Great article, deschainXIX! Very interesting and pertinent to the topic. I love what journalists who have been out there (Middle East) have to say. That's why I enjoyed Christopher Hitchens's memoir so much. He went to Iraq and Syria and met the Kurds, too. Islamists nearly killed him! There is a sense of adventure there. Padnos reminds me of a less secular Hitchens in that sense. This stood out for me:
“Allah has created me a Christian,” I would say. “It’s not my fault.” They offered their counterarguments: “If you were to die as an unbeliever today, Allah would refuse to admit you into heaven.”
- Theo Padnos
One of the many problems with religion besides the belief in a supernatural almighty creator is the assertion by some that they know the mind of God and therefore know exactly what He wants. Thomas Paine warned us about this nearly three hundred years ago in "The Age of Reason." I had a similar argument with a Muslim where I work. Our conversation went something like this:Shabir
: "What religion are you?"Me
: "None. I was born into Catholicism but I don't follow it."Shabir
: "Christians are okay, but you should convert to Islam while you still can."Me
: "I am not religious and I don't believe in God."Shabir
: "My friend, I urge you to join Islam or you will burn in hell for eternity when you die."Me
: "There is no hell. When you die, that's it."Shabir
: "You are wrong. When you die you will see, and then I will be there to tell you 'I told you so!'"Me
: "There is no evidence for the existence of Allah..."Shabir
: "What!? Look at the signs!"Me
: "What signs?"Shabir
: "Look at the stars, the moon, the fish..."Me
: "Stars have existed long before us and where not made for us to look at. The moon is a dead world and a waste of one, too. It just shows the slapdash manner of our universe. No intelligent design behind nature. Fish evolved into what they look like today..."Shabir
: "You fail to recognise the signs. Instead you heed that asshole Darwin. Allah will not forgive you. I am trying to save your soul."Me
: "If I am wrong and there is a God then He should pardon me in the afterlife when I honestly tell Him that the so-called evidence was not strong enough and His message was weak and incoherent. He'll find me more honourable than the blind believers. Otherwise, He is not worth worshipping."Shabir
: "You will burn for that. I tried."Me
: "No I won't. Have a good day, sir."
The Nusra Front
have taken control of Deir al-Zour but it looks like ISIS
is their enemy, too. Meanwhile, Peshmerga
, an Iraqi Kurdish force who once helped the United States against Saddam Hussein and captured Hassan Ghul
(Bin Laden's messenger), have entered Kobani to fight against the Islamic State. President Erdogan
of Turkey does not approve of Turkish Kurds joining the fight.@ nesgirl:
Although you admit that I was correct in what I said in that thread about being female and becoming pregnant, although I am going to admit that I got way too extreme and negative in that thread. I probably said what I said, because of what I saw my sister go through, who like me, has hypotension and went through so much, it worried the rest of us (when the levels of hypotension get really low, you suffer really horrible side effects).
But you must understand that you cannot speak for the majority and your sister is one amongst millions! If you have never been pregnant then you really have nothing to say generically speaking. And pregnancies differ too. Some are good, some are bad. I think you have a tendency to see things in black and white...
PS I edited my post to make a bit more sense in that thread so it wasn't too mean.
Not all females enjoy that. There are some psychopathic/homicidal females who actually kill their unborn children, or will kill them/abandon them when they are born (I actually saw a story on that on the news recently, and was shocked about that).
They are not the majority. There are a lot more deaths on the road. Should driving be banned because of that? Does the incompetency of one individual speak for the rest?
It isn't just in Iraq that happens. Watch the news and see for yourself. It actually happens all the time in the communities (however not in the name of religion), or sometimes in the home. This is why children are sometimes taken away from the home and put into foster care.
I know it isn't just Iraq but the situation out there is quite bad and it is relevant to the topic. I also feel that too many people criticise the Western way of life and not enough speak against the atrocities in the Middle East because of ideology. Everyone is free to criticise the West without having to fear for their lives but the same cannot be said when individuals speak for women's rights in Islam. Even Salman Rushdie had to go through hell after having published his "Satanic Verses." The Ayatollah Khomeini issued a fatwa against him calling for his murder!! And what about the Danish cartoons! I just think that, before we start criticising our minor errors (by comparison), we should really deal with the bad stuff on the other side!
Oh and if you want a real religion that actually rapes, abuses, and takes advantage of underage females, why not look up the Fundamentalists? Now there's a sick religion. They can marry out females as young as 8, and often marry out teenagers. Good thing where I lived they had the guts to outlaw that religion's practice completely.
You are talking about a Christian faction that opposes reformed groups such as Protestants, right? But there is also Islamic fundamentalism. Wahhabi Muslims believe in marrying underage girls, too. Islam's prophet is a paedophile so what do you expect? We have also touched upon such crimes in Mormonism earlier, remember?