It must be the work of God!

November 14, 2010

Hexakosioihexekontahexaphobia!

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Hexakosioihexekontahexaphobia:

“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.

 

 

Clitoridectomy

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.”

 

Outroduction

“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

August 8, 2010

Psych!

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Introduction

When you’re an agent of another’s narcisism you will develop only to show what’s expected of you. After a while it will melt into its own behaviour and achievements. They will become a “human doing” without any real feeling of their own self. People use the false integrity of religion to hide their shame and pass it on to others to moralize and jugde them. There’s healthy shame and poisonous shame. The main source to poisonous shame is family and the memes of unresolved secrets they have brought with them over generations. There’s a difference between waiting for Armageddon and creating it

Addiction to Religion

Addiction to religion has its roots in poisonous shame. You can easily change your mood through religious experience. You can fast, pray, meditate, serve others, go through sacraments, speak in tongues, quote the Bible, or just say the name of Yahweh or Jesus. If you have poisonous shame, such an experience might feel like an immense fulfillment. Since healthy shame says that we can and inevitably will make mistakes, then the righteousness becomes a type of shameless behaviour. All in all, the religious system has been a source and basis for poisonous shame for many human beings.                                                                                           

To be shame-based is to be in insufferable pain. To have lost touch with your authentic self is chronic. There’s no respite from it. There is no hope that it’ll go away, because you are flawed, you are failed. Your lone isolation traps you in a continuous sorrow, and to relieve yourself from this agony, you create an outside self to take away the terrible feelings. You need someone or something to kill this inhuman loneliness. You need a mood- and atmosphere-changing experience. Religion can convert your mood away from the pain, and will become the highest priority in your life. This maladaption will corrupt your brain into thinking ‘if it feels good, what’s the harm?’, and if someone tries to take that away, you will create excuses to convince yourself and others that it’s a need, in spite of all the facts that it isn’t. This is denial and selfdeception.
Christianity teaches that you are born but a pityful sinner. God is listening in to all of your inner thoughts and surveil your every move. To be brought up with this rigid and authoritarian system has alot to do with passing on the shame you feel to someone else. Regardless of intellect, people still cling to the childish and immature beliefs they’re convinced are true. The idea that humans are born with an original sin inflicts more poisonous shame in that you feel useless, invaluable and that you can’t separate right from wrong without the Bible, or if God isn’t using you as an instrument you are a filthy and malevolent shell.

Alice Miller collected these rules, which she calles the Poisonous Pedagogy:

  • Adults are the masters of the dependent child.
  • Adults determine in a godlike fashion what is right and wrong.
  • The child is held responsible for the anger of adults.
  • [Adults] must always be shielded.
  • The child’s life-affirming feelings pose a threat to the autocratic [adult].
  • The child’s will must be “broken” as soon as possible.
  • All this must happen at a very early age so the child “won’t notice” and will not be able to expose the adults.

Religion has put its weight and voice into putting shame in human sexuality. Some interpretations are Protestant Reformation, who actually assumes that the original sin was the sex drive, and the sexual lust, in itself. Other religions have the same statement on the subject, as repressed sexuality is a popular thing there. Religion has also been a source of shame through perfectionism. The Bible has been used to justify a number of accusations. Religious perfectionism teaches you up in a “right” way to be to show achievement. This is a recipe that contains the standards and norms on how to behave and to be “holy and righteous”. These standards dictate how to talk, how to dress, walk and behave in almost every situation. Not doing this will make others percieve you as an object of what they despise; you’re not a sinner, you are sin. Adam and Eve. They were forbidden to eat from the tree of knowledge. To get some of that mercy from God you have to have blind faith, meaning; don’t eat from the tree of knowledge, you could get knowledgeable.

Outroduction

I can, for the sake of argument, entertain the idea that Gods exist, but not as an advocation. To be clear, they only exist in people’s minds; as a metaphysical imaginary friend they can turn to when they feel sad or (if they haven’t read the Bible thoroughly) a moral compass.  I’m not an antitheist because of some evidence that Gods don’t exist, rather as a result of the lack of evidence that they do.

If you are interested in educating yourself more on other aspects of psychology, I recommend buying a copy of John Bradshaw’s ‘Healing the Shame That Binds You’.

June 20, 2010

All About Morons!

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Introduction

This time, I’ll just state some of the hard facts of this senseless, polytheistic and extensively racist organisation, and let you make the obvious conclusion.

