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It Will Be A Felony To Criticize muslims (and ONLY muslims) On Social Media (A Video by E.T. Williams)

O.M.G. Obama’s special love for islam has reached new heights. His efforts to advance (while protecting) islam are (literally) unprecedented in our culture and endangering our basic freedoms, and our rights, and our cultural identity as Americans (apparently even our most basic right to FREE expression). What is next? They regulate what we THINK? O. M. G. If you aren’t enraged now, then something is VERY wrong. I don’t even need to comment further. Mr. Williams says it all. You go, Sir!

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A Brief Conversation about Religious “Fundamentalism” vs the Mythical “Peaceful” muslim

Recently, I engaged in rather short online “discussion” with a couple of people regarding the existence of so-called “peaceful” muslims (which I believe to be a myth). I thought I would share the conversation with you here, in the hope that it would be informative and aid you in your own conversations with religious bigots and their apologists. I have omitted the last names of the participants in the interest of their privacy. The conversation began when I posted a link to my article titled, “A ‘Peaceful’ muslim? Really?!” and it went as follows:

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Danielle: There are millions of peaceful Muslims. Just like not all christians are like the Westboro crazies, not all muslims are fundamentalists.

Gandalf Stormcrow: No, Danielle. There are no peaceful muslims. Actually read the blog post, and my post below to Matthew. Break out of the “box” and do a bit of research and critical thinking. The fact is that all existing religion is inherently bad, because it ACTIVELY TEACHES, advocates, practices, institutionalizes and validates as “normal” (and even demands of its membership) things like bigotry, intolerance, oppression of entire demographic groups (such as women, gays, and all people of other faiths), and in some cases (e.g., islam) harsh brutality, violence, intimidation, and murder. Whether these things exist in mild or extreme forms (compared to one another) is completely irrelevant. They all do it, and it is ALWAYS wrong, so to compare one sect of christianity (or rather, your perception of that sect — as an outsider) to Westboro and then claim that it must be “good” or “peaceful” is patently ridiculous because institutionalized bigotry in any form is not a “peaceful” thing — and neither are intolerance, divisiveness, or the wholesale oppression of entire demographic groups. “Peaceful” is not simply (and narrowly) defined as “an apparent lack of overt violence and brutality” as you and so many others seem to believe. Stripping entire demographic groups of many (or all) of their freedoms and civil rights and human rights and forcing them to live their entire lives in fear, deprivation, and/or anonymity is NOT a peaceful thing — even if done without violence. Even mere tolerance of these things is NOT a “peaceful” thing — especially when the “fundamentalists” are so few compared to the so-called “millions of peaceful muslims” in the world.

Religion itself is the disease. People who choose to expose themselves to the mental pathogens (i.e., the infectious agents) of its teachings (and it is important that you remember that it is a choice they make) are always affected by it to one degree or another, and the “health” of society is always compromised as a result. The symptoms of infection that we see in the individual include pretty much the same types of bigotry, intolerance, divisiveness, hate, oppression, and violence that their religion espouses and teaches, perpetrated against selected individuals and demographic groups, and (just as with any physiological sickness) the severity and outward appearance of these symptoms may vary individually but they are always present — whether you happen to (or are trained to) notice them or not. The widespread, cumulative symptoms we see in our society are many. They take the obvious form of strife between “opposing” religious doctrines (especially as they battle to gain prominence and power within our governments); but the concepts are then extended and applied beyond religion and take the secondary forms of racism, sexism, and other forms of inequality, bias, and discrimination (bigotry); and the oppression of, and violence (including war) against, those who are different from us (because after all, even “god” is a very violent, destructive being when it wants to get its way). Yes. I am saying that the roots of all these societal maladies lie in religion and the evil, bigoted shit it has taught (and imposed upon) societies since the beginning of time. It is my belief that most of these things are not inherent to the heart of the individual human being, but that they are learned from (and largely accepted in) societies that are well-steeped in varied (and mostly unapparent) religious bigotry, doctrines, beliefs, and practices.

Whether or not one cares to admit it, the reality is that ALL of christianity is bigoted, intolerant, divisive, and oppressive — even if only mildly so compared to Westboro. The same goes for ALL of islam, ALL of judaism, and so on. WHY would anyone (or any society) want to tolerate these things — even in “milder” forms? People’s lives are still being negatively affected by it — just to a somewhat lesser degree. How much bigotry, intolerance, hate, exclusion, violence, and oppression of entire demographic groups is an “acceptable” amount, Danielle? I guess the answer to that probably depends upon how much YOU and those you love are being affected by it. Christianity talks a lot about “love” but its love (like that of all religions) is extremely conditional, and the “seed” at the center of the fruit of their “love” is the institutionalized bigotry that their own “god” expects from them. They will never truly accept you if you are different from them — because their “god” has taught them that you are an “abomination” or an “infidel” and that they are better than you — that they are “special,” and “favored,” and “acceptable in his sight.” And that means “non-believers” are not, and that is blatant bigotry. That is why the concept of “sin” exists and why they believe there is a hell.

Additionally, religions are inherently viral and predatory; thus, they intentionally exploit the poor, the weak, the desperate, and the gullible, and they actively seek to spread themselves and gain power over the citizenry through a marriage to our governments.

Matthew: There is a bit of a difference between the active Jihadi and the Muslim who wishes to belong to modernity, yet can’t because of a fear of speaking up.

It is likely that Martin Luther would have had a difficult time with the Protestant Reformation if modern weapons had existed at the time.

