There is no scientific and rational basis for believing in the existence of a god of any description. All religions involve irrational beliefs and practices. Islam is not only a religion, but also a political movement. Unlike other religions, its irrational beliefs and practices are a threat to all liberal democratic societies. We need to bring an end to religion. We also need to defeat Islam with a two pronged approach.
The first part of the approach is the head-on attack. The Koran (Qur’an) clearly contravenes laws against racial vilification and the incitement to violence in liberal democracies. If you doubt this, then read the following 14 instructions that appear in the Koran.
1. Slay the unbelievers wherever you find them (2:191). 2. Make war on the infidels living in your neighbourhood (9:123). 3. When opportunity arises, kill the infidels wherever you catch them (9:5). 4. Kill the Jews and the Christians if they do not convert to Islam or refuse to pay Jizya tax (9:29). 5. Any religion other than Islam is not acceptable (3:85). 6. The Jews and the Christians are perverts; fight them (9:30). 7. Maim and crucify the infidels if they criticise Islam (5:33). 8. The infidels are unclean; do not let them into a mosque (9:28). 9. Punish the unbelievers with garments of fire, hooked iron rods, boiling water; melt their skin and bellies (22:19). 10. Do not hanker for peace with the infidels; behead them when you catch them (47:4). 11. The unbelievers are stupid; urge the Muslims to fight them (8:65). 12. Muslims must not take the infidels as friends (3:28). 13. Terrorise and behead those who believe in scriptures other than the Qur’an (8:12). 14. Muslims must muster all weapons to terrorise the infidels (8:60).
The fact that so-called “moderate Muslims” don’t act on these instructions, or that other parts of the Koran advocate peace and harmony, does not change anything. For the laws to be applied consistently, the Koran should be banned as a terrorist manual.
One way that you can explain the fact that some non-Muslims believe that Muslims have a right to embrace the Koran, is that they’re ignorant of its contents. There is also the desire for some to see themselves as open minded and tolerant individuals. This is more important to them than understanding the true nature of Islam. There then is the mutual fantasy collusion of one group supporting the irrational beliefs and practices of another group if they support theirs.
Just as individuals who wish to leave Christian cults are rescued, those who wish to leave Islam should also be rescued. Given that Islam involves the punishment of death for anyone leaving, or encouraging anyone to leave, this is a direct challenge to the oppression (Apostasy) that Islam applies to its members.
All Muslims living in liberal democratic societies should be offered the opportunity to relocate to a Muslim country. This could include financial assistance with the relocation costs. Those Muslims who wish to remain must be prepared to denounce the Koran, and in particular those aspects which involve racial vilification and the incitement to violence.
Taking citizenship in a liberal democratic country should involve stating that the secular form of democratic government takes presence over all forms of religion. To this end, any person who travels overseas to engage in religious based violence should be denied the right to re-enter and their citizenship should be revoked.
The constitution of all liberal democracies should guarantee the right to freedom from the imposition of religion. As freedom of thought and speech is usually already guaranteed, within the limits of what’s legal, the specific freedom to practice a religion is unnecessary. The constitution of many liberal democracies includes the provision for the freedom of religion. This is due to the fact that in the past some religious groups were persecuted because of their beliefs. These days, religious persecution is mainly perpetrated by Islam.
The second prong of the approach should be under-mining a most fundamental aspect of most religions. This entails the promise that an individual will have an existence after death.
If you explore the nature of establishment Physics and our understanding of the Universe, you may come to the following conclusion: “The Universe is a self-organizing, totally connected, and a strictly determined infinite cycle of the construction and de-construction of matter. It never had a beginning and will not have an end. It’s infinite in distance and duration, space and time.”
You might then go on to see that ”Although there are obviously an infinite number of things in the Universe, if there were an infinite number of types of things (infinite variability) then we wouldn’t observe the discrete types that we do observe.”
This in turn might lead you “... to the realization that everything that can exist must exist an infinite number of times in the past and the present and the future. There are an infinite number and yet finite versions of myself writing this sentence. You don’t need to believe in a mythical religious god to obtain eternal life, because it’s a given fact of existence. We live and die forever.”
Of course, “The majority of the Physics establishment believe in the Big Bang theory. This proposes that the Universe begun from an extremely small and dense clump of matter that exploded, and that the Universe is continuing to expand as a result. How this clump of matter exploded, is not explained. Sometimes the majority get it wrong.”
The meaning and purpose of Human existence is the realization of constructive potential, both individually and collectively. The acceptance of this, along with acceptance of the infinite nature of existence and the spread of liberal democracy, will see most religions gradually fade away. Islam, on the other hand, as a political movement with its simplistic sharia law, will be more resistant. It will require on-going political action by those who believe in secular democracy. We should be under no illusion. Islamic terrorists have declared war on all liberal democracies and we must be prepared to defend our way of life with all necessary means.
*All that is quoted is from my essay “Beyond the Abstractionist Paradigm of Physics”, which can be found by simply putting the title into Google.