It was founded by a man named Joseph Smith, Jr in the 1830’s and 1840’s. It originated in the late 1820’s in western New York, when he claimed to have witnessed an angel giving him a book of golden plates engraved with an unknown language. He also said that he received a pair of seer stones, which could be used for translating the engravings. These “translations” were published as the Book of Mormon in 1830. On the basis of this book, he founded a church, which was claimed to be the restoration of primitive Christianity. When killed by a mob of vigilantes, Smith’s movement split in two. According to his own teachings, lucky undergarments can save your life, so I guess he was going commando at the time. The prophet Brigham Young represented the branch called “The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints” (LDS or the “Mormons”), residing in Utah. The Reformed Latter Day Saints became the Missouri branch.

Theology

Mormonism consists of three main movements:

  • Mainstream Mormon theology
  • Mormon fundamentalism
  • Liberal reformist theology

Mainstream Mormonism has continuously been in existence since the succession crisis of 1844 that split the LDS movement. The LDS church practiced polygamy in the 1800’s, but “mainstreamers” abandoned that since the turn of the 20th century. Mormon fundamentalists on the other hand distinguishes themselves on that they do practice plural marriage. Some laws and doctrines in which they teach are put in abeyance by the LDS church, but the fundamentalists still blindly believe in them:

  • The law of consecration also known as the United Order
  • The Adam–God teachings taught by Brigham Young and other LDS church leaders
  • The principle of blood atonement
  • The exclusion of black men from priesthood

The liberal reformists are a small movement within Mormonism. Some have left the LDS church, but still concider themselves to be cultural Mormons. Some form new religions, such as the Godbeites, which broke from the church in the late 1800’s because of both political and religious liberalism.

The Word of Wisdom

The Mormon’s health code or law is called The Word of Wisdom, stating that the consumption of addictive substances like tobacco, alcohol, coffee and tea is prohibited.

Black people in Mormonism

Brigham Young was clearly a racist opportunist. This is part of a quote from one of the statements he made about black people’s place in the religion: “Cain slew his brother. Cain might have been killed, and that would have put a termination to that line of human beings. This was not to be, and the Lord put a mark upon him, which is the flat nose and black skin. Trace mankind down to after the flood, and then another curse is pronounced upon the same race—that they should be the ‘servant of servants’. “

People with any black African ancestry could not recieve priesthood until the racial restriction policy ceased in 1978. I guess they figured they were missing out on a bigger pool of potential converts to ship out as missionaries. 500.000 black people were documented as members in 1997. Black skin is concidered a curse in Mormonism, and yet they can go to heaven, the only way to arrive is as a slave. Have you reached your conclusion yet?

Three levels of heaven

The three levels of heaven (or “degrees of glory”) are where they sort out who goes where. These are the three levels of heaven:

  • Telestial – where the unbelievers go
  • Terrestrial – for non-Mormon religious people and Mormons who do not qualify
  • Celestial – for Mormons who have kept ALL of the laws and ordinances of their church. He will be a god, and will rule over a planet with his wives and spirit children.

Outroduction

“Mormonism and Scientology, which I think they should combine and make Mormontology.”

— Bill Maher

May 9, 2010

It must be the work of God!

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Anyone who think they can talk to Jesus probably has a mental disorder. It’s called schizophrenia people! So-called ‘believers’ have the characteristics of abnormalities in the perception or expression of reality, manifesting auditory hallucinations, paranoid or bizarre delusions about some sky-daddy, waiting for a miracle instead of doing something productive to progress their own life.

Neurobiologists could very confidently diagnose a ‘believer’ as misfiring or damage of the frontal lobe, which may affect critical thinking and/or problem solving skills. It’s probably why most call it the God ‘virus’. Actually, ‘The God Virus’, a book by author and psychologist Dr. Darrel Ray, delves deeper into the psychological decease that goes beyond analogy, offering a fascinating look at the wiggling, maddening virus itself. Because I’m not a neuroscientist, I’ll stop there.

Jesus Camp is one very disturbing topic; Indoctrination at the time of childhood can be described as ‘just an easy thing to do’, as a child’s mind is fragile to poisoning. Labeling children as ‘christian child’, ‘jewish child’ or ‘muslim child’ is simply child abuse, because there is no such thing! And if the contents of the Bible is described as facts, it’s as if teaching a child about Santa Claus to exceed innocence. It’s the equal measure of insanity to think that fairies are real, because both are stories about something radically inspired by fantasy, none of it remotely proven! Isn’t this just a shrug of the shoulders, an ‘I don’t know’ to your ignorant self?  Isn’t it time to grow up and stop believing in Santa Claus?

