Islamaphobia: Irrational?

I’m an unashamed ‘anti–theist‘, and since I reached this mindset, which came about from interactions with theists on Twitter, I’ve never attempted to hide it. I’m of the thought process that organised religion is the most dangerous thing affecting humanity, as it’s the root of most of the horrendous acts, as it takes away responsibility as everything that happens is ‘God’s will‘. It encourages homophobia, misogyny, racism, bigotry, and a sense of superiority over non-believers and people of other faiths. It encourages people to accept that whatever happens God allows it, and even when provided with repeatable, proven evidence, they will argue against and refute its reliability if it doesn’t fit their narrative.

I dislike religion for many other reasons, but that doesn’t mean I dislike the theists as such, as I just find many of them are conditioned to accept what they’re told and not to question their faith in God, which unfortunately makes them ignorant when they would otherwise be rational and logically thinkers. As much as I think this is an issue with all of the abrahamic faiths, non more so than ‘Islam‘. It encourages men to feel superior, and women to feel inferior and make them believe that they are the property of their husbands.

As we are constantly made aware, Islamaphobia is bigotry and hatred, but it seems to be acceptable for Muslims to have opinions, which are often negative towards atheists, and other faiths. What’s with the double standards, and why should a religion be protected and free from criticism? Rightly or wrongly, Islam is feared in many parts of the world despite the claim from Muslims that Islam is about peace and submission to Allah. There are brutal jihadist groups that have emerged in every Muslim state, and they’ve taken their violence around the world. Whether or not it’s fair to suggest that Islam as a faith is responsible, or whether the jihadists should be separated from Islam and regarded as extremist terrorists, is something that is hard to answer, but some of the groups like ‘ISIS‘, ‘ISIL‘, ‘Boko Harem‘ and the ‘Taliban‘ aren’t short of support, and I’ve discussed ‘9/11‘ and the ‘Manchester Arena attacks‘ with people who are sympathetic to the cause, but don’t necessarily agree with the methods used.

One of the major issues that arises from Islam is their belief that ‘Sharia Law‘ should be standardised around the world and we should be ruled under a caliphate, and whilst this isn’t the ideology of all Muslims, a large proportion of them think this way. They want Sharia Law forced upon everyone whether they are Muslims or not, and believe that a country should be unchanged from the 7th century’s foundations of Islam. With Sharia Law, comes the ‘struggle‘, or commonly known as ‘Jihad‘.

“Every Muslim, from the moment they realize the distinction in their hearts, hates Americans, hates Jews and hates Christians. For as long as I can remember, I have felt tormented and at war, and have felt hatred and animosity for Americans.” – Osama Bin Ladin

Whilst ‘Bin Laden‘ wasn’t the spokesman for Islam, he was certainly a powerful voice, and he influenced great numbers of people through indoctrination, radicalisation and fear mongering, by twisting words in the Qur’an to suit his, and his terror organisation‘s agenda. Through mind sets like this, Islam strikes fear into many people, and despite the percentage of radicals compared to the peaceful people being massively outnumbered, the lengths that the radicalised will go to achieve their goal is worrying. What chance have you got against people who are willing to sacrifice their own lives for what they believe is the greater good?

You just have to look at predominantly Islam countries to see that it doesn’t and cannot work for the majority, as you’ve got unrest in Iraq and Iran, civil wars breaking out throughout Muslim nations in Africa, Syria and Yemen being torn apart, and The Taliban with much influence in Afghanistan and Pakistan.

So what’s the deal with Islamaphobia, and why aren’t the terms ‘Atheismaphobia‘, ‘Christianityaphobia’ or ‘Judaismaphobia‘ thrown around every time someone objects to criticism? A phobia is often described as an ‘irrational fear‘, and in my opinion there’s nothing irrational about fearing Islam. There’s no such thing as Islamophobia, as it’s just anti-theism and every religion is invited to the party.

But today I’ve been accused of fuelling racism as I’m critical towards Islam, yet I follow a number of former Muslims on Twitter. So does that make me only racist towards Muslims, despite there being a large number of worldwide Muslims that are white? The issue here is the need for people to highlight that because Islam was born in Saudi Arabia then I must be racist towards Arabs, but when I criticise Christianity that was born in Israel no one says a word about racism? Being critical about an ideology isn’t racism if it’s not targeted towards a specific race. I’ve never once mentioned the colour of someone’s skin when I’ve criticised a religion as it’s irrelevant and has no bearing on someone’s faith.

No imagination to question

Everyone is born alone, and whilst during your life you’re surrounded by family, loved ones and friends, you’ll die alone, and during that life all you really have is a conscience that guides your moral framework, and imagination which inspires you, intrigues your curiosity, guides you to achieve, and educate yourself and gain wisdom. For some people this just isn’t enough, and they’re simply not comfortable being in charge of their own destiny, and this is where faith becomes important to them as their life needs guidance, and an alleged moral compass. Follow the rules of *insert religion* and you’ll be rewarded in the afterlife. Seems a good deal, right? To some it’s comfort, but to others their faith can lead to hostility, and bigotry because someone’s actions might infringe on what they believe to be moral. Notice how I said believe? Christians don’t know that the Ten Commandments are a good ground for a moral compass, as they’ve had it brainwashed into them by the Bible, preachers and family members. They’ve accepted this moral framework as it’s what’s expected of them, and most don’t know any different, or have the imagination to question.

