Human Rights & Other Freedoms

I get a lot of petitions sent my way and I sign the ones I care about while ignoring all others. A healthy percentage of these concern basic human rights for women in the Islamic world, the freeing of “prisoners of conscience” and those left Islam or criticized it, and whether or not religion should be taught in public school or the various holidays publicly acknowledged. In short, a lot of people are bucking a system that puts its nose in where it doesn’t belong and tries to dictate to people what they should or shouldn’t be. So I ask you (in no particular order)….

1. Why shouldn’t men and women have equal pay for equal rights?  Only religion has ever said we weren’t equal.

2. Why aren’t reproductive choices up to the fully realized individual(s) involved?

3. Why the hell shouldn’t people say “Merry Christmas” to each other at Christmas time in the Western world? And don’t start wanking about the touchy sensitivities of foreign born newbies here. They’re in our culture, we’re not in theirs. If they decided to come here, they should be expected to put up with our cultural habit or go back to where they came from. And why can’t non-Christians put up with it either? We can give one another’s holiday greetings to one another. What’s the harm in that? It’s all about good will to one another, not suprematism. Heck, I’m not even a Christian and I not only “put up” with Christmas, I LIKE it. Leave it alone!

The above are some of the simpler issues. The tougher ones are more peculiar to religion. Not saying the above aren’t but the following wouldn’t even be issues if it weren’t for a certain religion being involved:

4. Peace between Palestine and Israel. Never mind the fact that Palestine was never a nation in the first place. It’s only the fact that its ruled by Muslims who say they won’t stop attacking Israelis until every last Israeli Jew has been killed. Israel is forced to constantly defend itself and get criticized for doing so based on Palestine’s bogus claim of nationhood and Palestine very clearly does not want peace. GAH. Note here the Arabs, even Muslims, have all the basic human rights when they live under Israeli rule but Palestinians grants basic human rights to no one, not even their own.

5. The right of women to drive in Saudi Arabia. It’s not because cars are considered evil there. It’s because women never reach legal majority in Islam there and therefore can’t be trusted not to get into trouble if they go running around too freely as driving would make possible. Also, the veils they are forced to wear due to men “owning” them, makes driving hazardous by limiting their ability to see the road, pedestrians, other traffic, and road signs.

6. Female circumcision. Islam isn’t the only religion that encourages this. Others do too under certain circumstances, but it is most common in Islamic countries because the degree to which this mutilation is practiced is directly proportionate to the position of women in that religious culture. It is meant to curtail female enjoyment of sex while increasing enjoyment of the male that “owns” her. And this is very much about ownership. Women are property in Islam and their sexuality is considered dangerous. Never mind that female circumcism causes them pain and can be a serious heath hazard besides.

7. The right to leave your religion and/or convert to another. This is a capital offense under Sharia but this is one law that applies only to those born or converted to Islam. Crucifixion or being vertically pierced on a pike is the normal punishment.

8. Criticism of religion. As far as I know, only Islam is so insecure that it can’t take criticism of any kind. Question it, and it will get you killed if you happen to live in a Muslim community.

9. The right to dress as you please so long as you are dressed. Certain religions are very dictatorial about this, especially for women. But Islam tops the chart in being dictatorial.

10. Refusal to convert to this religion or that has historically always been something that could get you beheaded, but these days, only Islam practices that ridiculous level of barbarity.  This is others telling you what you can and cannot believe.

11. The practice of mind skills or rituals commonly known as magic. Many religions attack the practice of religion even while magic of a sort is practiced by most of them under the context of religious practices. The laying on of hands, speaking of tongues, exorcism, blessings, and rituals involving potent symbology. Abrahamic religions in particular work very hard to limit the practice and understanding of magic outside of religion. What this results in is a distinct stunting of spiritual growth and understanding.

12. The Heaven and Hell teachings and, along with them, the injurious notion that “beliefs” trump knowledge and that failing to believe “correctly” will get you damned. blatant mind control and very spiritually unhealthy.

13. Refugees starving because (a.) the food relief crews offer them doesn’t meet with their religious requirements and (b.) they keep having babies because their religion doesn’t allow birth control of any kind and their men are, in accordance with their religion, not taught to control themselves around women… or females of any sort for that matter.

14.  Why is a woman’s word and inheritance only half of what a man’s is in Dar Islam?  I’ll tell you why:  The Koran says so.  If you follow the Koran, you just have to accept that.  It’s part of being Muslim.

Anyway, enough of my ranting. I only meant to say that fighting for rights for people who are without them because of their religion is pointless as long as they belong to the religion that did it to them. I’m not going to sign any more petitions for rights or freedom of Muslims living in Dar Islam because it’s pointless. They need to recognize that their oppression is a direct result of their religion and only they can do something about it. Not us outsiders. They don’t like us anyway. Hopefully, they will learn to like themselves enough to slip free of the bondage they’ve put themselves in.

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The Doctor is In

We drove down a busy highway eclosed in a glowing silver fog, thick as pea soup. Jeb was my Doctor Who and I was his companion of the moment. Did that make his old brown Buick a TARDIS (Time And Relative Dimension In Space)? I’m not sure. Looked like an ordinary car to me but I suppose it COULD have been a TARDIS in disguise.

The Doctor was glancing from side to side as often as he was to the front, clearly looking for something in the fog and making me nervous that the one thing he wasn’t looking at was all the other traffic. I braced myself for impact at any moment now.

“OH!! OH, Oh, oooooh!!!!” he suddenly exclaimed, full of excitement. And then he jumped suddenly out of the car (aka TARDIS).

OMG! Did he just do that? Yikes! I thrust back the cup-holding dividing arm, jumped into the driver’s seat, and cranked the wheel to the right, into the margin, just missing hitting the car ahead by maybe a single foot, if that.