“All religions are crazy, but they’re not all equally violent.” — Bill Maher
Few can argue that Islam is the most violent religion there is.
According to the Qur’an:

“Proclaim!
In the name of thy Lord and Cherisher, who created –
created man, out of a mere clot of congealed blood.”
— Sura 96:1-2

To think that you’re but a mere clot of blood? This is obviously not a healthy start of consciousness. Of course, that’s only one ingredient in the happy-time mix:

“It is he who has created man from water ”
— Sura 25:54

“And God has created every living creature from water.”
— Sura 24:45

“We created man from sounding clay, from mud moulded into shape.”
— Sura 15:26

“Amongst his signs is this, that he created you from dust.”
— Sura 30:20

Blood? Water? Clay? Dust? Whoops, that’s of course scientifically wrong.

What makes an extremist? Osama bin Laden used quotes from the Qur’an to justify his declaration of war on Pervez Musharraf and the Pakistani army. Such it is translated:

“O prophet! Strive hard against the disbelievers and the hypocrites, and be harsh against them. Their abode is hell, and an evil destination it is.”
[Qur’an 9:73]
“O you who believe! Take not the Jews and Christians for your friends and protectors: they are but friends and protectors to each other. And he amongst you that turns to them is of them. Verily Allah guides not a people unjust.”
[Qur’an 5:51]

The problem here is that religion can be used to justify everything! So, what makes an extremist?

You can be a believer and at the same time accept evolution. But isn’t this, to quote Richard Dawkins: “having your cake and eating it too?”. Isn’t it only intertwining contradictions? The answer is yes. Cake is of course good tasting, but not always good for you. Of the few positive sides of religion, it can make you feel good about your existence. It isn’t healthy to think ‘what makes you feel good is good’, because if you believe that, you’re probably not a healthy person.

It’s funny how obsessed religion is with sex! What we do with our bodies in intercourse is a sin… unless you’re married… no, wait… even though you’re married… sodomy and child rape is a sin… unless you’re catholic… The list goes on and on, and I could rant about this all day!

Religion started somewhere, and the most crazy ones seem to be the most popular; Mormonism originated in the presumably ostentatious mind of Joseph Smith. Christianity, Judaism and the Muslim faith originated from the Old Testament, which is the most violent of them all, as it advocates murder, slavery, rape, incest et cetera; In a very little nutshell- a riveting good read. But somebody thought of candy-coding it a little bit. So, when we have proof that the New Testament, the Hebrew Bible and the Holy Quran are rip-offs, why is it we still blindly believe? There are so many answers to that question. It would be pretentious of me to claim full knowledge of it, so I’ll leave it to the professional, Dr. Andy Thomson: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1iMmvu9eMrg

Atheists will at least agree with certain aspects in this blog, agnostics will consider it, theists will deny it hands down, like atheists also deny the existence of God or Gods. I write this blog because no one should be subjected to this virus any longer! Religion should not be above the law! The front page news about the child molestations and catholic priests going free taken into mind, the fact of the matter is that they are… Nothing good will come of the 21st century by shutting up about this very topic!

October 23, 2010

The Selfish Meme!

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Introduction

“In the course of a successful reading, the psychic may provide most of the words, but it is the client that provides most of the meaning and all of the significance.” –Ian Rowland

 

 

As to make this blog post different than the others, I will write about, and somewhat attribute the very series of methods and techniques used by mentalists, illusionists, fortune tellers, psychics, mediums and other con artists whose purpose is to determine or suggest some sense of detailed knowledge about a person. I will sometimes refer to the above as “cold reader”, “psychic” or female. The reason for the latter is only because most “psychics” are usually women. I am a feminist, so this is absolutely not a prejudicial statement of a chauvinistic nature.

 

Cold Reading

Cold Reading is a way to manipulate people into thinking that the individuals practicing it have special powers. They don’t. A cold reader knows that human beings are generally self-centered, and tend to manifest unrealistic perceptions about themselves. We accept claims that reflect how we wish we were or think we should be, rather than how we are or even how we really think we are. The human mind’s selectivity is always at work, picking and choosing what data to give significance and what not to. The cold reader can utilize this. And without any prior knowledge about a subject, she can obtain a massive amount of information by analyzing their body language, clothing, place of origin, religion, et cetera.

 

Hot Reading

Hot Reading is the surreptitious use of foreknowledge by psychics, mediums, and palm readers. This is the process of gaining preliminary information; from background research to going through somebody’s purse. This technique is used by television psychics in conjunction with Cold Reading. A medium who claims to talk to the dead is also prone to perpetually using this method.

 

A little thing about The Win-Win Game

There is always an excuse

The Win-Win Game is a list comprised of 11 ways in which psychics deal with negative responses. The commonest of all is called “Persist, wonder and let it linger.” This method is also very reliable. It is used being directed by 3 phases:

  • “The psychic persists with the offered statement and tries to encourage at least partial agreement.”
  • “They act puzzled, and invites the client to share the blame for the ‘discrepancy’.”
  • “They leave the discrepancy unresolved, in case the client finds a match later on.”

The first phase is led by persistance with the original statement, which means that the cold reader will pester the client with questions about the negative response. This might play out like the following: “So, you’re sure Alex is not a name familiar to you in any way?” She continues like this, in a variety of ways, until finally moving on to the second phase (if encouraged to a bit more time, the client might come up with some link they didn’t think of before. If this happens, the psychic won’t need the second phase). When acting puzzled, she’ll usually invite the client to share her “bewilderment”; “Okay, I don’t understand it any more than you do. I never claimed to be infallible, but I’m not often wrong. So will you bear that name in mind for the future? I really feel there’s a connection there.” Now, if the client eventually does remember the name “Alex”, the cold reader will get some extra points for the depth of her insight. If not, the point will simply be forgotten and never mentioned again.

The least common way (or “last resort”) to deal with negative responses is called “Accept, apologise, and move on” and is simply what a psychic would do when everything in the reading falls apart; the last refuge. If all else fails, she can at least say this: “I wish I could be right all the time, but who doesn’t right? Well, when I’m wrong I’m wrong. Anyway, let me move on to the next area I want to look at with you, which is travel…” At the same time as appearing completely honest, the psychic cuts her losses and leaves the problem unresolved, where it can quietly be forgotten.

 

The Barnum Effect (or “Forer Effect”)

“We have something for everybody.” –P.T. Barnum

We are very good at finding meaning where there is none; giving significance to what is actually meaningless in itself. We see what we want to see and hear what we want to hear. The vague, yet seemingly accurate and specific analyses are misattributed to being tailored for the individual reader. They’re actually general enough to apply to anyone. For example:

“Some of your aspirations tend to be pretty unrealistic. At times you are extroverted, affable, sociable, while at other times you are introverted, wary and reserved. You have found it unwise to be too frank in revealing yourself to others. You pride yourself on being an independent thinker and do not accept others’ opinions without satisfactory proof. You prefer a certain amount of change and variety, and become dissatisfied when hemmed in by restrictions and limitations. At times you have serious doubts as to whether you have made the right decision or done the right thing. Disciplined and controlled on the outside, you tend to be worrisome and insecure on the inside.”

Subjective validation is a very important element in Cold Reading. It is the cognitive bias by which a person deems a statement or information liable to be proof, based on personal feelings rather than evidence. The effect relies in part on eagerness of the people filling in the details and desperately linking correspondences.

 

Outroduction

Alas, my 7 hours of writing could not incorporate everything on Cold Reading, but do not fret about the little things; Ian Rowland’s “The Full Facts Book of Cold Reading” was my inspiration for this post, so if you want to learn more or everything about it, this is highly recommended!



May 30, 2010

Peace out!

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Introduction

My third blog post will go deeper into the religion that is Islam. As usual, this is the only ”true” religion there is. It was founded in the 7th century CE, and like the other two Abrahamic religions, it’s a monotheistic one. Consisting of many religious denominations, Islam has 70% of the world’s Muslims in the Sunni group, 20% in Shi’a and the last 10% remaining minorities and sects. Muslims believe that the Qur’an was the ”revealed word of God” and transmitted through the angel ’Gabriel’ to the final prophet of God, namely Muhammad. They do not believe Jesus is the son of God, but an important prophet nonetheless. As a precursor to Muhammad, he’s helping to prepare the world for the “final revelation”. Yet, Jesus would be attending his second coming only to burn to death as the result of anyone who worshiped him as a God, because Islam is the only true religion… Jihad anyone?

Islam means, in Arabic, ”submission”, as in ”submission to God” to be specific. It also descends from the etymological root word Salaam, which means “peace”, thus a Muslim could be described as, in a nutshell; “one who has submitted to (or made peace with) God.” This is purely a naïve distinction, one that many succumb to. Further into my post, you will learn why Islam isn’t that black and white.

