This really made me laugh!
There are too many people who deliberately misrepresent Dawkins, be they right wing, left or anything in between. Or if it’s not deliberate then at least indicators of biases, laziness and shallow depth of intellect. Nick Cohen as a good piece in The Spectator regarding these folks:
- Richard Dawkins attacks Muslim bigots, not just Christian ones. If only his enemies were as brave
To me, reason and logic are clear, and for anyone to disregard these, despite gentle persuasion, is enough for me to lose patience with them. They are beyond reason.
Jeff Coyne has a pretty good follow-up to Cohen’s article:
- Dawkins gets a break at last
Christians sure have quite a few marriage options!
This is a link to a blog article from Ali A. Rizvi, an ex-Muslim, who clearly explains the fundamental weaknesses of Islam, and highlights the misinterpretation, perhaps misdirection, by those that defend Islam.
- An Atheist Muslim’s Perspective on the ‘Root Causes’ of Islamist Jihadism and the Politics of Islamophobia
This quote from the article is important as it demonstrates the misnomer that is “the religion of peace”:
I also understand that extremism in any ideology isn’t a distortion of that ideology. It is an informed, steadfast adherence to its fundamentals, hence the term “fundamentalism.” When you think of a left-wing extremist, do you think of a greedy capitalist? Would you imagine a right-wing extremist to be dedicated to government-funded social welfare programs? The “extremists” and strict followers of the Jain faith, which values the life of every being, including insects, don’t kill more than their average co-religionists. Instead, they avoid eating foods stored overnight so as not to kill even the microorganisms that may have collected in the meantime. In a true religion of peace, the “extremists” would be nonviolent pacifists to an extreme (and perhaps annoying) degree, not the opposite.
Exposing the adherents of Islam to critical thinking, to reasoned thinking, to rationality, will help to expose the evils, brutality and irrationality inherent in Islam. It isn’t going to be easy as most who defend or apologise for Islam are probably not aware of Islam’s DNA and may not be interested in exploring further after having bought into the “religion of peace” lie.
The BBC reports that Nick Clegg, an atheist, raises his children as Catholics:
- Nick Clegg’s son to go to London Oratory Catholic school
At face value, this means that Clegg is knowingly lying to his children. Instead, Clegg should be raising his children to think critically so that his children can make up their own minds and be armed to tackle the nonsense in this world.
Let’s be clear about this; I’m not condemning Clegg for sending his children to a Catholic school. I’m condemning him for raising his children as Catholics when he, himself, is a declared atheist. In particular, if the BBC report is true, what does this tell you of Clegg? That he is a hypocrite, a liar, and a coward, running away from making the hard choices.
Having just checked more online, it appears that Clegg’s hypocrisy and dishonesty on this subject is common knowledge. Not sure how I missed it all before. Perhaps Clegg misspoke or was misinterpreted about raising his children as Catholics?
Regardless, the injustices, brutality and immorality of religion are well known; Christianity/Catholicism, along with Islam, being particularly infamous:
- Injustice http://skepticsannotatedbible.com/inj/long.html
- Cruelty and violence http://skepticsannotatedbible.com/cruelty/long.html
- Intolerance http://skepticsannotatedbible.com/int/long.html
Perhaps by exposure to these evils Clegg’s children will realise the true nature of religion. After all, his children will learn that the bible calls their father a liar, an antichrist, and that he will be damned to hell forever.
I’d seen Wafa Sultan’s TV interview with an Islamic scholar quite a while ago, and was reminded of her in Eric MacDonald’s recent article:
- Wafa Sultan and the Position of Women in Islam
Another example of how religion poisons everything.
Here’s a link to Wafa Sultan’s full lecture, filmed at the Center for Inquiry’s 2012 Women in Secularism Conference, on how Islam treats women:
A summary is that Islam is “a hateful and intolerant ideology”.
Most of my arguments and pot-shots against religion have concentrated on Christianity and Islam simply due to the level of exposure that these two religions have here. Other religions, of course, cannot escape from the exposure of their own injustice and barbarity. Here’s one article on Hinduism and the terrible caste system:
- My Take: Hinduism’s caste problem, out in the open
What can I say about Hinduism? Trash, unjust, evil, barbaric. Yup, this can be equally well to Christianity, Judaism, and Islam.
Buddhism is another on the list as its core beliefs are ingrained with injustice. But that’s a topic for another article.
The trial of Alber Saber has been postponed and he faces further time in remand as bail seems to be unlikely.
What are they waiting for?
There are worrying signs that such incidents are on the increase against those that don’t adhere to various interpretations of Islamic precepts.
- Egyptian Teacher Cuts Girls’ Hair For Not Wearing Headscarf
With the many changes occurring in Egypt at this time, there is an opportunity right now for a rebirth, for Egyptians to collectively reject the unreasonable and the irrational, and to stop Egypt becoming another Saudi Arabia:
- Saudi Arabia condemned for promoting extremism and violence
- The Real Roots of Islamic Extremism
Egypt has a chance. Seize the opportunity.
This story foundational to the Abrahamic religions (Judaism, Christianity, Islam).
This is just one example of the injustice, cruelty, barbarity, slave mentality and delusions inherent and promoted by Judaism, Christianity, and Islam.
Indonesian atheist faces a jail sentence for challenging Islam. It may be that the sentence gets suspended or perhaps he may get a very draconian punishment. But it’s clear that religion poisons.
Mechanisms protecting religion or giving religion special privileges will result in injustice, barbarity, and loss of freedom. Evil is what evil does; this incident in Indonesia is a good example.