Seriously. When a teenage girl there pranked a mosque by putting a strip of bacon on their door, they had her arrested for the insult. Granted, it was an act of disrespect toward Islam, but GEEZE…. Seems to me the most natural thing in the world under the circumstances. Islam has, after all, been the neighborhood bully to all of us, especially lately. So I commented on a post about it, “Whah. Such cry babies. They cut heads off, rape, murder, and commit all manner of crimes against humanity, but a little bit of bacon offends them? How pathetic!” and I posted this picture:
Scotland, Muslim and non-Muslim alike was NOT amused and have been calling me a big meanie ever since for impugning and disrespecting their Muslims.
Meh. It probably wasn’t a great picture to post. It’s appropriately mocking, but crude art. I could have done better by posting suitably elouquent photographs like…
For years I haven’t liked Islam. That’s why I’m not Muslim any longer. But I still made allowances for its followers. My logic was that a person is a person first and THEN they are a gender, a nation, a member of whatever religion… etc. It still applies in most cases, but not so blithely for Islam any longer. No. When thousands of Muslims from all over the world converged on the Middle East and started mass murdering, shooting, stoning, beheading, and/or raping and enslaving non-Muslims, that put paid to that theory.
How could there be so many psychopathic killers, serial rapists, and general purpose sickos in one religion unless the religion itself were producing them?
And that’s the very thing about Islam I was trying so hard to ignore, to let slide, but I guess I always really knew the truth. Islam teaches this stuff. Last stats I saw on this (and it’s been awhile since I checked), 80% of all mosques has a cleric preaching violent jihad to the masses. And I know how that works. I lived among Muslims for over a year. I know how they receive such preaching.
If you happen to belong to any religion but Islam in the world, you probably assume that the Muslims listening to such preaching are all just tuning it out. If they were tuning in, after all, they’d have either left the mosque as not representing anything good, or you’d stay and become a terrorist just because that’s the kind of person you are.
That’s not the kind of person all Muslims are. Bear in mind that it attracts some new convert via Taqia, which is lying in the interest of Islam. Others, it converts by force. To leave Islam in any country under sharia law (which is based on Koran and hadith) is a capital offence. So all kinds of people are Muslim whether they’ve chosen it for themselves or had it crammed down their throats. But all serious Muslims take every teaching they’re given in a very literal way. Mere allegory has no place in Islam.
In the west, though – assuming you’re not living in a Muslim community, you can leave Islam without being killed for it. And if they do hunt you down and kill you for it, it’s murder and they will do prison time or be executed for it.
So anyway, Scotland’s Muslims in particular are outraged with me for saying what I did and insisting that the ISIS I’m basing my assumption on are “not real Muslims.” They wouldn’t do such things as ISIS does.
But see, I don’t believe that. I know exactly how literally, ISIS is following the Koran and the examples set by Prophet Mohammad himself. I know that not every Muslim does so. There are those that, despite Muslim tendencies, especially living in the west, do take take those teachings literally. Either they attend the rare mosque that doesn’t teach the violent stuff, or they don’t attend mosque at all, just praying at home and picking and choosing what they want from the Koran like Christians do from the Bible.
The Old Testament is a lot like the Koran in its violence level but here’s the difference: the core teaching of Christianity is the Golden Rule, which comes from the New Testament, said to supplant the Old Testament. The Golden Rule is the one really important rule in Christianity. The rest is just a squabble of social politics. In Islam, however, the core teaching is submission to god and every last tittle of every example set by the prophet and every commandment set forth in the Koran. And there’s a lot of them! Very hardline. A lot a violence too… including the Old-Testamenteques Eye-for-an-eye rule.
I hate Islam. Daily it murder, rapes, and enslaves on a grand scale. Any Muslim that fails to leave it in response to that behavior, is clearly FOR that kind of behavior and I’m done making excuses/allowances for them.
Not to worry, Scottish non-Muslims are still making excuses for them. They haven’t yet realized they have a viper in their midst. Poor saps. Oh well.