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Killing in the name of God – The “Religions are like farts.” sequel

If you haven’t read Religions are like farts, I urge you to do so to understand the reason why I am writing this post.

I was planning to write this at my own convenience but what happened today in a small village in Giza, Egypt called Abu Muslam was my sign to start typing ASAP.

As I was going through my twitter feed, I noticed some disturbing tweets coming from a young man named Hazem (Twitter account @7azem122) regarding some incident in Abu Muslam.

According to Hazem, the villagers set fire on some houses in and that there were casualties. Reading those tweets was something I was used to since things are quite unstable in Egypt and every other day we hear about crazy and unfortunate incidents taking place.

But the story doesn’t end. The houses belonged to one man named Hassan Shehata and several others. Shehata and several other men were beaten up and stabbed then dragged around the village by around 3000 men while most of them cheered and a very few tried to prevent this tragedy by either asking others to stop or even shielding some of those who were attacked. The security forces were even there watching this massacre unfold without even shooting a bullet in the air to separate the crowd or perhaps one of those tear gas canisters they so willingly used during the many protests throughout the past 2 and a half years.

They just waited for those hooligans to finish their business with the victims, enjoy their little victory dance (more like dragging the body while chanting Allahu Akbar!) and then drop those bodies by their vehicles to later be stacked like trash.

The reason why this happened? Those men were Shiites.

Let’s go back to the times when religion was first tainted by politics. When the whole argument about “who deserves to lead the Muslim nation” after the departure of prophet Mohammed sparked what seems to be the main reason why Muslims don’t mind blowing up each other in the name of religion nowadays. They all agree on the essence of Islam but disagree on who should have lead them after that.

Brilliant.

Yup.

As the hate and sectarian divide grew between Sunnis and Shiites throughout the years, millions were brought up to believe that “the other” deserves to go to hell for not choosing their way. Insults were thrown back and forth. Many other things that I choose not to include in my post as my purpose is not to discuss those views in particular rather than the fact that it is truly a big shame to see such division and such hatred between people who are eventually called Muslim.

But let’s not forget that behind all the ignorance are more ignorant and highly influential individuals. Many of the so-called “Sheikhs” and “Imams” in Egypt are willing to label anyone “infidel” for going against the regime. Protesters are being called infidels. Reporters are also called infidels for expressing their opinions which are clearly in no favor to the ruling party. Women are regarded as whores and infidels if they decide to voice out their concerns regarding sexual harassment, rape or even female circumcision. It is somehow “Halal” to kill those who “stand in the path of Islam and and an Islamic nation”.

It’s no wonder when the Muslim Brotherhood and most “Islamic” political parties use those sheikhs to impose their political agendas by influencing the poor and naive masses. Shiites would automatically be infidel #1 on the list of those to be killed even though President Morsi made it clear that he is willing to sell his mother to the devil for the MB. Morsi who a couple of weeks back announced he’s cutting ties with the Syrian regime in an attempt to polish his tarnished and almost non existing popularity check here, ironically forgot that a few months back, he actually got down and funky with Assad’s BFF click for steamy photo!

The Sheikhs were always there to lead by example. On many occasions, they would be around quoting out of context verses of Quraan, asking people to denounce the infidels as well as threaten to abolish whoever stands in the way. National TV was now a podium to men with shaggy beards and poor communication skills calling the opposition infidels, asking people to take action against them as well as sucking up to the president and the rest of the “Islamists”. They are shameless and disgusting yet never too shy to lie or even say complete nonsense on national TV. They had their fans and it was sad but no one could do anything about it.

Those Sheikhs tried the “Christian VS Muslim” game to keep the people distracted but a country of old history and solid ties between its people crushed all attempts. Well, not all. Some people fell for it but the majority of the people stood against it and sooner than later, it wasn’t going to work anymore. The Copts were not a minority as they -the “Islamists”- tried to insist and the Muslims (moderate, normal, HUMAN ones) made it pretty clear that there will be no such rubbish in 25Jan-Egypt. This trick was once used by the Mubarak regime on new years eve of 2011 when they decided to play the “religion” card to maintain some control over the exploding situation since the neighbors in Tunisia were working on their freedom. (Check here). As the anger and resentment towards Morsi’s failure to comply to what this position demands grew bigger and bigger, the regime will no doubt resort to any trick to distract people from the 30th of June. Nonetheless, those attempts are clear enough and the extremists are being shunned by everyone and they all thought they lived happily ever after until today.

