After my last journal, multiple people have told me that I hate religious people and religions. First, I'd like to contend the charge of hate. "Hatred (or hate) is a deep and emotional extreme dislike that can be directed against individuals, entities, objects or ideas." My strong dislike for faith is not emotional in nature. I have good reasons for holding the opinions I hold. Unquestionably believing things which are not falsifiable is a recipe for disaster.
But don't I select the absolute WORST of the religious folk for my journals which represent a tiny minority? Most Christians and Muslims really don't beat their kids for not reading the Bible, or the Koran. That's obvious true, but entirely besides the point.
My argument has always been that the majority of moderates who self-identify as members of certain religions are good not because of their religion, but in large part despite it. The majority of modern Christians would be stoned to death in the days of the Old Testament, or would not be considered Christians by Christ himself. Christ was an eccentric character, some of his teachings being completely nonsensical. Did the majority of Christians in the United States say that they should "turn the other cheek" after the Sep 11 attacks? While they may pay lip service to Christ, nobody said that. Instead, we all know what happened - and no Christian spoke out. Hypocrisy.
What of Christ's explicit instruction against organized religion (Matthew 6:5)? How many so-called Christians today are willing to pay EVEN lip service to this idea? None that I've ever met, although I'm sure there is a small minority out there. Hypocrisy.
Why am I "targeting" Christianity? First, because I'm quite familiar with the bible. Second, because it's very common.
But while Christians just love to hide behind the "oh, it's Old Testament since Jesus came it no longer applies" (even though Christ himself specifically said that this is not case) type of argument, Muslims have no such excuse. Indeed, some things they tend to believe are so stupid and crazy (in my not so humble opinion) that it surpasses the Koran. It's silly regardless of whether it's in the Koran or not, since the source has no effect on the validity of the argument.
The widely accepted penalty for apostasy under sharia (Islamic law) is death. This is not a minority opinion that some crazy Wahhabi's, who want to blow themselves up for 72 virgins in heaven, hold. The vastly minority opinion, indeed, is that it should not be punishable by death. So let's do it right now, and become worthy of death in the opinions of 1 billion adherents of the Religion of Peace How to become worthy of death in 30 seconds to 1 billion people without doing anything wrong
I bear witness that there is no God except Allah and Muhammad (SAW) is His messenger. Wait, what's that? Muhammad is a pedophile who had sex with a nine year old girl? Shit, I can't have him as my role model. A Muslim no more!
And now, assuming that you actually forced yourself to believe the declaration of faith momentarily, you are worthy of death according to the vast majority of Muslims (and Islamic scholars) in the world - [link]
For almost 1,400 years, the punishment for apostasy has been death. Only recently has this been challenged, mainly by Islamic apologists in the West. A Pew poll released on December 2, 2010, found that even today "The majority of Muslims would favor changing current laws in their countries to "allow stoning as punishment for adultery, hand amputation for theft, and death for those who convert from Islam as their religion".
To give you an idea of the kind of figures we're dealing with, we'll use Pakistan as an example; the 2010 poll found that 76% of Pakistanis agree apostates are to be killed. In a country with a population of 172,800,000 (96% of whom are Muslim) that would be 126,074,880 individuals in a single country. Conversely only a mere 13% of Muslims opposed killing apostates. If we are to assume the politically-correct position that, Muslims who espouse such views are extremists who misunderstand the 'peaceful' teachings of Islam, then we must also concede the fact that the majority of Muslims in the world are extremists. They are not simply a 'fringe group'.
It's an indisputable fact that the mainstream view in Islam is that changing your mind on the subject of god is punishable by death. That's the true spirit of peace
For comparison, do you know what the punishment under my lack of faith is for changing your mind on the subject of god, and becoming a Muslim? It's a choice between point and laugh & face palm and shrug. How hateful and intolerant
1 billion people say that Muslims who renounce their faith to become Christians should be killed. Truly, me saying this proves without any doubt that I HATE both Muslims and Christians according to the logic of some people who comment on my journals.