No religion deserves respect from me. However, when in this modern age, a particular religion is always grabbing the headlines when its adherents kidnap and open fire on innocent people in shopping malls and cafes while screaming, “There is no other God but Allah”, and murder children for simply daring to seek an education, I can say, Islam deserves nothing but contempt. My heart bleeds for all the innocent lives lost in the latest atrocities committed in the name of religion and a mythical skydaddy.
No lie or myths sold as truth deserves respect and all religions are myths and lies. However, when lies are used as brainwashing tool to harm innocent people and cause havoc in the society, that lie deserves nothing but contempt and condemnation from decent people.
Child marriages, subjugation of women, persecution of LGBTs, stoning of women found guilty of adultery, public flogging as punishment for drinking alcohol, cutting off hands as punishment for stealing, jungle justice, Jihads, Fatwas and beheading for blasphemy are just a few things of my least favourite things about Islam and its holy book, Quran.
What do we expect from followers of the Abrahamic God who took pride in ordering the execution of children? Genocides were a thing Skydaddy was proud of, and some of his delusional adherents are still proud to follow his sadistic orders.
Religious fanatics are quick to scream that they don’t want democracy, all they want is Islam. And if you happened to want democracy as a bonafide citizen, no qualms, they just blow you up! The apologetics will blame it on poverty and politics, never accepting that RELIGION IS A MAJOR CAUSE OF EVIL.
“Not all Muslims are terrorists”, they say.
“Stop inciting hate against Muslims”, they accused.
“Stop being so Islamophobic”, they scream.
“Islam is a religion of peace”, they pathetically mutter.
“These people are not true Muslims”, they righteously claim.
Hmm, I dare say that since these despicable believers are following the commandments in the holy book that you accept as the words of your God, this makes them and not you, the true Muslim or True Christian.
It is not about what we accept or do not accept, it is about what they SAY, what they BELIEVE and what they DO and what their RELIGION SAYS. Not sincerely addressing what their religion says is begging the question. From time immemorial, heinous crimes have been committed in the name of RELIGION, pretending that those fanatics are not TRUE RELIGIOUS PEOPLE, is an act of cowardice.
As Blaise Pascal said, “Men never do evil so completely and cheerfully as when they do it from religious conviction”. It does not take religion to make a good person do good deeds, however it takes religion to make good people do bad things. If they say they do it in the name of their FAITH and RELIGION, then examine what their religion says. Critically ANALYSE not just the BELIEVERS but also the BELIEF.
Here is a link to an interesting video about three surprising things you probably did not know about Islam and the Quran. This subject may affect you in the near future, so take the chance to inform yourself now, before it does. Well, it already affects my country Nigeria and the world in general.
Sahih International –
Fight those who do not believe in Allah or in the Last Day and who do not consider unlawful what Allah and His Messenger have made unlawful and who do not adopt the religion of truth from those who were given the Scripture – [fight] until they give the jizyah willingly while they are humbled.
Religion of peace , my foot!
If as a friend did, you are screaming, “Stop being so Islamophobic! it’s the same as being Homophobic”, you probably don’t know the meaning of Islamophobia or maybe you are deliberately misusing it to suppress dissent and silence questions about your religion.
Phobia is an irrational fear of something. For example, homophobia is an irrational fear of homosexuals manifesting in dislike and prejudice against homosexuals. I do not have an irrational fear of Islam; therefore, Islamophobic is used here in the wrong context.
Also, any decent human being has a reason to have a RATIONAL FEAR of any belief, religion or ideology that commands the killing of children or adults who do not belief in your God. That, my dear, IS NOT AN IRRATIONAL FEAR.
I must say, there is nothing that puts the fear of a religion in one more than reading from its precious holy book where Skyddady/Allah/God gives graphic details about just how believers should decapitate those he finds unworthy, including children of unbelievers. If i am not afraid of that monstrosity, what exactly should i be afraid of?
Using the “Islamophobic” card to appeal to my anti-homophobia stance is a cheap, emotional, and useless card to play because there is nothing Islamophobic in pointing out the evils that Islam promotes. Moreover, the fact that i fight against homophobia, biphobia and transphobia does not mean I cannot point out what is wrong with religion and the harm it causes.
If any of my friends who stand beside me in the fight for LGBT rights feel offended when I call out the harm their religion does, that is sad but not a reason to demand my silence. Shielding religion from scrutiny is one of the greatest harm we have done to humanity.
The Islamists fanatics are terrifying, and they are terrorising us all. They and their bloodthirsty religion must be condemned. They scream “Allah is the only true God” and they kill anyone who thinks otherwise. However, remember, their holy book says that is what they should do.
The Abrahamic God is just an insecure, jealous, bigoted, sadistic dictator who does not want to share the spotlight with anyone because he wants people to think the world revolves around him. Good thing is, he is just a myth. I wish his followers were just a myth too, so we could have less attention seeking, suicide bombers, hell mongering, holy books thumpers, and judgemental bigots amongst us.
It is not just about the individuals , it is about what the religion they adhere to says in its holy book. If your religion in anyway supports heinous actions like slavery, discrimination, genocides or kidnapping in its so called Holy book, it is something to be ashamed of. While the perpetrators of such heinous atrocities deserve all the contempt, it still does not absolve the religion from blame. It is no comfort to say, “Not all Muslims/believers are terrorists” when the very holy book they hold as sacred supports acts of terrorism against children and people who don’t share their faith.
It is not just about the fanatics who chose to carry out the commands in their sacred ‘holy book’. It must also be about people who defend the Quran or the Bible simply because they consider religion beyond criticism and cherry pick their holy book to suits their purpose.
Muslims are defenders of the Quran, Christians are defenders of the Bible, and they both consider their holy books the sacred word of their God. The point is, if ANY HOLY BOOK supports these atrocities, that religion is not worthy of respect. The crucial point is not that not all believers are terrorists, what is being called out here is not just the fanatics but the RELIGION THAT PROVIDES A COVER FOR SUCH EVIL PEOPLE.
The truth is often a bitter pill to swallow, especially if we were raised never to question religion. No ideology/belief should be regarded as too sacred to question. Decent human beings regardless of their religious beliefs or what their religion says should have no problem condemning any book or religion that supports man’s inhumanity to man, even if it is done because their beloved God commands it.
Religion makes collective insanity cool. When a religion provides a hiding place for bad people to commit atrocities, that religion deserves no respect. Religion is an instrument of oppression, useful in the hands of the rulers .Religion easily provides an excuse for evil people to carry out deluded activities, however, an excuse for evil is itself evil.