Fanaticism of Muslims & Christians…

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Dr. Michael J. O’Connell, PainCare, New Hampshire,  recently commented that he has always been amazed at the extreme emotions displayed by those fervent believers in Islam.  The prayer mats, facing Mecca, the pilgrimages, and the self flagellation.  It all made me somehow skeptical of such absolute faith, too much outpouring of theatrics for my taste and comfort level.  What is such sacrificial nuttiness covering up?

A couple of weeks ago brought home brought home the stark reality that many Christians are not any less emotional and demonstrative.  Two former popes (undoubtedly popes who looked the other way while their priests, cardinals and bishSainted popes 10ops sexually abused tens of thousands of children) were committed to sainthood.  Hoards of believers in the Vatican were crying hysterically (with joy?), unable to form words, giddy to the point of appearing insanely idiotic.

I am now a bit smarter.  Not only are a minority of Muslims over the top, so are Christians.  How similar these two religions are, and now I realize how similar their most devoted followers are.  When will religious zealots get a life?  Sure, religious freedoms protect such ghastly (I suspect hugely exaggerated) outward displays; have at it, so long as it doesn’t hurt others.  And freedom of speech allows me to observe how much time is wasted in such infantile, absurd and aberrant behavior.


About Dr. Michael J. O'Connell, New Hampshire
Dr. Michael J. O'Connell of Barrington, New Hampshire, has forged a distinguished career spanning over three decades, as entrepreneur, physician, businessman, philanthropist and healthcare consultant. As former owner, administrator and CEO of a 225+ employee multi-specialty medical practice, Dr. O'Connell has dedicated his entire professional life to helping patients with family medicine and especially those experiencing chronic pain and all aspects of addiction. Since selling his family of healthcare businesses, he has never once contemplated retirement despite his rich and fulfilling journey, but instead has turned his focus to consulting in an industry starved for courage and creativity. Having weathered many political, technological and legal challenges, there is hardly a storm he has not confronted, a tempest he has not quelled, an urgent need he has not met. While the talking heads and self-proclaimed experts in the field have assumed the conventions and standards of the times, Dr. O'Connell does not believe in merely reflecting the herd mentality, but rather in leading the charge. Eschewing political correctness, Dr. O'Connell says and does what needs saying and doing, and not what the mindless masses expect. In addition to the continual education afforded by his variegated life experiences, Dr O'Connell earned his BS in Biochemistry at the University of NH in 1975, his Medical Degree from Dartmouth College in 1981, interned at Walter Reed Medical Center in 1982, Residency/Fellowship at UCSF in1986, and finished his Masters in Healthcare Administration at UNH in 1995. Dr. O’Connell enjoys many outdoor activities, including rock climbing, snowboarding, hiking, and golf. Through the decades Dr. O'Connell has supported many non-profit charities to include the St. Charles Home in Rochester NH, the Tri City VNA and Hospice, Hyder House, and Cocheco Valley Humane Society. To the latter organization alone Dr. O'Connell has donated over $180,000 and pledged another $250,000 in the “Bring-Us-Home” campaign for a new building. His “Matching Donations Christmas drive” has generated over $175,000 in charitable giving from the community. In addition Dr. O'Connell has participated in many dozens of other volunteer and donation efforts locally as well as in Africa and the Dominican Republic. For a listing of how I gave back to the community during my career and continue to do see:

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