The dirty tricks are on a whole new level. They managed to shock a whole nation when they turned a somewhat quiet village into a scene from a horror movie. The men were attacked for stating their beliefs which obviously insulted some people. 3000 of them.

In a normal situation, away from the killing and the dragging, I would have included this man in the list of people I’d verbally bash but since this guy got more than a bashing, I will refrain from doing so. I only support verbal bashing and killing someone for saying something you might not agree with is NOT OK.

The extremists stepped their game up by directing the spotlight on the Shiites of Egypt instead of the Copts. Considered a minority to a majority of Sunnis, it was about time. Last month, the hate speech towards Shiites started to spread. Posters and signs in villages, streets and even malls stating “Shiites are infidels” were everywhere. There was no shame in it since they made it very clear to add their logos.

Together against Shiites
They insult Sahaba
They alter the Quraan
They kill Sunnis
Please note Al Nour party’s logo (an ultra-conservative Islamist political party)

So-called sheikhs were also in whether on national TV or even in the presence of a president who is supposedly from the people and for the people. The campaigns by the MBs & Salafists were “in the name of” supporting Syria.

The brilliant Bassem Youssif was somehow looking into the future when he pointed out the obvious threats of such acts which took place right in front of the president of Egypt on this week’s episode of El Bernameg.

I wish there were English subtitles but for those of you who don’t understand Arabic, it is pretty apparent that all the filth was being said in the presence of a man in charge of 80+ million individuals with different religious beliefs. (Skip to minute 17).

If you decide to search youtube for videos, there is an abundance of hate filled videos of old and bitter men in beards and turbans (or not) yelling at infidel Shiites/Sunnis. It’s just pathetic.

There were also reports that groups of men roamed around some villages telling people through speakers to announce Jihad on Shiites and that it’s time to get them out and clean the country once and for all.

And there was it. The attack and murder of 4 Shiites in Abu Muslam. The videos I’ve seen are so graphic, it left my stomach in knots. The fact that 3000 men just stood there watching and cheering others beating helpless men to death was beyond barbaric. The fact that anyone justifies this shameless act just for the fact that those men have different beliefs or even insult the Sahaba is even more sickening.

And believe me, the responses on Twitter were more sickening. Some actually went to the extent of congratulating the Umma on that achievement and wishing the rest would join the victims. I wonder how Muslims denounce Islamophobia while THAT is what they present to the world. And the funny thing is that each “Muslim” separately will proudly announce that Islam taught them how to respect all religions. Well, how about respecting your OWN religion first!?

As far as I know, prophet Mohammed and the Sahaba endured far worse than a couple of bad words and they managed to deliver their divine message very well. No one was instructed to kill someone even when things like throwing stool and trash on the prophet was a daily routine that the prophet learned to tolerate to deliver his message in peace. The Quraan never stated that it’s OK to kill people for having different beliefs. The Quraan was also very clear about the fact that two Muslims fighting each other would go to hell regardless of the reason. The fact that Islam has been tainted by all those extremists is the reason why I wrote this post.

Why is it that we must -as human beings- have someone dictate what’s right and wrong and follow it blindly? When someone claims to be a scholar of Islam and starts spreading hate and ignorance that only reflect his upbringing and lack of knowledge and tolerance towards anything defined as the other whether it was a different religious belief, gender, race or even political views. It is pretty evident that people still don’t understand the purpose of religion since some clearly miss out on the fact that we are “allegedly” superior beings and that piece of shit on our shoulders covered with hair (if you’re lucky enough) and other vital organs also harbors a tool that separates us from animals. It’s called a BRAIN. And yes, you need to use it to be qualified as a superior being.

