Where was I? As long as there's enough of you doing the supernatural male power invoking, you're okay, but if there's only one of you, you get locked up and given anti psychotic drugs; if there's a few of you, you're called a cult, and people (meaning the media) think you're a bit mental. But if you have loads of followers you get to call yourself a religion and in time, after a few religious wars, in which you tell everyone that your God has a bigger penis than that blokes God over there, you amass loot and land (which cynical people, not me of course, might say was the whole point anyway) and you start making money, and you get to invent a sanctified position of Godly power on earth, and you call yourself the Pope or you call yourself a Mullah (but you're never female, like duh). And in time you get to form Governments, or even quasi States within countries which give you immunity from prosecution if some of your employees take their pastoral duties that little bit too far. And you get invited to England and you meet the fucking Queen, even though you are a Nazi, but I digress.
You get millions of followers because you tell your followers to breed like rabbits and make more followers and in time you get to pass religious laws and you find that you have successfully concentrated your power in the *words* of an invisible superWanker (aka *god*) whose laws cannot be questioned, cannot be usurped, who's ethereal personage cannot be insulted, who hates it when you make fun of him, and who gets in a really bad mood if you start having doubts that maybe, just maybe, he was actually created by men to consolidate power, control women, get more land, wealth, make everyone worship their penises and big all the straight men up. So if you subscribe to a creed that orders the death of men who find other men sexually attractive and fall in love with them, then that's okay, people might tut tut but really its okay as long as that doctrine is a) old b) believed by a LOT of people c) disguises itself as a religion and d) does not allow criticism because when one does actually get to the nitty gritty of what Islam espouses, its adherents say "well, aha, actually no, WE don't believe that, but some other really bad Muslim's do, so you know, like don't criticise us because if you do, we'll just call you racist and shit."
I have to call a halt right now. Because all this tip-toeing around is making me feel sick. Apparently because of my skin colour I'm not *allowed* to criticise Islam. You see, many many years ago some white skinned people were not very nice to some other darker skinned people (forget that there were also darker skinned people being thoroughly awful to other darker skinned people, that doesn't count because well, it's more difficult to call them racist and really it's well known that its only white people who are racist and imperialist, that's culturally acceptable. Oh and fascist. Sorry forgot fascist. Yes, we're all fucking fascists. Or that it wasn't all the white people who were involved, just some of them, just having white skin is enough to be guilty by association. Or that at the same time, the only people who were actually treated as human beings, given a say in how society ran itself and governed itself were white men. Women were firmly out of that equation, but hey, forget that, my skin is white, I must be quiet.) But anyway, all that double standard bollocks aside, I have, through being born white, inherited a tradition that says I must hang my head in shame and not say anything about other cultures, their religion, their traditions. Because really its just not cricket and I should just go and have a cup of tea. Forget cultural relativism (which is what the bollocks is called).
However I come from a long line of total cunts who just won't fucking shut up. So it doesn't matter who you are, what colour you are, where you're from, what particular Man-made superWanker (superWanker, not superTanker, in case anybody was confused) you believe in, if I don't agree with your beliefs and your culture then I'm just going to come right out and say it. You want to sew up the genitals of female children? You can bet you're fucking life I am going to speak up against that one.
And another thing, this whole bit about ooh "we mustn't criticise Islam because its, like you know, its a religion and we must respect that and we must show religious tolerance because... " Yes? "Well because, its a religion and somebody once said its just not nice to question someones beliefs." Really, that's the reason? "Yes, that's the reason. " Well, no, rhetorical device, no, that's a load of bull, actually. Why must I stop my critical thinking faculties at the door of the church /mosque /synagogue/ temple?
The answer is I shouldn't. But it seems some people think I should. People who do not think about things very deeply conflate racism with religion and are so scared that they will be called racist that they abandon their critical thinking abilities, if they have any, take what is written in the Press as their *bible*, no pun intended and follow the herd. So if the BBC says there is such a concept as Islamophobia, weak minded people will immediately switch off their brains, sink into the comfort zone of being told what to think and stop analyising exactly what constitutes Islam, over and above its claim to be the *uncreated word of *God* (as if that wasn't enough meat to get our teeth into right there, the *uncreated word of *God*, really?)
Mohammed was a self serving violent, sexual deviant who fucked 9 year old girls and said Allah said it was okay for him to do it. Do I even need to continue this discussion - this is the so called *religion of Islam* That's what is written. That's what he did, amongst other stomach churning stuff. Today, in 2010, 9 year old girls are routinely married off to 50 and 60 year old men as a direct result of this vile doctrine. Would anybody think this was okay, anybody sane that is, if this wasn't hiding behind religion, or are we being asked to ignore this horror because it is a religion? Really? Is that the reason? Its a religion, so stop criticising it because you might hurt some peoples feelings or you might get called racist because we live in a fucked up world that thinks fucking 9 year old girls is okay but speaking out against it isn't. Because somewhere in our ancient past we have assimilated through some insane cultural osmosis this idea that girls and women are the property of men, so actually its okay, like whatever dude, its their religion. Are you really going to come back at me and say I'M in the wrong for criticising Islam because some idiots believe the shit it espouses? Lets do a thought experiment. Say the BNP (British National Party) decided they were homophobic, would you call me BNPphobic if I opposed them? Oh WAIT! They are homophobic, but does anyone in their right mind say that opposing the BNP is a *phobia*. What if the BNP decided it was okay to marry 9 year old girls? Yeah, thats some twisted shit... right?
