all atheists are muslim

White lives matter.

Black lives matter. 

Hispanic lives matter.

Latino lives matter. 

Asian lives matter.

Native American lives matter. 

Cis lives matter. 

Trans lives matter. 

Gay lives matter.

Straight lives matter.

Bi lives matter.

Christian lives matter.

Muslim lives matter. 

Jewish lives matter. 

Atheist lives matter.

No matter who you are, your life matters.

If conservative Christians acted like irrational SJWs

“christmas is cultural appropriation of christians”

"saying christmas doesnt have to be religious is christian erasure”

“okay but???? saying ‘oh my god’ is rly offensive to christians????????? stop contributing to microagression”

“THERE NEEDS TO BE MORE RELIGIOUS DIVERSITY IN MEDIA”

“um sweetie, saying gays can’t be christians is super homophobic and you need to reevaluate yourself”

“catholics can’t eat meat on friday, nobody else should because it might offend them. it’s literally disrespecting their culture to do otherwise.”

“if you don’t 100% support my christian lifestyle you literally hate me because its part of who i am. you cant ‘disagree’ with christianity like that. either you fully support it or you’re christianophobic”

“christians were actively persecuted by islams for centuries?????its totally reasonable to fear all muslims. they enslaved my people. check your Atheist privilege and consider the validity of your thoughts on matters that you have no right to contribute to. christians can’t be racist to islams because islams were/are the religion that oppressed us. we can be PREJUDICE but not racist. #GetWoke”

The people behind Supernatural are one of the very few reminders that the world has kind people. They remind me that not everybody is racist, homophobic or just overall hateful.

They remind me that I should work on bettering myself for the greater good.

While I may never have the chance to tell them this, I’m still so grateful to be apart of a community that I can feel truly wanted in. The SPNFam gives me a space to be charitable and happy without fear of mockery and backlash.

From the bottom of my heart, thank you all.

I am Catholic.

That is all.

Wait. You know what? No, that’s not all.

I will practice my religion regardless of anyone’s problems with it. I do not care what conquerors did centuries ago. I do not care that you disagree. I do not care that Christianity as a whole rejects us like that cousin you avoid at Christmas.

I am Catholic. The only thing that will stop me from being Catholic is if God himself tells me so.

Schools: do not EVER teach a history lesson, and then have the reason for the horrors of 1609 be “because the king was Catholic”.
That’s not right.

Don’t claim that “Catholics worship Mary”. We don’t, we respect her.

Don’t EVER say “ there is a difference between being Christian and being Catholic ”. There is none.

Don’t tell me that because I don’t follow every practice of my religion that I’m “not devout”. I pledged myself to my religion when I was fifteen.

Catholic people are Christian.

Do not speak about my faith as if you know what you are talking about when you don’t have the decency to say the right things.

Happy Women’s History Month!

to ALL WOMEN!

shoutout to:

-trans girls and women

-muslim, christian, jewish, atheist (etc) women

-tall, short, skinny, fat, chubby, soft, sweet, strong, muscled, etc women

-latino, african american, middle eastern, asian, caucasian, pacific islander, aboriginal and mixed race women

-straight, bisexual, lesbian, pansexual, demisexual, asexual/aromantic, and queer women

-women in the closet

-women out of the closet

-feminine women

-masculine women

-immigrant women

-refugees who are women

-women with mental health issues

-women in the military

-women in the government

-WOMEN 

¡¡ RANT !!

