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The Hypocrisy Of Religion - The Islamic Film

I was born into a Catholic family, went through the whole song and dance of the steps of becoming a "true" Catholic, went through the motions until I was a teenager which is when I started to think, "What is this crap?!"

I should clarify by saying that I don't necessarily think religion in general is crap. I think organized religion that tells people what to do, how to do it, what to feel and how to think is crap. I believe that religion should be a spiritual thing, not a structured thing. After all, if, in the end, it's all about being one with God, that's between him/her/it and your spirit. Not what colour you choose to wear in church, not what you choose to eat on Fridays, not how long you can manage to stay awake during mass and how much you put in the collection plate. It should be about loving everyone, or at least trying your best with them. Not hating everyone who doesn't think like you, and only loving those like-minded people around you.

This recent fiasco about the short film made about Islam and the ensuing riots, protests and demonstrations completely exemplifies everything I find wrong with religion.
As I understand it, these Muslims are pissed off because this film portrays Islam in a negative light. So what's their solution? To threaten death. To protest. To resort to violence. Proving every. single. thing. that film tells us about Islam.

I do realize that not every Muslim is going to throw a tantrum every time someone does something they don't like, but there sure do seem to be a frighteningly huge number that do. Every day, they prove to the world exactly what it is they're trying to deny. They scream how peaceful they are while threatening to behead someone who draws a picture of Mohammed.

We live in the 21st century. We've come a long way from the days when violence was used to settle everything. We can communicate; we know how to settle arguments with our words, not with our fists. Why do these people think they can be the exception? Why do they think they'll someday get respect for their beliefs when they behave like this? Why won't they just knock it off, put on their big boy pants, and get their **** together?
AlbertaSky AlbertaSky 26-30, F 4 Responses Sep 16, 2012

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I liked your story. You make some good observations about religion and religiosity.

Firstly, let me state, that catholicism is one of the most hypocritical faiths of all time in light of all the child molestation claims that have transpired over the last few years and other aspects of the faith that do not make sense, so I can understand why you would think that what the faith teaches is crap.
Religion is only organised because it has been allowed to become too political. You are right in saying that religion should be a spiritual thing because God gives us all free will to think about and question everything, not just follow everyone else like a sheep. I do not believe in the building of any religious establishment such as churches, mosques etc. Where does it tell us in the bible, Qu'ran etc that we have to build these places just to worship God, Allah etc. It does not, so why do we continue to build them. It is for political reasons, that's why and also to gain power and become greedy.
With regards to this recent film about the ridicule of the prophet Muhammed pbuh and the uprising of Muslims in response to it. Firstly do not call these ignorant imbecile's Muslims, they in no way represent true Islam. They follow culture and hadiths which is not a true representation of Islam. These people should be referred to whatever their ethnicity is such as pakistani, afghani, iraqi etc, not be placed under the umberella of Muslim. Most of them have probably never read the holy Qu'ran so have no real understanding of what God asks of them. Muhammed was ridiculed in his time and he just 'turned aside' and said go in peace, so why are these imbecile's rising up with violence when Muhammed showed them how to behave in adversary situations.
Islam is a peaceful religion, it is the backward mentality of a few that have taken the Qu'ran and its meaning out of context to suit their own agendas, usually men, which is to keep women oppressed.
These people will not get respect for their unfounded beliefs and behaviour, because on judgement day they will be judged very harshly by God, Allah etc, so they should be very afraid. Love and Peace to you xxxx

Please don't defend Islam in here. I don't for one second believe that Islam is a peaceful religion because its followers have done everything they can to prove the absolute contrary. You can claim it's a religion of peace all you want, but actions will always speak louder than words. Me accepting that these Muslims are not representatives of 'true Islam' would be no different than you retracting your statement of saying that Catholicism is the most hypocritical religion because, after all, not every Catholic represents "true Catholicism'' do they?

I don't think you read my statement correctly or you haven't fully understood what I have stated. The Qu'ran as in the bible teaches peace, to love everyone as you love yourself. True Muslims follow and live by the Qu'ran ALONE. They do not follow the culture or the hadiths, it is these two things that have swamped Islam, which has lead to the misunderstanding of true Islam. Do not confuse the two. You have to bear in mind that most Muslims were born into their religion, but have never read a Qu'ran in their life and only know what they have been taught by their family, all be it in ignorance. It is this backward mentality that has been passed onto generations of these so called muslims. They have been brainwashed into believing everything that they have been taught, without questioning or challenging, but the Qu'ran, had they read it states that is exactly what they should do, question and challenge. Are you starting to see the distintion. The number of Qu'ran only true Muslims out there is a very small percentage, so yes nearly all Muslims are the same. The statement about catholicism was a reply to someone elses comment. Love and peace to you xxx

"No True Scotsman" fallacy.

Also, just a couple of examples:
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"When your Lord revealed to the angels: I am with you, therefore make firm those who believe. I will cast terror into the hearts of those who disbelieve. Therefore strike off their heads and strike off every fingertip of them."
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"So when the sacred months have passed away, then slay the idolaters wherever you find them, and take them captives and besiege them and lie in wait for them in every ambush, then if they repent and keep up prayer and pay the poor-rate, leave their way free to them; surely Allah is Forgiving, Merciful."

Oh yes, very peaceful and merciful. Only kill them if they won't convert. Islam and Christianity are sibling religions, and both were advanced on the tip of the sword.

<p>We live in this beautiful country with freedoms they do not share in their countries. They live opressed and afraid of their own government. They are cheated by the people who are supose to protect them. This is why they come to violence....it doesn't have to do with religion any more...its desperation to be heard.</p>

I concur. A good point well made.