The Evils of Fanatical Religion – The Taliban.

The Taliban

All extremism disturbs me – whether it’s religious or political! It is a disease!

Fanatics are not rational. We saw it with Hitler, Pol Pot, Stalin, St Paul, Christians, Muslims and Hindus. We even see it with Buddhists in Myanmar.

We see it with Trump, Bolsonaro and Johnson.

Fanaticism is evil. I oppose it fanatically.

I am a liberal. I believe in tolerance and freedom. I am an atheist. A person should be free to choose, not coerced or indoctrinated; free to practice their own religion or politics – but not free to impose it on others!!

What really pisses me off about these fanatical religious groups – and I include American Evangelicals, Hindu nationalists, Irish Catholics and Protestants, the Taliban, Boko Haram, A Qaeda, Wahhabis and all other religious sects who would impose and enforce, is their certainty, intolerance and viciousness. It’s arrogant beyond belief!

The Taliban are particularly pernicious. They, like other extreme Muslim groups, would not only impose their extreme beliefs on others but would torture and kill over minor infringements. They use barbaric practices of public beheadings, stonings and extreme whippings to induce fear and impose their strict laws.

Their extreme interpretation of religious texts results in a life that is sterile and abusive – worse than anything in medieval times. Some of their practices are obscene:

Beheadings

Stonings

Floggings

Insisting on prayer for men in the mosque 5 times a day

Insisting on beards

Banning females from public life

Banning female education

Forcing women into burkas in public

Forcing women to obey their husbands

Allowing abuse of women by husbands

Insisting on strict dress codes

Banning television

Banning music

Wanton destruction of all art and statues not conforming to their religious values………………..

This is a doctrine that does not go back to the stone-age. Our stone-age ancestors enjoyed music, art and had a rich culture.

This is so austere, such an infringement of human rights, that it requires opposing in every way possible.

I am personally opposed to violence and war, opposed to occupation and suppression, but I would be in favour of a strong UN force going in to protect the rights of women and all those who do not wish to abide to these strict religious mores.

And that throws into question all those other regions of the world where religious and political regimes inflict their strict rules on people and take away their human rights.

Saudi? Oman? Russia? China? The Maldives……….

The list is long.

The UN was set up to support human rights and freedoms across the planet!! I support those ideals!!

Poetry – Medieval

Seemed appropriate with the Taliban taking over Afghanistan!! I feel so sorry for the women – back to being slaves.

Medieval

Medieval customs;

Beliefs passed down from ages past.

Medieval costumes:

From the splendid to absurd.

Medieval superstition;

Posing as the rational.

From the Dark Ages

Into the darkness of thought.

Shackling our breath

To a system that counts for nought.

Medieval thoughts

From medieval minds

Masqueradinf as sense.

Medieval values

From prescientific times

From there to thence.

Mass hallucinations

Reinforcing a multitude of sins.

Opher – 28.12.2018

I wrote this a year ago for all those who follow fundamentalist religions. Their intolerance is abhorrent. Their intransigence is exclusive.

They seem stuck firmly in the ancient past. They need to move on.

Poetry – Embracing Science

Embracing Science

We embrace science –

The Kalashnikov

Explosive vest

And the IED.

There is no latitude

Or room for doubt,

Or tolerance

Of any kind;

For it is written.

We reject the Hadron Collider,

Skylab

And the microscope.

We pick and choose

On our trip

Into the past.

What use for the Richter scale?

Or vaccination?

When all is God’s will.

Opher 18.5.2016

Embracing Science

A fundamentalist is a person who sees everything in black and white. Every word is fixed. It has been written. It must be obeyed.

There is no nuance.

There is nothing to discuss.

Black and white. No doubt. For a chosen people.

Rejecting all other interpretation. Picking and choosing the texts that suit.

Of the thousands of faiths followed by mankind they adhere to one and reject all else.

A seat of intolerance. A message of division. A cause of hatred.

Yet the world is not black and white.

The world is full of colour, wonder and awe.

Poetry – Imagine

Imagine

Imagine a world with no dance;

A world of silence

Filled only by prayer,

Where no music stirs the soul.

Conceive a world without fashion

Or cosmetics.

Where women are hidden

Behind the bars

Of a social prison.

Think of a world where history is denied

But which is trapped

Within a medieval system

Of primitive law.

Envisage a world without sport

Or fun.

Where entertainment

Is a sin.

Visualise a world where science

Is denied,

Ruled by superstition

And words written in ages past.

Picture a world where society

Celebrates slavery, martyrdom,

Mutilation and death.

There are those who believe

God demands a drab

And soulless life

Based on mindless recitation

And total acceptance.

I am not one of these.

Opher 16.5.2016

Imagine

Fundamentalism is a contagious disease that is inherited through a vaccination of ignorance, as one generation injects the venom into their children.

Once someone accepts that every word of their holy book is sacred, is the exact word of god, must be taken literally and acted upon, they are lost.

It is the end of tolerance and freedom. There is no discussion.

Once a parent believes that they have the right, in fact the imperative, to brainwash their children into the same doctrine, they are all lost. There is no doubt or questioning.

Once a person accepts that the only truth is the version they hold and all other ‘truths’ are wrong we are on the road to division, hatred and war.

Once a person believes that women a lesser breed and should be segregated, hidden away, disabused of rights and freedoms, and always hidden from male gaze, we have abuse.

Once someone denies science, entertainment, music, sport and dance we are heading for a totalitarian fascism.

Once we have a regime that accepts mutilation, torture, slavery, arbitrary execution and martyrdom we have a society without human rights.