Literally vomiting because of how Americans handle the potential of a WW3. I understand that its “awkward to show real emotion” to some people, but this time covering up your fears with humor isn’t cutting it. I often find myself questioning if people truly understand the volume of this situation. It saddens me to see everyone like this, it saddens me even more to know this was all brought upon us by the nomination of that round orange man with stupid hair. Obviously you can see, I hate trump as much as the next “liberal terrorist”, “millenial” “nasty woman”, or whatever label you want to put on me, but all of this hate we have for each other right now in our own country needs to stop so we can focus on this much larger problem. Lately, I can’t tell if we’re going into Civil War II or WWIII. I’m ashamed of everyone, of myself, of us. Even I let the hate in my own country blind me of the fact that there are ACTUAL problems happening right now. Its time to set ego aside and work together to build ourselves stronger, things will never get better if we don’t put our pieces together first. I know I’m one small girl in a whole big world, and my voice will probably never be heard, but I needed to get this off my chest. Someone needed to say something, and if not me then who? Who am I waiting for? There are people in this world who I know will never change (mostly because psychologically you can’t change someone’s opinion after they reach age 30), but action needs to happen. WE DID NOT PROGRESS THIS FAR TO HAVE IT RIPPED FROM OUR HANDS! I hate “getting political”, especially on Tumblr because I try to keep this my safe-place where I can escape, but I can’t just sit and watch while this happens, its never been in my nature to do so. And believe me, I’m terrified, I stay up all night thinking of this. But we have to come together, please take action with me. Trump supporters, republicans, democrats, black, white, non-binary, trans, girls, boys, bisexual, christian, catholic, muslim, atheist, students, celebrities, everyone. We all walk under the same sun and sleep under the same moon. We have to keep each other safe. These things cannot be ignored anymore. We must stand together, strong.


sidenote, I DIDN’T FUCKING WORK MY ASS OFF IN SCHOOL TO GET INTO A NICE COLLEGE AND PURSUE MY DREAMS WHILE ALSO PUTTING MYSELF IN SERIOUS FINANCIAL DEBT WHILE STILL UNDER THE AGE OF 18 JUST TO LOSE EVERYTHING TO TWO ROUND MEN WITH FUNNY HAIRCUTS OK??? thank you that is all.

gossboy31  asked:

Hi! I've looked at your blog and it's obvious you're a chaplain. Can you tell me how you became one, why you became one, and what you had to do to become one? Also, what religion or spirituality are you affiliated with, and does that affect your interaction with patients?

About being a chaplain:

- How you became [a chaplain]

There are internships for CPE (Clinical Pastoral Education) that are unpaid and are about six months part-time or three months full-time. They’re extremely intense. For me, it was life-changing, and then I went into the year-long residency. The hospital where I’m at selects five residents per year. 

- Why you became one

I grew tired of mainstream evangelical ministry. It was as simple as that. I wanted to do ministry somehow, but without all the red tape, bickering, denominational baggage, and hypocritical leaders. I still love the local church and I certainly wasn’t the best pastor, but after seven years, I discovered I wasn’t wired for pastoral ministry. I had heard about chaplaincy many times throughout the years, so I went into the internship and it turned out to be a perfect fit. 

- And what you had to do to become one? 

The requirements are sort of steep: A Master’s degree from seminary, some letters of recommendation or an endorsement from a local church where you serve(d), and the CPE internship.

- Also, what religion or spirituality are you affiliated with, and does that affect your interaction with patients?

On paper, I’m a Baptist, but I’m not sure that I fit that entire dogma (for an interview about my faith, check here). Most chaplaincies are interfaith, which means that we work with all kinds of clergy—Jewish, Muslim, Hindu, Buddhist, Jehovah’s Witness, Pagan, atheist, etc.—and are expected to work with patients who are of all kinds of faith traditions. I’ve learned to navigate other beliefs while maintaining the core of my own, and I really do love the interfaith portion of my work. 

A hospital chaplain’s role isn’t to impose their own beliefs onto anyone else, but rather, to work with the current beliefs that the patient has, and to aid that patient in the journey of their suffering by the tools and knowledge with which they know. If the patient asks, then certainly I share what I believe, but mostly I’m helping the patient to process their grief in respect to their worldview, and to offer a challenge only when I see that their worldview might be preventing their journey of grief. 

To read my chaplain stories, check here: http://jspark3000.tumblr.com/tagged/chaplain

— J.S.

The Hypocrisy of Tumblr. (In a nutshell.)

Tumblr.: Sexuality is not a choice! We need to be tolerant of everyone’s sexualities!

Tumblr.: why would anybody choose to be straight? Straight people are disgusting!

Tumblr.: everyone’s experiences are valid!

Straight person: I’ve been being harassed on here for being straight!