Islam faces the same problems. It is in the midst of a Reformation, yet any reformers, who wish to cast off the archaic relics of ideology (demanding ideological purity, and demanding that Islam is the “perfect” religion, etc), have difficulty doing so, because they tend to be promptly killed when they attempt to do so.

Gandalf Stormcrow: I totally understand what you’re saying, Matthew, and it is always a hopeful thing for the world when barbaric, bullshit religions like islam begin to evolve, but they never do so on their own, because they actually believe they are “commanded by god” to do the sick things they do to humanity. Complete elimination of organized religion would be an even greater boon to mankind. But even when barbaric religions like islam begin such a transformation, it always takes hundreds of years, costs untold millions of damaged or destroyed human lives (or whole societies), and requires enormous social pressures to force such change; and remember that even in their most “peaceful” state, religions are still inherently bigoted, intolerant, oppressive, and hateful — which negates ANY notion that they are peaceful (or that they ever can be). Christianity underwent a similar transformation — and, in fact, is still in the process of change. But it will never be truly peaceful, or it will cease to be “christianity” as defined by its own “god.” The same goes for islam. Regarding islam and the so-called “peacefulness” of its “members,” please consider the following, Matthew:

  • IF islam is to be thought of as a bona-fide religion (instead of bogus, man-made crap like the rest of them), then one must begin with the assumption or true belief that it was created by its own infallible, ALL-wise, ALL-knowing, ALL-seeing, ALL-powerful, ETERNAL GOD, and that it (i.e., the religion’s doctrines, standards, practices, and eternal beliefs) was all passed in PERFECT, infallible form to its early prophets for dissemination amongst the peoples of the earth. If one can’t even admit to that much, then one is (in effect) admitting that the “religion” is made-up, bogus bullshit along with its “god,” its “prophets,” and all of its doctrines.
  • IF one can convince themselves that islam was created in such a way and that its “god” is not a bumbling, inept fool; but rather, an ALL-wise, ALL-knowing, ALL-powerful “god of the universe” who can see through all dimensions of time and space with equal clarity (laughing at the utter stupidity of such a thought) then one must also believe that its god could never make a mistake and, therefore, its doctrines and its commandments would be ETERNALLY sacred and ETERNALLY applicable (even into “modernity”); therefore, one would have to commit themselves to EVERYTHING that their ALL-wise, ALL-knowinggod” teaches and expects — IN ITS ENTIRETY — ALL of it — for ALL time — even in the face of ever evolving social standards and practices among lowly humanity. (This is a great deal of why most islamic cultures are backward, arrested, and brutal — because the vast majority of muslims devotedly cling to their god’s commands with total faithfulness and without regard to worldwide social outcry or public pressures.)
  • Thus, if one is to actually “belong” to that religion, then one must actually believe that their “god” is real, and that it is completely infallible and ALL-wise, and that it expects total obedience in all of the doctrinal dictates it passed to its early prophets — WITHOUT EXCEPTION and WITHOUT QUESTION.
  • IF one refuses to obey their “god’s” commands because they believe that it is wrong to do some of the horrific things their chosengod” instructed them to do, or because they appear outdated in current society and that they prefer to live in “modernity,” then one IS necessarily:
    • In a state of open rebellion against their chosen (ALL-wise???) “god of the universeand its doctrines (which technically makes them not a “member” of that religion anymore—even if they still have not yet come to that realization and are still wearing the garb and going through the motions of some of the practices and traditions); or they are
    • Admitting that their own eternal “god of the universe” is a fallible, bumbling, inept, unwise, error-prone boob, and that it is no better that the narrow-minded, bronze-age goat herders who made it all up anyway!
  • Here’s a hint, Matthew: If one is smarter, or wiser, or more discerning than their own “god” and they can “correct” its shortsightedness and doctrinal mistakes to make them more “appropriate” then either that so-called “god” is stupid and its judgment and teachings can never be trusted, or that religion is complete bogus bullshit and one shouldn’t be part of it anyway — in any form. Remember, that the fallible “created” humans do not have the divine authority to override their chosen “god” and redefine ITS religion to make it more “acceptable” or more palatable to themselves, or so that it meets the changing expectations of “modernity” or of its various members at any given point in time!
  • IF one commits themselves to a religion they are, in actuality, committing themselves FIRST AND ONLY to that religion’s “GOD” (not to an elastic, moldable-at-will philosophy and ever-evolving public opinions about that god and what it expects from its followers) and that necessarily includes a commitment to all the philosophies and doctrines that that religion’s “god” says are to be believed and practiced — not simply the ones they individually deem “appropriate” or the ones they decide to believe and practice (while still claiming to be “faithful” members of that “god’s” religion). The idiocy of such (commonplace) mental duplicity is astounding!
  • IF one rebels against their chosengod” and casts off (ANY of) its “sacred” doctrines and behavioral expectations, then one is necessarily casting off the “god” itself and, thus, its entire religion. Simply because some people can’t understand that, and choose to continue to refer to themselves as “members” of that religion and wear the garb and practice some of the traditions, doesn’t mean that they actually are members, and I believe their religion’s “god” would agree with me (if it were real).
