Religion is an organized collection of beliefs, cultural systems, and world views that relate humanity to the supernatural, to spirituality and, sometimes, to moral values. source
So, religions are there to impose rules and moral values.. a sense of right and wrong.. a way to deal with others on a daily basis within what each religion specifies is right.
The word religion is sometimes used interchangeably with faith or belief system; however, in the words of Émile Durkheim, religion differs from private belief in that it is “something eminently social”. A global 2012 poll reports that 59% of the world’s population is religious, 23% are not religious, and 13% are atheists. source
Émile Durkheim is the father of sociology . One of his aims was to analyze how societies could maintain their integrity and coherence in the modern era, when things such as shared religious and ethnic background could no longer be assumed; to that end he wrote much about the effect of laws, religion, education and similar forces on society and social integration.
In the year 2013, it is almost inevitable that you will come across an individual with a different belief system. A different race.. someone who believes in marriage equality while you don’t necessarily find it very appropriate for two same-gender adults to maintain such sacramental relationships. You may or may not like pork. May or may not agree to consuming it.. or alcohol. You may believe you worship the right God while others worship another god with a lowercase G.
We all agree that good people go to heaven and bad people go to hell.. but who gets to decide what is good or bad?
According to Islam, only Muslims go to Heaven.
According to Christianity, only Christians go to Heaven.
According to Judaism, only Jews go to Heaven.
According to [place religious belief system here], only [followers] go to Heaven.
So, which Heaven is it do you go to if you don’t believe in all?
And again, if by default, you go to Heaven for following what you believe is the right religion, does that exempt you from bothering about being good or bad?
This post was sparked by a little war of keyboards I conducted with a fellow earthling.. honestly, I was bored and as I went through my newsfeed, saw a post on an American page claiming that Islam is an angry, hate filled religion. Now, I love trouble. So I decided to enjoy..
After a dozen of back and forth responses, it was clear enough that my “opponent” took pride in being a good, believing Christian which is something I totally understand and respect. Assuming that I am Muslim (which is none of anyone’s concern, really), he started copying verses of the Quraan, demanding my interpretation. My words were not even close to religion. I was discussing their political system and policies in the Middle East. It suddenly turned into the war of religions from most of the comments while I simply asked if they agree with their political system.
I will leave you with some screenshots.. very amusing..
Another thing that caught my attention was the fact that most of those people can’t tell the difference between a Muslim, an Arab and a Middle Eastern.. It’s a shame that this is not only evident in their comments but also in their daily lives.. their rampage seems to hit anyone who MIGHT just look like one of those.. even this dude:
And although the Boston bombers were Muslim but not Arab, it didn’t stop those who attacked poor ol’ Abdullah from calling him an Arab as opposed to “Muslim”..?
Another heartbreaking incident:
The assault on Singh and Atwal came just months after a Sikh cabdriver was attacked in West Sacramento by two men. Harbhajan Singh picked up two men and two women. Upon informing him that they wanted to change their destination, the male passengers began to attack Singh and demanded his money. Even after giving them his money, they continued to attack him, leading Singh to believe the attack was motivated by his turban. One of the attackers shouted expletives and called him Osama bin Laden.One of the female passengers put herself in between the attackers and Singh to protect him, which allowed Singh to get away. Singh banged on the doors of an apartment complex until he found someone to call 9-1-1. Singh received several stitches on his head and other parts of his body and sustained bruising along his rib cage and bone chips in his nose.
Another incident was when Jamie W. Larson attacked a Sikh cab driver during a ride after commenting on the man’s turban. According to charging documents, Larson tore out chunks of the man’s beard during the assault, which also loosened one of the driver’s teeth. When police arrived, Larson allegedly continued on his anti-Muslim tirade.
Everyone in a turban is suddenly Muslim?!
I’ll save you the embarrassment.. the RedEye way 😉
and while we’re at it..
I contribute the above incidents to the obvious lack of education.. and this:
Back to our battle..
This fellow here was a piece! I tell you.. even those on the page did not find his level of stupidity amusing enough..
I had to stop here and do some research on the prior comment’s allegations.. turns out he was RIGHT. Women in the Middle East have absolutely no rights. They are not allowed to even have the very basics.
To avoid going through the same misunderstanding of Arab VS Muslim VS Middle Eastern, I will let you know that the below images are of women from the Middle East. Some are Muslim, some are Christian and so on.
This should further stress on the fact that the Middle East with all its “nasty Muslims” does not allow women to excel in life..