Tumblr.: heterophobia doesn’t exist! Stop trying to be oppressed so much! Nobody does or ever will treat you badly for being straight.

Tumblr.: gender identity is not a choice!

Tumblr.: why would anybody choose to be cisgender? Cisgender people are disgusting!

Tumblr.: we should be tolerant of everybody’s gender identity!

Cis person: *joins Tumblr. *Gets harassed for being cis.

Tumblr.: Cisphobia doesn’t exist. *Sends death threats and harassment to cis people.

Tumblr.: We support all LGBT+ People!

Tumblr.: Aces and aros don’t belong in the LGBT+ community! They are disgusting!

Tumblr.: Acephobia and arophobia don’t exist! Aces and aros aren’t hated!

Tumblr.: *Harasses aces and aros for being ace and/or aro. Asexuality is a kink!

Tumblr.: Asexuality is a mental illness!

Tumblr.: Asexuality isn’t real!

Tumblr.: Aromantism is exclusive to abusive men who only want sex!

Tumblr.: Aromantism isn’t real!

Tumblr.: Both genders are equal and should be treated that way!

Feminist Tumblr.: Women need safe spaces and affirmative action!

Feminist Tumblr: sexism against men doesn’t exist.

Feminist Tumblr.: Men are the inferior sex!

Feminist Tumblr: Lol Men need to die!

Feminist Tumblr.: Men are destroying society!

Feminist Tumblr: Men are walking dildos!

MGTOW/RP Tumblr.: We’re nothing like feminists!

MGTOW/RP Tumblr.: Women are the enemy! They are destroying society!

MGTOW\RP Tumblr: Women are the inferior sex!
MGTOW/RP Tumblr: Women should only be used for sex and babies.

MGTOW/RP Tumblr.: All women are manipulative cunts!


Tumblr.: All races are equal!

Tumblr: PoC need safe spaces and affirmative action!

Tumblr.: PoC can’t be racist!

Tumblr.: White people are inferior and genetically defective!

Tumblr.: All whites need to die!

Atheist+ Tumblr.: Religion is wrong!

Atheist+ Tumblr: Not all Muslims!

Atheist+ Tumblr: All gun owners and Christians, though.

This is a basic summary of all the bullshit that I have seen since I’ve been on this site.

I’m not defending Christianity, I myself am anti religion and secularist. I am agnostic, because I can’t prove whether there is or is not a god. If anyone has proof for either argument, tell me.

If you want to know more about anything, read my bio, or shoot me an ask or message.

What Lives Matter

Black lives matter

White lives matter

Biracial lives matter

Hispanic lives matter

Homosexual lives matter

Bisexual lives matter

Transgender lives matter

Straight lives matter

Christian lives matter

Muslim lives matter

Atheist lives matter

Disabled lives matter

Women’s lives matter

Men’s lives matter

Children’s lives matter

Unborn lives matter

ALL LIVES MATTER

College Log, Entry IV

the 0.57%

A few days ago, a man said to me: “You guys are in the Ivy League. You’ve got it made. How many college students get to say that? 1%? Less than 1%? You guys are fortunate.”

I did a little casual research. Just typed in a few requests to Google and came up with some rough figures:

There are approximately 20 million postsecondary students studying in the United States, both full and part time. Of those, about 114,000 attend one of eight Ivy League institutions (Princeton, Harvard, Yale, Dartmouth, U Penn, Columbia, Cornell, Brown). 114,000/20,000,000 = 0.57%. So, there really aren’t that many of us in the grand scheme of things. But does that make us special?

I don’t think so. Not objectively. But being an egotistical human, I certainly like to think so, and I’m sure I’m not alone. Not a day goes by that I don’t contemplate how fortunate I am. There were 20,000 applicants to the Dartmouth Class of 2019. I was one of about 2,000 offered admission. Out of ten applicants, I was the one selected. How’s that for an ego-booster?

