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What a horrible picture!
If I were a Muslim living in the Middle East, I might have misconceptions about the US--for example, I might believe that most Americans are atheists. I would also have some accurate knowledge about the US--including a long history of colonialism, coup-staging, and civilian death stretching back decades.If I were such a Muslim, I might get tired of hearing my liberal brethren telling me to cut those dirty American atheists some slack. I might make a poster like this one, showing the charred, dismembered corpses of Iraqi children after a mortar attack, perhaps. "Collateral damage." And I would change the word "Muslims" to "Atheists."What do you suppose the result would be? Increased popularity for suicide terrorism among my Muslim brethren, perhaps? And why should the response to this nauseating poster to be any less aberrant and irrational among your American and British readers?Your blog lauds rational thought. Use it. The word "Muslims" covers a multitude of religious formations stretching back centuries and covering large portions of the planet. This set of religious formations is extremely heterogenous. Shall we blame all "Darwinists" for the eugenics movement? All "Christians" for a sniper attack against an abortion provider?For you to use the word "Muslims" as a synonym for "suicide terrorists" reveals the worst sort of irrationality, bigotry, and intellectual laziness. Do rationality a favor: cut it out.Daniel Dickson-LaPradePittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Agnostics are puzzled: Where is God? Why this confusion? But also: Why belief in the occult? How do the possessed levitate? Why are there provable 'Miracles'? Abbott, writing 'Flatland' explained contiguous geometric worlds to solve the difficulties. Now 'Techie Worlds' examines impossible concepts like trinity, resurrection, judgment, souls and more, showing they are logical and reasonable in the context of contiguous geometrical worlds. It is the way of science: to examine phenomena in the light of theory. Neither approach can be proved or dis-proved, but the advantages of life and nature weigh towards the Christian view, teaching the way of love.. 'Techie Worlds' (available from amazon.com) will bring Moslems and Jews to the teachings of Jesus.GeorgeRic
I challenge atheists who say we just don't have our brains in gear: 166 years ago Abbott' s 'Flatland' showed that contiguous geometrical worlds explain where God is and why we can't see him. So we wrote 'Techie Worlds' for mechanical people and did the scientific thing: we looked at Christian teachings like the Trinity, like resurrection, judgment, the idea of a soul. In contiguous geometrical worlds these things are logical and understandable, even though to 'this-world-only' atheists they are ridiculous imaginings. We see a lot of belief in devils, in miracles, in good and evil spirits. Just talk with your friendly Wiccas and Satanists. Their recognition of spirit worlds makes it more probable that our view, the view of love, of the world is correct. Besides, there is Pascal's wager, pointing out that Christian belief can reward while atheism surely leads to death. The labels: Thinking, Logical, Reasonable, Rational really belong to Christians more than to those proudly acclaimed agnostics. Get a copy of 'Techie Worlds' from amazon.com and see the reasonableness of Abbott's explanation.GeorgeRic
LOOL, WELL MADE I CAN SHOW A GROUP OF JEWISH DOING WOST I CAN SMELL YOU ZIONIST , YOU KILLED 45O KIDS DURING THE CHRISTMAS OF 2008 WITH NO RESPECT, HOLOCAUST DONE BY PEOPLE LIKE YOU AND I WANDER HOW MUCH U RECIEVED FOR THAT.you will get ur turn soon.DEAD TO RACISTS,THE HITLER DID THE CRIME AND THE PALESTINIANS,THE MUSLIMS HAS TO PAY FOR THAT CRIMES, ZIONEST JEW COWERS FULLL OF HATE.
The picture is misleading to say the least. I was born into the Islamic religion, I am now an agnostic and borderline atheist.This blog and many like it are a ray of hope for all who have the courage to question, period. But, if are a group of people who believe in science and math, we have to remember, that an extremely overwhelming majority of Muslims have nothing to do with the few who have hijacked the ideology for political gain. I am not saying that just because the over whelming majority is peaceful, they are right. I am just saying WE of all people shouldn't put a whole faith in one bucket of violent murderers just because of a few thousand fanatics.
As a Muslim I feel no anger about the photo, I feel no anger about the image that people will be getting of Islam via this photo. As a Muslim I am not angry, as an individual who believes it is of utmost importance to be fair and balanced I am angry. Yes the photo is quite grotesque to look at, and yes these are Muslims, but would it kill you (no Muslim joke intended) to at least put the views of some of the Muslim scholars on this issue?These are obviously Shia Muslims (as am I) so why not start off with the opinions of Shia scholars on this practice. Just a little recommendation.
That picture is misleading to represent the Muslims at a whole. This is a small group of people who perform these rituals. This custom is not found in The holy book Quran. This is their made up stuff. And as a Muslim I strongly oppose that. Islam is the most logical and scientifically proven religion. I would recommend you to watch some videos of Dr. Zakir Naik. Just search with his name in Youtube and you will get tons of them.