There is no God. The Absence of God: 9/11 is Not an Excuse to Discriminate Against Muslims

Sunday, September 11, 2011

9/11 is Not an Excuse to Discriminate Against Muslims

Terrorism has no religion.

Since 9/11, especially in the West, Islam has been targeted time and time again as a "Terrorist Religion". While yes, most instances of terrorism are affiliated with Islamic Jihadists, that does not mean that all Muslims are extremists, Jihadists, hate America, or are "trying to implement Sharia Law" (in the words of Herman Cain). Like any other major religion, Islam has its flaws, and obviously its holy book, the Qur'an, which like the Bible, has many an unfavorable passage. But terrorism is not a doctrine of Islam. The fact that the vast majority of Muslims are not anti-American shows this. The Catholic sect of Opus Dei believes that they should inflict pain upon themselves as a sacrifice to God; does this mean that all Christians believe this? Fred Phelps of the Westboro Baptist Church hates gays and believes that God agrees with him; does this mean that all Christians believe this? The Orthodox Jewish newspaper Der Tzitung took Hillary Clinton out of the now famous photo of Barack Obama and the national security team because they believe that women cannot be portrayed in photographs; does this mean that all Jews believe this? The answer to all of these questions, quite obviously, is no.

Although the wish of any atheist is that the whole world will suddenly drop their religious beliefs and become atheists, that obviously won't happen. Consequentially, a great deal of atheists try to convince theists that there is not a God. This is okay and condoned by this blog to a certain point, but eventually, one must respect another persons religious freedom and leave them alone provided that their beliefs aren't hurting anybody. So, while I disagree with many of the things that Islam teaches, I can't mercilessly try to quench every Muslim's belief in Allah and kill the ones who cannot be convinced of the nonexistence of a God, because that would be no better than what religion has done for millennia, putting us on the same level as the Jihadists and the Crusaders.

Amid the dark cloud that 9/11 brought over America, there was a silver lining; the tragedies that occurred brought us together, if even for a short while. After this effect wore off, the hate of Muslims began. So, I ask you, on this tenth anniversary of the September 11th attacks, instead of blaming the deaths of our friends and family on all Muslims, single out the bastards who are actually responsible- the Jihadists. Show our Muslim brothers and sisters the same love you would show anyone else on this somber day of remembrance, and we will have truly beat the terrorists.

1 comment:

  1. Very well written, and I think it displays an attitude that would be healthy for anyone to embrace.