  • It is a FACT that islam (i.e., the GOD of islam) teaches and requires of its members, certain beliefs and acts which are greatly harmful to entire demographic groups of human beings (hundreds of millions of people around the world). The fact that some people (who by pure chance were born into islamic cultures and were indoctrinated into or forced to adopt the sick religion) are inherently opposed to [only some?] [all?] such atrocities, injustices, and vileness, does NOT speak well for the religion, because the religion is what ITS GOD defines it as (through the actual words in its “holy” texts and those of its principle “prophets”) — not what each “member” of the religion decides to define it as. No, it speaks well of those specific individuals (in a very limited, non-religious context) and it demonstrates that (in their hearts) they are not actually “members” of that vile, bullshit religion — even if they haven’t yet come to that realization. Thus, the term “fundamentalist” is purely bogus, as all actual believers of any religion are fundamentalists. Everyone else is either confused (i.e., that have yet to realize that they abandoned the religion when they rebelled against the “god” of that religion); or they are feigning commitment to a religion out of fear or social pressures; or they do so for a feeling of “belonging” and acceptance (in much the same way that people join social clubs and gangs) or for perceived social “status” and are, thus, more apt to be willing to sway their “beliefs” with the ever-changing tide of public opinion and “not believe in” certain parts of their own chosengod’sHOLY commandments and instructions to them.
  • IF one is a committed member of islam (in their heart), then one necessarily SUPPORTS the “god” who decreed (from “on high”) that all women are lesser beings than are men, and who then opened the door for them to be oppressed and treated as little better than property; and that gays, non-muslims, and apostates are to be killed. If (in their heart) a committed muslim supports the ALL-wise, ALL-knowinggod of the universe” who dictated these things, then they must also support those who carry out such crimes against humanity — even if they are not openly vocal about it and even if they have never personally participated. This may be a difficult realization to accept; but it is, nonetheless, true.
  • WHY haven’t the hundreds of millions of so-called “peaceful” muslims ever stood up to the (relatively few?) so-called “fundamentalists” who are giving their “peaceful” religion such a bad name worldwide, and brought them to swift, public justice for crimes against humanity and for bringing shame onto the name of their “god” and its “prophet?” Perhaps it is because the millions of “peaceful” muslims do NOT exist, in reality. Perhaps it is because they quietly SUPPORT what islam does to others. Perhaps they are simply brainwashed from birth and do not know better. Either way, it does not make islam a credible belief system or worthy of respect, and it does NOT make (personally) non-violent muslims “peaceful.” To quietly tolerate (especially if one is “supposedly” in the overwhelming majority), is to SUPPORT. And don’t forget that islam permits muslims to lie to and deceive non-muslims in order to advance and further the spread of itself (in the same way that some pathogens can sometimes trick or deceive your body’s immune defenses in order to allow themselves to spread), so I don’t know that I would be so quick to believe in the illusion of “peaceful” muslims if I were you. They make it pretty clear what their goals are.
  • Quiet tolerance of atrocities (even “milder,” seemingly nonviolent atrocities) against millions of human beings does not make one “peaceful” — especially if one continues to affiliate oneself with the very institution that is inflicting the atrocities onto the human population and the “god” who commanded it.
  • Can there be any such thing as a “peaceful” member of the KKK, Matthew? Why not?! Does not simple membership in such a vile, hateful, bigoted, and dangerous organization mark one at the very least as a passive supporter of what that organization stands for and practices? Of course it does! WHY is there no such thing as a “peaceful” member of the KKK? Because the organization itself (the “belief system,” if you will) is inherently and fundamentally evil, bigoted, intolerant, hate-spreading, dangerous, and oppressive; and none of these things are “peaceful.” Thus, as long as one claims membership in (or even remains loosely affiliated with) such an evil organization, one can never be considered a “peaceful” member (even if they have never personally participated in a cross-burning or some other form of public intimidation, oppression, or terrorism)! And the EXACT SAME THING applies to islam and to other religions, because the GODS of those religions have defined their own religious doctrines and promulgated to humanity (through their various “prophets”) their own individual “sacred,” inviolable philosophies of bigotry, intolerance, division, hate, violence, and oppression — just like the KKK. And (in spite of what the religious would have you believe) religions do not (and should not) enjoy special exemption from the same scrutiny and open criticism we give to the KKK, simply because they claim to be “holy” or because some people choose to blind themselves to the truth about the organization they chose to join — or because they were taught by their parents that theirs is the one “true” religion and that theirgod of the universe” is better than everyone else’s “god of the universe“, and is therefore too “holy” to be criticised in public discourse.
  • Don’t make the common mistake of thinking that there is (or even that there ever can be) a distinction between a religion and its ideology. The ideology was established by that religion’s ALL-wise, ALL-knowing, ALL-seeing “GOD of the universe;” thus, the ideology can never be debated or “cast off” while remaining a “member” of that religion. The ideology IS the religion. The religion IS its ideology. That’s all it is, in reality. One CANNOT separate a religion from its ideology. When one separates themselves from the ideology, one has effectively separated themselves from the religion and its “god“—whether they realize this or admit this to themselves, or not; thus the term “fundamentalist” is an irrelevant, non-applicable term.
  • The notion that there is a meaningful difference between religious “fundamentalism” and other “forms” of the same religion is silly.
  • Remember: If the GOD of a certain religion is bigoted, intolerant, divisive, oppressive, destructive, vengeful, and hateful (as revealed in its OWN words and “holy” texts and in those of its principle “prophets”), then the ENTIRE RELIGION is equally so, because IT IS THE “GOD” WHO ESTABLISHES AND DEFINES ITS RELIGION — not “modern” apologists who decide they are smarter or wiser than their own ALL-wise, ALL-knowing, ALL-seeing “god of the universe” and who decide to water it down to make it appear more palatable for themselves or the masses.