I had to sit way forward in the seat to reach the petal, which put my head below the dashboard for a moment. I popped up then, having hit the brake but seeing that there was a man in a trench coat and top hat walking slowly in the margin, I realized I’d have to get back out into traffic to avoid hitting him. I was stopping way too slowly.

In the rearview mirror, I was relieved to see my crazy Doctor somehow safe in the margin picking up a… oh. It was his sonic screwdrivver. WTH?

I pulled off on the very next exit, thinking to drive across the overpass and go back around to pick up Jeb, but the steering wheel wouldn’t turn that way. No. Instead the car turned into the parking lot of a convenience store on the righthand corner and parked, all on its own initiative. Damn headstrong thing! I could NOT get it started again!

So while I’m sitting there fuming and slapping the dashboard, up walks the Doctor and I stare at him in disbelief before quietly sliding back over to the passenger side and letting him in.

“How did you do that?” I asked him.

He shrugged, smiling mysteriously, eyes baiting me with pure mischief.

“WHY did you do that?!” I demanded, hitting him on the shoulder.

“Why did I do what?” he asked, looking genuinely clueless.

“You know what you did!” I shouted, “You jumped out of the car in the middle of the foggy highway! What were you thinking?!”

“Oh that. I was just think that, Oh! There’s the screwdriver I lost last week.”

“I should slap you so hard you regenerate!” I growled at him.

The doctor was unperturbed of course. He started up the TARDIS again and I noticed it had somehow transformed itself into a dusky rose colored monster truck with a luxurious interior.

We drove on back to the highway and the mist that went on forever. We dissolved into the fog. For a while, it was all that I could see.

Then we were sans TARDIS in some sort of huge building. The furnishing were elegant and comfortable. the lighting was dim but in a good way… atmospheric.

“Welcome to Hell,” said the Doctor. But he wasn’t really the Doctor after-all.  He’d changed into someone I didn’t recognize and I realized I’d been duped. The real Doctor was back on the foggy highway somewhere. The one that had me was an imposter. A bad guy.

I wasn’t worried about the Doctor. I knew from experience he dealt with worse all the time. He’d be terribly bored if he didn’t have these life challenges to deal with all the time. It was his secret to longevity.

As for me, I wasn’t afraid. It was a comfortable Hell after all and I had no doubt that I could leave if I really needed to, that I wasn’t in any real danger. It was like that feeling you get when you visit a fake haunted house at Halloween. Everything there is geared to scare you, but nothing to hurt you. If they hurt you, it’s all over for them so they don’t dare.

This is all I remember clearly. There was something about a girl there that I loaned a piece of clothing to, but it’s all disjointed. I woke up around then.

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Dream Class Notes / Information Out of Context

1.  Jesus/Yeshua was quite real, though his crucifixion was not.  It was something his Jewish followers considered necessary to validating some previous prophecy since the culture of the time demanded blood sacrifices for the placating of gods and expiation of sins.  Yeshua didn’t agree or participate.  He went back to the Essenes and was there when another was sacrificed in his stead: a man who had delusions of being the Christ that may even have been a willing sacrifice.  Those physically close to him who knew him well probably knew the difference but no one else did.

2.  The Elohim, Yahweh, Vishnu, Ishtar, Isis, Ra, Thor, Jupiter, and many other ancient “gods” were not really gods.  Many were aliens more advanced than the humans were of those time.  Some even participated in the creation of modern humanity and some other versions before and after.  Others still (Allah may be one) were interdimensional beings from higher or lower frequencies.

 3.  God is a timeless, creative, cosmic intelligence of which we are all a part.  Our lives are God’s experiences.

 4.  Even planet and stars have souls and a physical life of their own.  Ideally, its denizens support that life.  Earth may be a little screwed up on this issue.

 5.  All things are connected.  In this galaxy at least.  It appears that each galaxy may have its own God, but they may be similarly connected to one another.  Not clear on this last part.  It’s hard to know what questions to ask.

 6.  The sun is much cooler than we’ve been taught.  I’m still waiting for the evidence of this.

7.  Gas giants can and often do support life similar to what we’re familiar with, though the environmental conditions are, of course, somewhat different.  Humanoid flight more common.  No view of exterior stars since the atmosphere is so thick and clouded, the upper reaches of which are deadly.  The life is down deep where its cooler and there is both liquid and something like land.  Both have waves and are literally teeming with vibrant life.  Maybe this is what they meant about the sun?

8.  Stars/suns are inter-dimensional portals from solar system to solar system and black holes in our universe are white holes in other universes so space flight is not as arduous and time consuming as some might think.  It seems unnecessary to exceed the speed of light.  Even so, rocket science will not ever get us very far.

 9.  Pompei was buried in ash in 79 AD when Vesuvius blew its top.  I looked that up online after it was said by many of those who left their physical lives at that time and place said something about being preached to about hell fire and brimstone just previous.

They’d described Pompei being very large with extremely clean streets, gorgeous gardens, ornate houses and public buildings alike being adorned with colorful murals.  It was a rich place, something of a resort town as well as being sin-city of the Hellenistic period: gambling, drinking, gluttonous feasting, and wild mass orgies.  The usual stuff Romans were famous for and did not usually think of as “sins.”

 The Hell teachings surprised me.  Christianity was only 79 years old at that time and must not have been common in the Roman empire.  Hell wasn’t an original Christian teaching either.  It was introduced (I thought) in the Middle Ages when the church was still consolidating its power and decided to use a fear factor as a tool in doing so.  So why the Hell teaching in 79 AD?  was some other religion teaching it?  This was never clarified.

One 18-year-old boy spoke of it being spiritually injurious and repressive.  He’d felt guilty of the above mentioned sins even though he hadn’t participated in any.  He was an innocent from the countryside just there visiting his carousing cousins.  But he’d thought about participating and thought this made him hell-worthy.  This made for major trauma at the time of his death and while making the transition to the “After Life.”  He was a little angry about it when he finally realized that it had all been a ruse just to control people.

