Anyone who knows me knows that I have long believed in a principle of religious tolerance, and that this is the one thing that can most make a difference in the future of our planet. It is simple – each individual person has an absolute “divine” right to chose what to believe, and to live in accordance with those beliefs, so long as they do not cause direct harm to anyone else. I’m not a fan of organized religions, because IMHO they voluntarily quickly reduce to micro-dictatorships. But I usually see no reason to stand in public opposition to any specific religion.
However, recent events on the global stage have caused me to consider one natural law. “There is an exception to everything.”
There is one religion that openly advocates harming others, even those who DO practice that faith. It spews hate like humans exhale used air. Most of all, it openly advocates not only the eradication of all other religions – but actively destroys the relics and texts of those religion’s symbols and teachings. After great consideration, I can not advocate a stance of “tolerance” towards this religion, because if given the chance they would bring about a permanent end to any human ever becoming enlightened.
It may not be obvious yet, so the religion I’m referring to is ISLAM.
I have never heard an Imam (one of the teachers of Islam) who has preached “peace”. Nor have I heard of any of them who advocate tolerance, acceptance, or diversity. Instead, they hold tenets that have not allowed any element of their society to advance in 700 years. Women do not even have the right to be accused of adultery WITH the man they slept with. Want to talk about double standards? A man can sleep with a woman who is not his wife – then accuse her of adultery! If she is raped, she becomes the criminal if she reports it, and again can be accused of adultery. In case you’ve forgotten, the penalty under Sharia law for adultery is death.
I’m one of those rare birds who has read the full text of not only the Bible, but also the Torah and the Koran. It seemed appropriate to read them all, because they all profess to teach wisdom handed down from the same God – who self-identifies as “The God of Abraham”. It should also be noted that these three religious books represent the ONLY monotheistic religions in the world. Now, here is my layman’s comparison.
The Torah’s teachings pretty much accept that they are being handed to a select few, and while they exhort those chosen few to follow certain principles and lifestyle actions that would deliberately set them apart from all other people, there is no proselytizing, ever. No one is ever prevented from converting, but it has to be something done of their own free will.
The New Testament of the Bible is, for the most part, the same. Believers are taught to stand apart – to “be not unequally yoked together with an unbeliever”. Which, in case it isn’t clear, means that they not only should not marry an unbeliever, but also not be business partners with them, nor work for them. Jesus taught by example that believers were not to withhold their help from unbelievers who asked for it, yet he never insisted that the unbeliever convert. His strongest words (to those he did help who were not believers) were an exhortation not to continue the sinful acts they had lived before. Oh, just in case you may have forgotten, Jesus was never a Christian. He spent his entire life as an Essene Jew.
We’re almost daily treated to living descriptions of the teachings of the Koran. It is totally intolerant. If left unchecked, Islam will sweep the globe, with only one objective – return human rights laws to those of medieval Islam. When Islamists move into a new area, the first thing they do is peacefully work to gain the tolerance, even acceptance, of those already there. Then they begin bringing in more Islamists – and quickly try to become a significant minority group of the community. When they have achieved becoming about 10% of the community, they start trying to use the community’s own laws against itself to favor Islam, while they continue to reproduce and import “brothers and sisters” with the aim of reaching the magic number of about 50%. When they hit that point, they are no longer a “significant minority” – but the majority. They will then work to overturn local laws that restrict their actions toward non-believers, and if possible they will impose Sharia law – at least for their own.
The real face of Islam comes out when they achieve about 75% saturation of a population. At that point, tolerance of other beliefs is no longer even pretended. Active persecution of outsiders begins – and starts with many of those who are currently working the hardest to bring Islam to the US. Gays, atheists, liberals – watch out! If the definition of “conservative” is that one is resistant to change – Muslims are the ultimate conservatives, because they have not seen any social change in 700 years that they will accept, and they will kill you to prove their righteousness.
Let’s make this very real and personal. How many women in the US have had sex with a non-spouse? By Sharia law, you are all guilty of adultery. How many of you have married, and then gone to court to ask for a divorce? By Sharia law, none of your divorces are valid. If Muslims controlled your community, you would face the choice of returning to the home of your first husband or being put to death for adultery. Of course, it would all be moot once Islam reached about 90% saturation anyhow, because then your only choices would be to convert or leave – and if you chose to leave you would have to pay an unbeliever’s tax roughly equivalent to leaving behind everything you own.
If anyone thinks that I’m exaggerating, take a look at what has been happening in France, England, and Italy over the last 10 years. Expand your vision to see what they are doing right now in Iraq, Syria, and Iran. Do your own homework – track the spread of Islam from birth 700 years ago to present, and then look at HOW it has spread.
Islam is not a religion – it is a parasitic terrorist movement.