Wednesday, 15 June 2016

No really Islam is a problem.

I am taking a break from my Bible study and Koran study this week, as I think it is time to discuss something that has been addressed in so many quarters, yet still seems to fly by many people.  In essence this post follows on after some reaction I got after posting Mondays simple comment that "So why is it, that if someone screams "Allah u Akbar" while murdering people they are not called a Muslim, but rather extremist."

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After last weekends mass murder in Orlando Florida at Pulse bar, I still see many people who refuse to accept that Islam is in fact a problem in the world. In fact the Fox article cited here runs the headline "49 killed in shooting at Florida nightclub in possible act of Islamic terror", and then the first paragraph reads "A gunman who pledged allegiance to ISIS opened fire early Sunday morning in a packed Orlando nightclub, killing 50 people and wounding at least 53 more in the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history." Anyone here that has simple rationalizations skills sees what the problem is, it is labeled possible Islamic Terror, but the perpetrator is claiming Islamic ideology. However, if you are going to hide in some warped reality for a while and claim bigotism, perhaps the following will help you get a more coherent understanding ''ISIS claimed responsibility for the attack Sunday afternoon via its Amaq news agency, Reuters reported. Amaq said an "Islamic State fighter" carried out the assault." If you still refuse to see this as an Islamic problem, then stop reading as you are clearly not a rational person and are a contributor to the problem.

So we  still see so called rational people defending Islam, and I think this comes from a very biased and selected reading of the Koran. While anyone who actually has read the Koran would quickly come to the conclusion that this book can be anything...... but peaceful it certainly is not. In fact if you want to read the Koran weekly presented at a very slow pace, subscribe here. Honestly, one of the main reasons the Koran readings take so long is that there is just so much that need to be unpacked, cross referenced, designing new science etc etc.

Further, I think it is important to call Islam what it is (i.e. barbaric, and backward) for two reasons. 1) Islam needs a reformation, and it is only with intense criticism of the ideas it holds that the religion will become far better natured. 2) By not calling Islam out as a problem, should we really be surprised when tweets from morons like this arise?

After all if we cannot call a terrorist a Muslim, then we cannot expect these peoples views to change either when we call them out for irrational bigotism. The world is broken, but by acknowledging the real problems and not social justice la-la arguments we can fix it.