As you probably saw in the last post I’m starting to add some of Sam Harris’s wisdom to the site. I am personally in debt to Mr. Harris for helping me into the final stage of Atheism and rejection of (mostly) organized religions. One of the videos that focused on Harris thoughts toward Islam starts with him saying something like “no one of us is currently losing sleep over the Amish…”, and to be honest he’s spot on, I absolutely lose sleep over Islam. Now lets be clear about this, some other religions have been, or have the potential to be, as dangerous as Islam, unfortunately its not the only bad boy on the block, however this belief system should worry anyone who is proud and happy of the modern western life as they are, and is enjoying the personal freedom that they so willingly give to any citizen of the western world.
In the next few weeks I will try and bring forward issues that are reflecting the issue with Islam today, and how this very relevant news items should serve as an alarm to anyone who has not yet realized that religion is something that can be used as an excuse to celebrate a peaceful holiday or two but nothing more. Beyond the evident clash with (mostly) the Western world Islam is not a whole group religion as it is also has internal forces who fight each other with the same, if not more, passion and hate.
One last thing, this is an atheist blog, so there is no point or reason to dive into the full issue of Islam in modern times, and this religion is not more objectionable than some others, however it looks like there is a lot of sense into looking how can Islam change our lives today if the radical religious succeed in their current crusade.
This makes a very good point. But is it not also (partly) applicable to any religion?
I would agree that Islam is probably one of the most dangerous organized religion today, but I can not say that other religions are the opposite of this. Its refreshing to see someone making such a powerful speech, on such a topic. especially the last 2 minutes. Well done.
There are many things happening all around the world, all the time.
There is so much more I want to discuss on this blog then I do.
But, I try to focus on atheism, because I believe it is key. Its a key idea, a concept, a lighthouse that could guide us all from darkness to light. Of course those of us who want to maintain a cultural identity that is tied to a religion can do so freely, but without the bounding effect of the establishment and organized religions.
One of the easiest things to do is label someone as a revolutionary, a romantic, an anarchist, and one of the easiest stepping stones on that road is to find out if you can label someone as a non-believer, since you know exactly what to expect of a believer (or actually you know exactly what to expect a believer will present himself as) and you could proceed with great ease to tell anyone who cares to listen that this person is not a bliever and therefore a wildecard. while there is not only no correlation between believing and moral behaviour, the idea that you need to believe in order to be called moral is dangerous.
So, if we peel away this facade of belief, if we stop playing stone age myths and stories to ourselves and our children, we might make things easier on us, we might start to look deeper into profound things like the life in our oceans, why whenever one war is over another one begins – in a different part of the world, why even though politicians change the world stays exactly the same, and why does it have to be that the simple people carry most of the burden in this life.
Atheism is the easiest point to start, adopt a critical way of thinking of things, examine not only religion, reflect on philosophy and science and you will be well on your way to expanding your own personal freedom, and maybe even others. Just do not let anyone call you anything because you do not dance to their flute, or because you allow yourself a non traditional thinking process, fight the flow, fight conservatism, fight ignorance.