I don’t usually get involved in religious debates. It’s like arguing on the internet, from where I stand. Everyone has their own reasons for believing what they do, and, without some serious proof that they’re wrong, they’re not going to just change their beliefs because someone who believes differently says they should.
I guess, at this point, I’m kind of disgusted with all the misunderstandings, propaganda and out right lies that have been flying around since 9/11. Something else I try to avoid discussing these days. I’m pretty much convinced, at this point, that if our government didn’t have a hand in it, they, at the very least, had the intelligence to stop it and didn’t.
So what has me so disgusted that I feel compelled to write about it?
Well, a while back someone suggested I check out Topix for my news cause you can get news about the whole world from all angles. That way, you’re reading everyone’s opinion, not just one, and can decide for yourself what to believe. And at first, I absolutely adored Topix. Then I made the mistake of delving into Schenectady’s forum and found out just how ignorant the people here are. And I started wondering if this is an example of most Americans.
That thought kind of scares me.
I mean, it’s no secret that many Americans don’t know the first thing about their religion, be it Christianity, Mormonism, Jehovah’s Witnesses, or whatever. And we definitely don’t take the time to learn about someone else’s religion unless it somehow benefits us. Most of us just blindly follow in our parents’ footsteps and never research what we’re banking our eternity on.
And that goes for all religions. Many Muslims follow Islam because they were raised with it. Many Jewish people are Jewish because their parents are. The main exceptions to this rule seem to be Paganism and Atheism. Generally speaking (meaning this is not always the case), many Pagans and Atheists, I’ve found, were raised by Christians. I was.
Which, I mean, whatever. If that’s what you think is best for you and yours, by all means, go with it.
But honestly? We’re talking about your forever, here, not just the 60-100 odd years you’re going to spend on this rock. Why on Earth would you not want to be absolutely convinced of your convictions, based on your own research and knowledge, and not just what your parents – who were probably taught by their parents, who were taught by their parents, ad nauseum – told you is true? Especially once you’re old enough and intelligent enough to know that your parents are human, not infallible.
There’s a thread on Topix about Islam. It’s basically an Islam bashfest, and it’s obvious that the vast majority of the people posting there are Christian and really don’t know all that much about the history of their own religion, let alone the realities of Islamic beliefs. I mean, their main argument is that the people of Islam are killing for their god. That the Koran tells them to kill anyone who doesn’t believe in Allah.
But what about all the Christians over the years who killed for their god? What about the passages in the Old Testament that talk about slaughtering entire cities simply because they wouldn’t bow to an invisible man in the sky who didn’t speak to them the way he did the people he was sending to kill them? Did we forget about that? Or do Christians excuse that away because the vocal majority in our country says the Christian god is real, so it must be the “right thing”?
I know quite a few Muslim people. Hell, the pizza place down the road is owned and run by a Muslim family. And can I just say, the Muslims I know are some of the nicest people I’ve ever met? I mean, sure they can get a little uppity about their beliefs. But everyone in the world gets uppity about their beliefs from time to time. That’s not specific to any race, religion or creed. It’s part of being human. “You have to stand for something, or you’ll fall for anything.”
It is absolutely impossible to know an entire group of people based on a small percentage of them. And the Muslim terrorists? They’re the minority. Terrorists exist in all religions and races. That’s proven fact.
My fellow Americans, I’m calling on you, now. Stop blindly following the herd.
I’m not asking you to turn on your religion. I’m asking you to stop believing everything you read in the news. I’m asking you to stop listening to a government that has done nothing but lie to us since day one. I’m asking you to question authority. I’m asking you to research your beliefs. I’m asking you to form your own opinions. I’m asking you to think for yourself.
Please, for the love of your children, your family, your friends and all that inhabit our planet, think for yourself.