In the What is it about religion that destroys brain cells? department, there’s this story from Denmark. A Muslim adherent from Somalia tried to kill the Danish cartoonist that created one of the more infamous cartoons of Mohammed that resulted in the much-ado-about-nothing brouhaha a few years ago. You remember? Death to the cartoonists! This would-be assassin was most likely looking for a free ride to heaven.
These are the same people that believe that one can insult their prophet, and therefore their religion, by depicting his image in print. This is the same religion whose Madison Avenue PR firm would like us to believe is a religion of peace. Here is one of their spokesmen advocating peace:
Al-Shabab spokesman Sheikh Ali Muhamud Rage told AFP news agency: “We appreciate the incident in which a Muslim Somali boy attacked the devil who abused our prophet Mohammed and we call upon all Muslims around the world to target the people like” him.
I feel so warm and fuzzy inside when I contemplate the peaceful nature of such a nice religion. I’m sure that’s what Allah would want.
How exactly does a religion that not only allows, but advocates, murder as retribution against those who “insult” that religion, also get to promulgate morality for its adherents? Isn’t there something incongruous about the Muslim equivalent of “Thou Shall Not Kill” and “Go Kill The Cartoonist” being simultaneously required by the same religion? What kind of theology tries to rationalize this?
More importantly, how do millions of Muslims agree that this makes sense? What is it about their religious indoctrination that causes such brain damage that they can’t, as individual human beings, come to the simple conclusion that this is an abomination against humanity, themselves included? Are there not Muslims with brains intact?
I know this has been hashed and re-hashed ever since the original incident, but it needs to be repeated on a regular basis. This is sheer madness. Religiously induced madness. When one believes in a religion, a worldview, a philosophy that can reduce humans to ideological targets, expendable in the name of worship of a non-existent being, then we, as a species, have got our priorities backward. If humans can be killed in the name of an idea, to the point that the idea is deemed more important than the human, then we’ve learned nothing from the experience of the Holocaust and Stalin’s purges.
In this example, religion is no better, indeed worse due to the patina of reasonableness and holiness it glosses over its surface, than National Socialism and Communism run amok. Christianity doesn’t get a pass here either, because you don’t see the Pope, the Archbishop of Canterbury or any other Christian leader denouncing such madness, other than the individual itself. The inherent stupidity of religion itself, that which motivates such thinking, is never examined or criticized.
As Voltaire once said: “Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities”
As SI says: “Those who believe in gods believe in nothing”. What a waste of brain cells.