FEATURE ARTICLE

Wednesday, October 28, 2020
eoeke@aol.com
UK
RELIGION AND TERROR, DO NOT VILIFY EMMANUEL MACRON

y first awareness of the effect of religion on the mind was my observations that religious people can hold their beliefs and process religious information in exactly the same way patients with psychotic illnesses, like schizophrenia, hold their delusions and process some information.

Psychotic patients hold their beliefs firmly in ways that makes it impervious to reason. They are often unable to explained beyond their source, the reason for their beliefs.

Rational thought and evidence seems to play very little part in the way they come to conclusion and when they employ them, they misuse them to sustain their beliefs and fail to consider every fact that would appeal to rational minds about the irrationality of their position, attitude and beliefs.

Like religious minds, psychotic minds first believe something and then find reason to justify it. The religious mind first believes something written in a book and then go on to the same book to find justification for the beliefs. They, then, developed a system to protect and justify their beliefs, leaving believers with a them and us attitude and, a conviction that they are right about God and others are wrong.

In a way, religion rigs the election and goes ahead to use the rigged result to attempt to prove it won the election. It writes a book and uses the book to prove the truthfulness of its dogmas contained in the same book. Here in lies its illogicality and dishonesty.

Religion refuses to accept any criticism of the evidence on which it bases its orthodoxy. This is why it is very difficult to help people question the fixed and false religious beliefs that underpin their world view and attitude to others who are different.

For instance, the religion of Islam tell its adherents that some people are infidels, who are under the wrath of God and therefore underserving of their respect. It tells them that unbelievers will end up in hell because they do not follow the ways of Allah.

It teaches its followers to value the life of believers and extols the virtue of doing good to those who follow Islamic teachings.

By doing this, it creates the impression in the mind of those who believe it's teaching that by the virtue of what they believe that God loves and accepts them and do not value those who do not share their beliefs.

It urges them that by virtue of their beliefs and practices, God accepts them and rejects others who are different. 'The best of believers is he from whose tongue and hand the Muslims are safe'. This rejection of moral pluralism and refusal to accept a culture of competing moral traditions is what is wrong with Islam and at the centre of its discriminations and intolerance of whatever it does not approve.

Islam teaches her adherents that Allah wants everybody to be a Muslim, the Quran was written by God and that they have a right to kill anybody, who they believe insults Islam, prophet Mohammed or do not share their beliefs or world view, if they find justification like accusing the person of blasphemy. Their clerics then arrogate to themselves power to determine who lives by issuing fatwas.

These are the basic assumption that underline their belief that the pursuit of their religious and political objectives justifies whatever they do in the name if Allah and that here is justification to kill people, who do not meet their expectations or hold views that they consider unacceptable.

Currently, it has become politically correct to absolve Islam from the list of the cause of terrorism even though the terrorists claim they are fighting a jihad.

When terrorists strike, people like president Obama go out of their way to absolve Islam from the reason for terror. They fail to recognise that what these terrorists activities provide is not opportunity to condemn, absolve Islam of discriminate or exclude Muslims.

Rather, it presents opportunity to challenge the Islamic and any religious orthodoxies and narratives that provide religious justification for the use of terror, and inhuman and barbaric punishments for offences.

It should afford opportunity to Challenge and condemn the the idea that any religious leader has any right or justification to issue a fatwa or decides who should die.

It is not enough for Muslims to say that Islam is a religion of peace, when it has in its holy book, texts that are used to justify beheading human beings, cutting of the hands of people, stoning people to death, justifying inequality on the basis of sex, gender or sexual, preferences, subterfuge, and intolerance of differences, just to mention the above.

In a recent interview in a Norway, a so called moderate Islamic leader Mullah Krekar in response to a questions about Muslim violence against non-Muslims, tells Norwegian TV that not only is it okay for Muslims to kill non-Muslims, it’s actually required by Qu’ranic law.

Further the imam says that “Muslims have the right to Kill anyone who does not respect Islam.” What an arrant nonsense, intolerance and irrationality. Read more at http://www.zubbyblog.com/muslim-leader-declares-muslims-right-kill-anyone-not-respect-islam/

These are kind of mindset and primitive and barbarous thinking that should have no place in any Morden progressive society with civil values. In my view, the only reason why such people are not classified as mentally ill, is because we discovered religious beliefs and normalised its irrationality long before we understood what constitutes mental illness.

While many Muslims can justifiably say that terrorism of the type perpetrated by ISIS, Boko Haram, A Queada, El Shabab etc., is not in their name, they cannot deny the responsibility of Islam as a religion for providing the ideology and orthodoxy that justifies violence and discriminatory treatment of people in the name of God.

A religion that prescribes death for those it holds in contempt, cannot honestly claim to be surprised, when it is cited as the basis for the intolerance, evil and barbarism of those who claim to be inspired by it.

A religion whose clerics engage in hate preaching in the name of God, cannot deny its role in the hateful behaviours of those who hold a literary understanding of its scriptures.

A religion that can convince some people that western education, which produced everything that sustain their lives is sin, has a lot to answer for the ignorance of some of its followers.

Religious intolerance of the type that drives the Taliban, Aqeada, IS, El Shaba, Boko Haram and many people, whose religious convictions give them reason for violence and terror is not piety. It is a murderous obsession in those with overvalued and ignorant ideas of the transcendent, whom difference means oddity and a convenient excuse for hate crimes.

Knowing God and his will cannot be compatible with terror of the kind that targets innocent men, women and children because of differences in beliefs, values, world views, who they are and, what they choose to believe about the Unknown.

Being Godly is incompatible with heartless criminal justice that advocate death for exercising right to free speech and body mutilations and crude death as punishment for offences and crimes that often have their origins in the way societies are structured and inequality of opportunities.

No religion, which provides either a justification or narrative for terror, discrimination and inequality on the basis of sex, race or sex orientation or any injustice, can claim it is not responsible for what it inspires and is done in its name.

The evidence would not suggest that Islam is a religion of peace. No none Muslim is at peace or free in countries, where Muslims are in the majority or under the Sharia and those who seek to exonerate and excuse the culpability of Islam in terror of the type that now threaten the free world are dishonest and cowards.

It is time to reexamine Islamic orthodoxies, and chart the path of peaceful coexistence, on the basis of justice, knowledge and equality of all under the law.

No one has a right to kill another human being, who is not directly threatening to kill him. No one has a right or justification to kill in the name of God. Any religion that find excuse for murder and violent treatment of offenders is inhuman and can inspire terror.

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