I am often amused by the claims that the gods need defending. I need no defending from an ant.
In the word’s of a famous fictitious god…
I’ve walked across the surface of the sun, seen events so tiny and so fast that they hardly can be said to have occurred at all. But you, Adrian…are just a man. And the world’s smartest man poses no more threat to me than does its smartest termite.
If Allah should exist, I fear that witty and incisive bloggers with sexy tans and stylishly shaved heads would do little to harm him.
Yet it boggles the mind about the number of people who wish to defend their immeasurably powerful objects of faith. That these beings of creation and destruction are harmed by me claiming that Allah is an imaginary creature. The sort of imaginary friend who occasionally tells you to burn everything.
Saudi Arabia’s Comission for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice has decided to defend Allah. Several bloggers and atheists are on a list submitted to the interior ministry to arrest several people for the crime of apostasy and atheism. It is coordinating closely with the Commission for Telecommunication to block and shut down pornography and sites that promote atheism and apostasy.
Which means that this blog will not be available in Saudi Arabia if these people do their jobs. It amuses me that I pose a greater threat to Islam than ISIS or rising islamic fundamentalism or falling education standards. As of now anyone insulting the god that is called Allah and the prophet Mohammed is a target for arrest.
Another example of how deadly the lunacy of state sponsored religion can be? Violations include the use of misleading mobile and computer applications like Tor or Encryption software. Even “non-acceptable” versions of the Quran can get you arrested. That means the Skeptic’s Annotated Quran is sufficient to get you arrested.
All to protect the feelings of an all powerful god. Porn and knock off Qurans are kryptonite to Allah.
In order to maintain the status quo of Islam, Saudi Arabia takes more steps to stifle any non-party line dialogue. And it doesn’t even have the decency to set it to a catchy song.