Islam is so ridiculous, so stupid and so cruel, that it’s quite hard to resist the urge to criticise it loudly and trenchantly.
But on the other hand, the way that the modern world sees Islam today turns the good thing of criticising a bad idea into a bad thing of hurting innocent victims of that idea.
Let me explain.
All religions are dangerous ideas based on disregard for evidence and mindless respect for self-proclaimed authorities. They are like a weed in the minds of its believers. Getting rid of that weed is a hard and painful process, but once you go through it (as I did) you become free from superstition (a least this one).
I don’t consider religious people as evil just because they believe. Hell, I’ve been religious myself for most of my life – and I know that my beliefs and actions were all well-meant, and that all the superstitions I’ve been indoctrinated with from my birth got so deeply rooted that freeing myself from them required a lot of work and time. I understand that.
But religion makes good people do bad things. So to make the world a better place, we need to eradicate religion. Not Christianity, not Islam, not Judaism. Religion. Because they’re all basically the same.
They all require you to suspend your rational judgement, to believe stuff without evidence, to do as you’re told by a self-proclaimed authority (an old book, pope, bishop, imam, ...), to believe absurdities (world being created in 6 days, Muhammad flying to heaven on a winged horse, Jesus flying by himself), to ignore obvious atrocities (Bible’s praise for slavery and ethnic cleansing, Quran’s threats towards non-believers). If you compare the religions, they aren’t really that different from each other.
Islam is just as bad as Christianity. They don’t fight each other because one of them has some moral high ground over the other, or because any of them is more true than the other. They just try to get rid of their competition and gain monopoly on controlling human minds – that’s all it is.
If I criticise, say, Christianity, I’m only causing pain to the people whose beliefs get challenged. Nobody likes that feeling, but we need to get our beliefs challenged constantly, if we want to make reasonable choices and to build a society of reason and progress. Discussion and clashing of views might be painful for both parties, but they are highly beneficial.
However, if I criticise Islam, I’m causing more than just a constructive confirmation bias. I am (against my will) contributing to a massive hate towards Muslims
Apparently not everybody treats believers as victims of religion, like I do... Apparently, our society treats Islam differently than other religions. Apparently, you cannot just criticise Islam as a stupid and dangerous idea, without also personally attacking everybody who fell victim of that parasitic idea. Apparently laughing at Islam doesn’t just fight Islam, but it also gives nationalists additional arguments to hate its believers... And that’s really sad and difficult.
And hard to explain to people. One day I hear:
You’re laughing at Christianity, but I’m sure you wouldn’t dare to laugh at Islam!
and the next day it’s:
You’re laughing at Islam? Weren’t you so refugee-loving and stuff?
I can’t count how many times I’ve heard something along the lines of:
Those fucking lefties! Supposedly so modern, anti-religion, pro-gay, but when a swarm of religious homophobic scruffs floods Europe, they’re all for helping them! Idiots! Hypocrites!
No no, goddamnit! How hard can it be to understand the difference between helping another human beings that are in desperate need for help, and criticising a dangerous idea that they happened to get indoctrinated by?
I was a victim of religion as well. I was really fortunate to be able to get away from it – and I’m trying to give the same gift of freedom to others. But how can I do it without causing collateral damage?
I don’t know. But for now: السلام عليكم, my friends! Let me finish by quoting a message of hope derived from (a part of) الشهادة: