Dr. Madsen Pirie asks us to appreciate the humanity in everyone. Quote:
It is all too easy to commit atrocities if the victims are regarded as not fully human. Some groups find it necessary to dehumanize others. If they are not part of the same ethnic group, or accept the same religion, people can discount them as lower than human, and treat them with cruelty and contempt.
Islamist fanatics murder Christians, Jews and Westerners because they are not part of Islam, and can therefore be killed like animals. Nazis treated Jews, gypsies and homosexuals as sub-human, and murdered them without qualm or pity. Christian Serbs slaughtered Bosnians in their thousands because they regarded Muslims as less than human. White racists in the US and in South Africa treated blacks with derision and abuse because they regarded them as a lower form of life.