I think everyone knows my religious beliefs by now, but if you don’t then let me encapsulate the more important bits.
I don’t have any. I am an Athiest—sure a more practical approach would be to state that I am Agnostic but that leaves the door open for ambiguity and I want to be clear.
My wife is religious which leads to some interesting discussions but generally we coexist peacefully–however; when bored, I’ll toss in something like, ‘my religion ( what was arbitrarily assigned to me at birth ) is better than yours.’ Ahh, good times…On occasions I have or had to take part or observe certain religious activities, I have found myself in mosques, cathedrals, Hindu temples usually in some supine, prone or kneeling configuration engaging in what most would call prayer—me? I was just sending positive vibes to the universe.
Being an atheist does not mean I foam at the mouth at the mere mention of the name G-D and Jesus to mean was just another HUMAN guide–a person that wants us to love one another in the short time we haunt this spinning blue-green sphere. Even in my, atheist, brethren ranks exists a faction that believes if you’re not spitting on all things divine 24/7 you do not represent a scientific mind–they are wrong.
True when it comes to Science and Religion never the twain shall meet–science is not religion and conversely–there are scientists and clerics that recognize certain aspects of the different ideologies. This is the way things should be, determine where you stand and mutually respect the decision–no matter how irrational the other seem to you because in the end Science and Religion should be for the betterment of humanity.
But how do we deal with extremism? I think the reason terrorists propagate, beyond any WESTERN ( the idea that it’s only the US engaged in globalist corporatism is ignorant) intrusion real or imagined on Islamic countries is that overwhelmingly Muslims cave to extremists instead of preserving the true tenets of their religion. You can’t kill an idea but you can turn it into a pariah – make it so that any extremist opinion, essay, proclamation is not acceptable, make almost impossible to walk down the street if you’re an extremist. This of course needs to happen in the Muslim world enacted by Muslims.
So here is my little gift to EXTREMISTS. You hope to paralyze the world with fear… your G-d… and your so-called prophet are a figment of a diseased mind long dead, your version of ISLAM is nothing more than the filthy floor of an abattoir that you take delight in lapping-up. So to honor those who were killed in the Charlie Hebdo attack in Paris here in their satirical spirit:
I declare a FATwhat on you –as defined here a FATwhat is an American flag waving, cheap beer drinking, Republican redneck; may one marry your daughters or sons and bring hot dogs, hamburgers and french fries to your table.
IMAGE: Charlie Hebdo
OUR PROFIT [sic] IS GREATER THAN YOUR PROPHET!!!!!