Speak out against institutionalized oppression, bigotry, intolerance, and hate in all its forms wherever you find it (even “holy” religion), so that humanity can eventually live in peace and freedom. Such philosophies do not have a place in a peaceful, functional, modern society. Use logic and solid reasoning to unravel the long-held religious legends, superstitions, and myths and expose the truth — regardless of who it pisses off or where it leads. Your silence is not respect. It is notpeaceful.” It is approval. It is passive support. It is complicity in the atrocities that religion inflicts upon humanity every day.

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Peace…

I am here to challenge your comfortable and familiar perceptions and paradigms — to help awaken you — to make you think.” — AAJG

A “peaceful” muslim? Really?!

We hear this term used constantly, but I am not sure there is any such thing as a “peaceful” muslim. How can I possibly think such a thing? Well, islam itself (as a belief system) is not peaceful. Islam dominates whole societies and subjugates their citizens under ultra-strict religion-based controls and constant fear of brutality and death. Islam itself is not respectful, or tolerant, or progressive, or empowering, or personally liberating, or beautiful in any way. It does not advocate for freedom or equality among its members. It meets non-compliance or dissent with immediate brutality and intimidation — or in far too many cases… death. It actively seeks to spread itself to other cultures and to bring them under the dominion of islam as well — like a virus. It does not peacefully coexist with other belief systems — despite the claims of its paid spin-masters on television.

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It seems to me, therefore, that if one is a dedicated muslim in their heart; if one willingly embraces the tenets of islam as they are actually written in the qur’an, and taught in the mosques, and practiced in the real world (not as they are “said” to exist by professional spin-masters with hidden agendas); if one “is a muslim” but does not openly abhor and fight against the rampant and inherent oppression and brutality associated with islam; if one “is a muslim” but does not actively and vocally denounce those who are commonly referred to as the “violent extremists” and remove them from their religion and bring them to justice; if one “is a muslim” but quietly supports or even sits passively by and allows the oppression and atrocities to continue unchallenged and unhated (even if only in their heart), then that person is not a “peaceful” muslim — even if they have never personally perpetrated a violent or oppressive act on another human being. If they “practice” the muslim faith in a very loose, watered-down way that is not strictly compliant with its god’s doctrines and its prophet’s instructions, then that person is technically not a muslim — they have invented a new religion (that they personally approve of and like better). It may appear to be “similar” to islam, but it is not islam — so they can’t be counted as “peaceful muslims.” If islam, as it is actually written in the qur’an and taught by the imams (the “divinely appointed, sinless, infallible successors of muhammad“) and other religious leaders, is not peaceful (and clearly, it is not), then no one who adopts that backward faith can be deemed peaceful. No one. Please read on.

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Again, if a “muslim” does not support the atrocities islam is so widely known for in their heart — if, even in the privacy of their own terrorized heart, they do not willingly embrace islam as good and right for human society — if, in their heart they “know” there must be a better way, then they are not muslims, strictly speaking — regardless of what they wear, or where they live, or what “god” they outwardly pretend to pray to. Perhaps they are simply people — trapped from birth in an oppressive muslim culture, and would likely eagerly accept any other way of life that offered them real freedom and equality — unless they suffer from some sort of “Stockholm Syndrome“-type mental disorder. These can be peaceful people, specifically because they are not muslims.

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So please push away any political correctness “spin” that has been put into your mind (in exactly the same manner as all religious leaders put creepy “belief-system” ideas into the minds of their “sheep”) and consider the following:

  • How islam “peacefully” integrates itself within societies:
    • Instituting a system which purposefully strikes terror and fear in the hearts of the general population for non-compliance, non-belief, or for being born differently from the “accepted norm” (e.g., being gay) is not a peaceful act.
    • Imposing a violent, oppressive religion onto whole societies simply because you are the numerical majority is not a peaceful act.
    • Instilling the fear of death or imprisonment in the population, for not believing what the “system” says they should believe in is not a peaceful act.
    • Infiltrating and enslaving entire societies is not a peaceful act.
    • Brainwashing and mentally enslaving entire societies is not a peaceful act.
    • Brainwashing small children with hateful, intolerant religious doctrine is not a peaceful act.
    • Brainwashing children that women are lower class human beings, that gays and infidels must be killed, and to generally hate everyone who is different from them is not a peaceful act.
    • Depriving people of free speech with threats, bullying, and intimidation is not a peaceful act.
    • Depriving whole societies or demographic groups of their human or civil rights is not a peaceful act.
    • Sharia law is not peaceful.
  • How islam treats women and girls “peacefully:”
    • The wholesale oppression of women is not a peaceful act.
    • Even considering women as a lower class of humanity is not a peaceful act.
    • Forcing women to wear a burqa or a hijab is not a peaceful act.
    • Raping women and girls is not a peaceful act.
    • Murdering women and girls because they have been raped is not a peaceful act.
    • Beheading women and girls is not a peaceful act.
    • Shooting women and girls is not a peaceful act.
    • Stoning women and girls to death for having sex is not a peaceful act.
    • Depriving women and girls of total equality and freedom with men is not a peaceful act.
    • Making women and girls live in fear is not a peaceful act.
    • Forcing women and girls to marry against their will is not a peaceful act.
    • Marrying little girls is NOT a peaceful act.
  • How islam treats gays “peacefully:”
    • Murdering gays simply for existing is not a peaceful act.
    • The wholesale oppression of gays is not a peaceful act.
    • Hating gays, even in your heart, is not a peaceful act.
    • Even considering gays as a lower class of humanity is not a peaceful act.
    • Beheading gays is not a peaceful act.
    • Hanging gays is not a peaceful act.
    • Stoning gays to death is not a peaceful act.
    • Shooting gays is not a peaceful act.
    • Burning gays alive is not a peaceful act.
    • Making gays live in fear and anonymity is not a peaceful act.
  • How islam treats people of other faiths “peacefully:”
    • The wholesale oppression of atheists and people of different faiths is not a peaceful act.
    • Killing people who leave the muslim faith is not a peaceful act.
    • Suicide/homicide bombings are not peaceful acts.
    • Blowing up embassies is not a peaceful act.
    • Flying planes full of people into buildings full of people is not a peaceful act.
    • Murdering or imprisoning someone for not believing the same thing you do is not a peaceful act.
    • The wholesale, violent, brutal intolerance of other religions is not a peaceful act.
    • Calling (or considering) non-muslims “infidels” is not a peaceful act.
    • Throwing acid in someone’s face is not a peaceful act.
    • Demanding that everyone think like you is not a peaceful act.
  • How islam “peacefully” deals with non-compliance:
    • Barbaric public executions (whether by beheading, hanging, stoning, or gunshot) are not peaceful acts. They are brutal acts of public intimidation. They are terrorism!
    • Beheading people is not a peaceful act.
    • Stoning people to death is not a peaceful act.
    • Cutting off someone’s nose is not a peaceful act.
    • So-called “honor killings” are not peaceful acts.
    • Threatening other people is not a peaceful act.
  • How islam “peacefully” protects and furthers all things islam:
    • Using “Taqiyya” to deceive non-muslims about the true aims and goals of islam is not a peaceful act.
    • Supporting, or even tolerating, the so-called “extremists” within your own religion is not a peaceful act.
    • Tolerating, believing in, embracing, or supporting any of the above acts (in any way) — is not a peaceful act — even if you did not personally participate in them.