I pray to God every day that I make the most of this opportunity, but in the meantime, I want to find something to say to those who put a little too much stock in numbers (especially those beginning the college application process - hats off to you). Here’s what I’ve got from my own personal experience: I applied to Williams College (of Massachusetts), a school with an acceptance rate of about 17%, and was waitlisted… and yet Dartmouth has an acceptance rate of 10%. One thing I draw from this is an impression I’ve come to firmly abide by in regards to the college admissions process: in addition to finding good students, schools are also looking to build a class with all the right components. That means a certain amount of each “type” of student. I’m not talking affirmative action, I’m talking the whole package. Admissions staff want to build classes with a wide variety of worldviews, talents, all sorts of traits: atheist, Muslim, Christian, math-and-science orientated, bilingual, trilingual, history buffs, musicians, athletes, bookworms… the list is eternal.

My closing advice in this brief little rant is this: if your goal is to get into a good school, apply to lots of them. Odds are, one of them will be looking for you.

Everyone has the potential to be special, and don’t let a rejection letter define you. Especially one from an Ivy, because we’re all uncool snobs anyhow :P

khalif-horton  asked:

I feel like religion and the left at often at odds. Could you please describe your negotiation of religion and politics? I'd love to hear it, especially as someone who's working on it myself.

I’ve actually never personally encountered much resistance to my religion from the left - at least, not in person or in any meaningful sense. There is certainly a history of left-wing resistance to religion, and I can’t say it doesn’t scare me a little bit that a strong anti-theist movement could take hold again, but I like to think that we’ve moved beyond that to a point of mutual understanding. I love my atheist and agnostic comrades, as well as all of my Muslim, Jewish, Hindu, Buddhist, Jain, Sikh, and Taoist comrades. We’re all in the same fight.

As far as the classic left-wing arguments against religion go, I feel like they mostly come from a place of misunderstanding. If you’re a religious leftist, you clearly don’t view God as some kind of all-powerful tyrant that must be obeyed or you will be punished, which seems to be the way that Bakunin portrayed God. Marx’s view of religion as the “opiate of the people” is more interesting, perhaps, but it also isn’t a complete picture. I draw strength to fight and resist capitalism from my religion - it isn’t dulling me to the effects of it, it is focusing my attention and demanding that I fight for justice.

I largely think that the divide between the religious left and the non-religious left has been generally closed. I’ve never had a problem with atheist comrades, and they’ve never seemed to have a problem with me. The successes of liberation theology in Latin America might have been the catalyst for the closing of the wound - I’m not sure - but it just isn’t something I worry about very much.

Indian Pakistani Girl, Atheism & OCD

@froglieb asked:

hey. i’m writing a fantasy story set in london (there’s magic but its set in “our world”). the protagonist is a lesbian girl born in london she has ocd. her mother is a second generation immigrant (her parents emigrated from india) and her father is a pakistani first gen immigrant. neither her parents nor her and her two siblings are religious. is there anything i should be particularly aware of, especially in regards to atheism and homosexuality and neurodivergence?

add-on to that last message: i don’t have ocd but i have experience with some ocd symptoms due to my borderline pd and anxiety disorder and i’m also doing research and talking to people who do have ocd to write that in a good way. i don’t, however, know any third gen immigrants with indian and/or pakistani roots, so i don’t know who to ask so as to not talk over the voices of actual immigrants.

Speaking to the atheism part of things, it’s going to make a HUGE difference whether the family comes from a Muslim or a Hindu background.  Why is this? Basically because atheism is a valid (though perhaps unusual) position within Hinduism while in Islam it’s not.

I’ve noticed from ex-Muslim friends, that their ex-Muslim status is often an important part of their identity—they aren’t just atheists, they are ex-Muslims, with all the interaction with Islam that entails.  Meanwhile atheistically-minded Hindu friends and family (myself included) are not so actively “ex-Hindu” as more culturally Hindu but non-believing (“Yeah, whatever, I’m Hindu but, no, I don’t actually believe”).  We’ll even go to a temple on occasion.  From the perspective of a semi-outsider, “ex-Muslim” seems to be a fairly distinct identity marker, whereas “ex-Hindu” isn’t really a term I’ve encountered much as a godless Hindu-background guy living in the west.  I believe the situation may be different in India itself where Hindus are the vast majority and vocal atheist and rationalist groups sometimes find themselves under siege from the Hindu right-wing.

