Thursday, May 9, 2013

Blasphemy riots: 'Offend me and I'll kill you'

I like how Cenk Uygur puts it:

"Think about how ridiculous this is. 'I'm so offended that anyone would say anything against my beliefs, that I'm going to do rioting that kills 20 people.' ... Well, you know what I'm offended by? The giant fires I'm looking at! The twenty people who were killed! Because you didn't want to have your feelings hurt!

"What are you so scared of? If you're so positive that your god is correct and that your religion is correct, why would you hide, why would you run, from a little debate? So somebody says you're wrong, and you say you're right,... you've got God on your side! What are you afraid of?

"You know that God is all-powerful, right? According to your texts, whether you're a Christian or a Jew or a Muslim. All-powerful. He's got heaven and hell. What are you going to do with your stupid riot that heaven and hell can't accomplish?

"But no, no, no, no, no, they're so insecure that they have to say, 'no, no, no, if anybody disagrees with us, violence,... and we're going to put them in jail.' In other words, you don't believe. You don't believe at all. If you believed, you'd have such great peace of mind. And you wouldn't have to worry what anybody said about Islam. ...

But the reality is that you don't believe. You don't think you're going to go to heaven, you don't think that guy's going to go to hell, and that's why you're so insecure. So that's why if anybody even whispers of saying something against Islam, or your interpretation of Islam, 'that's it, I'm rioting! Who do I murder? Who do I kill?'

Yeah, way to stand up for your religion. Yeah, that makes a ton of sense. No, that's the exact opposite of sense. It makes your religion look terrible, it makes you look ridiculous, it makes you look weak,... and not very bright."

Amen, brother!

As an atheist, here's how I look at it:

I'm an atheist. Of course I see it like that! But why do you see it like that, too? If you're supposed to believe in that afterlife you claim exists, and that god you claim exists, then why would you threaten, why would you kill, why would you worry about nonbelievers at all?

Is your god so weak, so ineffective, that he can't punish us himself, if that's really what he wants to do? Aren't we supposedly going to be punished for eternity after we die? So why does your god need you to punish us now?

Furthermore, maybe you'll succeed in converting nonbelievers. Maybe your argument will finally make sense and we'll see the light. But that won't happen if we're dead, will it? So you've just denied your god another convert. How will he like that?

Cenk Uygur is right. You don't actually believe what you claim to believe. In fact, you know it's not true, don't you? But you desperately want to believe it, so you think if you can only silence everybody else, then maybe you'll finally succeed in believing it, yourself.

But that's not how it works. You'll still have those doubts, even if you succeed in killing everyone on Earth. You're the problem, not me.

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