 How did Christianity get hijacked so fast as that?  And by whom?  I used to think it was by the Romans themselves with Paul as the control agent, but now I’m not so sure and can’t even put my finger on the why of it.

 10. There is no Heaven or Hell.  There is an “Afterlife” which is actually our normal state of existence.  How our transition goes from physical death to rebirth into our natural habitat is largely dependent on our expectations.  Negative expectation can make this a lot more difficult than it needs to be.  Nightmarish.  We create our own realities… especially there.  There is no limitations on what our imaginations can create on the other side.

 11.  There are pretty standard things that happen in the transition period though:

Your physical aura will often begin withdrawing some time before the actual death and you may see friends and family who have passed before you from time to time.  The ones from this life you’ll recognize.  The others you may not recognize until after you’ve passed the veil.  It may take some time to remember them all.

If death is sudden and physically traumatic, you might not feel the pain because the soul leaves quickly, pulled or projected out in hurry to prevent it.  This is common in car accidents and falls.  You will still have greeters around you right away.  No one dies alone.  But the death in these cases is so sudden that you’ll be uncertain you actually died.  Some so adamantly refuse to believe it that they will simply ignore the greeters that try to tell them and try to lead them away.  A lot of haunts begin this way.  Usually, the reluctance/refusal to believe has more to do with unfinished business of some sort than anything.

 If the dying is more gradual, your vision will darken and close around you the same way it does when you faint or go under anesthesia or fall asleep.  Then at the center a white light will form until the effect is like looking through a tunnel… and no, that is not an oncoming train.  The sight has withdrawn from your physical eyes and is now looking out through your crown chakra.  This portal is how you enter and how you leave.  The light is the beingness of God, your natural state of being beckoning you out of the physical.

 The greeters will now be fully manifest and you cant visit them a while before either returning back the way you came (if you left too soon) or to library/school or go on to your review process.

In the review process, you re-experience your life only through the lives of those you have affected one way or another.  If you had a positive effect, you experience that as they felt it.  If it was a negative effect, you experience that too.

If you are ISIS, for instance, you will feel the pain and terror of each and every one of your victims as though your were them.

While the universal mind in malleable and you can create what you can imagine there, heavy guilt, anger, and fear can taint that experience considerably.  If there is too much of that, the other souls, unable to relate, will with draw from you and you will be sent down into another body as quickly as possible to try and work out your issues before you can go on.

 If your life was mostly positive, you can go one and create your dream reality around you in the company of the souls you are closest to.  Souls of too widely varying frequencies tend not to mix with one another the way they do on earth.  They exist in separate realities.  You’re always among friends once past the review.

If you are needed in the physical to do or teach something or have additional karma to work off, you will eventually go back to the physical earth in a new life but, unlike the negative sort, you will have study time to prepare before doing so.

 12.  Souls don’t usually enter the body when it’s in the fetal state.  They usually don’t in until the body draws its first breath but even then they don’t tend to settle in right away.  They drift in and out quite regularly.  This is probably the reason babies sleep so much.  Most will not settle down and commit to the life until they are 3 or 4 years old.  Some even more.  This is the age of your ensoulment.  Your first memory of this life is the age your body was when you finally decided to stay.  My first was at 9 months.  I know someone who settled in at the unbelievable age of 6 months, but this is unusual.

13.  Time, dimension, and space travel is the same thing.  Every time, place, and dimension has it’s own frequency signature, unique in all the universe.  Each thing or being is a subset of that.  Matching that frequency is sufficient to get you there since there can be only one.  This can be done mechanically or psychotronically or spiritually.

14.  There are many earths overlying the one we’re aware of.  They bleed into one another sometimes.  The bleed-thru points are called Nexus points.  This is where you are most likely to see shadow people, phantoms, or unknown species.  Some look very solid, others not so much.  Each reality is quite as real to its inhabitants as this one is to us, but to one another we’re usually little more than ghosts.  The result of such an encounter is often a sinking in the pit of your stomach, a raising of body hair, goose-bumps, or fear.  This doesn’t mean that the being viewed is evil though.  It only means they belong somewhere other than here and you are sensing the energy differential.

 15.  Gas giant inhabitants are not the only beings that never see the stars.  Many don’t since it is more common to live on the inside of planets than on the outside, like we do.

16.  Most worlds are hollow.  Possibly all.  Molten material is ejected from openings that form at the poles until only the central mass and that trapped between in the inner and outer shell are all that remain.  The central mass serves as sun for the interior.  I wasn’t fully attentive during this lecture.  I missed some of it.  I’d like to just see it for myself the way I was allowed to see how things were on gas giants.

17.  It’s hazardous to live on the outside.  More exposure to radiation, tectonic events, and storms.

 18.  Physical life can thrive in many more sorts of atmosphere than is commonly thought and oxygen is not an atmosphere of choice.  It’s just what we’re used to but causes our physical bodies to age faster, as does the solar radiation we’re exposed to.  For instance, early Earth had a methane atmosphere and Mars had/has a carbon dioxide atmosphere.  Questions on this latter bit.  What are the colonists breathing there?  They say it still has some life on the surface and an atmosphere, albeit a lighter one.

 18.  A lot of people are attending school in their dreams right now.  Healers especially will be in high demand.  This becomes more and more obvious with every day that passes.

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Some of my problems with Islam, in case you were wondering…

This is a reblog of a post I did on Xanga several years ago.  Might have done it here too.  I don’t remember.  Anyway, I am reaping some grief today on having gotten totally fed up with Islam, more than ever after the cartoon riots, ISIS and Hebedo murders, the infitida in Israel, and the Muslim migrant murders, rapes, and riots in Europe, and, you know, all that “nice” stuff that goes hand and foot, like a disease, with Islam.  At the time, I wrote this blog I wasn’t entirely fed up yet, so this is really just about doctrine at a time when Muslims who couldn’t personally get to me to kill me were still scolding me endlessly for leaving Islam and, Heaven Forbid(!), abandoning hijab:

I have been often accused by both Pee Cees and Muslims alike of being too critical of Islam. They have accused me of propagandizing against it, but propaganda uses unflattering lies and I have expressed only unflattering truths so this charge, at least, is patently untrue.

