The Contradiction of Islam

I love this short video. Here’s what it says in the description box:

Faisal Saeed Al Mutar is a columnist, speaker and founder of the Global Secular Humanist Movement. Originally from Iraq, Faisal now lives in the USA. In this short video, he speaks about the religion of his former country.

I think much of what he has to say about Islam can be applied to other religions, including Christianity and Judaism.

One part that really caught my attention discusses how you can pick and choose quotes from scripture and use them to justify two different views. You can find quotes that tell you to kill or shun non-believers and you can find some that say to love people. Depending on which passage you give more weight, you can find a passage that will justify your position.

I think this is one of the dangers of religion and religious scripture. I’ve written about it before, and I’ll probably end up writing about it again in the future.

 

So let me know what you think about the video, its contents or anything else you can think of. Thanks for reading and watching!

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13 Comments

  1. Most excellent video. If I could figure out how to “reblog” this I would. My VCR still blinks 12:00 :-/
    IMO secular folk should really actively support atheists/secularists from islamic culture. What they are saying most accurately portrays the reality of it.

      • The Egyptians seem to be especially conflicted. I was reading an article this morning from twitter, of wildly conflicting numbers of declared atheists who remain underground for fear of the consequences. [The reported figures are 1-2 mil, vs 1-2 thousand] The govt has launched a “PR campaign to win the youth” back to islam while simultaneously denying there’s a need or problem. Govt officials blame it all on the Arab Spring. Naturally.

  2. Great video. He’s thoughtful and well reasoned. I too found his “cafeteria” metaphor interesting. I believe is shows that religion is both a catalyst and a delivery / execution mechanism. People gravitate to their wants and likes.
    What’s even more dangerous are people. Those that hate, discriminate, oppress in the name of religion are those that would act similarly in the absence of an organized system facilitating their behaviors. I believe that without religion there would be fewer such acts and the extremes would differ, but there would still be those wishing to control the behavior of society, or take over the world.

  3. You can use quotes from anywhere to prove pretty much anything. You can use the Bible or Koran, a president’s inaugural address, or someone’s blog. It’s SO easy. That’s why I search for the original source of a quote before I believe anything. I want to know what it really says.

    Almost always, the quote is misleading or in many cases, fake. It’s not religion. It’s writers, bloggers, journalists (so-called), commentators, pundits, all willing to make their point without regard for honesty or truth. Hell, according to Wikipedia I’M a source. And that IS scary.

    • That’s true, Marilyn. You can certainly misquote someone or cut it in such a way as to imply they meant something else. Many people never bother to cross reference the quote.

      But sometimes the quote says exactly what it appears to say. You can take quotes from the Koran that say exactly what you think it says, and take another quote from somewhere else that contradicts it. That’s part of the problem with these contradictory religious texts.

      Thank you for your comment!

  4. It’s human nature to hate, to love and to believe in the ridiculous. Hell, I’d still believe in the Tooth Fairy if I had any teeth left to cash in. But just imagine if the Tooth Fairy was offering 72 virgins… and all I have to do is extract all my teeth in one explosion! But there’s the difference in my thinking, I want to see the cold hard cash now, while I’m alive and have an affinity with mass consumption, not after I’m compost.
    I found Faisal Saeed Al Mutar’s comment on the increasing population interesting, particularly when you think about democratic elections. I used to think that Western society’s tolerance to uphold destructive individual belief systems could ultimately lead us to embrace a religious culture that suppresses everything that we ever stood for. But there is still hope when I look at the growing number of atheists. Based on history, I can only assume the extremists will continue to kill each other. The best we can hope for is minimal collateral damage along the way, while our ever expanding knowledge of the universe enlightens the rest to choose a secular path.
    Either way, eventually over population and environmental indifference will ensure all belief systems will face the wrath of… g… Humans! Either way, it’s going to be a rough ride.

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