If I lived in a Muslim country, lets say Afghanistan, I would be imprisoned in the house, Id be nothing but a breeding machine and I'd be denied an education. (Lets just let that sink in, I would not be allowed to learn to read and write or study because my silly female brain is deemed unfit for such lofty pursuits. Who says so? Oh yeah, *god*...aka men) I'd have no rights under the law. If I was raped it would be my fault and I'd be killed. (for those wishing to educate themselves on the further inequities of the *justice* system as it pertains to women, click Hudood Ordinance) I would not be allowed to divorce my husband if he was violent, and he would be violent because the Qu'ran cheerfully sanctions violence against women. He on the other hand could divorce me if he didn't so much as like my hair that day just by saying I divorce you, three times. I would be completely at his mercy, all my life. I would not get to see my children. I could not work. My life without the protection of a male in such a society would be over. I have met women who have been through this. This isn't some Hollywood horror story - its real life. Any men reading this, if you are a gay man in a Muslim country you would be hanged. (Or your father might try to have you buried alive, Yes, I've met a young gay Afghan asylum seeker who's father tried to do just that. His mother helped him escape and was then herself murdered in an *honour* killing) Or the young girl in Turkey, that so called *soft* Muslim country, who was buried alive by her family because she had disgraced them by talking to a boy who wasn't a relation. Soil was found in her lungs. Can anybody imagine the horror of that? Or imagine the family going about their day knowing their daughter, sister, cousin, was slowly dying a horrible death, and doing nothing about it. What sort of religion permits that? My good friend, Tauriq, as an apostate would be killed. All of us as non-Muslims would be killed as infidels. Just because this system of thought calls itself a religion does not give it special status or immunity from criticism. It is our duty to speak out against this barbarism. I will not be quiet or be silenced by someone telling me that I am *phobic* about Islam. On the contrary it is Islam that is phobic about me! The absurdity of western apologists makes me cringe. We are intelligent people. Why should we be cowed into silence? Why should any of us feel it necessary to apologise for opposing this vile theology?
I oppose Islamic doctrine, in the same way that I oppose the Republicans who won't allow gay marriage and the Catholics who won't allow contraception or abortion. The point of this post is that every time a critic of Islam raises their head, they are shot down with cries of Racist! Imperialist! Fascist! These epithets are used to silence dissent, to stop otherwise intelligent people from criticising what is a vile and obnoxious system of thought, hiding under the guise of a religion. Religion and race are not the same thing. There are no doubt very noble Republicans who like gay people but that does not negate the fact that the Republican stance is vehemently anti-gay. And the point is, nobody would censure me for opposing Republican views that I did not agree with. In the same way I am sure there are nice Muslim people who like Jewish people and who tolerate women and gay men (although read Wafa Sultan's *A God who Hates* and you may change your mind) but that does not negate the fact that the Islamic creed is violently anti Semitic and misogynistic and homophobic. But I'm not allowed to criticise it ... ?
That's not to say the other religions are any better. However I've yet to see a Christian throw acid in the face of a schoolgirl, or burn down a girls school or decide that my friend Tauriq should be killed because of his apostasy. The point is we are all vocal when it comes to our criticism of Christianity or Scientology or Mormons or Catholics. Why should that criticism stop at Islam?
I do not share the world view of Islam. Why should I stop criticising it. Why is it that this religion is given this special treatment? Political Islam is a force we must recognise. Its central tenets go against every freedom we in the West take for granted.I do not share the world view of Republican Americans either but I bet nobody in their right mind would tell me I couldn't criticise them because I might hurt their feelings. Islam IS immoral. Its core values, if one can even call them values basically say that unless one is a Muslim MALE, (a heterosexual one btw) one has no rights under the law, one is to be ignored, hung, stoned or killed. Ones right to live an autonomous life, ones right to free expression is null and void unless one is male. Islam worships masculinity. There is no room for reason. Allah is the only judge and the Qu'ran is the uncreated word of God, it existed even before the world was created (by Allah). Everything is Allah's will so there is no morality in Islam. Only Allah's will. Read any book on Islam and one will discover this rigid code. Islam is a backward text dictated by a self serving illiterate little paedophile war mongering fascist and followed by millions of people because they happen to be unfortunate enough to be born to Muslim parents and they find out that if they renounce Islam they will be killed. Obedience through fear. Yes, that's a moral code I can get behind. Those who plead for understanding of this fascist doctrine hide behind the *respect* we are supposed to give to religion. They invoke a higher authority - namely the male God that they wish everyone to worship. Islam is about power - keeping power in the hands of men. Terribly sorry if my naming the truth of Islam offends any of you. Actually I'm not sorry at all. Islam is an obnoxious, vile hateful religion. And I don't like it. In case I wasn't clear on that point.