This one will be controversial:
This morning a friend of mine on Twitter posted a Tweet, where it shows what Islamic extremists do in the name of their religion and what science does instead.Here is the picture:
To this Tweet I replied:
“Yes: How can some people not see this and how can anyone call Islam a religion of peace?”
In retrospective this might have been a little provocative but I don’t think Islam is a religion of peace. Now first of here is what I’m not saying: I’m not saying that all Muslims are violent and I’m not saying, that Muslims can’t be a contributing part of a flourishing society. I’m also not saying, that science can’t be misused or misinterpreted to meet goals, that are positively harmful to humanity.
I’m not saying them, because they aren’t true. What I am saying is, that there are verses both in the Bible and the Qu’ran, that are not in accordance with promoting human well being.
There are unambigious passages, that can lead to violent behavior when interpreted literally. Now, one might object and say “You’re taking it out of context.” but it doesn’t matter even if I do. The problem is, if I can take them out of context, then so can the believer and he can use the verses found in the respective books to meet his vile agenda.
I’d also like to see somebody give me the context for this .
Again I am not at all saying, that Muslims or Christians or whoever are bad. I am saying, that they are inherently good people and that they are A) unaware of these verses or B) Ignore them or C) can somehow interpret them in such a way to reconcile them with their moral outlook.
I’m glad in any case, that they do. The problem is, that some people don’t. Some people take it as the literal word of God and they make no excuses or interpretations, they read exactly what it says and act accordingly.
Whether we want to admit it or not: The Qu’ran is a bad moral guide. It’s a horrible book, littered with violence. We need to call a spade a spade here.
They use the Qu’ran to justify their atrocities. As peaceful loving people we need to speak out against extremists, we need to work on progress and we need to call Bullshit out for what it is.
Killing somebody for a victimless crime such as blasphemy is Bullshit.
And above all we need to get of our hard stance of “this is God’s word and every little word is true”, what we need to do instead is say “this is an ancient doument, that no doubt, has some truth in it, it can teach us some things but it needs to be interpreted.”
Allah or God may or may not exist. Extremist Ideologies that are based on religion and of political views and other things do exist and we need to fight it, irrespective of our religious views or lack thereof!
Goodbye from yours truly,
Rene von Boenninghausen @Renevelation