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Children & Religious Extremism

Religious extremism and religious motivated violence are repugnant to most people, atheist and religious alike.  Most religious people see violence to advance a religious cause as a perversion of their faith and beliefs.

We can become numb to seeing adults preaching this viewpoint, but what if it is a child who is preaching and promoting these violent acts on national television?

The clip below shows a boy who looks between 10-12 on Egyptian television preaching about children’s love of martyrdom whilst his proud father looks on.

The story the boy preaches is about a young boy who wants to join the men in going to Jihad to fight.  The Commander tells the boy that he can come as long as Allah decrees that the boy is to be martyred.  What the fuck?? When is it ever okay for a child to be martyred for a religious cause?

What is even worse, this boy tells the Commander that his father was martyred last year and his uncle the year before that and this year his mother had told him it was his turned to be martyred.  This stuff truly breaks my heart.  Children should be protected and sheltered against violence, they should not be sent out to fight and die.

The story ends with the boy being killed during a battle with Byzantine soldiers and the Commander taking his blood stained shirt back to his mother.  The mother rejoices at the news that her son has died and that her daughter drops dead whilst hearing the news of her brother’s death.

There is an epilogue to this sad tale, just when you think it can’t get any worse.  When the Commander is burying the boy, the boy’s corpse keeps popping out of the ground.  In the end they give up trying to give the kid a decent burial saying it’s Allah’s will that the child not be buried.

Now, before you go off believing it is only Islam that preaches violent tales of children dying for religious causes, the Christian Bible and Jewish Torah are also full of tales of violence towards children and children fighting and dying for religious causes.

Hearing tales of children dying in the name of religion breaks my heart.  Seeing a child preaching about how wonderful it is for kids to martyred on national TV makes me extremely angry.  It is not okay and it is never going to be okay for children to be sent to die for any cause, religious or otherwise.

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Religious Intolerance

I was made aware of this survey by the Christian Democratic Party here in Australia by @crikey_news on Twitter and was disgusted by what it contained.

The survey contains questions such as these to which you asked if you agree or disagree:

  • Australia needs a ten-year moratorium on Muslim immigration, which is the official policy of the Christian Democratic Party (Fred Nile Group)
  • Australia needs no more Muslim schools and no more mosques
  • The Federal Government should have the power to deport any Muslim
  • Immigration policy should give preference to persecuted Christians  (but apparently not any other persecuted religious groups)

This religious intolerance disgusts me and the fact that people are proud to proclaim they have these beliefs astound me.  Australia is one of the fortunate places in the world where you have the freedom to practice your religious beliefs without persecution and it is a law I strongly support, even though I do not believe in any form of religion and view them all as equally implausible.  However, I do believe that if you wish to hold religious views, you should be able to do so without someone preventing you from doing so or torturing or imprisoning you because of them.

To see a group who dares to call themselves Christians saying that another religious group should not be able to build their places of worship and that the government should be allowed to deport them based on their religion is vile.  Have these people forgotten the principle tenet on which their religion is based?  Fortunately, my parents believed the best thing for my immortal soul was to send me to Bible school for 12 long years, so I do know that the principal belief of Christianity  is “to love one another”.   Nowhere did Jesus say only love those who are Christian or those who are the same ethnic group as you.  This statement was made without qualifiers.

There is a little part of me that wishes that the Christian God was real, so he could bitch slap these morons down to Hell when they dared to show up at Heaven’s Gates asking to be let in.

It is disgusting, really disgusting.

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Religious Education

From the webcomic Sinfest

The story of the Virgin Birth from the Bible has never sat well with me, even as a child.   I always thought that Mary had sex with Joseph before they got married (then again, maybe she had  a lover on the side) and when she ended up pregnant she didn’t want to get in trouble from her family so she made up a story about an angel visiting her and saying that she was pregnant was God’s son.  This seemed logical to me.  Then again, I was the kid that would debate with the Baptist preachers that Genesis was incorrect and evolution explained life on Earth so it was little wonder that I had problems with the Virgin birth story.  I never debated this fact with the preachers,  I was a logical child but I wasn’t suicidal. Then again that little evil part of me would have loved to have seen how the preachers would have dealt with a child who thought that Mary had sex before marriage and then lied about it.

For those of you who had to attend Sunday School or any other type of religious instruction, what issues did you have with the material you were being taught?  Also, did you dare raise those issues with your teacher?  If you were game enough to, what was their reaction?

Blasphemy Day

Tomorrow (30th September) is Blasphemy Day!

“The objective of International Blasphemy Day is to open up all religious beliefs to the same level of free inquiry, discussion and criticism to which all other areas of academic interest are subjected.”  In many countries, people who criticise  religious beliefs are jailed, tortured and even murdered.  It should not be a crime to criticise religion or use it in humour.

Imagine being arrested for posting an image like this:

Jesus Does His Nails by Dana Ellyn

Jesus Does His Nails by Dana Ellyn

Or not being able to criticise an element of religious law or belief for fear of being shot or tortured.

Everyone deserves the right to express their honest opinions about religion.

Spread the word and go out and do something blasphemous!

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When Jesus isn’t behind the couch

This cartoon is by the amazingly talented Whyatt whose style is very similar to Gary Larson.  It had me crying with laughter in the newsagent when I was picking out a birthday card for Lela.  So of course, I brought the card for Lela.  It is a good thing she has the same sense of humor as I do.

Religion Meme

You scored as Buddhist.

Buddhist
80%
Christian
65%
Jewish
65%
Anarchist
65%
Catholic
60%
Cult
55%

Religion
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Hmmm…. maybe I should look into Buddhism.