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Oddly, very sadly, my president apparently supports and admires the religion of islam. He has stated this publicly on many occasions. He may even have even been a practicing muslim at one point in his life. There is evidence to suggest that he was, though I can’t say for certain. This is very distressing to me. He must, it seems then, also support the “peaceful” things listed above. I say this because I have never heard him speak out publicly against these things, which are apparently integral to islam itself. He has even stated publicly several times, that “islam has a long history of tolerance. [Peacefulness is likely implied in this statement as well.]” Really?! Because none of the things listed above are remotely tolerant or peaceful — in any way. None of them. Yet, they are apparently all integral to islam itself. So I worry why my president would say such a thing, but never openly condemn islam for the countless brutal atrocities (and “softer” crimes against humanity) that are done in its name. Give it some thought, do some research, and draw your own conclusions. Don’t ignore your common sense, though. It probably serves you very faithfully.

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Remember: All human beings are born atheist. All human beings are born free. All human beings are born equal. All human beings are born without religious affiliation; without cultural, racial, ethnic, gender, or sexual orientation biases; we are born without man-made “social status;” and even without national allegiances. People don’t stay that way for long, though. The families, the villages, the societies, the cultures, the governmental systems into which we are born then apply all these things to us in our infancy — without our knowledge or consent. We are assigned a religion by our parents (unless we are born into an atheist family). Almost no one chose the religion they practice as an adult. We are taught (primarily by religion and government) to hate or mistrust those who are not like us.  We are assigned a social “status” and an accompanying set of rights and privileges (depending upon our assigned social status), and we are expected to comply — to obey — to keep our place. We are expected to support the system into which we were born. I understand that much of this is a necessary or inescapable by-product of living in an ordered society, but where religion is concerned, I believe a very heavy line should be drawn. Religion is exploitative and seductive. Religion is predatory. Religion is controlling. It is divisive. It is inherently intolerant. Religion is viral — it spreads itself to other cultures and societies in hopes of dominating the population in some parasitic way. Religion is dangerous. It was not invented to help you, or to bring you peace. That is a con. It was invented to exploit and control you. And children are at particular risk, as they ensure the continuation of the scam into the next generation. But the cycle needs to be BROKEN. As completely impossible as it would be to enact and implement, I think no child should be exposed to religion until they reach the age of majority — thinking majority, not arbitrary chronological majority — for the same reason that children are not legally allowed to vote, or sign contracts, or purchase alcohol and tobacco, or engage in “consensual” sex. Their minds simply aren’t developed enough to allow them to understand the totality of the consequences of such things. So, as a society, we protect them from the unscrupulous who would take advantage of their naivete for nefarious purposes — except where religion is concerned, for some inexplicable reason! This really needs to change. If it did, probably within two or three generations, religion would be nearly wiped out, and all of the problems it causes human society would have begun to disappear. That is why ALL religions specifically target children! Disgusting! Mentally enslaving children is NOT a peaceful act!

I’ve created all the memes used in this post, along with several others that deal with this subject (included below). Feel free to copy and use them as you see fit. I hope they make you think somewhat differently than you did before about the sham idea that islam is a “religion of peace” and about the existence of so-called “peaceful muslims.” There is no evidence that they exist.

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Obviously, I could go on with this, but I’ll leave it at that. So what does your “gut” tell you? Does it sound like a “religion of peace” to you? No? Well you are not alone. Growing numbers of people are beginning to see what islam really is — and what it really does to the people it enslaves. Speak out. Resist the spread of religion wherever you find it — especially brutal, backward islam. Don’t be fooled or intimidated by their name-calling. (Read my very short blog post titled “Labeling the Dissenter.”) The religion of islam is NOT owed respect. No religion is. (I invite you to read my other blog post(s) on “Respecting” Religion for more on that.)

