These comments are all posted on a live video posted by an Ohio news channel talking about the OSU shooting. THIS is why it’s terrifying to be a Muslim in the United States. THIS is why so many people are afraid to admit their religion here. THIS WILL BE DONALD TRUMPS AMERICA. I am terrified and pray every day for the safety of my fellow Muslims.
Maintaining Religion in the Face of Facts: Now You Can, Too!
A motivated Christian talked with me about coming back to Christianity. Surprisingly, not knowing anything about his religion didn’t convert me, but he also managed to maintain his belief. How does that happen? Well, this particular Christian broke it down for me. While he’s not as eloquent as some, his methods are the exact same as I encounter from even very well-spoken individuals.
Christian: I choose Christianity Me: I know you did. so how did you choose it? using what evidence? X: I read the bible Me: Do you know what leprosy is? X: Yeah it’s is a disaster Me: Right, it’s not a fun time. Tell me, if you contracted leprosy, what would you do? X: Wat u mean??? Me: What would you do if you caught leprosy? How would you treat it? X: I would pray to God to give me a miracle to take that away from me Me: Why would you pray? Leprosy is 100% curable with modern medicine. Did you know that? X: No Me: It’s been curable since 1981. What if I gave you a choice between the medical treatment and ripping own a bird and putting the blood on your skin? Which one would you do? If I told you that you had to kill one bird, rip it open, and then take another bird, dip the live bird in the dead bird’s blood, and let the bird flap the blood onto you, would you do that to cure leprosy? Or would you take the medicine? X: Medical treatment Me: Why? Is it because birds are full of disease? X: Yeah??? Me: Right. And that’s smart. But the bible says to do that…the bird blood. So the bible gives us advice that can harm us. You believe YHWH knows everything, so why not tell people how to cure leprosy? Why give a treatment that can make them even more sick? X: Don’t know Me: I do. It’s because many years ago, people used to think blood was really purifying. That’s why the bible (and other religions) ask for blood sacrifice. You know who also does bird blood for purification? Voodoo practitioners and priests. It’s common in many religions, and it’s just as unhealthy as ever. In fact, we had a type of virus mutate from birds and we can get sick from it. It killed many, many, many people in 1918. But the bible says to do it…same as every other old religion. By the way, it’s in Leviticus 14:7 if you want to read it yourself. I have another question: does the sun go around the earth, or does the earth go around the sun? X: Earth go around the sun Me: Right, but the bible says the sun goes around the earth. X: In wat book chapter and verse Me: Joshua chapter 10, verse 13 X: Alright Me: Why would it say that? X: Don’t know Me: The bible even quotes another religious text to say that. It talks about the Book of Jasher, which is not in the bible. Hey, if I tried to grow a plant but put it in a dark room, would it grow or does a plant need sunlight to grow? X: Sunlight to grow Me: Right, but the bible says that YHWH created plants, and then later created the sun. X: Right Me: so why would he do that if he knows plants need sunlight to grow? It seems the bible was written by people who didn’t really understand the world. If the information came from an all-knowing god, then this wouldn’t be in there. X: Oh Me: That’s the same feeling I had when I was studying the bible. Jesus gets kinda angry and mean pretty often, to be honest. He acts like a jerk to his disciples and family,but the strange part is the gospels don’t all say the same thing. For example, they all disagree about his last words on the cross and Matthew wrote about a zombie uprising…but no one else did. X: O Me: did you know that? X: No Me: why not? You haven’t read your bible, have you? Everything I said today comes from the bible, but you didn’t know it was in there, why not? How can you say the bible is evidence of YHWH when you haven’t even read it? X: The Bible is the word of God truth Me: you haven’t even read it, though, so how can you say that? Besides, the sun doesn’t go around the earth. That’s not true, but the bible says it does. You don’t cure leprosy by throwing bird blood on people, but the bible says to do that. So that’s not true. So how can you say the bible is the truth when it has things in there that are factually wrong? X: Prophecy are being fulfilled itself Me: No they aren’t, there are unfulfilled prophesies in the bible. YHWH promised to destroy a city during King Nebuchadnezzar’s time…and it is still there. YHWH had promise for Abraham’s descendants, but the bible says they all died without it being fulfilled X: Yeah they is prophecy are being fulfilled itself Me: That is false. Like I said, there are failed prophecies in the bible. The bible also says the Egyptians would all speak Hebrew. That is false. X: U don’t know wat u talking about i know u don’t know Me: I will cite the verses for you. Ezekiel 26:7-14 says king Nebuchadnezzar would destroy Tyre, but it still stands. Isaiah 7:1-7 says the king of Judah shall not be harmed, but in 2 Chronicles 28:1-8 it says he was harmed. Isaiah 19:18 says Egyptians will speak Hebrew. Genesis 12:7 says YHWH will give all the descendants a certain land, but Hebrews 11:13 says they didn’t get it (even though they were faithful). Even the bible itself states that some of the prophesies failed. X: U wrong Me: It isn’t me, this is the bible. If you think I am wrong, then you are saying the bible is wrong (and I agree with you). X: The Bible never wrong the Bible is always right Me: But you already pointed out how the bible is wrong, like with leprosy, plants, and the sun. And the unfulfilled prophesies are listed as unfulfilled right in the bible itself. You say the bible is always right but you haven’t even read it. X: I read the bible every day so u can’t tell me nothing nothing literally nothing u don’t know wat u are doing i will pray for u right now I’m getting mad Me: Why are you mad? When I told you some things in the bible, you didn’t know they were there. If you studied your bible, you would have known. X: So tell me where did people came from i’m testing u now
Get angry and change the subject: the greatest method for keeping one’s religion alive
Terrorism wins: Charlie Hebdo will no longer publish images of Mohammad
Charlie Hebdo will no longer print the cartoon image of Mohammad.
Charlie Hebdo, the satirical French magazine that was the victim of a violent terrorist attack in January that left twelve dead, will no longer produce images of the prophet Muhammad, according to its editor Laurent Sourisseau.
Speaking to German magazine Stern, Sourisseau said that the magazine has “done its job” and “defended the right to caricature.”
“We have drawn Muhammad to defend the principle that one can draw whatever they want. It is a bit strange though: we are expected to exercise a freedom of expression that no one dares to,” Sourisseau said.
Don’t get me wrong, I don’t
blame Charlie Hebdo for giving up. I, too, might take pragmatic steps to save my life or the lives of my loved ones against a legitimate threat. But it doesn’t make it less sad. The extreme elements of Islam are taking away one of the greatest blessings the human race has ever had: The ability to say whatever you want to say without fear of violent retribution.
Exit thought: Remember, Charlie Hebdo will continue to print images of Jesus.
50 buses in Toronto, Canada now display the message of Hussain ibn Ali (A). I happened to pass by a telephone booth with a similar message near Penn Station in New York City last week. I get such a great feeling within me when I see this.