Many a committed Muslim has, moreover, expressed total disbelief that I could once have been Muslim and turned away from it so vehemently. They honestly don’t understand why. They themselves have never looked in depth at any aspect of Islam that wasn’t strictly appealing to them. Islam has some good things it. I’m not saying it doesn’t. But it has bad things too and it is on that basis and my own common sense – that I must reject it.


Defining God

I am not a religious person, though I have no problem with spirituality. I was once a Pentecostal Christian who left Christianity to convert to Islam (see Freedom & the High Cost of Convictions) and then ended up leaving Islam too. Now, as near as I can figure, I might be defined as an agnostic – sort of.

The proper definition of an Agnostic, straight from Merriam Webster’s is: “a person who holds the view that any ultimate reality (as God) is unknown and probably unknowable; broadly: one who is not committed to believing in either the existence or the nonexistence of God or a god.”

That’s almost me, but not quite, just the closest description I could think of. I acknowledge that there’s a God or rather a source of Creation and that from it all things come and remain intimately connected. What I refuse to believe is that it could be as petty, vindictive, jealous, angry, or emotional in the all-too-human way in which it is described in the Old Testament Bible and Koran. How totally wrong, it seems to me that such a being should alternate favors and set its

creations against one another. How atrocious that any of its more finite expressions into the physical could be damned with infinite torment by the very source of their beings. How, frankly weird that It should concern itself with what we believe or don’t believe, based on the experiences we have managed to acquire, or with what artificial rituals we do or do not perform. Rituals are, after all, symbolic expressions and are worthless when the practitioner fails to find further meaning in it. Certainly our creator doesn’t require it.

As for whether or not our Creator intervenes in our lives, well, miracles DO happen and prayer, from anybody or any religion or non-religion, has been clinically proven to work. There was a university hospital I read about once that did a series of experiments on this and, sure enough, the prayed for patients did better than the not-prayed-for patients in the control group. Why should that be so? Who can really know? But my feeling is that as we are all extensions of the Creator, we all can focus extra energy there from, even as our very existence as individuals is, after all, a focus of such primal energy and a miracle in and of itself.

I can accept that such books as the Bible and the Koran are products of history and DO have good lessons in them, but they also contain things I don’t feel I need. I do not, for instance, consider the lives of most prophets to be an ethical example to follow. They all had perfectly human foibles, like any of us, but what really makes them a hazard to follow is that they quite primitive and inhumane by modern standards. Believe it or not, for all our faults, the human race has evolved a great deal since then and such tribalism, ritualism, and cruelties as they practiced then are no longer appropriate or acceptable. Faith in a religious doctrine requires unconditional acceptance of the whole thing to be really true and, truthfully, I admit that I cannot accept the whole kit and caboodle.

I thought I should mention all this because a lot of Muslims think I am picking on their religion unfairly and, by extension, on themselves. I would really like them to understand that it is NOT them but the Islamic doctrine itself that gives me grief and, frankly, I feel that way about many fundamentalist religions; it’s just that Islam seems the most dangerous one of all to me. Even though many Muslims are good and peaceful people, Islamist terrorism and human rights abuses happen for a reason and that reason requires full exposure in order for it to be properly tackled.


Three Main Sources of Islamic Doctrine

The Koran is the holy scripture of Islam. It contains 114 chapters or “Suras” which are composed of poetic verses called “ayat.” It claims to be very clear-cut, but the truth is it’s a little vague and archaic in some areas so there are some secondary sources for Islamist dogma by which various issues can be clarified, the first such source being the scholars who compiled and/or translated it from the ancient version of Arabic to the more modern form as well as into other languages.

The main secondary source is a collection of stories, “Haddith,” about how the prophet of Islam and very first Muslim, Mohammad, conducted his own life. Many use Mohammad’s life as an example of how to properly interpret the Koran’s vagaries and how, by extension, to live their own lives. Too bad that Mohammad’s example was set in the 7th century A.D. and Muslims are still following it, in detail, in the 21st century. I mean, come on! Things have changed a bit since then.

A third backup for the Koran, one primarily used instead of the Haddith by Shias, the second biggest sect of Islam, is the Nahjul-Balagha which is a collection of sermons, “Khutbas,” by Ali, the prophet’s son-in-law, whom Ali’s followers thought should have been the prophet’s heir, the new “Leader of the Faithful.” The fact that the Sunni’s chose someone else, caused of Islam’s first sectarian division: Sunni and Shia.


Islamic Doctrine Concerning the Treatment of non-Muslims

Sura 4:144: Believers, do not choose the unbelievers rather than the faithful as your friends. Would you give Allah a clear proof against yourselves?

What is this about a “clear proof” by the way? Is Allah afraid that unbelievers will tell believers some irrefutable proof that will foil the believer’s faith? Interesting… or am I misunderstanding this entirely? Opinions anyone?

Sura 8:13: When thy Lord revealed to the angels, saying, ‘I am with you; so make firm those who believe. I will cast terror into the hearts of those who disbelieve. Smite them above their necks, and smite off all finger-tips.’

Sura 8:40: And fight them until there is no persecution and religion is wholly to Allah. But if they desist, then surely Allah is Watchful of what they do.

Sura 9:5:  And when the forbidden months have passed, slay the idolaters wherever you find them and take them captive, and beleaguer them, and lie in wait for them at every place of ambush. But if they repent and observe Prayer and pay the Zakaat, then leave their way free. Surely, Allah is Most Forgiving, Merciful.

Merciful? Must be a problem of translation.

