So, as you have probably seen with my recent posts they have been a lot about Islam and how much I loathe the ideology. The quantity of these posts have been for a few reasons:
- Islamism, the political dimension of Islam, is getting much more aggressive lately. Who knows, maybe they think the Last Days (yes, Islam is a crazy, apocalyptic religion) are around the corner and they are trying to bring on the malhama (great, final war). Whatever the reason I will not stay silent or cower down to religious tyrants.
- Apostates of Islam are now coming out of the woodwork in vast numbers (vast considering apostasy is a death sentence in Islamic theology and law) and the #exMuslimBecause campaign started by the incredible Iranian ex-Muslim, Maryam Namazie, has really started something seismic.
- My father, and all of his side, are observant Sunnis so I feel a close kin to those who are oppressed by the religious ideology because I think, shit, if I hadn’t been born in Australia to an Anglo-Saxon mother I could have been born in Pakistan or some other awful Islamic country. Or if I was born in Australia and both my parents had been observant Sunnis then I would have had either no chance or a slim chance of getting out and getting my own autonomous life as a female. I could have been taken back to Pakistan at 18, as so many girls from Australia are, and married off to some cousin (ethnics love marrying within families) or to the highest bidder (thankfully I am not that fair [they love light skins and eyes] or that stunning [I’m cute as a button though]).
- I just really, really, really loathe religious theology, not just Islam, but all religious theologies. Any ideology that asks people to put faith over facts, asks them to believe wild claims but offers no evidence and tells them to pray instead of telling them to get a good education and use contraceptives is no friend of the people. It is a sly, manipulative control mechanism spread by con-artists who either have no idea how the actual world works and want to keep people as ignorant as they are or these charlatans do know but don’t care to help others better their lot in life.
So, I just wanted to clarify, it’s not just Islam I find abhorrent, it is ALL religious ideologies. I did a big post about how much I loathed the Pope on September 26, 2015, when he was touring the U.S. and you couldn’t open a web page without seeing the old c*nt being fawned over by the mindless masses. My post was entitled “WHY I FUCKING HATE POPE FRANCIS & WHY THE MEDIA CAN GO FUCK THEMSELVES (NO, I AM NOT A RIGHT-WING CONSERVATIVE. QUITE THE OPPOSITE ACTUALLY)“. I have also written about how vile I find the mass consumerism and mass greed of Christmas but I also made suggestions in my post about how I think Christmas could be redeemed (made less financially damaging to people, less greedy, less wasteful and less harmful to the environment with the amount of landfill waste Christmas produces every year).
Some of you are probably thinking “But what about philosophies/religions such as Buddhism or Jainism”? Well, there are so many denominations of these religions, just like there are of the Abrahamic faiths, and each teaches its own thing but once again, although they do have good points they also have a lot of non-factual, faith-based elements to them. They are also misogynistic in the sense that if a man is bad in his current life he could be demoted in his next life and come back as a woman (how ‘awful’ being reincarnated as a ‘lowly, disgusting’ woman *rolls eyes*). In the Anguttara Nikaya (5:33), Buddha tells future wives that they should be obedient to their husbands, please them, and not make them angry through their own desires, as well as get up before them and go to sleep after them. There are also conditions put on Buddhist nuns with the Eight Garudhammas that show they are not the equals of monks. There is a sect of Jainism that teaches women must be reborn as men in order to achieve liberation and some Jain texts say that menstrual blood is a sign of impurity. Both philosophies/religions paint women as not to be trusted and that women are temptresses and deceptive. Neither religion is very LGBTIQ friendly either as sexual desire should be curtailed and sex is only for procreation.
Then there are the people who say “Why can’t you just let people believe what they want to believe?” Well, in a perfect world where parents didn’t indoctrinate their children from a young age with one religious theology, kids weren’t labelled a Christian child or a Taoist child or a Scientologist child etc., kids were taught ALL religions and non-religious beliefs such as secular philosophy, atheism and agnosticism without bias or an agenda to proselytise and then when a person turned 18 they could pick their own religion or choose to be Atheist or Agnostic THEN I would be happy with people believing whatever they wanted to but we don’t live in a perfect world where children are free to choose their own beliefs, do we?
No, instead, as soon as a child of religious parents is old enough to hear a bedtime story and comprehend a storyline parents start indoctrinating them with only ONE theology. Very few religious parents bother to inform their children that evolutionary biology has proven there was no ‘first man’ or ‘first woman’ and that we are actually just evolved apes. Very few religious parents bother to tell their child that their god is actually just an evolution of older gods that were morphed into one god as in the case of Yahweh/Jehovah, the god of the Hebrew and Christian bible, who himself was created from the Canaanite high god El; his son, the weather god Baal; and the Edomite war god, Yahweh Sabaoth. Likewise, Allah, the god of Islam, is not only an evolution of El, Baal, and Yahweh Sabaoth (since Mohammed decided to tack himself on to Hebrew and Christian mythology) but also Allah, the high, Arabian, moon god. Very few religious parents tell their children there is absolutely no evidence for any of the stories they are telling them but they (the children) just have to have ‘faith’.
It’s ludicrous and it shows just how insecure people actually are about their religious teachings because if you really believed you had the truth then you would have no problem letting your child know about other religions because you would know your religion made so much sense and had so much evidence supporting it that it would sell itself but once again children who apostatise are told the devil/demons/shaytan/iblis/evil jinns etc. have possessed them OR they are mentally unwell. It’s sick!
So, that is why I am not just an Atheist but actually am an Anti-theist and an Adeist. I am staunchly against religious theology because I find it sinister and damaging and I have not found any compelling evidence that a deity or deities exist. So, that concludes my clarification on where I stand with ALL religions.
Below is the very funny Marcus Brigstocke taking a hilarious, but also honest, look at the horror the three ‘Abrahamic’ faiths have unleashed on our world.