While I think it’s important to make a distinction in the west of atheist from a Christian background vs. atheist from a non-Christian background, not all atheisms are the same, and coming from an Abrahamic background vs. a non-Abrahamic one is an equally important distinction.  Really, the ethnoreligious background of formerly-religious current nonbelievers is very salient and each such background needs to be treated differently (that is, ex-Christians ≠ ex-Muslims ≠ ex-Jews even though they’re all Abrahamic backgrounds, ex-Hindus ≠ ex-Buddhists ≠ ex-Jains ≠ ex-Sikhs even though they’re all “Dharmic” or Indian backgrounds, and so on).

One parent of Indian background and one of Pakistani makes it possible for their backgrounds to be either Hindu or Muslim (Though really, two generations back from the modern day, it was all India—what date did these emigrations take place?  Before 1947, Pakistan didn’t exist.), but I would say that Muslim is more likely since there are far more Muslims in India than there are Hindus in Pakistan.  If that is the case, I would suggest you seek out ex-Muslim perspectives and South Asian ex-Muslim perspectives in particular.  If this is a Hindu background you wish to address (Hindus are technically the largest religious minority in Pakistan), I would direct you to this post—that’s basically my life and perspective on identity as a non-theistic Hindu.  It is also possible, though perhaps less likely, that one parent could be of Hindu background and the other of Muslim background.  In my experience, South Asians are often just happy to meet other South Asians in the west and things like religion and nationality tend to fall by the wayside (after all, who cares about gods when you have food!).

~Mod Nikhil

I think you’re well on the way concerning the neurodivergence part, as long as you keep in mind that having traits from OCD does not mean you know what it’s like to have OCD (speaking as someone who has many traits of several personality disorders). 

You’ve made a great start with asking people with OCD about their experiences and if you find one or more who will beta read for you, that would be even better. As long as you do your research, have the OCD be more than a tag on her character (the neurodivergence should have an impact on her), don’t add to existing stigma, and are respectful in your writing, I think you’ll be fine concerning this subject.

~ Mod Alice

How the Zoroastrian era in Iran diminished

A bit of reading of my flight over to Taipei led me to contemplate on this. Iran was at one point the land of Zoroastrianism, and one minor event in history could have meant Iran standing as a Zoroastrian nation today.

Zoroastrianism is an ancient Iranian religion and one of the oldest known religions which has influenced many others including Judaism. In the 7th century, the Zoroastrian Sassanid Persian Empire was overthrown by the Arabs. As a result the administration of the state was rapidly Islamized under the Umayyad Caliphate. Islamic jurists considered only Muslims to be perfectly moral. The Arabs introduced the jizya, a tax levied on non-Muslims living in Muslim Caliphates. In time, this poll-tax came to be used as a means to push many non-Muslims to convert to Islam. A slow but steady social and economic pressure led to many conversions from Zoroastrianism to Islam. The 9th century was the last in which Zoroastrians had the means to engage in creative work on a great scale. Two decrees in particular encouraged the transition to a preponderantly Islamic society. The first edict was that only a Muslim could own Muslim slaves or indentured servants. Thus, a bonded individual could automatically become a freeman by converting to Islam. The other edict was that if one male member of a Zoroastrian family converted to Islam, he instantly inherited all its property. Under Abbasid rule, a popular means to distress Zoroastrians was to maltreat dogs, as they are sacred in Zoroastrianism. Despite the economic and social incentives to convert, Zoroastrianism remained strong in some regions, particularly in those furthest away from the Caliphate capital at Baghdad. In present-day Uzbekistan, which is part of the cultural “Greater Iran”, resistance to Islam required the 9th-century Arab commander Qutaiba to convert his province four times. The first three times the citizens reverted to their old religion. Finally, the governor made their religion “difficult for them in every way”, turned the local fire temple into a mosque, and encouraged the local population to attend Friday prayers by paying each attendee two dirhams.