You don’t need someone to point out that someone else insulting your mother is not enough reason to kill them although it might be considered a major no-no. What happened to turning the other cheek? Insulting any religious figure is a no-no but you don’t necessarily have to kill people for it. Why don’t Muslims get offended when Jesus is mocked in cartoons, movies and youtube videos? Where is it mentioned in any holy book that it’s OK to kill in the name of God? And if religion was supposed to be your guide through life, why do you choose a dark and bloody path to go to heaven? God gave you many ways, choose the nice and pleasant one for a change?

How people choose to portray their faith in God and their means to heaven are so twisted.

And those who choose to look the other way just because “well, their leaders provoke such actions and they’re also murdering our people somewhere else!” have a special place awaiting..

And to those who don’t even bother:

The darkest places in hell are reserved for those who maintain their neutrality in times of moral crisis. – Dante Alighieri

This.. is a moral crisis.

***DISCLAIMER: This post is neither in favor of Shiites, nor Sunnis. I am HUMAN. Something you should consider being if you choose to misinterpret the above. If you favor butthurt over common sense, SELF EDUCATE!

PS: Stay tuned for part three. 😉
 
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Religions are like farts.

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

Oh you’re going to hell!

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.

I’m pretty sure of that too…

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..

I had to..

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..

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I’m guessing insulting a religious figure is a display of love and peace..

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I’m ok with stopping the spread of a cult, too.. The -I’m a loving warrior of God and I will kill you in the name of his love- cult.

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Jesus is NOT proud..

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Isn’t it ironic?

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I honestly don’t know what it is that they taught this poor man.. but no matter how hard I tried dragging him back into politics, he kept on repeating the same thing over and over..

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Those sound like a bunch of happy, hate-free people..

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Did Jesus teach you that?

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I love the analytical skills of those people.. you don’t seem angry at ALL!

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Which God are we talking about here..?

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Yes.. they hate themselves.. and the other nonbelievers.. oh, wait…

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What about going to church on Sundays..? or meditation? :/

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WE MUST NOT LET THEM WIN!!!

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I heard Buddhism is a really peaceful religion.. it’s funny that they don’t follow the true God..

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:

Sorry, A-man! You had that coming.

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:

Gurmej Atwal and Surinder Singh were strolling near their Elk Grove homes when they were shot, police said. Singh died at the scene while Atwal lasted a bit longer before resting in peace.

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.

Harbhajan Singh, Pedro Ramirez, and Johnny Morales

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.

Smile, Jamie!

Everyone in a turban is suddenly Muslim?!

OMG!! Beyonce is Muslim!?

I’ll save you the embarrassment.. the RedEye way 😉

Gotta learn the difference!

and while we’re at it..

We don’t like to discriminate!

Damn!

I contribute the above incidents to the obvious lack of education.. and this:

Well well.. Egypt..

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..

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Yes.. I heard the same exact thing too.. from Fox News 😀

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..

Princess Ameerah Al Taweel

Princess Ameerah Al Taweel, Vice Chair of Alwaleed Bin Talal Foundation. The wife of HRH Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal. Number 4 on the list of 100 most powerful Arab women in 2012 according to Arabian Business.
Not bad, either. 😉
PS: She’s Saudi (too bad she’s not allowed to drive)!

Nadine Labaki, the Lebanese actress and director is often credited for bringing new artists onto the burgeoning Arab pop scene. You’ve been naughty, Nadine! Cover up your flesh, woman!

Hotness! (I couldn’t resist, Nadine!)

Suzanne Al Houby, she’s covered up, alright! But NOT in the kitchen?!

Lina Ben Mhenni, Tunisian blogger, activist and journalist. Never knew they were allowed to speak!

Susan Youssef, Palestinian director.. she seems so unhappy.

Yup. That should serve you well for not covering up.

