Apologists for Islam (the word translates as submission or surrender) claim that their religion is one of peace. There are moderate Muslims, and many eschew jihad (popularly translates as holy war. It was, originally used for a personal cleansing of the soul from anger and corruption), honor killings, and hatred. That view of forsaking war or violence is not in the Qur’an.
“We [believers] disown you [non-believers, including family] and what you worship besides Allah. We renounce you. Enmity and hate shall forever reign between us—until you believe in Allah alone” (Qur’an 60:4).
What does the Quran say about peace, living in peace with other religions and those without religion, and working for the good of all people...Read More
Freedom of speech comes with responsibility of what is said and whether or not it is true. Because of a biased movie (Innocence of Muslims), the world of Islam broke into flames, fanned by a Florida preacher and a former movie producer--neither gifted with languages nor knowledge of texts. Religion has always been the catalyst for wars, and religious leaders the butchers from the beginning of time to this day.
Iran claims it has no homosexuals, yet homosexuals make up 20% of its military, is not condemned by the Koran, and those who decry it are reflecting the evil that is Allah: originally a minor Bedouin god whose daughters were worshipped more than he was venerated and Allah acknowledged the fact in the Satanic Verses.
God is praised even when evil happens. Christians believe that God gave his son (John 3:16) to save the mortal race, but no mention is made of the fate of earth. What did God truly give the world? The answer will surprise many.
The least educated, most gullible turn to fortune-tellers, star-gazers, numerologists and religious fundamentalists in quest of answers that they are too afraid to find for themselves. All religions have gazed to the stars for answers and ordained or commissioned religious leaders to provide rituals that include eating the body and drinking the blood of their crucified saviours. But why is this? This essay explains the foundations of fear and the quest for comfort in a world not known--even seeking relief from extra terrestrials.
John of Patmos is said to be the author of Revelation: the book of the End of Time. Many argue that he wrote it from having two dreams: a worldwide war, and the end of the world. It is not a unique story, nor are the characters within it from the Beast with seven heads (the goddess Tiamat) to the horsemen. This essay fleshes out the original essay on the Apocalypse: a nightmare, and looks closely at mistranslations that have occurred since the second century with every cult wanting its own Bible to defend its position, as with Jehovah's Witnesses to suicide cults: Jonestown, Heaven's Gate, and others. The real question is: was John of Patmos Island sane?
As the economic well-being of any people plunges, starvation and unemployment skyrockets, many will seek out demigods and dictators or turn to religion for temporary euphora. Some will argue that bad times are the sign of End Times and an Apocalypse is near. Is the Apocalypse fact or fiction? Here is the judgment of history, texts, and scholars.
Anders Behring Breivik of Norway was strongly influenced by the Tea Party / GOP of the USA and Unabomber Theodore John Kaczynski, leading him to killing and wounding more than 90 people: the majority being children. Breivik claimed that he had to do it to restore God's order on earth, where women were supposed to be subordinate to men, proclaiming himself to be a born-again evangelical Christian.
Ignorance in the USA is not “creeping along” but running backwards surpassing all scientific truths and realities in quest of the alma mater narcotic nipple of complacency and wishful thinking—and it is not just in the USA, it is a worldwide contagion. Ignorance breeds hatred and violence as seen in the twin evils of the Florida evangelical church that burned a Koran, to the Afghani zealots who murdered in cold blood UN peace keepers. As Stephen Pizzo wrote (03/24/2011): “For the nation that has, for a couple of centuries, been not only a beacon of freedom, but also a beacon of knowledge and science, Creeping Ignorance at the heart of our government threatens to turn us into a nation only Glenn Beck, Sarah Palin and Ann Coulter, et al[.], could love: one big festival of stupidity...Read More