I recently had the second most vital paradigm shift in my life. I just finished a rather long youtube post about it in response to a movie clip for a documentary called Drone. I’d rather just post it here rather than rewrite the whole thing back-to-back because I don’t think anything needs to be changed for you anyway. As a matter of fact, I should’ve written it here, then linked to it maybe… I’m ok if you’re ok.
It came about from a charged experience on twitter today and as a result of the recent Paris attacks, then watching, listening, reading those I ‘followed’ the next day. There is an obvious issue I was either completely blind to, or discovered only after Paris that is dividing the left. If you are an Atheist, you may already know what I’m talking about.
Before you choose not to hear me out (we’re looked down on worse than pedo’s by some, because we’re supposed to be able to ‘steal souls’ as Atheists, which is much worse), at least finish the post to know what it is you dislike about it in full. I’m really trying to express my alteration here, but If we don’t have a meaningful dialogue about this, it’s over. We might as well quit if we aren’t going to face this one issue…
The first numbers 0:54 are a reference to a time in the video I’m responding to:
- ” 0:54 ‘someone’ is asked: “How many of them do you think were innocent?”, not only does he not answer, but how the hell should a young trigger-man, on a need to know basis, working from inside a trailer, 1,000’s of miles from the battlefield, even be able to answer a leading question like that? And, how can former Drone Pilots come forward as ‘Sky-Terrorists’ one day (right after Paris), and after years of your derision and loathing of them for what they were doing and what you thought they stood for, become your new ‘Geopolitical Scholars’ the next? let’s get this out of the way right now, it’s neither racist to condemn any religion, or their atrocious practices, nor to acknowledge them. I would’ve shared and retweeted a link to this page less that 2 weeks ago, but not after knowing that all these attacks: https://tinyurl.com/p3vkbjc are solely based on Religion. One specific religion, Islam. We can’t be afraid to face it, or say so. The inability to condemn it, is to accept it. We have few choices, all of them bad. Here’s one: 1.We can hunt kids for sex slaves, warriors and fun. 2. We can accidentally kill some children,far fewer obviously, while hunting those who hunt children for any reason, who will only institutionalize it if they do conqure the globe: https://tinyurl.com/pdgmgja (10min) + https://vimeo.com/11352212 3. We do nothing and hope the still necessary dialogue continues and Just watch (and accept) as these bastards hunt the children of the world, on purpose, for the worst reasons ever! I didn’t wake up after 9/11/01, because I was ignorant of the religiously motivated political aspect of too many people seeking global Shariah, in their own words. Yes, I understand there are something like 1.5 Billion Muslims and that not all of them are serious enough about what the Quran also calls for, to have a ‘radical’ Jihad, instead of an ‘inner struggle’. And it is the moderate Muslims who must be the ones to insure a reformation from within their own faith (just like the Christians had after their Inquisitions of the past) in order to halt this fundamentally religious, modern, roving Inquisition, that is not drawn from an ‘irrational’ interpretation of the Quran, but a ‘literal’ one. If it’s even just 1% support for (notice the words here: ) violent, radical, Islamic Jihad attacks against you, from within the 1.5 Billion known Muslims, that’s still 15,000,000 people, but the % is higher than that, with supporters of Global Islamic Jihad in the tens of millions: https://tinyurl.com/hajevy9 It’s neither racist, nor irrational to listen & learn about what ‘radical’ & ‘violent’ Jihadis have been been telling us: https://tinyurl.com/otnhslb I’ll take his job in a fuckin’ second! We all need to take the time to look at pictures of victims of acid-bath and people made to kneel on dynamite and listen to their words . We also need to be willing to have an honest dialogue and do the required research into what they are telling us. Here, listen: https://tinyurl.com/olfwh75 I finally did. I was being arrested at demonstrations 30 years ago, and have been a liberal my whole life. But not standing against a real, worldwide, roving-inquisition would make me a hypocrite as an Atheist and a Human. To condemn us, is to approve of them. Failing to condemn them, is support for them. Yes, them. We have an enemy. “
Right after I posted this I read the only other two comments their. The second one, other than mine, is what scares me. It says:
“I have seen the enemy and the enemy is us“.