Meet Nisreen Shocair, President of Virgin Megastore Middle East. ROCK ON!

http://www.elhamalqasimi.com/

Elham Al Qasim is an Emirati woman, who embarked on a successful skiing expedition to the North Pole “unsupported and unassisted”. On April 23, 2010, she became the first Arab woman and the first UAE national to reach the North Pole. I didn’t know they had ice in the UAE?!

More covered up dogs? OK!

Nancy Ajram is rocking her head to toe cover.. she’s only allowed to sing in the bathroom, though..

Elissa, however.. only wears those dresses in her DREAMS (pretty obvious she was dreaming here.. or that is just one lame excuse of a Photoshop session!)
PS: #41 on this list of 100 most powerful Arab women in 2012.

http://www.arabianbusiness.com/100-most-powerful-arab-women-2012-448295.html?view=profile&itemid=448178#.UaW1DrXfB50

As for Haifa Wehbe, she’s out of the question. I mean, how safe would you be if you were the Marilyn Monroe of the Middle East? PS: #69 on the list of 100 most powerful Arab women in 2012. (oh baby!)

Not only is Muna AbuSulayman at the helm of the Alwaleed Bin Talal Foundation, but she is also one of HRH Prince Alwaleed’s most trusted advisors, and the co-host of one of MBC TV’s most popular social programmes. Charged with spending up to $100m a year on good causes, she has also spoken and written about issues related to society, such as women rights and community development. In 2004, she was named a Young Leader by the World Economic Forum.
#46 among 100 most powerful Arab women in 2012

Samira Ibrahim is regarded as the woman who has put an end to virginity testing for female prisoners in Egypt.
She’s our #47. Talk about having a voice!

And I’m pretty sure most of those are familiar with this lady..

Here’s my final proof that women in the Middle East are forced to cover up, have no brain and are ugly as dogs!

Antigone Costanda winner of the Miss World beauty pageant in 1954, representing Egypt. Winning Miss World further helped her to reach the top of her profession, becoming a successful model in the Middle East, France, Italy and Greece. Her career in later years moved into interior design; she ran a company designing the interior of business buildings. She was one of the judges at the Miss Egypt 2006 contests.
(I CAN’T BELIEVE THEY ALLOWED THAT BACK THEN!!)

Elham Wagdi, Miss Egypt 2009. She represented Egypt in a number of International beauty pageants and contests including Miss Intercontinental, Miss Earth, Miss Universe.

Martine Andraos, Miss Lebanon 2009. She graduated with a BS in Marketing in 2011. She is currently pursuing an MA degree in Political Sciences and International Affairs at the Lebanese American University. She represented Lebanon in Miss Universe 2009.

Sara El-Khouly, second runner -up in Miss Egypt 2010, Miss Egypt World 2010, and represented Egypt at the Miss World 2010 beauty pageant. Sara represented Egypt at the 2011 Miss Mediterranean pageant held in Nicosia, Cyprus and won. 2011 Miss Universe pageant representing Egypt. Needless to say, she’s an American University of Sharjah student. Not just a pretty face..

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…

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They even attack their own kind.. *SMH*

There. I solved it.

Another example? Sure.

Here’s an interesting part of a thread I came across on one of those “God fearing, peaceful, loving” websites:

Sheesh!

That escalated quickly!!

So, what caused this kind of response? Here:

William's response was to one Muslim guy spilling his guts out, apologizing for how those extremists portray Islam and how he is ashamed of those people.. I found his response quite decent.

William’s response was to one Muslim guy spilling his guts out, apologizing for how those extremists portray Islam and how he is ashamed of those people.. I found his response quite decent.

The fact that this man is well-read restored my faith in humanity..

The fact that this man is a well-read compared to the others there blasting insults restored my faith in humanity..

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Respect is all that needs to be given and this man couldn’t have said it better.

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.

Gosh, Willy! :’)

What was the moderator’s response??

Faith in humanity demolished.

Faith in humanity demolished.

MERDEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!

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..

Certificate 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..

***DISCLAIMER: This post is not intended to insult any religion, race, ethnicity or nation. I am not responsible of how you interpret the above. PEACE!