“Religion, the paradigm of a paradox…” –antitheist19 (my first official quote and philosophy)
To bring you back to the point and purpose of my first post, the root of this blog, I will simply write about the detailed aspects of religion that dictates ignorance, extremism and all those synonyms. As my blog have evolved, so have my knowledge about the subjects I’ve been writing about. This should be fun!
Criteria of Truth
“Science is the poetry of reality” –Richard Dawkins
In epistemology, criteria of truth are standards and rules used to judge the accuracy of statements and claims. Scientists do not claim to know everything, religion does. The vicarious beliefs and the supernatural dimension are man made delusions. There are many criteria of truth. Here are four of them:
- The three primary truths: The first fact (the fact of our existence), the first principle (the principle of non-contradiction) and the first condition (the ability of the mind to know truth). As they are an inherent in every analysis, they cannot be validated with positive proof. They are self-evident.
- Validity of truth can only be attributed to judgments, noting the degree, or lack of agreement between two or more ideas. Arguments are never “true” or “false.” The propositions making up the argument may be “true” or “false,” but not the argument itself. An argument is either “valid” or “invalid.”
- Evidence of certainty is immediately obvious. However, truth is not usually self-apparent and must be proven through the medium of rational analysis. Evidence must be objective to be of rational value.
- To the Pragmatist, if an idea works then it must be true. Although Pragmatism is considered a valuable criterion, it should be used with caution and reservation, due to its potential for false positives. For example, a doctor may prescribe a patient medication for an illness, but it could later turn out that a placebo is equally as effective; beware the coloured water.
The plain thought moves me to the point of ad nauseam; it’s called “clitoridectomy”, or at least they hope we’ll call it that, when the reality of it goes beyond semantics. You could say it’s the female equivalent of a circumcision, but I wouldn’t. This is the torture and mutilation of young girls. Even that is only a shallow dissection of the real thing. The truth is invariably so much darker than the “official” story.
Islam condones the removal of a girl’s clitoris to tame her sexual desires and condemn the amendment as a western import. In a study in Yemen, of the 39 clerics who participated, 72 percent wanted the practice to be perpetuated for reasons of “religious mandate, virginity and tradition.” The harsh truth is that female genital mutilation (FGM) is performed wherever Muslim communities are present. It has been medically proven that clitoridectomy alone will ensure a woman never to experience an orgasm (i.e. her right to full sexual pleasure is denied — again, as a result of Islam’s horrific teachings and practices). A dangerous distortion of the truth will always be pretending it has no correlation with Islamic texts.
One of the four Sunni schools of religious law, the Shafi’i rules that clitoridectomy is mandatory. The Arabic version of the law states:
“Circumcision is obligatory (for every male and female) by cutting off the piece of skin on the glans of the penis of the male, but circumcision of the female is by cutting out the clitoris (bazr in Arabic)- (this is called HufaaD).”
The comment by Sheikh ‘Abd al-Wakil Durubi, notes “it is a mere courtesy to the husband.”
FGC (or “female genital cutting”) advocates’ have claimed that the practice cures females of many psychological diseases, including depression, hysteria, insanity and kleptomania.
This absurd, convoluted, twisted poignancy have survived 1400 years without interruption, and been fairly kept secret by Islamic Law and support. I was asked not long ago “why do you have to talk about these things?” Well, who am I not to talk about these things? This is an important subject, and (from “It must be the work of God!”) no one should be subjected to this virus any longer!
I find it only right to end this subject by painting a picture. This is also an excerpt that I found from a reference. It’s from the story about a victimized little girl:
“I was 12 years old when I was excised. I remember every detail of the operation. In our village several girls of the same age are operated by a special “excisor” or operator in her hut. The village people come together for this festivity. The night before the operation the drums were beaten until late. Very early the next morning, two of my favorite aunts took me to the house of the excisor or operator, an old woman from the blacksmith caste. In Mali, the custom is that the women from this caste do the operations of both clitoridectomy and infibulation. I did not know what the excision really meant, though I had seen on several occasions, a group of young girls who were just excised walking along. It was not a beautiful sight. Their backs were bent and they looked like old women who could scarcely hold themselves up. Once inside the house of the operator, I became terribly afraid, though I had been reassured that it would not hurt. Though it was early in the morning, I perspired and my throat became all dry. I was told to lie down on a mat on the floor. Immediately, some big hands fastened themselves on my thin legs and opened them up. I raised my head, but immediately from both sides two women held me down to the floor and immobilized my arms.
I was terribly afraid. Suddenly a hand took hold of part of my genital organs. I tried to escape, but I could not move. Then a terrible pain pierced me through and through. The operator cut the small lips and then the clitoris. It took an interminable time because it had to be done perfectly. I felt as if I were being torn to pieces. The rule says that one must not cry with this operation. I failed this rule. I screamed and cried and I was bleeding all over. Then the operator put a mixture of curative herbs and butter on the wound to arrest the bleeding. I never have felt any pain like it. Afterwards, the women who held me down freed me, but I couldn’t get up; but the voice of the operator called: ‘It’s finished. You can get up. You see, it didn’t hurt much.’ With the help of two women, I was put on my feet. I was not only forced to walk to where the other girls who were excised were waiting, but they also made us dance. Under the orders of the women in charge, I was made to join a group of young and old people who had gathered for this occasion to see us dance. I can’t tell you how I felt. I was burning all over. In tears I jumped about a little together with the others, who were all forced to dance. In the middle of this monstrous affair, of the excised, bleeding girls dancing about, everything suddenly began to turn around me; and I remember nothing more. When I came to, I was stretched out in a hut with several people around me. Later, the most terrible moments of my life were those when I had to urinate. It took a whole month before I healed. After, I was well again, I was the butt of everybody’s jokes because they said I wasn’t courageous.”
“It must be the work of God!” –Bill Maher
“I’m not even an atheist so much as I am an antitheist; I not only maintain that all religions are versions of the same untruth, but I hold that the influence of churches, and the effect of religious belief, is positively harmful.” –Christopher Hitchens
“Religious exhortation and telling people, telling children, that if they don’t do the right thing, they’ll go to terrifying punishments or unbelievable rewards, that’s making a living out of lying to children. That’s what the priesthood do. And if all they did was lie to the children, it would be bad enough. But they rape them and torture them and then hope we’ll call it ‘abuse’.” –Christopher Hitchens
“Many of us saw religion as harmless nonsense. Beliefs might lack all supporting evidence but, we thought, if people needed a crutch for consolation, where’s the harm? September 11th changed all that.” –Richard Dawkins
“We are the very privileged owners of a brief spark of consciousness, and we therefore have to take responsibility for it.” –Ian McEwan
“Equality is not a concept. It’s not something we should be striving for. It’s a necessity. Equality is like gravity. We need it to stand on this earth as men and women, and the misogyny that is in every culture is not a true part of the human condition. It is life out of balance, and that imbalance is sucking something out of the soul of every man and woman who’s confronted with it. We need equality. Kinda now.” –Joss Whedon