For some it’s comfortable and they just float aimlessly through their lives as they believe their faith holds them close to god, and prayer can somehow affect god’s will. They’re happy knowing that this life is just the exam for the afterlife, and as long as they follow the tenets of their faith then they’ll pass the exam, and reside beside god for all eternity. They’re more than happy to accept god as the creator as it makes sense that the universe must have had a designer. Science is just assumptions, and evolution, the primeval atom, Hubble-Lemaître law, abiogenesis and the fact that we are Hominoidea, (if they can even spell it) are just theories and are nonsensical, unbelievable, and illogical, as how can everything come from nothing?

Some of the processes we use to gain facts were engineered by theists ie: Scientific method: Bacon, laws of motion: Newton, Big Bang theory; primeval atom; expanding universe: Lemaître and the list carries on. These were intelligent men who had the ability to separate their faith from their science. They understood that physics was in play throughout the universe, and whilst they obviously believed god did it, they were open minded to accept that science could hold the answers as well. Whilst there are theists that are scientists, there are far more who take the attempt of being an apologist and this completely clouds their judgement and it closes off their minds to other possibilities, yet at the same time they claim a high intellectual capability and think themselves as a philosopher.

“It’s a strange myth that atheists have nothing to live for. It’s the opposite. We have nothing to die for. We have everything to live for.” – Ricky Gervais

The fundamental explanation for philosophy is to question. Often the answer isn’t important, it’s the mindset of the one who’s questioning and embracing every possibility within their knowledge. But apologists can’t think like this. They’re armed to the teeth with their own interpretation of scripture and their aim is to glorify god even if it means being disingenuous. They turn to gravity and claim it’s god’s design, yet ask them to explain the process of terminal velocity, and they’ve no answer other than it’s designed. You ask them why light has a specific speed, and why it’s so much faster than sound and they’ve no answer other than god designed it. You ask them if god loves his creation why does he allow suffering, and they reply it’s original sin and to be saved we must accept Christ the saviour, yet they’ve accepted Christ and there’s still suffering. Can you figure that one out? We’ve got suffering throughout the world in many forms. Be it biological, economic or political, yet liberty, justice and science are the answer, not faith in something you cannot prove.

They’ve no imagination to question!

The Beginning

We live in an expanding universe that’s in accordance with the Hubble–Lemaître law, and because of this astrophysicists can give quite an accurate age of the Universe by looking into the past; stars. Stars that are a very long distance away from Earth. They use powerful red shift capable telescopes to study the birth of our universe, and measure the rate of expansion (Hubble constant). They claim the universe is approximately 13.8 billion years old. Within that Universe are galaxies like our very own Milky Way that scientists estimate to contain 100 thousand million stars, but our galaxy is relatively small compared to others, that contain a finite number of stars that makes our 4.54 billion year old Blue Planet all but irrelevant. But living on this blue planet are theists that come in all shapes, sizes and colour and they all share a belief. Humans are special because we are god’s children and alone in the Universe.

Let’s think about this logically. God creates a vast universe that’s incomprehensible in size, that’s home to trillions of stars that could contain life as it’s in the correct location from a Star like the Earth is. It’s not impossible and mathematically speaking it’s highly probable; albeit only primitive unicellular life, or something that we aren’t even aware of. How arrogant must a theist be to think that their god created all of this empty space, but put all life on one planet. It’s god, right? Surely someone so wise isn’t going to put their eggs all in one basket. If he’s the creator then he’s an artist, and an artist is their worst critic as they’re seldom happy with their work, especially their first piece. He’s made mistakes with life on Earth. He’s given life illnesses, diseases, plagues, viruses and infections. Surely he, or she would want to do a better job next time?

Lucy, or if you’re a nerd, AL 288-1, is the oldest found early Australopithecus afarensis human remains that are dated at 3.2,000,000 million years old, and after rearranging her skeleton, scientists realised that she was bipedal. paleoanthropologists were digging in 1974 when they stumbled upon her remains in sediment that had already been dated at 3,000,000 years old, so if her skeletal remains were resting deep within, she had to be at least the age of the sediment.

So theists think we were created. Let’s take Christianity as an example as we all know the Garden of Eden, Adam and Eve, and the original sin. If they’re of the Ken Ham variety they believe that the Earth is a little over 6,000 years and god made it all with just the power of voice. Erm no. We’ve found artefacts, tools and even city remains that date older than that! Then there’s the type that says that god hid Dinosaur bones deep in the ground to test our faith. Like really, ya think so?! They are so pigheaded and ignorant that they refuse to acknowledge the science, yet alone the evidence that supports that god created anything. Scientists have found fossils of cyanobacteria that date as far back as 3.5,000,000,000 years ago, and these microbial organisms have given NASA an indication of what they are looking for on Mars for indications of life. Scientists are fairly confident in their ageing techniques as they’ve advanced at a tremendous rate as computers have become more powerful. The fossils were found in a remote part of Australia and the question scientists have asked is; did life begin elsewhere and hitched a ride on a meteor?