Sura 9:14: Fight them, that Allah may punish them at your hands, and humiliate then, and help you to victory over them, and relieve the minds of a people who believe;

Oh yeah, “Peaceful Islam” in action. I think that’s an oxymoran.

Sura 9:29: Fight those who do not profess the true faith (Islam) till they pay the jiziya (poll tax) with the hand of humility.

Sura 47:4: When you meet the unbelievers in the Jihad strike off their heads and, when you have laid them low, bind your captives firmly. Then grant them their freedom or take ransom from them, until War shall lay down her burdens.

Islam peaceful? Perhaps its so between Muslims. It’s only the peace of the grave for those who disbelieve. Since I am no longer a Muslim but rather among those Koran prescribes shunning, humiliating, enslaving, or killing, I don’t think so! “Islam means peace,” is one of those fallacious statements the media uses that just makes me laugh. Anyway, the world “islam” actually translates as “submission:” in other words, “Submit or die.”

Islam prescribes severing relations with non-Muslim family members:

Sura 9.23: O you who believe! Do not take your fathers and your brothers for guardians if they love unbelief more than belief; and whoever of you takes them for a guardian, these it is that are the unjust.

The Haddith, Volume 1 Number 14: The Prophet said ‘None of you will have faith till he loves me more than his father, his children and all mankind.’


About Women

An article about Islamic Hudud Law in action: “Law without Justice; A Report” by rose Ismail.  Just think how much you’d just love to be a Muslim woman living under that law. Do you think THEY love it? I doubt it. Hudud laws, like Sharia, come from both the Haddith and Koran. The Koran starts out sounding equitable in regard to the sexes, but things swiftly deteriorate.

Sura 2:228: Women who are divorced shall wait, keeping themselves apart, three (monthly) courses. And it is not lawful for them that they should conceal that which Allah hath created in their wombs if they are believers in Allah and the Last Day. And their husbands would do better to take them back in that case if they desire a reconciliation. And they (women) have rights similar to those (of men) over them in kindness, and men are a degree above them. Allah is Mighty, Wise.

Sounds like the old adage: “All people are created equal, but some are more equal than others.”

Sura 2.282: But if he who oweth the debt is of low understanding, or weak or unable himself to dictate, then let the guardian of his interests dictate in (terms of) equity. And call to witness, from among your men, two witnesses. And if two men be not (at hand) then a man and two women, of such as ye approve as witnesses, so that if the one erreth (through forgetfulness) the other will remember.

Which is to say that, according to Koran, women are intellectually deficient and unreliable as witnesses. Pardon me while I vehemently disagree! It sounds like a regular Old Boys Club! In Nahjulbalagha, Khutba 83, Ali adds to this insult, crowing:  O People! Women suffer from three deficiencies: of faith, of mind, and of a share in heritage. Their deficiency in religion is apparent from the fact that at certain times they keep away from prayers and fasting. Deficiency of mind could be gauged from the circumstance that two female witnesses are considered equal to one male, and deficiency in shares of heritage is plain from the incident, that their share is equal to half of the share of male members.

Keep yourself away from the wiles of wicked women, and do not indulge too much even in good ones. Do not blindly follow their advice even in good deeds, so that they may not be tempted to lead you toward bad ones.

Sura 4:2,3: Give unto orphans their wealth, exchange not the good for the bad (in your management thereof) nor absorb their wealth. Lo! That would be a great sin. And if ye fear that ye will not deal fairly by the orphans, marry of the women who seem good to you, two or three or four; and if ye fear that ye cannot do justice (to so many) then one (only) or (the captives) that your right hand possess. Thus it is more likely that ye will not do injustice.

For the most part, as here, men only are being addressed in Koran. The women mentioned here would be the mothers of orphans. Despite having mothers, the orphans are still considered orphans if they have no father as mothers in this culture are not considered responsible enough to raise their own children alone.

A Muslim man may marry up to four Muslim women at a time and keep innumerable concubines from among those captives that his “right hand possess.” These are women enslaved by the Muslims when their husbands and families were slain for refusing to embrace Islam when Muslims launched wars of conquest against them. As for a Muslim woman, she is limited to only one husband that she might have to share with other wives and concubines and for her to have a male concubine is certain death for her.

There are other places in the Koran that mentions 4 wives being permissible to men. Most of these are in Sura 4, The Women. It is regularly advised that a man get the blessing of his first wife on the other wives he takes but it’s not required and, in actually practice, rarely applied.

A natural result of this custom is that the first wife feels betrayed by her husband and jealous of the new wife(s). Here she is, devoted solely to him while he is not similarly devoted to her.

See for example.

Of this, Hazrat Ali in Nahjul Balagha, Saying 121, says: Jealousy in women is unpardonable, but in man it is a sign of his faith in religion (because Islam has permitted polygamy and prohibited polyandry).

Was that man really oblivious to the fact that Islam itself created these conditions for women and that neither ethics nor nature had anything to do with it? Excuse me while I go and club the erstwhile Ali with the backside of my iron skillet.

Sura 4.15: And as for those who are guilty of an indecency from among your women, call to witnesses against them four (witnesses) from among you; then if they bear witness confine them to the houses until death takes them away or Allah opens some way for them.

Again, men only are being addressed and, hence, the witnesses can only be male. In the case of rape, a woman unable to produce 4 male witnesses to the crime then stands accused of adultery. Note the form of the punishment – solitary confinement for the rest of her life – but also note the vagary of the crime description.

“Indecency” can mean different things in different cultures. In actual fact, Middle Eastern Muslims seldom use this punishment in cases of adultery. Most often, they use it for one of two “crimes:” to punish lesbianism if there are four witnesses to it OR to punish a Muslim girl for marrying a non-Muslim. The later case is much easier to prosecute since there are always plenty of witnesses to the fact of a marriage and in Islamic nations the marriage between Muslim and non-Muslim is considered illegitimate, therefore, a brazen act of fornication. In more obvious acts of fornication or adultery, the actual punishment is far more violent but just as severe.