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Peace…

I am here to challenge your comfortable and familiar perceptions and paradigms — to help awaken you — to make you think.” — AAJG

Really?! A “Good” Muslim?

Yesterday, I stumbled onto an online discussion wherein people were arguing back and forth about religion. It appeared that the participants were a mixture of muslims and christians, and they seemed to be having a good time verbally whacking one another with their insults. (Funny how “peaceful” and “loving” religious people can be, isn’t it?) Anyway, one of the posters made a comment that so-and-so was “a good muslim.” That got me thinking. What the hell does that even mean?! Seriously! What does that mean? I thought about it awhile, and this is what I came up with:

Perhaps the “good muslims” are the hundreds of millions of so-called “peaceful muslims” we’ve heard so much about (an extremely formidable force, one would think) who have risen up against the so-called (“very small number” of) “extremist” muslims, and who have openly and publicly denounced them and run them out of the religion so the rest of us can see with our own eyes that “those extremists don’t represent islam as a whole and that most muslims really are peace-loving, friendly people.” No… wait… that has never happened. Ever. Hmm. The so-called “peaceful muslims” certainly are all strangely quiet for some reason and seem to be allowing the atrocities and terrible injustices to continue completely unchallenged. No, the only vocal opposition to muslim atrocities against women, gays, and non-muslims I have ever heard of comes from non-muslims. Interesting, isn’t it? That’s important. Don’t ignore the obvious. It always means something.

Young gay men hanged in Iran. Their crime: Existing and desiring happiness, freedom, and equality.

Young gay men hanged by “good muslims” in Iran. Their crime: Existing and desiring happiness, freedom, and equality.

Since islam (the religion itself) is sick, perverted, destructive, controlling, and evil, it seems to me that there is no such thing as a “good muslim” unless one means a person who is “good at” being a muslim (i.e., totally compliant with all the doctrinal dictates of the religion and who is completely submissive to its prophets and its “chosen” leaders’ instructions and whims — regardless how barbaric and harmful to others they may be). In that vein, perhaps the “good muslims” are those who actually believe that women are a lower-class of human being and can, therefore, be held in eternal bondage, be treated like property, be deprived of their most basic human and civil rights, and be raped or even murdered on a whim. Or perhaps the “good muslims” are those who believe that gays are an “abomination” and should be killed in the streets, or that girls and women should never be allowed freedom, equality, or an education. Maybe they are those who quietly accept and support the wholesale murder and oppression of untold millions of gays, women, and non-muslims (even if they aren’t publicly vocal about it, but they embrace it in their hearts because of their faithfulness to the religion of islam itself). Most muslims, I believe, know exactly what is going on in the name of islam and thus, are complicit through their support of and participation in the “system,” even if they may not actively participate in the most brutal aspects of it themselves. After all, it’s what muhammad told them to do… right? A “good muslim?” Really?!

Click to Enlarge. The bodies of two gay men—bound and executed in the street in Iraq.

Iraq: The bodies of two young gay men — bound and executed in the street by “good muslims.” Their crime: Daring to exist.

No, there is no such thing as a “good muslim” as you’re probably thinking of it, I think. Doubtless, though, there are many inherently good people who just happen to be entangled in, and practice the islamic religion in a very watered-down, generally non-compliant way (which necessarily makes them “bad muslims” in my opinion, but it makes them slightly more appealing as neighbors and fellow citizens, because their actions and behaviors are far less dictated by their sick, perverted religion, and more dictated by their own, innate sense of human decency). No doubt many muslims hate being trapped in the sickness of islam but fear for their lives, because the penalty for apostasy is death. Interestingly, almost all religious people (regardless of their religion) belong to the same religious belief system as their parents (and were indoctrinated in their youth). Thus, most muslims were simply raised in muslim families and cultures, and were indoctrinated from their earliest years, so they have a warped perspective — a sense of right and wrong that is different from most of the rest of the world — and may not know any better (not that that is, or should ever be, an excuse for atrocious behavior toward other human beings). Many muslims are simply victims of brainwashing (youthful indoctrination) and are required by their religion and cultures to obediently submit (and don’t forget that islam means “submit” — not “peace” as many deceptive muslims will tell you) themselves to their religion’s doctrines and standards of behavior for the whole of their lives, so it’s not fully their fault that they think the way they do. If they aren’t actively harming others or supporting those who do, they need to be educated with truth (even if it offends them) — not hated. If they are harming others, they need to be stopped — and hated. Either way, islam (as a religious institution) is to blame for the atrocities that happen in the muslim world, and as such, it should not be accepted or tolerated as a valid or “peaceful” belief system. This is the goddamned 21st century, after all — not the 6th century!