That is more frightening than Daesh (ISIS), because it means we think we are the enemy, which is just grease for the treads of radical Islam that knows you will defend it without looking into it. If you don’t agree, why not? Have you read the 109 calls for War in the Quran (some spell Koran)? Have you read:
I will cast terror into the hearts of those who disbelieve. Therefore, strike off their heads! -Quran 8: 12
Soon shall we cast terror into the hearts of the unbelievers for that they joined companions with Allah, for which he had sent no authority. -Quran 3: 151
Why must we keep repeating the phrase:”Islam is a religion of peace” again and again to ourselves each time this happens despite what you just read? Not all ‘Islamists’ are “of peace”, too many in fact. Why at this time, do we also clamour to disarm ourselves with tightening gun control? Something I wouldn’t normally ask prior to giving myself the chance, letting myself off the guilt trip that simply prevented me from doing that proper research, that once learned, should change a person’s mind.
I wrote a different post a day or two ago, that I only put here despite it’s similarity, in order to make points unmade so far and as a record of my own life-alteration. It’s from thee days ago:
-” My paradigm has shifted, and it’s long about time. This will be thick, because I was a dedicated liberal, of decades, less than two weeks ago, yet, Kafir (an unbeliever) / Atheist as well (which likely see me as even more of a threat than ISIS, by some). But, half of that equation changed on 11/13/15, when I was told by many of those I was ‘following’ and watching, that not only was it somehow racist to be critical of any religion, or its practices (what ~the Klan), but that we should accept all the blame ourselves, for creating a persistent and religious fanaticism that’s over a thousand years old. It was, I admit, exacerbated by the invasion and de-Baathification process and other costly mistakes, but, the tensions were already there between each other, before we even arrived and it’s near the time we left that Daesh made a choice, and ruthlessly swept across Iraq and elsewhere, with a stated goal of the world. Here’s a list just from so far in 2015: https://tinyurl.com/p3vkbjc Throwing acid in the faces of Christians, shooting young girls like Malala Yousafzai in the face, for the crime of wanting to go to school, or planning and carrying out religiously and politically motivated Jihad attacks to ‘convert-or-kill’, each is absolutely unacceptable. But put together they are the clear and present enemy. Other religions like Christianity have already gone through their required ‘reformation’, after the Inquisitions that lay in the past, that Islam requires before the world can even move forward. I hadn’t woken up on 9/11/01, because I hadn’t studied enough yet about the religions I should have known about. I had just recently finished learning about the Roman Inquisition (after some others), and had just watched Sam Harris in conversation with Maajid Nawaz: https://tinyurl.com/ns2j8jm within days, prior to 11/13/15. The next day I was hearing from those I was used to reading, watching, not only that somehow we were responsible for 1,400 y/o political goals, born out of a pretty nasty religion (from what I have read so far of the Quran and Hadith, while also still being so far behind I’m just now grasping the Sunni – Shi‘ah split enough to know there’s a lot of Sunni headed our way right now). I don’t know all the answers, just like you. But we have some choices of our own to make, it would seem. I also think it boils down to something like this as well: 1). We can choose to hunt Children, Kafir (apostates), Homosexuals, Women, young Boys and other innocent people. 2). We can accidentally kill some of these very same people, in far less numbers obviously, while hunting those who hunt Children, Kafir, Women, Gays, and other innocents ceaselessly 3). We can do nothing (or just attempts at dialogue, which are also required), and watch as the hunting of these people continues indefinitely. Even if the world were conquered for Islam, it’s only then that the institutionalized rape and abuse , like this: https://vimeo.com/11352212 would begin. I can’t stand that I’ve held off for so long on learning about what many unknowingly referr to as; “The religion of peace”, And, as an example, I highly recommend this piece by, Ayaan Hirsi Ali : https://tinyurl.com/qxlkxw3 Call her a racist or unread or inexperienced. I think she has the right to criticize Islam for some very valid reasons. It’s a keeper because it’s clear and honest. I’m glad I found your page. Thanks for the time. I’m @sparhopper too. Cheers Kafirs! ps Any edit made prior to any response. “-
I love learning. I love looking into things I care about because living an honest life is important to me. Living out loud, what I feel deep inside is important as well. I know not why. We all want to share what we learn, but loving what we learn is not required or desired. Science, Nature, Love, Peace, Music, all important to many of us Me included. That’s a good reason for feeling the way that I do now.
Thanks for your time, if you spent it.