Sura 4:24: Also (prohibited are) women already married, except those whom your right hands possess: Thus hath Allah ordained (Prohibitions) against you: Except for these, all others are lawful, provided ye seek (them in marriage) with gifts from your property, desiring chastity, not lust, seeing that ye derive benefit from them, give them their dowers (at least) as prescribed; but if, after a dower is prescribed, agree Mutually (to vary it), there is no blame on you, and Allah is All-knowing, All-wise.

This little gem lays out which women are not permissible for a man to marry or have sex with and which ones are permissible. Please note that captured or enslaved married women are NOT forbidden, the vows they made to their husbands and their own wishes completely irrelevant in the matter.

As for veiling in Islam, I’ve written about this before (see: Gaseous Pheromones and the Obsessive Veiling of Women in Islam) so am not going to go into a great deal of detail on the subject here except to say that the Koran does not actually mandate it, but rather only prescribes reasonable modesty for both sexes. The actual veiling requirement is based on various Haddith of dubious report. Even so, veiling/hijab is law for women in most Islamic nations. The so-called “Morals Police” will beat or arrest a woman who fails to veil properly.

Muslims often defend the hijab as preventing women from being viewed as sex objects by men since the requisite drab and baggy clothes with scarves, black chadors, or faceless blue burqas and the like tend to obscure a woman’s form into mere shadow, barely noticeable. Some women even welcome this invisibility, thinking it really does make them safe. It doesn’t actually work though. In non-Muslim lands, it just draws attention because of its oddity and mystery and, of course, since 9-11, it even draws hostility from those who see it only as a symbol of Islam, the religion that declared war on us.

In Muslim lands, where men and women are strictly segregated, it does more than simply draw attention; it draws unwelcome lewd advances as well to any woman outside without an escort and sometimes even with.

As for me, I could never get used to having to have an escort every single place I went while living in the Islamic Regime of Iran and I sorely HATED wearing hijab! I found it annoying, restrictive, and unexpressive to wear and ruinous to the pleasure I used to find in outdoor summer activities: I felt smothered by it in the hot weather and, though I loved swimming, I couldn’t stand the thought of swimming with that thing on. Meanwhile, I saw Muslim men going comfortably shirtless or in shorts and tank tops and swimming in normal swim trunks and eyed them malevolently from under my own heavy garments. DOWN WITH THE DAMN HIJAB AND I MEAN IT!!!


Human Rights Violations are in Accordance with Standard Islamic Doctrine

The Koran claims to be the next book following that of the Biblical New Testament, and yet it significantly diverges from it. There are many differences and between the Bible and Koran which, as an Agnostic, I don’t really care about personally, other than to find them interesting, but for the curious I will list a few:

1. The Bible is arranged chronologically and the Koran is arranged, loosely, by subject in with the verses arranged in a mathematical formula designed to make sure it stays in that exact order. You delete or add any verses and it throws the formula off. It’s a clever formula the Muslims are proud to point out. It has something to do with the number 19, but being I am not mathematically inclined I never made much sense of it and am unable to relay it here.

2. The Koran is more load heavy on law than it is on histories the way the Bible is. It claims to be the book that follows the Biblical New Testament but doesn’t effectively do so. For one thing, it harkens right back to Abrahamic law… Not Mosaic law, mind you, but Abraham: very coarse and brutal crime and punishment system, much more primitive than the ways and laws that followed Abraham’s time. Also, it pointedly states that it’s blasphemy to say that Christ is god and the Christ was only a prophet. There are more stories about the childhood experiences of Maryam and Christ in the Koran than in the Bible (probably derived from the Apocrypha to which prophet Mohammad was exposed), but not much about Christ’s teaching as an adult.

The biggest difference is that whereas Christ’s most important teaching, “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you,” the very root of humanism, is in the New Testament, but nowhere in the Koran. Humanism runs counter to the laws of Abraham’s time. Punishment under the old laws, you see, often involves torture, maiming, and excruciatingly painful, prolonged executions and the “Do unto others” clause undoes the whole thing. In accordance with that one little clause, if you don’t enjoy being tortured, maimed, or painfully executed, you don’t do it to others. Right? This concept is wholly missing from the Koran.

Sura 5:33-35: Those that make war against God and His apostle and spread disorder in the land shall be slain or crucified or have their hands and feet cut off on alternate sides, or be banished from the land. They shall be held up to shame in this world and sternly punished in the hereafter: except those who repent before you reduce them. For you must know that God is forgiving and merciful. Believers have fear of God and seek the right path to Him. Fight valiantly for His cause, so that you may triumph.

Make war against God? Can that be done? And, if so, whose God are we talking about anyway? Religious people all over the world are prone to disagree vehemently on the issue. And how is the god named Allah being shown to be merciful here? Submit wholly or suffer a long and painful death?

Do you have any idea how cruel a death by crucifixion is? The Islamic version I’ve seen involves sticking a pike up between the victims legs then propping him/her up with it in a public square, like a scarecrow, until the pike has slowly pierced its way, via gravity, through the body’s vitals & out the victims back or mouth. It takes a long time for them to die that way and it seems they remain conscious the whole time. And in the midst of this, the victim must listen to the conscienceless Muslim crowd clapping and cheering at the suffering they caused or condoned taking place right before their eyes.

Sura 5:35: And (as for) the male thief and the female thief, cut off (from the wrist joint) their (right) hands as a recompense for that which they committed, a punishment by way of example from Allah. And Allah is All Powerful, All Wise.

Wise? Being only human and not a god way above it all, I cannot call this wisdom of the practical sort. There are, of course, some interpretations of this verse treat this as allegorical, meaning instead only that the thief’s personal resources should be severed – not his hands. But is either interpretation like to lead to a thief’s reformation? Hardly. Physically or socially handicapped he well never be able to earn an honest living again even if he does learn his lesson and choose to go straight. So what kind of brilliance is this punishment?

