We are at war against infidels… I ask all Islamic nations, all Muslims, all Islamic armies, and all heads of Islamic states to join the Holy War. There are many enemies to be killed or destroyed…the final aim of which is to put Koranic law in power from one end of the earth to the other – Ayatollah Khomeini
What is a “True Muslim?” Like Christianity, the Islamic faith consists of different factions, sects, definitives, interpretations, cultural issues and many other factors that produce a variety of believers that range from the liberal to the extremist. Most of the Muslims I know and interact with, though, are not terrorists, in spite of what many westerners believe. By and large, they get up, go to work or school, try to get through their day with minimal conflicts and integrate in their communities very well.
But are they “true Muslims” with regard to their obeisance to the Koran, or are they weak or watered down Muslims because they seek integration, cooperation and coexistence?
This is a question for the ages, because depending upon who you ask, the answers are so vastly different that it becomes difficult to ascertain what a “True Muslim” is. Therein lies the rub. As with many of my fellow atheists, I have a huge problem with the meme of Islam. It is a virus of the mind, a form of psychosis and when interpreted literally it produces a believer that can be very dangerous. When you add ideologies that support violence and the call for world domination, the only logical conclusion is a physical manifestation of unconditional obedience to a twisted, barbaric philosophy that we know as terrorism.
A lions share of the publicity that Islam garners comes from the radical, militant Muslims. Unless built next to the World Trade Center, Islamic community centers don’t get a whole lot of press. What does get press are those fanatics who strap explosives to their chests, fly planes into buildings, participate in honor killings, usurp governments and threaten to behead anyone who dares to disagree with them or have the audacity to render an image of their prophet.
And it is not just their actions that get noticed, but the fact that these sick and twisted psychopaths that practice this level of Islam go to great lengths to tell the rest of the word that they are “True Muslims” because they are obeying the Koran to the letter. They state that anyone who does not partake in their brand of batshittery is not worthy of calling themselves Muslims, and if the western world wants to know what life will be like in a global Islamic theocracy, they need look no further than the war-torn regions that make up a huge chunk of the Middle East.
The Same, But Different…
The mainstream Muslims, mostly in western nations, are very quick to point out that they do not support things like the issuance of death threats for cartooning Muhammad, or brutally murdering innocent women for the utterly ridiculous “crime” of blasphemy. They try to distance themselves from their counterparts who can be seen wearing sandwich boards that suggest the beheading of anyone who states that Islam is not a religion of peace, or those that choose to fly planes into buildings and set off bombs in crowded market places.
While the efforts of mainstream Islam to assure the world that the Muslim bastards who kill in the name of Allah do not represent all Muslims are outpacing the efforts of mainstream Christianity to separate itself from their own fundamentalist bastards, both share a common problem. Their holy books, of which both completely suck when it comes to trying to explain why Islam is a religions of peace and Christianity is a religion of love. The Bible and the Koran are nasty little tomes, my friends. They are not even worthy of the dust they collect. In fact, it would be an insult to dust.
Reading the bible reveals that its central mythical character, Jesus, was the disobedient bastard son of a woman who claimed she did not have an affair, but was impregnated by an invisible man. As far as Muhammad goes, he was pretty much a despicable, illiterate pedophile. But I digress…
It’s In The Book…
As with the Bible, the examination of some what the Koran states seem to support the claims of the radicals, and that the mainstream are not “True Muslims.” Both the Bible and the Koran emphatically state that these holy books represent direct communication from their God and are to be adhered to with extreme prejudice. Anything less would appear to be an abrogation of their doctrine.
Mainstream Muslims may not adhere to the sick, twisted and psychotic practices that the radicals do, but it does not mean that the radicals are practicing a different form of Islam. It just means that these horrible acts of violence and terrorism are just not part of the Islam that the mainstream practice.
In spite of what the Islamic apologists are spouting at every available opportunity, the Muslim extremist must remain unconditionally submissive to the will and decree of Allah, and this includes their belief that the entire world be either converted, subjugated or annihilated. And they can justify this with the same Koran that all of Islam uses.
When Muslim extremists or the newly minted Muslim whose mind has been further poisoned by Muslim Extremists believe that Islam, Allah or their Prophet has been disrespected, they react with violence. Hence all those rolling heads, blood caked walls and mangled flesh flying out the windows. If you do not believe this to be true, then you are blind. It happens every day, even in Halloween parades.
Our eyes are inundated every day with images of death, destruction and acts of terrorism committed by Muslim fanatics. No matter how loudly the apologists defend their faith, people are dying every day, sometimes for the simple act of not being Muslim. Humanity as a whole and mainstream Islam in particular should be ashamed for allowing the situation of Islamic terrorism to get to the state where we are so afraid of inciting horrific acts of violence that we are allowing them to slowly, methodically and systematically succeed in their effort to adhere literally to the command of world domination, such as these passages from the Koran suggest:
- “Fight and kill the disbelievers wherever you find them, take them captive, harass them, lie in wait and ambush them using every stratagem of war” – Koran:9:5
- “The Believers fight in Allah’s Cause, they slay and are slain, kill and are killed” – Koran:9:112
- “Fight those who do not believe until they all surrender, paying the protective tax in submission” – Koran:9:29
- “Fight them until all opposition ends and all submit to Allah” – Koran:8:39
- “So fight them until there is no more Fitnah (disbelief [non-Muslims]) and all submit to the religion of Allah alone (in the whole world)” – Koran:8:39
- “Fight them and Allah will punish them by your hands, lay them low, and cover them with shame. He will help you over them” – Koran:9:14
Just because all Muslims are not radical or politically motivated does not mean the ones who are don’t possess the capacity to put the whole world at risk. Truth be told, most atheists go to great lengths to avoid statements that define all Muslims as terrorists. In spite of this, there are those within our own camp who cannot seem to understand that when we comment about “Islam,” we are not commenting about “Muslims,” even when we make it obvious and clear that we are referring to the religion and not the individual. Then they choose to publicly disparage us, which is not a very friendly thing to do. But I digress, once again.
You Might Be A Redneck…
There are those in the West who believe that the die-hard terrorist types in the Middle East are little more than Arabian Rednecks. There are those in the Middle East who believe that westernized Muslims are a scourge on Islam and just as deserving of death as the most blasphemous infidel. Both are convinced, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that they are right and the others are wrong and that they are the “True Muslims.”
Religions are what their adherents understand them to be, thus the vast differences between those who practice them. Islam is no different, and deserves no respect by virtue of its existence and should not be treated by the skeptic any differently than any other belief system.
There is much about Islam that is detestable, as is with Christianity. Religions are nothing more than safety nets for the willfully ignorant against the inevitability of a certain death, and the Abrahamic religions are the worst sort of mythological tripe to come across the pike. They are immoral, unethical and inhumane in many of their doctrines, promoting a very primitive system of reward and punishment that should be absent from the lives of a human being well before their fifth birthday.
I’ve already expounded on the uselessness of their holy books, so I will not redress it here, suffice to say that thanks to some persistent donors, I no longer have any wobbly tables in my house, and the door stays open when I want it to.
A Better Place…
The world would, indeed, be a better place if our species was not held captive in the credulous servile shackles of religious belief. But that doesn’t mean that all adherents of religion are vile, evil people whom are bent on the destruction of the human race. Most are not, and most are pleasant enough to be around. Many are horrible, simple-minded people, though.
If we cannot rid the world of the poison of religion, perhaps a good place to start is with their holy books, which are the source of their doctrine and dogma, and seem to be the source of all the extremist violence that comes out of Islam and Christianity.