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We are at war with Islam. It may not serve our immediate foreign policy objectives for our political leaders to openly acknowledge this fact, but it is unambiguously so.
– Sam Harris, The End of Faith
Because of the unmitigated misery Christianity has forced on the western world, taking shots at that particular religion is usually the focal point of much of my writing. Catholic solipsists who would have a victim of incestuous rape bear the product of that inarguable crime do much to hamper the rights of women. Misinterpreting random sentence fragments from Deuteronomy have led to the corrosion of human rights for homosexuals. These two conversations are on the tip of the tongue of every political discussion these days and religion poisons minds to reason and prevents any possible progress from occurring. Without the assured word of god, these so-called social values cretins would have no ground upon which to stand. Logically, these people vomit their perspectives upon the world without rational basis but can turn to an outdated book of poetry to source their bigotry. It’s disgusting but it pales in comparison to the evil train-wreck that is Islam.
Many intelligent philosophers, those who have a far deeper understanding of Islam and the Koran than I, have put pen to paper and accurate detailed just how repulsive that particular religion is. The quotation from Sam Harris above comes from a chapter simply titled: The Problem with Islam. I highly recommend this book if you have a strong stomach for the atrocity that religion directly causes on a daily basis.
Christianity, Catholicism, Hinduism, Buddhism and all other religions can be picked apart to detail the various ups and down of each, but the obvious evils and built-in repugnance of Islam remains unmatched.
Perhaps the growth of various schools of understanding have forced some of the above religions to adapt. Certainly there are intelligent believers who openly espouse scientifically viable theories that serve to fully undermine biblical claims. These people have looked up on the available evidence, understood it and thus amended some of their religion’s formerly unquestioned precepts to fit some sort of bilateral congruity between faith and reason. Others, namely biblical literalists, are not yet so advanced. However, those believers still clinging to the inerrant word of the bible, those who are truly spreading the word of Jesus (rather than bastardizing his overall message for profit or some other end) are extremely unlikely to strap explosives to themselves and get on a bus in Chattanooga Tennessee with the specific intention of hastening their trip to eternal paradise. But why?
The reason is that, though they may deny this, they have evolved religiously (if only even somewhat). Of recent, I’ve been maintaining correspondence with a Pastor who lives in Indiana. He maintains that the bible is the perfect word of god spoken through various authors that helped shape the bible. Though these claims are easily dismissed through a quick historical study of the bible itself, the inerrancy of the bible is exactly what predicates some of these Christian denominations. Odd that they would claim the bible’s flawlessness while actively ignoring it at the same time. These bible-thumpers simply pick and choose which aspects are divine and which aspects to ignore. I fail to see why this obviousness happenstance eludes these people, but it does. The fact of the matter is that the good Pastor does not kill nonbelievers (Deuteronomy 17:12 NLT) nor would he ever force his daughter to marry her rapist (Deuteronomy 22:28-29 NLT). Instead, if he has a plumbing emergency on a Sunday, his toilet gets fixed and the plumber walks away without harm. These decisions to not murder nonbelievers or those who dareth to toil on the sabbath day show a direct selectivity when interpreting the bible and more or less discount the whole shebang as anything more than a timeline of fictional history and collection of quasi-pertinent parables.
Islam, however, makes a lot more promises and direct calls to arms. This is why the danger of Islam stretches far outside heated political discourse and seeps into terrorism and militant extremism.
Read Sam Harris’ book for a complete debasement of the barbarism that is Islam. Watch the Pat Condell video for more recent insanity perpetrated by a religious society compelled to live in the seventh century. Condell and Harris alike refer to the moral relativism that allows for Islam’s absolute evil to persist. This time, our celebration of diversity and forced respect for other cultures is decidedly not a positive. Islam, aside from the self-perpetuating internalized horror, is a broken heinous crime against nature. Slavery, forced rape, public execution, suicide bombing and so many more detestable characteristics not only comprise this religion; they define it.
Naturally, banning a religion is not a good solution nor is it one I would advocate. This type of mentality will serve only to engender the dangerous feelings that already prompt the deadly acts of terrorism. Couple this with the apologists and moderates who foster a climate of acceptance and we come to an impasse.
Yeats was quoted above as both an homage to an old professor who loved that poem above all others and because the line: The best lack all conviction, while the worst
Are full of passionate intensity plainly articulates the dead-end we may fast be approaching. Mitigating the evil of Islam, and truly all religion, is nothing short of a sisyphean enterprise. How then are we to push the rock up the hill such that it stands on an axis of truth and reason? How delicately must we play when a seventh century culture wields the weapons of modernity? How can we tiptoe past this potentially planetary graveyard without actively beckoning the end of days many believers would welcome in their folly? These are questions that currently have no good answer nor any response that does not provoke further contention.
And though there must be, it is more likely that there will be no peace between Islam and non-Islam. It is written in the hadiths and in the Koran. Nonbelievers should bow to the prophets of the Muslim religion and all women should live in burlap sacks: this is what they actually believe. The holy texts of Islam present a vicious call to arms on nearly every page and depict a world in which Islam is the only rule and all others are to be silenced by the sword. To Muslims, the world is grouped into two different sects: The House of Islam and the House of War.
You do the math.
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