Under Sharia law, the penalty for fornication between single people is that both are flogged 100 strokes with a whip in a public square. This is per the Koran on adultery:

Sura 24:2: The adulterer and the adulteress, scourge ye each one of them (with) a hundred stripes. And let not pity for the twain withhold you from obedience to Allah, if ye believe in Allah and the Last Day. And let a party of believers witness their punishment.

Even though this punishment is a sadistic one, it is at least not as cruel as the punishment Muslims mete out for adultery, prescribed not by Koran, but by Haddith alone, and therefore dubious but nonetheless practiced. A white burial sack is placed over the accused one’s head and she is buried, standing, up to her chest. Then people gather to throw palm-size rocks (big enough to hurt, too small to immediately kill) at her, slowly smashing her head and upper body, until she dies.

From the Haddith:

Volume 3 Number 508: The Prophet said, ‘O Unais! Go to the wife of this (man) and if she confesses (that she has committed illegal sexual intercourse), then stone her to death.’

Muslim 680 The Prophet said: When an unmarried couple fornicate they should receive one hundred lashes and banishment for one year. In the cases of a married male committing adultery with a married female, they shall receive one hundred lashes and be stoned to death. If one of the pair is unmarried, one hundred lashes and exile for a year.

Muslim 682: The Prophet said: “Do not stone the adulteress who is pregnant until she has had her child.” After the birth she was put into a ditch up to her chest and the Prophet commanded them to stone her. Khalid came forward with a stone which he threw at her head, and there spurted blood on the face of Khalid and he cursed her. The gentle Prophet prayed over her and she was buried.

Hadith Malik 493:1520: Ma’iz bin Malik came to Abu Bakr and said: “I am a base fellow for I have committed adultery.”

Abu Bakr replied: “Repent before the Lord and tell no one else.” The man still felt guilty and went to Umar who gave him the same reply. Still feeling guilty he went to the Prophet who asked if he was ill or mad, married or single. On hearing that Ma’iz was healthy and married, the Prophet ordered him to be stoned to death.

Hadith Malik 493:1524:   The Prophet was told: “My son was employed with this man; he committed adultery with his wife. I gave 100 sheep and a slave girl in compensation.” The Prophet said: “Take back your sheep and your slave girl. Your son will receive 100 lashes and a year in exile. As the adulteress has confessed she will be stoned.”

Hadith Malik 493:1530:  Ibn Shihab said that a man committing sodomy should be stoned whether he be married or unmarried.

Hadith Malik 496:1540:  A man went on a journey with the slave-girl of his wife and went into her. The envious wife reported it to Umar who said the husband would be stoned unless the slave girl was owned by him. The wife spoke out to save him: “I had given her as a gift.”

Sahih Bukhari, 11:2073:   The Prophet said: “If any slave marries without the permission of his masters, he is a fornicator.

Volume 4 Number 261:  Eight men of the tribe of ‘Ukil came to the Prophet and then they found the climate of Medina unsuitable for them. So, they said, ‘O Allah’s Apostle! Provide us with some milk.’ Allah’s Apostle said, ‘I recommend that you should join the herd of camels.’ So they went and drank the urine and the milk of the camels (as a medicine) till they became healthy and fat. Then they killed the shepherd and drove away the camels, and they became unbelievers after they were Muslims . When the Prophet was informed by a shouter for help, he sent some men in their pursuit, and before the sun rose high, they were brought, and he had their hands and feet cut off. Then he ordered for nails, which were heated and passed over their eyes, and whey were left in the Harra (i.e. rocky land in Medina). They asked for water, and nobody provided them with water till they died.

Yes the travelers committed a murder and some mayhem in exchange for hospitality, but GEEZE! What an excessive punishment when simple execution would have sufficed! But no, Islam requires that its victims first be tortured even while assuming such are already condemned to Hell!

In Conclusion….

It seems to me that Islam, as a human belief system has its priorities mixed up. It calls Allah, “Most Merciful,” but paints him by light of Hellfire as a cruel anti-human tyrant and slave master of limitless proportion: less the image of a sublime deity than a petty, savage human projection of absolute power. Instead of prizing the miracle of life most highly, it more greatly prizes death. Instead of honoring human diversity and freedom, it more greatly honors heavy-handed oppression in even the most private areas of individual lives. Instead of opposing human cruelty, it endorses it as a standard, legal, even “holy” practice while meanwhile condemning the mere harmless humanness of choosing one’s own religion (as in, not-Islam), stating an opinion not in favor of Islam, choosing romance over an arranged marriage, or being the victim of a rape. Meanwhile, the torturers of these harmless ones do their harm in the name of Allah and, literally, get away with murder and not a smidgen of ethical human conscience to show for it. Islam’s god, in my opinion, is not a god worth worshiping and is surely not our Creator.


Human Rights Abuses in Islamic Countries

Click here to witness a stoning and see just how “merciful” Allah can be

Even in the U.S., these are the things Islam’s representatives stand for:
Fascism at UC Berkeley, Muslim Student Association Disrupts Daniel Pipes Lecture

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Karma Bites

Negative karma bites hard and Islam has accrued an awful lot of during it’s 1600-year-or-so volent history.

Whoever takes in Muslim refugees must then have to fend off their attempts to take over and subjugate their benefactors at the first opportunities. Ask India. Ask Nigeria. Ask Lebanon. Ask any country in Europe. Ask Thailand, Pakistan, Indonesia, Malaysia, Ethiopia, and many others. Those countries only became Muslim majority countries very recently, taken by force and subterfuge by the very Muslims that were first taken in as refugees.

This is perfectly natural, especially with the way violent, supremicist, oppressively draconian Wahbism & Shiism behaves in Dar Islam and the recent addend of ISIS to that reek pile of shi…. I mean, Islam. More so because ISIS has bragged that it will take over Europe via boatloads of Jihadis disguised as refugees. So countries are beginning to close their doors to Muslim immigrants, even refugees.