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And please remember… the term “muslim” is neither a racial nor an ethnic identifier — no matter what anyone ever tells you. It is not encoded into a person’s DNA in any way, so it is not a genetic identifier that one is born with and cannot help. One is not born muslim, or christian, or jewish. Everyone is born atheist. Everyone. Even you. One is either indoctrinated (i.e., brainwashed) into religion by their parents while in their youth (and is likely enslaved for life), or one chooses it (or is seduced into it) as an adult. Thus, being a muslim is a religious CHOICE. So remember, whenever one insults a disgusting, hateful, oppressive, destructive, intolerant, misogynistic retard religion (the belief system itself) one is not automatically applying the insult to all of the people who choose to (or claim to) “practice” that religion. Such derogatory labels often do apply directly to the individual constituent members of the group, though. Within the “muslim” group, for example, the same derogatory labels that rightfully apply to the religion itself, also apply individually to the practitioners and supporters of that religion, to the degree that they are personally involved in, directly or indirectly supportive of, or quietly tolerant of the atrocities, the oppression, the mental enslavement, the social intolerance, and the cold brutality for which the religion of islam is so widely known. Yes. They. Do. By personally involving themselves in the activities of, the continued existence of, and/or the expansion of a religious system to which many very derogatory labels rightfully apply, or by quietly supporting such a system (rather than actively speaking out in direct opposition to it), individual people have applied the same derogatory labels to themselves through their individual, personal behaviors and choices. They have personally applied these labels to themselves, and cannot, therefore, claim to be “offended” by their use, or falsely claim that you have applied such labels to them by calling the religion what it actually is. And think about this: People (even muslims who may be trapped in the system and have no way out) who do not support what islam is and does to so many millions of people, would never be offended in their hearts by the application and use of such labels — whether directed at the religion itself, or to those within the religion (even as a general reference) who are directly or indirectly responsible for carrying out, supporting, or enabling the nightmarish oppression and brutality that is islam. Therefore, people who make public claims of “being offended” by the use of so-called “hateful” labels when referring to islam (the belief system itself), cannot be in the group of muslims who do not support (in their hearts) the existence and spread of the religion and its inherent brutality. They cannot be “peaceful” muslims—unless they are also incredibly confused and misguided, because islam is anything but peaceful.

Need another example of “peaceful” islam at work? In the following video “good muslims” burn three poor victims alive for no other crime than being  gay in a cruel execution according to the teachings of Islam and Islamic Sharia law. (**Warning: Extremely Graphic! This made me cry.)

The religion itself should be called what it is, though—sick, perverted, rabid, oppressive, controlling, bigoted-as-hell (even against other religions and cultures), brutal, merciless, backward, homophobic, misogynistic, and very, very, very destructive to society and to the proper and free evolution of the human race — not to mention the fact that it, like all other religions, is based on silly myths and fairy tales (as are all religions). Those who actively participate in such a religion and cause harm or oppression to others (and those who support and defend those who do such thingsdeserve to have those same labels applied to them. Yes. They. Do.

Another muslim woman being executed.

Yet another muslim woman being executed by a “good muslim.” Her crime: Probably something horrible like being raped by a “good muslim.”

The religion of islam is like old testament christianity brought into in the 21st century — backward, bloody, brutal, controlling, merciless, fear-inducing, and absolute. This shit does NOT deserve to be respected or tolerated—in any form. No. It. Doesn’t. Listen to your conscience and your common sense — not to politically correct bullshit.  Then call this religion exactly what it is. Your heart and your sense of human decency will give you the right words. Don’t over think it. Don’t rationalize or make excuses for it. It is what it is, as they say. A twisted, brutal religious philosophy like islam should never be given a pass in human society for fear of insulting the sensibilities of its members and supporters (and thus, be allowed to spread unchecked and ensnare other free peoples). Truth matters. It is true that all religion is bad for human society and the evolution of the human race, but islam is a special breed of dangerous and disgusting. Civilized people should not be tolerant of it or make excuses for it. Look again at the images above. Watch the video if you dare. These things are not the exception. These things are the standard in the muslim world. They happen every day. Islam is brutal. It is dangerous. It is unforgiving. It is final. Its spread — its very existence — should be opposed at every opportunity. I encourage you to speak out in your own way, and try to make a difference — for those who can’t. Somehow, you need to speak out. Every. Voice. Counts.

BTW, I just read this morning that it is projected that by 2030 (Only 17 years from now!), muslims will be the majority in England — due to extremely high immigration and birth rates. Think about what that means — to the people of England, and to the West at large! If (or rather, when) that happens, one very great domino will have fallen…

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Peace…

I am here to challenge your comfortable and familiar perceptions and paradigms — to help awaken you — to make you think.” — AAJG

Separation of Church and State and the Power of Religion

“The thing to notice about a theocracy is that the “will of God” will always look suspiciously similar to the prejudices and ambitions of those who claim to know what God wants.” — Brad R.

“Religion is inherently dangerous to human society. If it is allowed to exist, it must be carefully controlled.” — AAJG

Click to Enlarge. Iran: Forth Public Hanging in Arak in less than a week. This 23-year-old man was hanged in public on Wednesday, February 20th in the city of Arak.

Click to Enlarge. Iran: The fourth public hanging in Arak in less than a week. This 23-year-old man was hanged in public on Wednesday, February 20th, 2013 in the city of Arak.

All religions claim to have unique, god-given legitimacy and the moral authority to carry out their “god’s” will. Of course, that is completely ridiculous, since there are no gods. Religion has perpetrated this hoax on the people of the world for far too long. Unfortunately for religion, the fact that there are no real gods, means that they (as religious entities or institutions) possess no real, intrinsic power or moral authority over us. In fact, religion (by itself) has very little authority or power over people, and that which they do posses is only perceived to exist. It exists only in the minds of those who become fooled by, and entangled in, the madness of religion.