 

Shari’a Law

 

Shari’a means “path to the watering hole”. This is the sacred law of Islam. Muslims believe that it’s derived from two primary sources, the divine revelations in the Qur’an, and the sayings set forth by Muhammad. Shari’a differs in detail if described in Sunni or Shi’a perspectives, but the topics of Shari’a Law can be divided into five main branches:

  • Ritual worship
  • Transactions and contracts
  • Morals and manners
  • Beliefs
  • Punishments

Unlike secular laws, these contents are based from religious teachings and what the Holy Qur’an states to be a good moral high ground. In Islam, the death penalty is deemed suitable for two groups of crime:

  • “Intentional murder, in these cases the victim’s family is given the option to whether insist on a punishment of this severity.”
  • “Spreading mischief in the land” permits the death penalty for anyone who threatens to undermine authority or destabilise the state.”

This is just an excellent recipe for disaster, an unstable and ignorant guide-book with delusions of moral superiority! Let me go a little deeper into what is concidered an appropriate crime (or “spreading mischief in the land”) in countries using Shari’a Law to justify death. Generally speaking, these are:

  • Treason/ Apostasy
  • Terrorism
  • Piracy of any kind
  • Rape
  • Adultery
  • Homosexual activity

I found a great excerpt from a source, writing about what would happen if apostasy would take place in a country such as that, and I couldn’t put it more correctly myself:

“A woman who has just got back from a trip to the West (that’ll be the day!) has done a little reading and come to the conclusion that, y’know, religion is bullshit. She’s renounced her faith in Allah. She’s had enough of all the infighting, the violence, the bombs dropped and the bullets fired in the names of fictional deities. She’s now being dragged across a dusty courtyard, kicking and screaming, while hundreds of people look on. Some are spitting on her or throwing rocks. Others are watching with horror. The woman is thrown across a chopping block, held in place by two guards, while a third guard stands poised over her. He reads out the reasons for her sentence: “You don’t believe in our god anymore. Therefore, foul wench, you will die.” The executioner raises an axe dulled from the blood crusted on the blade. He brings it down, severing her head from her neck. Blood gushes everywhere. Now, even the rock throwers are struck silent. You, as a rational, evolved, logical primate, cry out with every fibre of your being at in protest at this awful and undignified way to die. You yearn for sanity to prevail. You wish there was someplace you could live free of this sort of thing.”

It really paints a picture in your mind, doesn’t it? One simple decision would change everything if you were living in a land with religious doctrine of law. Religion is not a source for morality; it’s rather the opposite of that. Its moral decadence or regression (if you will) to the human mind is the reason most of us, especially I, call it a virus to the brain.

There are duties and practices called “The Five Pillars of Islam”. These practices are essential to Sunni Islam, but the subscription is limited. The Shi’a Muslims have other pillars, which substantially overlap with the other ones. All Muslims are expected to follow them, and some are very demanding and quite extreme. These are The Five Pillars of Islam:

  1. The Shahadah is the basic creed of Islam, and must be recited under an oath with the specific statement: “I testify that there is none worthy of worship except God and I testify that Muhammad is the Messenger of God.” The phrase is also spoken into the ears of newborn babies as a proxy oath.
  2. Salah, ritual prayer, must be performed five times a day. This involves a series of prostrations facing the Kaaba in Mecca. It is seen as a personal communication to God that expresses graditude and worship.
  3. Zakat, which is the practice of giving based on your accumulated wealth. For all Muslims, this is obligatory (as opposed to voluntary charity) and no one can get out of this, unless they’re poor.
  4. Sawm, or Ramadan. According to it, you shall not eat or drink (among other things) from dusk to dawn during this month. Its purpose is simple; it is supposed to encourage a feeling of nearness to God. Of course, this is only the feeling of starvation ensuing.
  5. The Hajj. This is the pilgrimage to the holy cities of Mecca and Medina during the month of Dhul-Hijah. To perform the ritual, it’s required to circumambulate seven times around the Kaaba, touching the black stone, walking seven times between Mount Safa and Mount Marwah, and symbolically stoning the Devil in Mina.

