I Am Muslim, Hear Me Roar!
Muslims claim that the reason non-Muslims around the world are growing wary of Islam is because they’ve misunderstood its religious teachings. In fact, the standard Muslim position is that anyone criticizing Islam has either not read the Quran, or is an unscrupulous Jew. They’re quick to dismiss all the bigotry and violence taking place in the name of Allah as fault of people, not religion.
Islam is the religion of peace…in theory.
Everywhere I see Islam, I see anger – raw, searing, red-hot anger directed at anyone brave enough to criticize Islam in even the mildest of tones. I see fatwas raining from the sky, and mullahs offering prize money to anyone who kills a certain “blasphemer”. In the wake of one of the worst disasters this country has ever seen – no, this world has ever seen – Maulana Yusuf Qureshi would rather spend Rs.5,00,000 to have a mother of five kids murdered than donate it to the flood victims.
In another part of this formerly great country, a Hyderabadi doctor gets dragged off to the police station for tossing sales rep Muhammad Faizan’s card into a dust bin. The sheer idiocy of this incident should’ve been enough to convince any homo sapien with a sufficient amount of frontal cortex that blasphemy laws need to be amended, if not immediately revoked. But no. Protect the Prophet’s name and defend Allah’s religion, we must.
Which makes one wonder, what do you say about a God who depends on His followers to protect Him from abuse? Do we defend God, or does God defend us? Clearly, the former is the case here.
Islam defends itself by cowering behind a strong emotional barricade. Any effort to approach Islam with a microscope of logical thinking is met with a tempest of irate words, if not physical attacks or law suits.
Often I find myself banging my head against the wall, trying to convince a certain group of Muslims that punishments like stoning and lashing are barbaric. More frequently than one would hope to see, I find Muslims condoning killing of apostates and blasphemers. Any attempt by me or my fellow rationalists to help them see how Hitleristic that is, is answered by a volley of angry statements so utterly devoid of sense that they can only be described as Naik-ian.
Muslims claim that Islam allows freedom of speech, but the truth is far from it. It allows the freedom of praise and nothing more. Blasphemy is arbitrary. If you say out loud, “Quran contains errors”, that alone is enough to land you into court facing a blasphemy charge…that is, if you’re lucky enough to avoid getting lynched by the Muslim mob itself.
Moderate Muslims need to stop being mafia wives and quit chanting the nonsensical mantra of “Islam means peace”. Even if your hearts are brimming with love for fellow man and his freedom, you must realize that you’re part of an organization that hails bigotry and homophobia as virtuous traits. It’s a religion that considers violence and bloodshed as a ticket to the heavenly branch of Hooters. In my personal opinion, any religion that attempts to attract followers by promising them sex, does not deserve the slightest hint of respect, let alone the undue reverence Muslims demand us to show.