Another Dead In The Name Of Religion

A 19 month old boy was starved to death for not saying ‘Amen’ after eating, by a cult which included his own mother. Oh, you cruel animals. How could you do that do a child? No offense to those who follow organised religion, but why are we all still suffering violence at your hands?

For a long time, I was making the moves towards reverting to Islam. I was listening to Islamic lectures, fasting during Ramadan, reading the Koran, learning to pray. I’ve always dressed conservatively, so that was no problem. I was learning Arabic, which I had gotten pretty good at. I can understand what people are talking about quite well, my speaking is disjointed though, I would love to continue with the language some day.

One thing I couldn’t understand about the religion, despite loving it, was the part that women were not equal to men. I asked a lot of my Muslim friends about it, but never got a satisfactory answer. I suppose I should have asked a Sheik, but I didn’t. I let myself be discouraged after years of study. I knew more about Islam than most of the Muslims I knew, but I just gave up.

I’m not saying all this to show Islam unfavourably, I still think it is a beautiful religion, based on submission and peace. I’m merely trying to show you that I understand. I get where you are coming from. I understand that giving yourself wholly to a religion provides unmatchable comfort and a relieving sense of the world being as it should be, all is taken care of, all is well. The meaning of life is under wraps and all you have to do is the best you can, to be a good person. It simplifies everything.

But I hate where religion goes when you take it too far. Too many people have died in the name of it, especially considering they preach for ‘peace’. Discrimination is promoted by religion and thats where my problem lies. No homosexuals, no female priests or sheiks, no marrying someone from another faith. They are wrong and we are right. They deserve to burn. I have this part of me that wants to believe, and yet another part that screams, “A bunch of old patriarchal minded men sat down centuries ago to dictate how the world should be lived, and you’re listening to them? Are you fucking stupid?”.

And then the other part of me who laughs at this quote: “Christianity – The belief that a cosmic Jewish Zombie who was his own father can make you live forever if you symbolically eat his flesh and telepathically tell him you accept him as your master, so he can remove an evil force from your soul that is present in humanity because a rib-woman was convinced by a talking snake to eat from a magical tree.. yeah, makes perfect sense.”

Everyone has the right to believe what they like, faith is a complicated thing and I am not one to tell others how to live their lives, even if I disagree with them. Why was that boy not returned the same courtesy of simply being allowed to choose whether or not he agreed with his mothers ‘cult’? I don’t know, I’m pretty disgusted right now, so forgive me. I know I’m being very offensive. I know that extremists are not examples of religion in its whole form. But, I’m not wrong in saying religion discriminates.

It does, and thats what makes it unacceptable.


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16 Responses to “Another Dead In The Name Of Religion”

  1. poppies Says:

    What’s wrong with discrimination? Do you not think those who murder children are wrong and you are right in condemning them? We all live by what we think is true, and many truths are incompatible, thus we must discriminate between them.

    Prejudiced discrimination is certainly unacceptable, but there’s also a type of discrimination which is simply wise judgment.

  2. LuLi Says:

    I’m talking of prejudiced discrimination, not simply discernment of qualities and recognition of difference. The discrimination in the act of condemning homosexuals and such. But thank you for your comment, I suppose I shouldn’t have assumed people would naturally get what I was referring to.

  3. kaboose84 Says:

    religious discrimination is unacceptable in today’s society. But no doubt they’ll re-write their books soon enough to accept most of what we accept today…bit hypocritical but meh its for the best……to me cults aren’t religions, they’re an organization built on absolute bullshit values and beliefs and it’s leaders are criminals…so comparing them doesn’t really say much…how do I differentiate the two? I don’t know but I do, its just my point of view…

  4. LuLi Says:

    I’m pretty sure its only the Bible that was re-written, the Koran has been unchanged since Muhammad first dictated it. Its true, where do you find the line between religion and cult? A cult has to be more extremist etc, but I already said in my post that I wasn’t lumping them in the same category.

  5. This Devil's Workday Says:

    I was actually going to write a post about religion this week. So when it comes, don’t feel it has anything to do with this – as in, not a reaction, nor am I trying to rip you off (as if talking about religion could be seen as copying).

    Oh, and did you notice we both picked Japan as our number 2 destinations?

  6. gullybogan Says:

    Many ppl have their faith ruined for them by religion.

  7. LuLi Says:

    TDW – Oh you’re just trying to get at me, I can tell, copying my posts and travel destinations! 😛 I suppose I could let you tag along to Japan as long as you promise not to rip off my blogging ideas once we’re there..

    Gully – I agree with you, I find my faith/spirituality is better off found far, far away from any religion.

  8. This Devil's Workday Says:

    If I can’t rip you off then what the hell am I meant to write about?

  9. LuLi Says:

    What about shoes, shopping & cosmopolitans? Thats never been done before.

  10. poppies Says:

    lol, I understood you quite clearly, I just think you’re arbitrarily choosing what is wise discrimination versus prejudiced discrimination based on your own feelings. It’s really easy (and prejudiced, IMHO) to write off people who disagree with you regarding certain lifestyles or choices as being prejudiced. I challenge you to look into the logical reasons behind why people regard homosexual acts as unhealthy, and not just censure them as ignoramuses blindly dedicated to outmoded ideas.

  11. poppies Says:

    BTW, I also challenge you to find evidence of the Bible being re-written. I think you’ll find it to be a rather Sisyphean task. 😉

  12. LuLi Says:

    I have no idea whether it was or wasn’t, hence why I didn’t include it in my post. It actually makes no difference to me, I still view the religion the same. Wasn’t the King James Version rewritten in parts?
    So you feel that its fine to be prejudiced towards people who choose homosexuality then? Why don’t you tell us all the logical reasons why homosexual acts are ‘unhealthy’? And then perhaps you can explain why exactly the church has the right to tell people what they should or should not do with their own bodies. Ignoramuses is your own word, but perhaps your right, it might just suit. Anyone who judges people merely upon sexual preference may be just that. 🙂

  13. poppies Says:

    Once again you’re unjustifiably equating reasoned disagreement with prejudice and judgment. You’ve obviously made up your mind on this issue, so I think logical evidence would be rather unpersuasive. I’ll not waste your time any longer, all the best to you.

  14. This Devil's Workday Says:

    poppies – Actually I’ve asked why people regard homosexuality as wrong on my blog a few times and I never get straight answers, instead the question somehow gets thrown back at me or they dilly dally around their point. Just give me something other than those one or two lines in the bible about lying down next to another man as a decent reason.

    Leviticus 18:22 – “Do not lie with a man as one lies with a woman; that is detestable.”

    And if we ARE meant to take that line so seriously, why does it not include women? Some would probably say it was a sign of the times, as women only recently have received some form of liberation. If that’s the case, then perhaps that particular viewpoint regarding homosexuality was a sign of the times and can also change? Or is the Christian God a sexist? Or maybe he doesn’t mind lesbians?

  15. LuLi Says:

    poppies – I’m sorry but I don’t find anything reasonable about disagreeing with homosexuality for logic which you haven’t even provided, so no i won’t be changing my mind just yet. Thanks for the visits, though.

    TDW – You’ve clearly argued this a few times, you even have quotes. Thanks for your input, you make some very strong points. =)

  16. poppies Says:

    TDW, your points reflect some pretty common misunderstandings. I’m working on a post to intelligently speak to this issue, since it comes up so frequently. Check my blog, I’d love for your input via comments. I’ll probably finish it by Friday.

    LuLi, I’d love to hear from you, too.

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