A cure for religion 9

Is religion the most frequent cause of death?

Do more people die from religion than from heart disease, cancer, or road accidents?

To take just one religion, the most lethal at present: Islam kills people every day.

Here’s one of today’s reported incidents of Death by Religion:

From the Washington Post:

A machete-wielding mob of Muslims on Sunday attacked the home of a minority sect leader in central Indonesia, killing three and wounding six others

About 1,500 people – many with machetes, sticks and rocks – attacked about 20 members of the Ahmadiyah Muslim sect who were visiting their leader in his house in Banten province on Indonesia’s main island of Java. …

Ahmadiyah, believed to have 200,000 followers in Indonesia, is considered deviant by most Muslims and banned in many Islamic countries because of its belief that Muhammad was not the final prophet.

Think of it – right now, in this age of space exploration, nuclear power, the internet, some people are killing other people because they believe that a man who lived 1400 years ago was “not the final prophet”!

Surely this killing disease, religion, is curable?

We recently heard of a group of Muslims who went to a university in the West and there encountered Enlightenment literature. They were stunned by what they read. They have become secularist, possibly atheist. They plan to make themselves known as a group and speak about their discovery in the near future. If and when they do, we will be among the first to applaud them.

What does their story tell us but that superstition is a curable disease? It suggests that if the West only took the trouble to teach its values to the peoples who live in darkness – those billions of Others – it might achieve what wars have failed to: the subduing of the barbaric hordes, the ending of their persistent onslaught.

During the Cold War, America spoke to the Communist bloc through Radio Liberty and Radio Free Europe. The effort was made to tell the enslaved peoples that what their masters would have them believe was not true. Those broadcasts helped to bring the Wall down. Why is no such effort being made to give new ideas to the Muslims? Vast numbers of them are taught nothing but the Koran – or rather, have it beaten into them. For many of them it is in a language they don’t understand. And even if they know the language, much of what they learn to recite by heart is incomprehensible. Those suras that are intelligible are full of evil counsel and absurdity: “kill the infidel…”,  and a lot of solemn drivel about Djinns. Why doesn’t the secular West give them something better to think about?

Teach them to question ideas rather than dumbly accept them.

Teach them that freedom makes for a happier life, tolerance for a longer one.

It might be argued that many Muslims who live in the West are aware of Western values and ideas and still reject them in favor of Islamic dogma. True. And we may assume that there will always be some who cannot be cured of religion. But the probability is that there are many who can be, if only they were better informed.

Yes, we are urging “proselytizing” and “conversion” on a massive scale: not from one religion to another, but from religion to reason. (To oppose one religion by another – to think of Christianity, for instance, as a cure for Islam – is to misdiagnose the disease.)

It must be worth trying. A start could be made with young Muslims who are already in the West with a positive program of teaching critical examination.

We know that the nations who live more freely live more happily. We know that educated women make better mothers. We know that Muhammad wasn’t a “prophet”, and also that he won’t be the last to claim that title. Why don’t we say that sort of thing, loud and clear, to those who should hear it?

No more giving in to Muslim demands for the separation of the sexes, for special facilities in schools and work-places, for courts to take account of their “cultural traditions” such as honor killings and wife-beatings and the sly deceptions involved in “sharia compliant finance”. We have arrived at our ways for sound reasons, so let’s stick to them, and insist that any who come to live among us conform to them. Away with “multicultural” sentimentality and hypocrisy. For the most part, those other “cultures” contain far more that’s fearful and contemptible than is worthy of respect. And the intolerance of Islam is intolerable.

We’d like to teach the world to think. We’d like the Western powers to have a shared policy of continually lecturing the billions who live in darkness.

Let’s seize them by the ears and say, “Now listen here … !”

Jillian Becker   February 6, 2011

Posted under Articles, Commentary, Islam, Religion general by Jillian Becker on Sunday, February 6, 2011

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This post has 9 comments.

  • TyS

    rampant inbreeding among the Muslim population has wreaked irreparable damage to its gene pool over the course of the last 8 centuries; their people behave like rabid mongrel animals, absent of any logic. It seems impossible to correct something so inherently wrong and dangerous – rather, absolute annihilation may very well be the only way. After all, one would not compromise with a disease or virus…you cannot domesticate it, or rationalize with it.

    We cannot dress these babboons in a tuxedo and expect them to discuss Shakespeare; we cannot “win the hearts and minds” of people who have neither

    • Jillian Becker

      The ideology of Islam must be attacked, not people – except for those who commit crimes and acts of war.

      • TyS

        An ideology does not exist within the natural world, but rather it can only manifest through a carrier; a medium, which is its believers.

  • Frank

    I liked the article. I liked passion shown by Jillian in making the case for educating the brain washed believers. But in many cases you would have better luck teaching calculus to a squirrel.

  • George

    Secular Proverb — “Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Give a man a religion and he’ll starve to death praying for a fish”. Religion does NOT teach a person to THINK or critically , logically , scientifically, rationally , reasonably, and commom-sensibly figure out the mysteries of life , but rather to merely blindly accept and obey based on indoctrination (brainwashing). Religions are belief-systems that have hoodwinked the entire world , convincing people that the religions represent morality , love and peace when in reality it is nothing but. If every “HOUSE OF WORSHIP” had been a classroom of reason , science and true wisdom , the entire world would be many thousands of years advanced into the future. The movies regarding technological innovations and research that we have seen on Star Wars, Star Trek, Battlestar Gallactica, etc. would be a reality.
    This doesn not mean that societies would be necessarily free of wars or turmoil but our earthly world would be overall a safe, respectful and more tolerant environment than what we endure today. Religion is nothing but “sugar coated poison”. Plain and simple !!!

  • Ralph

    Teach the value of a secular government that is established to serve the people. Teach them that governments are created to serve the people and that people are not created to serve governments. However, I’m not sure the citizens or government of the U.S. understand these simple concepts and would never teach them.

    • Macnvettes

      The government certainly doesn’t teach those values, but there are people who do. I am in college now, and we have several discussion boards, so when questions such as “what do you think about this law” come up, I try to educate people as to why less is generally better when it comes to legislation, and I usually post a John Stossel video to illustrate my point. I wish Stossel were on mainstream Fox instead of just Fox Business, and that his show was daily instead of weekly.

  • Macnvettes

    The reason that we don’t offer religious choice in foreign nations is a political as well as a constitutional one. Moreso political than constitutional, if you take the view (as I do) that the constitution should apply ONLY TO U.S. CITIZENS. But to offer a choice to other people would be to elevate either atheism (or more likely, christianity) above another religion. If an effort to give people a choice were to happen, as described in the article above, it would have to come from the private sector (as most good things do).

    • Jillian Becker

      No, the West does not have to teach atheism or Christianity. It has to teach that the highest value is freedom, that its products are innovation and prosperity. It has to teach the usefulness of doubting. Doubt is the worst enemy of religion.