Here’s a link, if you care to know how -unfortunately- unhappy those women are.. WARNING: GRAPHIC CONTENT
And to make things worse, they make them cover themselves from head to toe..
More covered up dogs? OK!
Here’s my final proof that women in the Middle East are forced to cover up, have no brain and are ugly as dogs!
You see, the list goes on and on.. and honestly speaking, I don’t think the above women are the only representatives of women in the Middle East.. I just choose those women to further stress on how ugly they are. 😛
Enough with the feminism here.. but I bet you did enjoy those dogs there.. 😉
And last but not least…
Another example? Sure.
Here’s an interesting part of a thread I came across on one of those “God fearing, peaceful, loving” websites:
So, what caused this kind of response? Here:
But what happened when the moderator didn’t like the words of a fellow believer? back to that first image.
William did not just ignore his public shaming for stating something any mature individual would have stated.. his response to the moderator:
As stated, I never said that I agreed with its teachings. As a Christian, I follow only those of the Holy Bible. For that is a lantern unto my feet, which guides my way. If I feel convicted even to stand up for some one of a faith that is not my own–Then I am mature. If I feel convicted to share my empathies towards one, whom my faith sees as ‘lost’ because they worship differently than you can certainly count me amongst the sheep which Christ baptizes, saves and guides.
Your hatred, your bigotry and feelings of revenge towards a fellow man betray you. For judgment is only one–God. It is never truly up to man’s decision to take life. If God wants him to live, he shall live. Because that the miracles of God. We all should seek to love and understand one another. Maybe instead of fighting disputes over land–we can put more effort into clothing the homeless, or mending the sick–how about feeding the starving kids?
No, I don’t agree with Islam, but there ARE similarities between the Judo-Christian religion and the monotheistic and Abrahamic religion articulated by the Qur’an, a text considered by its adherents to be the verbatim word of God. You’re so blind, spewing the filth of hate, you care for little else about a person. I’m not about throw away for my Bible for a Quran. But God comes to us at different times in our life–if we force submission or tell someone to convert or die then we can claim ourselves no better than the fanatics who blow IEDs in streets where young children play.
You want to talk about shame? Look at this country. We’re not ‘united’ as we should be. We bicker, bitch, moan and complain just because something doesn’t go the way we like or the way we had expected. Then what do we do? We point the finger at someone, or something and say “That’s the bad guy–lets blame that!” Rather than stop and look at what at we’re doing, or what we say and we slander everything with such melancholic attitude like you’ve done.
Yeah, you’re the representation of freedom, democracy, and morally up right astute citizen aren’t you? You should know because–by all means you’re my Lord and savior made flesh and blood and you know everything. I don’t know about you but I fought, bled and cried for my stars and stripes. I had many friends killed in Iraq and Afghanistan during Operation Freedom. I pulled my share of broken bodies from the carnage of a burning military vehicle. Been shot at so many times even now when I am home I can’t sleep without looking around my duplex first.
Yeah, I bled for my country. A country where they kill children because it isn’t convenient for them, or because they just wanted a good time was all. A country where–if you don’t go when the interchange light turns green right away, someone may just pull a gun and blast you’re a$$ or how about the fact more and more of our youth are gang affiliated–they become as much a terrorist as anyone else.
I love my country. I love my brothers and sisters that carry on while I am not there to lead them. Nothing you can ever say could prove it any less. I didn’t say the “enemy” was like us–I said people like Dini were. Rather they are Christians or not–my hand is out to people like them. The enemy is fanatics that hate other beings and wear the garbs of religion falsely. Read the Quran–even if you don’t believe it in a spiritual context–doesn’t give you the the right to ignore the truth right in front of you.
What was the moderator’s response??
So William here is going to hell.
Honestly, it pains me to see this kind of hate.. hate drenched in fear of what we think we know while we obviously are too afraid to even approach.
Religion was supposed to bring people together as we all want to do good to others.. to teach a sense of ownership when mistakes are made.. you repent and do your best to be a better man/woman. You do not judge or condemn. But lately, I don’t see any of that. Not among all people, not among Muslims, Christians or Jews. When you claim you are God loving and that others will go to hell if they don’t follow your God, I don’t see what is the use of having religion. Religion has merely become another category by which people choose to affiliate with in order to gang up against the others. Religion has become a competition and the trophy? The prize? A pass to Heaven.
And since we’re in the process of giving out passes to heaven, I think I have lived long enough and endured so much bullshit to gain my Ticket to Heaven..
What I have concluded from all the bickering and arguing was that religions are like farts. Yours is good, but everyone else’s stinks.
It’s a shame some people choose to portray such a spiritual experience like that..