The end of the Zoroastrian era of Iran was a slow and gradual process. Today, it is estimated that there are anywhere between 500,000 to 2,000,000 Zoroastrians in the world, and some estimates put the figure to be much higher claiming lack of reporting. In addition, the Persians have been able to successfully maintain Zoroastrian culture to this very day as Iranian and Persian Jews, Christians, Muslims, Bahai’s, Zoroastrians, atheists and agnostics all take part in Iranian cultural traditions which are purely Zoroastrian based. In addition to that, maintaining the Zoroastrian culture and customs also helped the Iranians to never become Arabized the way some of their neighbours did.

My Muslim mom: “omg no you can’t dress like that or be interested in that or wear that color or talk like that or walk like that or breathe or live like that or wear those shoes or study that or listen to that or express yourself like that bc then no man will marry you” (you must be and live a certain submissive subservient and perfect way just for men’s expectations bc that’s the only purpose of your life basically)
Me: wears a fucking bracelet or something bc I fucking feel like it
My Muslim mom: “omg astaghfirullah look at what a whore you’ve become wearing bracelets just for men’s attention that’s all you care about you slut, to impress men huh!?

(Basically a Muslim girls life literally revolves around MEN)

I was supposed to do a short paper about a TV show idea that producers would hate. Knowing that producers only make shows to make money and aren’t open to new or innovative ideas, I decided go hard or go home. 

The show I made up was called Queerleaders. It was about a competitive cheerleader team made up entirely of queer, mixed race kids from generally low income families. The captain is transgender, and a boy is on the team too; he’s an asexual kid named Joey. Half are atheists and one member’s a Muslim, and they all have a bimonthly feminist fanzine they publish themselves. 

So when is it airing??

Sadly “Hating Israel” is just trendy for some

I should first make it clear that my sole intention has and will always be to find a positive solution for all people, or at least as positive as it can be. I have spent my life trying to be as understanding as possible, to not be dismissive of people’s grievances, to never be hateful towards anyone no matter how much we disagree, and to never allow my support for something to come at the expense of another group. I do not say any of this as a means to support any political policies, because I have reached a point where I do not fully support or trust a single government or political party out there. I care about the people, the people of all nations and all countries.

I am not saying this is the case all the time, I know that some people have their grievances against what has been conducted by the government of Israel and it has impacted their lives personally. I sympathize with them. I am not even agreeing or supporting the way Israel became a country, but what I do want is a better future. I also personally disagree with many of the policies and political actions of the right-wing Israeli leaders, just as I do with pretty much all leaderships in the Middle East. Personally, I find the injustices committed by other governments around the world to be tremendously worse! I’ve always supported the rights of Palestinians to live free and prosperous lives, and I feel like their leaderships have failed them many times. However, much of what I witness nowadays from many who claim to care about the Palestinians is just sad. I will never stop helping Palestinian children through ways that I find helpful, but I’ve honestly reached a point where I’m starting to think that most people don’t even know what they’re “fighting” for. It’s just almost as if they are angry and want to take it out on someone. Most of the anti-Israeli people I come across nowadays don’t even seem to care about the Palestinians, they don’t care about their suffering, they just want someone to hate. This is not even a religious issue. Most of the fervent anti-Israelis I’ve come across have been non-Muslim, many of them staunch atheists. It’s really sad and unfortunate because I feel like for some people hating on Israel has become a trendy thing. They do it because they’ve been told to, or because others are doing it, or because they’ve watched several youtube videos or read a lot of articles and books. Honestly, I do no support any government in the world, and I do not support how the country of Israel was formed, but what reason do you have to hate people? Why do you hate Israeli people? You hate, yet you never really put yourself in other people’s shoes or interact with them, and all of a sudden assume you are experts and that Israel is the biggest monster in the world, so in turn you contribute to the cycles of hatred. This hatred is what right-wing warmongering politicians in Israel thrive on. The same extreme views are noticed on the other side of the spectrum, when people through the exact same line of “reasoning” and sources will hate on all Iranians, Arabs, or Muslims, or anything for that matter. Some people, I’ve come to realize, just want to hate. Hating on Israel is just one of those trendy things, and of course as I have mentioned numerous times, right-wing warmongering politics not only thrive on this hatred, but they feed into their hands. It further justifies their hate. It’s pathetic. Not only is it unhealthy for the person taking part in it, but it achieves nothing positive. Please do your part in being more understanding of your fellow beings. We can show more acts of love and kindness. We are all human and we can do much better than this!