Myanmar Muslim boat people are just one case in point of many. Evryone feels sorry for them as they drift cast off, hopeless, stateless, and starving on the sea. Some, like Thailand will even feed them. But no one wants to take them in. Not even Muslim countries like Malaysia.

Muslims are trouble even to other Muslims apparently. ISIS, Hamas, Taleban, and ther Islamic organzations have been proof of that. Most of their victims are Muslims not as “perfect” as themselves.

Because these violent supremicist groups are only trying to practice Islam after the example of their prophet and what Koran itself says, non-Muslims don’t have to stretch far to learn mistrust of Muslims just for being Muslims. Islam has a well-established track record of horrors. Hence, even nominal Muslims who are mostly civilized are finding themsleves inextricably tainted by those who aren’t and one door after another is being shut to them.

My hope for those Muslims who have not yet been pulled into Islam’s ugly side affecs is that they free themselves from Islam. Let the barbarians, misogynists, and psychopaths have Islam to themselves because the world will deal with them. It has to.  I don’t want innocents hurt in the cross fire. 

Then again, if they are standing in solidarity with those who are NOT innocent, that makes them an accessory to the crimes Islam commits, doesn’t it?

They’d be very lucky if non-Muslims don’t start treating Muslims exactly the way Muslims have been treating them.

Word to the wise: if you don’t want to be treated that way yourself, then don’t treat others that way.  What goes around comes around.  So brace yourselves.  Or leave Islam now.  Either way….

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We Are Dark Matter

On the Discovery (?) channel last night, they were talking about planets and dark matter. Wish I could recal exactly how they put it. I was fooling around with Sims 3 and not paying that close attention.

They said that all matter appears to be contained within matrices of dark matter. They sounded surprised about this. Maybe triumphant? Not sure. But this arrangement of dark matter around regular matter makes perfect sense to me.

My interpretation of dark matter is that its not dark so much as invisible. Yet it has definite effects on visible matter. It’s like the blades of a fan being invisible when its running. It does have physical affects, however, not the least of which is the fact that you will get urt if you stick your hand betweent those invisible blades.

I’ve learned that I can see a particular blade if I follow the impression of motion with my eyes. I thereby focus in on a single blade which then appears to be moving in slow motion while everything around it blurs except for the relatively motionless brass engine housing of the fan.

By this anology, I envision dark matter as simply higher frequency matter.
Our bodies, for instance are just the tip of the ice-berg as it were. We are really so much more.

Maybe you feel this too when you see a body whose occupant has flown. The shell that is buried is nothing compared to its former occupant, the part now free that we cannot see. Well, not here, anyway, unless, somehow, your eyes can follow its motion and focus in.

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Getting the Longetude and Latitude

Kind of bugged by an odd memory I have.

Back in Iran, I was sitting in the back seat of my bother-law’s car with my sister-in-law and their kids while driving the wending roada through the foot-hills of the Alboraz mountains south of Teheran. I understood Farci at that time but wasn’t speaking it very much so people tended to talk around me as though I couldn’t understand them.

Something about… communication that you probably don’t remember from your babyhood, is that it’s psychic in the beginning. Don’t know if this applies in language courses later, but you sure rely on it heavily when first realize you need to learn the language spoken around you in order for THEM to understand YOU. Being in such a situation then at 19, my psychic abilities were alive and well. Had been since high school for different reasons, but still… So I not only understood many of the things they said because I’d quietly learned the words as stated above, but I could also read a fair share of what went between them.

We’re driving up to my in-law’s cabin to spend a few days and the guys are just chit-chatting about mundane stuff up front, a bit about the war front and about the village the cabin was in. Then it was about U.S. space program of all things. There was a touch of bad-natured envy about it and my brother in laws suddenly said to me in English, “Omrika wastes its efforts sending rockets to the moon. Iran with rockets would have MUCH better use for them.” Something like that.

I agreed with him that sending rockets to the moon was a waste and gamely suggested that using gravity rapels would achieve a more efficient form of space travel. That was just me acting properly oblivious. I mean, yeah, I do think that, but I was ignoring the fact that I knew he was talking about missiles.

They laughed at that, went around another long curve between two tall hills, and fell abruptly silent. Hurricane fencing topped with constatina wire came into sight. The car had stopped, a soldier was walking toward us, and I just couldn’t resist a little jibe at the men: “So this is where you keep your missles?”

“Peeshee!” Reza snapped at me, “Be quiet!”

The soldier had stopped at our car. He peered in at us all and then waved us on.

I knew without a shadow of a doubt that it was indeed a missile base we were passing and that the men desperately wanted to brag about it to me, the only American present, but didn’t dare.

Okay, so here’s what’s bugging me about this memory:

After we got back to Teheran a few days later, I wrote a letter to my paternal grandmother to tell her about the trip and the missile base we’d passed… and I wrote her the longetude and lattitude of it.

How the hell did I even know that? This was pre-Army for me. I hadn’t gone through any compass course yet, though I’d done some map plotting previously having to do with paranormal event patterns. But for the life of me, I can’t remember how I got the coordinates of that base, only that I definitely had them and wrote them, begging my grandmother to tell the right people because even then – maybe especially so – I was alarmed at the prospect of an Iran with long range missiles.

Anyway, my grandmother got the letter, but not the coordinates. She complained to me in her reply that 2 or 3 pages of my letter had been redacted with black permanent marker.

I told Reza about it, not mentioning what might have been covered up, and he said, “Oh, they must have done it at Kennedy Airport. Iran doesn’t censor mail.”

Of course Iran censors mail. I know that now. At the time, though, I still believed in Reza. And he was SUCH a liar extraordinaire.

I just want to know how I learned those coordinately though. I can’t recall that one important detail no matter how hard I wrack my brain. Gah. I need some regressive hypnosis or something. It bugs me not knowing.

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