'sanctity of human life' is a meaningless phrase. Only the gods and/or God can be 'sacred'; humans by definition are mundane. This is why traditionally we
worship the gods
rather than vice versa. What has happened is that as faith in the gods and/or God has declined, the sacred quality of the divine has been transferred onto human beings - we have, in our own minds, gone from being mundane and perishable (most ancient religions, including Judaism, did not believe in the immortality of the human soul) to being sacred, transcendent and immortal. In other words, we have stopped worshipping the gods and started worshipping ourselves. This view of the 'sanctity of human life' directly contradicts our experience of everyday life, of course. Just flick through the news channels for fifteen minutes, and you will quickly realise that human life is not
sacred, and in fact cannot
be - nation-states can only function effectively if they treat individual people as means to an end rather than as ends in themselves. The belief in the 'sanctity' of human life is therefore an example of false consciousness, rooted in a displaced and now-outmoded religious faith.
"Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it everywhere, diagnosing it incorrectly and applying the wrong remedies." - Marx (Groucho)