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Unveiling Islam – Part 1

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What is it about Islam that lends itself to tyrannical regimes, violence, corruption and the gross, open, unrepenting violation of human rights?

There is plenty of room for reform in Islam. Much like Christianity, which was a hard-headed, intransigent, deadly institution up until a few centuries ago (parts of it still are), this religion needs to go through some long-overdue changes, respecting human rights for both its adherents and those who do not subscribe to it, before it can be respected in turn.

Truth be told, it has a long way to go. As it stands, at this moment in time, Islam is host to some of the most restrictive, oppressive cultures on earth.

If you disagree, I’m all ears.

Until the opposition comes in with a valid response, let me say this: the oppressive, restrictive cultures I am referring to exist in the form of brutal theocracies (see Iran, Saudi Arabia, the Taliban-controlled-territories in Afghanistan, parts of Somalia and the Sudan, among others), where sharia law is enforced with an iron fist. These places are prisons for both body and mind, where individual thought and pluralism are considered crimes.

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Other Muslim countries, some of them more moderate, or secular (in principle), are lucky enough not to be run directly by clerics, yet they have an undeniably deep Islamic state running through them. Applied theocracy makes their society repressive all the same (see Turkey, Egypt, Qatar, Pakistan, among others), and I wouldn’t put them on the top of my places-to-move-to list either.

Bottom line is that one way or the other, whichever way you spin it, Muslims wear a leash around their necks, while a whip scars their submitted souls daily.

In coming articles, I intend to criticize the Muslim world’s proclivity toward such abuse – of oneself and others – which takes place in the name of God, holy books, prophecies, caliphates, world dominion, and deliverance.

Other Muslim countries, some of them more moderate, or secular (in principle), are lucky enough not to be run directly by clerics, yet they have an undeniably deep Islamic state running through them. Applied theocracy makes their society repressive all the same (see Turkey, Egypt, Qatar, Pakistan, among others), and I wouldn’t put them on the top of my places-to-move-to list either.

Bottom line is that one way or the other, whichever way you spin it, Muslims wear a leash around their necks, while a whip scars their submitted souls daily.

In coming articles, I intend to criticize the Muslim world’s proclivity toward such abuse – of oneself and others – which takes place in the name of God, holy books, prophecies, caliphates, world dominion, and deliverance.

We Need To Talk About Islam!

Let’s be honest with ourselves. Islam does not like the rest of the world in the slightest, a sentiment all too apparent to anyone who can put two and two together. It believes it has the world’s morals down to a T and that no ethic, system, or code of conduct other than its own can prescribe a righteous way of life. It is not interested in what anyone has to say.

As a result, it is not welcome in the global community. Having that kind of an attitude precludes it from any meaningful interaction with anyone.

You may deem this a gross generalization, but I will prove you wrong by pointing out manifestations of Islam on the national and international level. You can’t get more accurate than that. If it happens across the board, across countries around the Muslim world, then it is not a gross generalization. It’s a fact.

‘It’s My Life, I Do What I Want To…’

‘What’s the problem with people being Islamic and righteous?’ some ask. ‘People have the right to choose their faith and do as they please, right?’

Not exactly. First of all, “doing as you please” has its limits, which usually involve not hurting others.

Islam does hurt others, en masse, especially women.

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Second, self-persecution is not the issue. (Yes, this is where we are at, arguing about one’s right to persecute oneself in the name of one’s right to practice one’s faith in any way one sees fit. Damn you political correctness!) It has to do with persecuting others. How Islam persecutes everyone who does not submit to it.

For example, as everyone and their grandmother knows by now, other religions do not thrive in Muslim states. They are kept captive, at best, in a tight room, under a very low ceiling, if not buried altogether under the mud.

Plus, women are oppressed across Muslim territories, in various degrees, the worst of which are truly horrific.

So are homosexuals. They are persecuted, stigmatized, repressed, and hunted down like animals.

Think I am exaggerating? Scaremongering? Go be a woman or a homosexual in Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, Yemen, Qatar, Iran, Afghanistan. See how that works out for you.

Not so keen now, are you?

Wait, there’s more. In addition to all this, infidels i.e. non-Muslims, are generally considered second-rate individuals i.e. people who have not been illuminated into Submission. Maybe not de jure, but certainly de facto. I am not being facetious. This is what it boils down to: Submission to Allah’s rule, as represented by his clerics on earth.

Don’t believe me? Go practice your religion openly, and talk about it, and organize panels and seminars in the above countries to promote it. Go be an atheist and teach people to doubt and investigate everything. See how that pans out.

Good luck to you!

See, in most Islamic territories, free thinking is frowned upon. Challenging tradition is unacceptable. Criticizing Islam is blasphemy, which is punishable by a number of harsh ways, some of which involve excruciating pain, or death. The word of God is final. The word of his agents on earth is final. Their power is total. No one is allowed to embrace anything but Submission to Allah. Those who do, do so at the risk of their souls in the afterlife, and at their own peril in this life.

Part Two to follow.

This article was originally published in Urban Times