Fundamentalism is a scourge of insanity that needs opposing in all its forms.

The world I want to live in is alive with fun, beauty, tolerance, variety, fairness, freedom, awe, wonder and justice.

Poetry – Embracing Science – a poem about fundamentalism

Poetry – Embracing Science – a poem about fundamentalism

Embracing Science

 

A fundamentalist is a person who sees everything in black and white. Every word is fixed. It has been written. It must be obeyed.

There is no nuance.

There is nothing to discuss.

Black and white. No doubt. For a chosen people.

Rejecting all other interpretation. Picking and choosing the texts that suit.

Of the thousands of faiths followed by mankind they adhere to one and reject all else.

A seat of intolerance. A message of division. A cause of hatred.

Yet the world is not black and white.

The world is full of colour, wonder and awe.

 

 

Embracing Science

 

We embrace science –

The Kalashnikov

Explosive vest

And the IED.

 

There is no latitude

Or room for doubt,

Or tolerance

Of any kind;

For it is written.

 

We reject the Hadron Collider,

Skylab

And the microscope.

 

We pick and choose

On our trip

Into the past.

 

What use for the Richter scale?

Or vaccination?

When all is God’s will.

 

Opher 18.5.2016

Asia Bibi and the Pakistan Blasphemy Laws – sentenced to death for drinking water!

There is a war going on in Pakistan regarding the insane blasphemy laws. Hard line clerics have called out masses of people to protest that the laws are being diluted.

Diluted!!  They need chucking out!!  The blasphemy laws are barbaric!!

Asia Bibi is a Christian. She was out harvesting berries with a group of Muslim women. They protested about her drinking water from the same bowl as them and accused her of insulting the prophet. In 2010 court found her guilty and sentenced her to death by hanging.

She is still in prison awaiting death. Violent fanatics have threatened her family and say they will kill Asia if she is released.

This is the madness of fundamentalist religion!!

Poetry – Embracing Science – a poem about fundamentalism

Embracing Science

 

A fundamentalist is a person who sees everything in black and white. Every word is fixed. It has been written. It must be obeyed.

There is no nuance.

There is nothing to discuss.

Black and white. No doubt. For a chosen people.

Rejecting all other interpretation. Picking and choosing the texts that suit.

Of the thousands of faiths followed by mankind they adhere to one and reject all else.

A seat of intolerance. A message of division. A cause of hatred.

Yet the world is not black and white.

The world is full of colour, wonder and awe.

 


 

Embracing Science

 

We embrace science –

The Kalashnikov

Explosive vest

And the IED.

 

There is no latitude

Or room for doubt,

Or tolerance

Of any kind;

For it is written.

 

We reject the Hadron Collider,

Skylab

And the microscope.

 

We pick and choose

On our trip

Into the past.

 

What use for the Richter scale?

Or vaccination?

When all is God’s will.

 

Opher 18.5.2016

Poetry – Bred on Hatred – A poem about fundamentalism.

Bred on Hatred

Following the Paris atrocities it is quite apparent that we live in a different world. The fundamentalists declare a caliphate. They wish to impose medieval customs from the seventh century on the world. They believe that every word in the Qur’an is the literal word of god. They want Sharia law. They want to kill all apostates. An apostate is anyone who rejects the absolute word of Mohamed. This includes millions of Shia and Azidis.

They select their texts.

They claim Islam is under attack which justifies the application of these texts.

They claim that the Qur’an specifically justifies the murder, rape of young girls and torture. It is god’s will.

You cannot argue with an indoctrinated fanatic. They are not sane.

I say that any god who sanctions such things is unfit for office.

The hatred and indoctrination continue apace. The insanity of fundamentalist religion is the biggest evil we have invented (Christian, Jew, Hindu, Muslim – I make no distinction).

To bring up children to hate or fear is abuse.

Bred on Hatred

 

Bred on hatred.

Bred on lies –

Paradise and virgins

Pie in the sky.

 

Defending dogma –

Attacking the world –

Psychotic death wish –

Insane senselessness.

 

Merciless, heartless,

Callous, cruel,

Inhuman, subhuman,

In the name of god?

 

Intolerance, bigotry,

Unspeakable crimes

Nazi, fascist thugs –

Today nothing rhymes.

 

Rape, torture,

Attack on humanity.

Not even twisted ideology

Just tribal savagery.

 

Bred on hatred.

Bred on lies –

Paradise and virgins

Pie in the sky.

 

Opher 24.11.2015

George Harrison – Give Me Love (Give Me Peace On Earth) – a song for the fundamentalists.

france-flag

I thought this was appropriate to both the terrorists and governments!

I can’t help thinking that you don’t solve fascism with bombs. You have to tackle the root causes – Inequality, intolerance, poverty, fundamentalism, war and unemployment.

“Give Me Love (Give Me Peace On Earth)”

Give me love
Give me love
Give me peace on earth
Give me light
Give me life
Keep me free from birth
Give me hope
Help me cope, with this heavy load
Trying to, touch and reach you with,
heart and soul

OM M M M M M M M M M M M M M
M M M My Lord . . .

PLEASE take hold of my hand, that
I might understand you

Won’t you please
Oh won’t you

Give me love
Give me love
Give me peace on earth
Give me light
Give me life
Keep me free from birth
Give me hope
Help me cope, with this heavy load
Trying to, touch and reach you with,
heart and soul

OM M M M M M M M M M M M M M
M M M My Lord . . .

PLEASE take hold of my hand, that
I might understand you