Born again

Born againMost Sunday mornings, over breakfast, I watch the Andrew Marr Show on BBC, and occasionally watch the programme that follows with a studio audience which debates moral, ethical, and religious questions.
This week the ‘born again’ christian nutters came crawling out of the woodwork.
Apparently these crazies pin their belief on a certain quote from the bible…

…Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God…

On this basis a whole new cult splinters off from the mainstream. There were christians of other flavours amongst the audience who disagreed with the ‘born again’ tribe, demonstrating just how divisive religions are.

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Religion is poison

Allah-FantNearly 150 people were killed and 350 wounded in a triple suicide bombing in Yemen on Friday. In an online statement, a group identifying itself as the Sana’a branch of Islamic State claimed the killings in the Mosque were “just the tip of the iceberg”. Yemen is best known as a stronghold of the rival al-Qaeda militant group.
This atrocity has a Sunni-Shia dimension.
Again religion poisons everything.

Over one million people died in an orgy of religious killing following the partition of India and Pakistan in 1947. Since then the two countries have fought three (official) wars, aside from continual bloodletting at their borders. It’s a frightening thought that both these countries possess nuclear weapons. There are many excuses made, but essentially it’s all about religious differences. In the 21st Century religion is still the wellspring of mindless violence and mayhem. In recent times we have seen conflict in…

    • Palestine (Jews v. Muslims)
    • The Balkans (Orthodox Serbians v. Catholic Croatians; Orthodox Serbians v. Bosnian and Albanian Muslims)
    • Northern Ireland (Protestants v. Catholics)
    • Kashmir (Muslims v. Hindus)
    • Sudan (Muslims v. Christians and Animists)
    • Nigeria (Muslims v. Christians)
    • Ethiopia and Eritrea (Muslims v. Christians)
    • Sri Lanka (Sinhalese Buddhists v.Tamil Hindus)
    • Indonesia (Muslims v. Timorese Christians)
    • The Caucasus (Orthodox Russians v. Chechen Muslims; Muslim Azerbaijanis v. Catholic and Orthodox Armenians)

And these are just a few instances where conflict has occurred.
Religion poisons everything.

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Garden of Eden

Adam and EveAfter Adam and Hawwa (Eve) had eaten the forbidden fruit and realised their nakedness, this is what I think they must have looked like ;-)

Does the Qur’an mention the Garden of Eden?
It does, but in Islam it isn’t given such a name but is simply referred to as ‘the Garden’. Both Adam and Hawwa lived in Paradise enjoying the blessings of Allah, living a life any human would have envied. However Allah warned them: “And We said, O’ Adam, dwell – you and your wife – in the Garden and eat freely of its (fruits) as you wish, but do not come near this tree lest you become wrongdoers’”. Allah also told Adam to beware of Shaytaan: “And We said, ‘Surely this one is an enemy to you and your wife, so do not let him drive you out from the Garden, so that you are made miserable”. Did Adam and Eve eat the apple from the forbidden tree?
Although in Islam there is no confirmation of what particular tree it was, Shaytaan did manage to tempt both Adam and Hawwa to eat the fruit of the forbidden tree. Being humans, their curiosity got the better of them: “But Shaytaan whispered to him saying, ‘O’ Adam, shall I show you the tree of immortality and power that does not waste away?” The Qur’an tells us that after eating the fruit both Adam and Hawwa noticed they had become naked. Realising they had been tricked by Shaytaan they desperately tried to cover their nakedness with leaves from the trees.

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Religion of peace

ConfusedIn recent times hundreds of thousands of Muslims world wide have demonstrated against cartoons of Muhammad; yet there haven’t been any Muslim demonstrations against the barbaric actions of the Islamic State — much less any efforts to teach against its understanding of Islam in Muslim communities. That’s because the Qur’an’s commandments to Muslims to wage war in the name of Allah against non-Muslims are unmistakable. They are, furthermore, absolutely authoritative as they were revealed late in the Prophet’s career and so cancel and replace earlier instructions to act peaceably. Without knowledge of the principle of abrogation, people will continue to misread the Qur’an and misdiagnose Islam as a “religion of peace.”
We have seen mass evictions and forced migrations perpetrated against Christians, Yezidis, Shia Muslims including Shabak and Turkmen, and others, we have seen reports of extrajudicial and mass killings, beheadings, abductions, forced conversions, torture, rape and sexual assault, using women and children as human shields, and people being burned or buried alive. Women and girls as young as 12 or 13 have been taken captive, to be sold as sex slaves or put into forced marriages with Islamic State fighters.