Religions derive their actual power and authority over others through infiltration into our governments. By becoming intertwined with a people’s government and laws, religion acquires official legitimacy and a portion of that government’s actual power and legal authority over the citizenry. The degree to which “separation of church and state” (a very beautiful concept) exists and is held dear and actively practiced within a society, religions are either held in check or they (whether state-sanctioned or otherwise) hold legitimized, powerful, and oppressive control and legal authority over the people within that society. Where absolute separation of church and state exists, religions are far less harmful to the citizenry, and they have no official or quasi-official legitimacy or authority to impose their will upon the people. Thus, they must rely on seduction and brainwashing (especially the children) to obtain and maintain their membership, and they must convince their members to do their bidding — but they possess no legal authority to punish or harm people, or to impose their will onto that society. Granted, the predatory seduction, indoctrination, fleecing, and manipulation of the naïve, the desperate, the weak, the disaffected, the gullible, and the willing are still bad things which should be opposed and publicly exposed, but they don’t represent the “raw power” that government can give them — the power to do us real harm. Where there is little or no separation of church and state (such as in Iran, which combines elements of a modern islamic theocracy with so-called “democracy”), religion is overwhelmingly powerful and, under the authority it gains from its intimate marriage with government, it imposes its morality and its will on the people of that nation with brutality and without mercy. There is not a single theocracy on earth whose citizens are happy, equal, and free; and there never has been. Think about it.

Click to Enlarge. The horror of religion. A muslim woman being prepared for stoning—after being raped.

Click to Enlarge. The horror of state-sanctioned religion. A terrified muslim woman being prepared for stoning — after being raped.

Thank goodness we live in America where that doesn’t happen, right? Well, sort of. Religion is quite powerful in America and it affects our lives (through the power it derives from its affiliation with our government) in many ways, but it’s nothing compared to nations like Iran and others in that area of the world. The primary thing that holds such heinous religious atrocities at bay in America, I believe, is the fact that we have a fairly healthy respect for the concept of separation of church and state (though I believe it should be made absolute and written into our constitution as inviolable). Were it not for that, we might be in very deep shit too. And don’t be fooled into thinking that the difference is that christianity is the dominant religion here, rather than islam. While it is true that christianity appears to be far more “evolved” and civil than brutal and merciless islam (at least in the current era), it is also true that christianity has a past (and a present) of its own; and if given free reign and the legal powers of our government there is no imagining how it might devolve into an (old testament) islam-like religion again. Don’t forget that both christianity and islam are both abrahamic religions that have many things in common — doctrinally, and in terms of shared lineage, prophets, etc. No, the real difference, in my opinion, is the degree of separation of church and state that we enjoy in America — which greatly limits the power of religion over us. Still, religion (and not just christianity) has been able to infiltrate our government and laws (to a degree) and impose its will on us in much more subtle (but still very real) ways — and it is constantly striving to gain greater power over us through a deeper, more intimate and permanent marriage to our government. So the same problems and concerns apply here in (quasi-theocratic-ish?) America under the constant and tremendous political and social influence of christianity, judaism, and islam (and other religions) on so many areas of our lives — just to a far lesser degree than countries whose government and state-sanctioned religion are fully and happily married.

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How much more free and peaceful might American society be (or human society for that matter), if not for the pervasive, stifling, and deleterious influences of religion and its supporters on humanity. Imagine an America — or world — in which there was still freedom to practice the religion of your choice (though I can’t imagine why any thinking, rational person would want to), but in which there was also total and absolute separation of church and state that was specifically described in and specifically mandated by the constitution — to ensure that religion (ALL religion) is permanently excluded and held separate from our government and its power and legal authorities over us. Imagine if, in America, there were:

  • No official recognition of religion whatsoever.
  • No laws based on religious precepts, or which are designed to support a religious philosophy.
  • No lobbying of government officials or agencies by religious organizations, groups, or individuals (or their representatives).
  • No donations or campaign support to government officials or to candidates for political office of any kind by religious organizations, groups, or individuals (or their representatives).
  • No special tax breaks for religious organizations, groups, or individuals.
  • No pro-religion speeches given by public officials, while acting in their official capacity or while using taxpayer funds or assets.
  • No advocating of any religion or any deity as part of other official speeches given by government officials.
  • No special laws designed to create the illusion of “equality” of religions or the legitimacy of any religion.
  • No government-sanctioned prayer or official religious ceremonies or events using tax-payer funds.
  • No special allowances made by the government for the practice of one’s chosen religion (even if the government is your employer).
  • No official recognition of religious holidays or special occasions.
  • No mention of or practicing of religion in public schools and no special allowances made by the school for the practice of one’s chosen religion during school hours or on school property.
  • No military or congressional chaplains paid for with taxpayer funds. (Civilian clergy could volunteer to serve as military chaplains as a sort “mission trip” and be fully and financially supported by their home congregations — which would probably be the first worthwhile thing they had ever actually done in their careers.)
  • No prayers at official government events, which are part of the ceremony or event.
  • No public officials attending religious events or ceremonies in an official capacity, or using taxpayer funded assets (including Air Force One).
  • No taxpayer monies spent on religious holidays, celebrations, observances, or displays.
  • No religious displays of any kind on any public property.
  • No swearing of official oaths of office on religious texts.
  • No inclusion of “…so help me god” in official oaths.
  • No more “In God We Trust” printed on U.S. currency or any official document.
  • No inclusion of religion in the political or governmental discourse or processes in any form whatsoever, except that which is designed to ensure the absolute, unconditional, and permanent separation of church and state in America.

Imagine an America in which the individual is guaranteed the right to practice their chosen religion, as long as they did so peacefully and within all existing laws, but in which there is no official recognition of the religions themselves (as entities or institutions) or special legal protections for them (as entities or institutions) on any level of government. Imagine an America in which the only laws governing religion were those which regulate, govern, limit, and control religious institutions and their activities — to keep them in their place and to protect the citizenry. Imagine the freedom and peace we might enjoy!

You may say I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only one.”

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Peace…

I am here to challenge your comfortable and familiar perceptions and paradigms — to help awaken you — to make you think.” — AAJG

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