I am not agreeing with how the country of Israel was created. But honestly, do you wanna talk about genocide and stealing land? Take a look at Canada, Australia, the United States! How do you think these countries were created? Take a look at the Middle East and North Africa. Most of these countries are the result of centuries of forceful slaughter and destruction of the previous cultures and religions.

If we are to talk about oppression of minorities, we see this go on in so many countries in the world. Simply being an atheist, or being gay is considered a crime, and now compare that to Arab Israelis! I could go on and talk about women’s rights and questioning the authority in other countries. There is so much to talk about and in the end, we realize, this hatred is uncalled for. It’s only making matters worse and feeding into the cycle of war.

Then there is the idea of stolen land. Once again, I do not agree with how Israel was created, but if we want to talk about stealing land, we should keep in mind Israel was a country created by the United Nations, the Arabs disagreed and they went to war. They created a lot of countries by randomly drawing up borders in the Middle East but there wasn’t much dispute over that. The fact that many Palestinians lost their homes in 1948, and many Arab towns were depopulated is horrible! It was a sad and awful tragedy that we need study, learn and understand. We should work on a solution today instead of constantly focusing on what we cannot change from the past. You wanna talk about a complete genocide and destruction to create a country, study Canada’s and Australia’s history, but I guess nobody really cares about how much our First Nations people are suffering right now, and the sad history of what they went through!

Inequality exists everywhere, but the fact of the matter is Arab Israelis have more rights than many usually like to imagine. They have more rights than Arabs in many Arab States. Not only that, but presently in several Arab countries there is so much discrimination that they actually have a modern-day caste system and present-day slavery in place (Saudi Arabia, Qatar). But none of that really matters, for those who claim to be fighting for the rights of Arabs and Muslims in Israel and the Palestinian territories. We are told that Arabs in Israel are living horrendous lives, when they can even unite politically (as we’ve seen) and use the democratic system available to them to do what they want legally, they can do pretty much everything that other citizens can. So why not do that to help the Palestinians and stop the bleeding? Why not do that? Why go through this pathetic violent path of calling for the annihilation of Israel, which has constantly, over and over and over again destroyed all the hopes for the Palestinians.

Like I said, it’s just a trend to repeat the same arguments to justify the hatred. Many Zionists simply believe in living in Israel, not displacing the Palestinians. A lot of Zionists I know want the Palestinians to live side by side with them, and yet we are told to just hate all Zionists! And when people show so much hate and anger towards them, and when so many are openly and proudly calling for their complete extermination from the face of the earth, the likelihood of people being accepting goes down, it’s only logical, so people who so vehemently express their hatred contribute to that division and animosity, they are no different than the extremists on the other side constantly pointing the finger at the Arabs and calling for the eradication of Arabs out of Israel. They simply feed off one another, while I say we, as ordinary rational humans, need to break the cycle instead of feeding into it. We need to show acts of kindness where it’s missing. We need to be more loving and be the change we want to see. We are all part of the same race, the human race. People can call it what they want, but I choose to criticize bad actions, not entire nations, and I choose love instead of hate.

Before you go on attacking me, let me make this very clear for the one thousandth time, I neither support Netanyahu or right-wing policies. As I said, hating Israel is just trendy for some. Besides, it’s not gonna get anywhere! Has hatred ever solved the problem? Will hatred change hisotry? What are people actually trying to do? Destroy Israel? I’m actually concerned about the lives of the Palestinians unlike some who just want to yell and scream about the destruction of Israel, something that will never happen, and in the process of trying to make it happen more Palestinian lives will suffer. It is now time, more than ever, that we, the people, put aside what politicians have pushed on us and start seeing each other as humans by showing more acts of love and kindness. This goes for everyone, on all sides!