Qur’an 8:12 and 47:4.

8:12: “When your Lord inspired to the angels, “I am with you, so strengthen those who have believed. I will cast terror into the hearts of those who disbelieved, so strike upon the necks and strike from them every fingertip.”

47:4: “So when you meet those who disbelieve, strike necks…”

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Tony Abbot

ScimitarAt last a leader who is prepared to speak the truth. Tony Abbott, the PM of Australia, has been accused of “aggressive rhetoric against Muslims”. What were his “incredibly reckless” remarks? He said: “I’ve often heard Western leaders describe Islam as a religion of peace…I wish more Muslim leaders would say that more often and mean it.” And: “The Islamist death-cult has declared war on the world.”
In a national security address on Monday, Mr Abbott argued the Islamic community could be doing more to stop the spread of extremism. “I’ve often heard Western leaders describe Islam as a religion of peace,” Mr Abbott said. “I wish more Muslim leaders would say that more often and mean it.”
In response, instead of declaring their loyalty to Australia and showing themselves to be on his side against the terrorists, Muslim leaders in Australia are claiming victim status. How unfortunately predictable.

The fact is that Islam is NOT a peaceful religion. Islam is 500 or so years younger than Christianity, and we know from history how barbaric Christianity was in medieval times. Many Moslem countries seem to be dysfunctional societies, and until Muslims can change their religion to a more benign state, or ideally dump it in the trash can, the world at large will be continually at war with them.

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Time travel

TardisWouldn’t it be great if we could invent a time travel device like the TARDIS in Doctor Who. Perhaps a device that could transport us back to, say, the Middle Ages.
Whoops, pardon me, a device has already been invented! It’s called Islam.

The Islamic State, because of the barbaric beheadings, tortures, burnings, mass executions, and the use of captured women and girls as slaves, have managed to transport the areas under their sway, in Syria, Iraq, and Libya, from the twenty-first century back to the dark days of the medieval world.
Many say that Islam is a peaceful religion; but the Qur’an was written for it’s time and place and we must take the perpetrators of these atrocities at their word, simply because they believe in a literal interpretation of the Qur’an and the Hadiths.

Here’s another prat who’s trying to turn the clock back…
During a recent lecture in the United Arab Emirates a Saudi Arabian cleric, Sheikh Bandar al-Khaibari, presented a thesis explaining how the Sun orbits the Earth. The silly Sheikh stated that the Earth is stationary and does not move. He further explained that airplanes would be unable to reach their destinations if the Earth was spinning on it’s axis.
The scientific community have yet to respond to this ‘groundbreaking’ discovery!

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Pisseth

The wallAmazing book the Bible. I’ve, so far, come across six references to pissing against a wall…

1 Samuel 25:22
…and more also do God unto the enemies of David, if I leave of all that pertain to him by the morning light any that pisseth against the wall.
1 Samuel 25:34
…surely there had not been left unto Nabal by the morning light any that pisseth against the wall.
1 Kings 14:10
…behold, I will bring evil upon the house of Jeroboam, and will cut off from Jeroboam him that pisseth against the wall.
1 Kings 16:11
… he slew all the house of Baasha: he left him not one that pisseth against a wall, neither of his kinsfolks, nor of his friends.
1 Kings 21:21
…I will bring evil upon thee, and will take away thy posterity, and will cut off from Ahab him that pisseth against the wall.
2 Kings 9:8
…the whole house of Ahab shall perish: and I will cut off from Ahab him that pisseth against the wall.

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