On a Facebook post today that a friend posted, a conversation was sparked. The post was a meme speaking about the harm that religion does. What happened next was really a sad caricature of American xenophobia. It immediately turned to Muslims.
“Both are the biggest plight on human beings, radiate Moslems at the same time as cancer but make theirs a big fuck off A bomb!”
“There’s no such thing as a ‘moderate’ ‘fluffy’ islam, islam in its entirety is a death cult, unless the more moderate moslems denounce the doctrines of Mohammed I’m afraid yes we can’t trust one of them.”
“Fuck muslims they need to die! They are invading canada and france”
“Research the Koran Robert and then tell me there are moderate Muslims! Do you know what ‘thighing’ is?!”
Us Americans can be arrogant bastards, can’t we? First, let’s consider the idea that there is no “moderate” Muslim. This is demonstrably untrue. There are more Muslims living outside of the extremist Islamic theocracies than those who live in them. Of those who live in those theocratic nations, only a portion hold those extreme views. The rest are more often being oppressed by their fundamentalist religious government. There are people that are being victimized. They aren’t an evil spirit in a burka that needs to be smited. Look even to Palestine, a nation with majority Muslims who are being oppressed and systematically exterminated by the nation of Israel. And to top it off, we fund that oppression. How can you consider these people are a threat?
Really, the hatred comes down to a fundamental distrust of those who see the world differently. Do I think their views are right? Of course not. They’re no more right than any mystical ideology. Does that mean they should be exterminated? Of course not.
Let’s consider the idea of freedom. People should have every right to believe whatever they want. People should have every right to speak their mind. In fact, the freedom of speech is even MORE important when the person who wants to utilize it disagrees with everyone else. The moment we erode that right for one person, we erode it for us all.
Not one person in the world should EVER punish any speech with the genocide of a people. That person or people SHOULD be demonized as the most immoral and abhorrent of human beings.
Contributor: Robert Sacerich
Robert is a Philosophy of Science and Bioethics student, as well as blogger and science advocate/activist. He has worked extensively within the secular community for various secular nonprofit organizations and public communication causes.
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