Imagine that you have traveled to another location to attend to personal affairs. You step off a train in some locale, take your bags and proceed to your destination. You walk a few paces to find some transport. Then the reality of ideological contamination assaults you.
A man confronts you face to face and screams at you in another language. His face contorted with hate, almost touches yours, the neck veins are throbbing, his temples are bursting, his hair is flying and with fist pumping theatrics he spits in your face and walks away. Thus battered and a little terrified, you find a taxi and inquire nervously to the driver what just happened. He replies, ‘oh that was a man of religion and peace warning you to leave and that infidels are not wanted here.’ How ironic. Confused you touch your attaché bag full of charity money that you are donating to the local hospital as a gift from Christians in your own country to this desolate backwater, and wonder what you are doing in this location.
Not all people who believe in various ideologies are fanatics of course. Not all Christians for instance are charitable or good. Many ‘militant’ Christians are brainwashed, corrupt, ignorant and just as dangerous in their proselytizing zealotry as the vainest Muslim. Yet I have never been able to satisfactorily find in any writings; webzines; punditry; or resource why Islam is named as a ‘religion’. It is a mystifying myth that confuses the central issue of our times – that of defending civilization against what I would term is nothing more than barbaric paganism.
Why is Islam a religion? If Islam is a religion why isn’t Scientology? After all the Scientologists named Tom Cruise as a Bishop of their church. Cruise regularly screams and shrieks that of course Scientology is a valid faith and spiritual program. Why not ascribe to Cruise and his followers the status of a church-going, faith-bound religion?
Islam is not monolithic. Sunnism, Shiaism, Salafism and many other subgroups all have different sects, beliefs, and degrees of commitment. Yet the central fact remains that the Koran, the Hadiths [supplements explaining what Mohammed really meant in the Koran] and Sharia Law [the legal code which enforces Koranic doctrine], are the foundations of Islamic life. There might be differences between the sub groups and sects on the literal interpretation of various parts of the trinity of the Islamic ideology, but all Muslims believe that civil, political and religious society is subservient to the Koran, Hadiths and Sharia Law.
Islam like Scientology, Hitlerite paganism, or the fascist tenets that inform Russian or Chinese exceptionalism exemplified in Communist doctrine, is the opposite of Christianity. Paganisms elevate the leader, the cult, the universality of the program, and the destruction of individuality, responsibility and the meaning of life. Paganisms prefer death; a violent reordering of reality and the imposition of slavery to the ideology, in place of the world of the six senses, freedom and the celebration of life.
In the Christian world, Caesar can take what is his; and you shall keep what is yours including your own personal system of faith. Charity, aid, recognition that slavery is wrong, females are equal, that good acts transcend this world, and that character and honor matter – all this and more comes from Christianity. Many parts of Christian history can be criticized and many acts of bloody violence emanated from religious hatred. But the underlying reality is that the faith and mental code that informs Christianity helped shape, and is a vital part of, civilization.
What does Islam teach? The Koran is full of hate and bile against Jews and Christians. The Koran supported by the Hadiths loudly proclaims that all of mankind must be Muslim. The leaders of Islam for the past 1400 years have stated, with unrelenting fanaticism, that their ideology will dominate the world. A wide swathe of Islamic populations, perhaps 25 % or more, has no regard for other ideas, cultures, or even life itself. This is evidenced by the daily butchering in Iraq and elsewhere as Muslims kill other Muslim innocents for various reasons including revenge killings; murdering those who help the infidel; lusting for power; or destroying those who are less fundamentalist. What you see in Baghdad is the clear expression of a paganism with no regard for life, for innocents or for civilization.
Why then is Islam still declared a religion?
Because it screams in your face that it is. Because it builds temples on top of buildings and sites from other more advanced cultures. Because Muslims threaten you if you dare question their religiosity. Because they strut with ignorant pride in collective self-madness assured that they will dominate lesser beings. Because like Tom Cruise and the Scientologists they assault you if you dare question their sanity.
Culture is King. If you want to understand the culture of an ideology, or the culture of society at large look at its leadership, review the personality of its founders and analyze their ‘great men and women’. The American Constitution was premised on ideas from John Locke and the ancient Stoics. Jefferson’s holy trinity [life liberty and the pursuit of happiness], is rooted in Christianity, the Western Enlightenment and the English liberal tradition. This is one reason why the United States is great, moral and powerful.
Now look at Islam.
Mohammad was the exact converse of Christ. Mohammad was an illiterate who killed; murdered; raped; engaged in concubinal and lascivious sex; stole; plundered; and engaged in war to spread his political control. Christ did none of these things. Mohammed took a 3000 year old moon-cult, added some monotheistic inventions he took from the Jews and Christians and proclaimed it holy and good. He in effect invented a political ideology and said it was the natural successor to the Christian state and only he could interpret Ali-ilah’s [moon cult deity] word.
Read about the 1400 year jihad against any and all cultures. Arabs, Turks, and Muslims have warred and destroyed civilizations ranging from black Africa, to white Europe, to the Buddhists and Hindus in India. 30 million blacks were sold into slavery [vs. 10 million shipped to the ‘new world’]; 25 million or more whites were used as chattel in Muslim empires; and about 30 million Hindus and Buddhists were killed by marauding Muslim armies. This perpetual war, hate, acrimony and pagan fanaticism has never been equaled in the history of man.
Yet Islam is revered as a ‘religion’. I would like the media, the politicians and the Islamic elite to explain why we should take seriously this idea that Islam is a religion. Was Hitlerism a religion too? It is not enough to scream and spit in my face and threaten me for asking this question. Maybe outlining why others should respect an obscenely violent and pagan cult from Arabia as a religion, would be a good starting point at dialogue to help defuse Islamic violence.
Then again Muslims have historically never proven themselves adept at rational discourse. Neither were the Nazis or the Communists – those two other favorites of our media elite.
I look forward to hailing Bishop Cruise at the Church of Scientology sometime soon. I just hope Cruise and his followers are praying to the moon cult.