“Kill the unbelievers”, “death to the apostate”, “slay the blasphemer” …
Such ringing phrases are evidence of a faked belief in ‘God’ – or ‘Allah’, or whatever other name is conferred on ‘him’.
Because there are only two possibilities here for believers: either God has given us free will or he hasn’t.
If God has given us free will, then killing someone for using that divine gift is bizarre … like cutting down an apple tree to punish it for producing apples.
Or if God has not given us free will – if we are all just following pre-destined paths decreed by God – then it’s equally bizarre to kill someone for doing something they were designed and intended to do … and in fact had no choice but to do.
A Somalian woman was recently shot dead by an ‘Islamic’ extremist for refusing to wear a veil.
Allah created the universe we are told, a universe that is unimaginably large, a universe that contains more stars than there are grains of sand on every beach on planet Earth.
And most of these stars have orbiting planets, which means there are untold trillions of planets hosting life, which means there are – at the very least – untold millions of planets hosting sentient (self-aware) life.
Yet on our tiny speck of whirling dust, orbiting an obscure star in a remote corner of the vastness, we are supposed to believe that Allah is so disturbed and angry about this most trivial of doings – a woman not wearing a veil in public – that he sanctions death for the ‘offender’. (more…)