Treatment of women in Islam

[Pickthal 2:223] “Your women are a tilth for you (to cultivate) so go to your tilth as ye will…”

They are referred to as “fields” for man to sow as they please. Women’s status in this religion manifests itself as a cruel and barbaric aberration. Muslim women and girls continue to be mutilated and killed for penalties under the rule of the Shari’a court. Although a virgin can’t be sentenced to death by breaking one of these laws, instead it says to rape her on the eve of execution. They do this to prevent her from going to a martyr’s heaven, which is granted to female virgins. To salt the wound, the prison guard marries the female prisoner before raping her, so he will be protected from going to hell, as they believe that’s where she is destined to arrive. The honor killings implied in the Qur’an are insatiable. What would Muhammad have done? Well, he was a child molester who married 11 times in his lifetime, so his opinion of women was pretty much set. Their “holy” book clearly states again and again, and again that men are superior to women, or “in charge.” Let’s stop being quiet when they toss acid in the faces of women for not wearing their head-to-toe burqas, which the sole purpose to is hiding the female body when out in public.

The dictionary description of feminism is “the belief that women should be allowed the same rights, power and opportunities as men and be treated in the same way, or the set of activities intended to achieve this state.” We should all be feminists, and in a descriptive sense, most rational people are.

Outroduction

Now that I’m signifying my leave, as my previous post, I’ll finish with a quote. He’s a television and film genius, an outspoken humanist, feminist and atheist and head writer of shows like Buffy, Angel, Firefly and Dollhouse. His name is Joss Whedon. Among all of his brilliant writing, we find that his advocation for women’s independence and equal rights shine a light on the strong female characters in his shows. At the Equality Now benefit in June 2006, he gave a phenomenal speech about just that:

“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

May 16, 2010

Scientology is here to rescue you!

Filed under: Politics — antitheist19 @ 6:06 pm
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“We are the very privileged owners of a brief spark of consciousness, and we therefore have to take responsibility for it.” — Ian McEwan

Today I’m going to write about another part of the topic. The name is Scientology. This must be the most vicious and debilitating cult yet. The harm it does to a person, weakening people’s minds by applying their demented psychotherapy (called “auditing”) so they can be brainwashed enough to reach the state of which they call “clear.” Scientologists follow the exclusively comprised teachings of one man; L. Ron Hubbard. He claimed to have discovered certain “natural laws” of the spiritual universe. Now, you must remember that he was a sci fi writer! This is what they teach the ones who have reached “clarity.” This is Scientology…

75.000.000 years ago the extraterrestrial emperor Xenu sent billions of his invisible spirits down to earth in a DC-8-like spacecraft to infest the humans, making them vulnerable to sorrows and illnesses, thus depriving them of their Godlike powers. Recovering these abilities is the participant’s primary goal. The “levels” they must progress is called “The Bridge to Total Freedom.” This, however, comes for the price of approximately $300.000 – $500.000 in US dollars, making it the singular most expensive cult in the world. Isn’t this a business rather than a religion?

“MAKE MONEY. MAKE MORE MONEY. MAKE OTHER PEOPLE PRODUCE SO AS TO MAKE MORE MONEY.” — L. Ron Hubbard, Hubbard Communications Office Policy Letter, 9 March 1972, MS OEC 384

Anyone thinking differently or even disagrees with this crackpot nonsense is automatically declared SP (“Suppressive Person”) and an enemy of Scientology. Gullibility is rewarded in other words. Once you are declared SP, no one within Scientology will or can speak with you, exept the International Justice Chief.

The information about Xenu is kept secret until the practicing individual reaches the level called “Operating Thetan III.” They are then deemed prepared to view this information. According to Scientology, exposure to details of this before going through the levels of preparation can cause severe illness or death. A Thetan in Scientology doctrine is described as an “immortal spiritual being; the human soul.” Hubbard defined a thetan once as: “… having no mass, no wave-length, no energy, no measurable qualities and no time or location in space except by consideration or postulate. The spirit is not a thing. It is the creator of things.” As religious demagogues do, he contradicts himself in his book (“The Phoenix Lectures”) where he implies that a thetan does manifest a measurable amount of mass:

“From some experiments conducted about fifteen or twenty years ago — a thetan weighed about 1.5 ounces [45 grams]! Who made these experiments? Well, a doctor made these experiments. He weighed people before and after death, retaining any mass. He weighed the person, bed and all, and he found that the weight dropped at the moment of death about 1.5 ounces [45 grams] and some of them 2 ounces [60 grams]. (Those were super thetans.)”

After hours of hard research, this blog finally happened! I hope people will open their eyes on the truth and close at the deception of religion. This post describes how Hubbard obviously was more of a madman than a Messiah. And what I advocate in these blogs are rational and critical thought, because we really are the privileged owners of a brief spark of consciousness. Until we die, that is all we have.

If not…

“Scientology is here to rescue you.” – L. Ron Hubbard

If you’re interested in finding out more about the truth on Scientology, this is a great site for information: http://www.xenu.net/

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