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Samuel Paty, victim of Islamic terrorism.
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The knife attack and beheading on Friday of Samuel Paty (pictured above), a public school teacher who dared to show caricatures of Mohammed to his class, by a Muslim terrorist in France, lays bare the very real and very high cost of dishonesty that is applied to the "revealed" religions.

For some ungodly and irrational reason, too many people believe the "revealed" religions deserve respect. They do not. The sincere people, who do not harm other people, who are currently under the influence of a "revealed" religion, deserve respect as fellow human beings. But the "revealed" religions themselves do not deserve any respect.

The case in point of the Muslim who brutally and cruelly murdered and cut the head off of Samuel Paty, if objectively examined, makes it painfully clear the very real dangers we create by not being honest about Islam. By referring to Islam as a religion of peace, as is too often the case, we are being dishonest. The "holy" book of Islam, the Quran, is overflowing with calls to religious violence against non-Muslims, as this page points out.

Another harmful form of dishonesty being practiced is claiming the Muslims who carry out murders and violent attacks in the name of Islam are part of radical Islam, as if there are two types of Islam, "good" Islam and "radical/bad" Islam. If you objectively read the Quran, you can't help but see that the attacks these Muslims carry out against non-believers are completely in line with the teachings in the Quran.

Islam has a secondary collection of religious teachings known as the hadith. This is allegedly the words and sayings of Mohammed. The hadith is just as ungodly and horrendous as the Quran. For example, regarding homosexuals, the hadith teaches that homosexuals must be executed. Ways to kill homosexual people promoted by the hadith are burning them alive, stoning them or throwing them off of a high place and then stoning them if they survive the fall.

If a religion has commands to commit religious violence in its "holy" book, people of that religion are not radicals or extremists if they follow those commands. Relative to their religion, they would be extremists if they did not follow their religious commands from their alleged Word of God.

All of the man-made Abrahamic "revealed" religions of Judaism, the original Abrahamic "revealed" religion, Christianity, Islam and Mormonism promote religious violence, and have committed acts of religious violence when they were not restrained by secular governments. This is seen in the genocidal bloodbaths found in the pages of the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament, in the Christian Bible with teachings such as is found at Matthew 10:34, which has Jesus saying, "Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword", in the Quran at 4:76 where we read, "Those who believe do battle for the cause of Allah; and those who disbelieve do battle for the cause of idols. So fight the minions of the devil. Lo! the devil's strategy is ever weak." In Mormonism, one example of religious violence allegedly commanded by God is found at Book of Mormon, 1 Nephi 4:18, which reads, "Therefore I did obey the voice of the Spirit, and took Laban by the hair of the head, and I smote off his head with his own sword." (This is what the Muslim in France did to Samuel Paty.) A common theme through all of the Abrahamic "revealed" religions is religious violence and cruelty.

The only permanent way to end this religious cycle of religious violence is to be reasonable and honest. This statement from Thomas Paine's The Age of Reason, The Complete Edition addresses being honest regarding the nonsense the "revealed" religions all promote, such as parting the Red Sea, Jesus raising people from the dead, Mohammed flying up to heaven on the back of a mythical creature, the buraq, or Joseph Smith digging up the Book of Mormon inscribed on golden plates. We can apply this Deistic principle to religious violence and to all of the "revealed" religions, as well. Paine wrote, "Nonsense ought to be treated as nonsense, wherever it be found; and had this been done in the rational manner it ought to be done, instead of intimating and mincing the matter, as has been too much the case, the nonsense and false doctrine of the Bible, with all the aid that priestcraft can give, could never have stood their ground against the divine reason that God has given to man."

We currently have Deists living in Islamic nations. Every day they run the risk of being imprisoned and/or executed for their Deism. The more we DO to promote Deism, the more we help to make people safe from the violence and spread of Islam, and from the religious-based violence and conflicts currently harming people around the world. Deism is offering us a way to truly and profoundly change the world for the better. The odds are currently against us, but that doesn't matter since we know that promoting Deism is the right thing to do and has the potential to create a world better than we can ever imagine.

 

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Samuel Paty is a martyr for reason and a victim of the irrational and violence promoting nonsense of Islam. Deism is our best means to overcome and stop religious violence of all types.

God Gave Us Reason, Not Religion! Bob Johnson
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Submitted on Sunday, Oct 18, 2020 at 2:40:51 AM

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I hope that people read beyond the title. It seems to single out Islam, while the article condemns all "radical" religions, especially Abrahamic religions:

"All of the man-made Abrahamic "revealed" religions of Judaism, the original Abrahamic "revealed" religion, Christianity, Islam and Mormonism promote religious violence---"

Radical Christians and radical Jews have committed far more violence in the belief of their being chosen and/or exceptional.

My experience with Muslims is that the majority of them are kind, generous and peace loving people. They have much more often been the victims of radicals than the perpetrators.

There have been too many false flags and setups for geopolitical reasons to jump to conclusions about what happened in France with the beheading of the teacher.

Terrorist attacks have been carried out by Deist too, but no doubt for a "good" reason.

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Thanks for your input.

I agree, all of the "revealed" religions have "holy" scripture that promotes religious violence.

Are members of a "revealed" religion that has calls to religious violence in its "holy" scriptures really radical if they follow those calls in their own "holy" book?

I agree with you regarding the majority of Muslims being kind and peace loving people, as are most Jews, Christians and Mormons. However, they all still support religions that promote religious violence.

If the brutal murder and beheading of Samuel Paty was a false flag operation, the calls for religious violence in the Quran and hadith would make a violent false flag operation believable.

What terrorist attacks have been carried out by Deists?

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Thanks for the reply.

My objections is with your title. Islamophobia and ignorant violence against Muslims is alarming. A title such as you chose may inflame already propagandized anti-Muslims that their attacks are justified because all Muslims are radicalized (i.e. terrorists).

For example, what do you think of an article titled Murderous Jews are Jews? Or something of that nature. Since most thinking people are sensitive to anti-Semitism it would seem inappropriate even slanderous, encouraging hate, and violence against Jews. Now Muslims are in the barrel.

BTW, Jews are committing horrendous terrorist attacks, racism, apartheid and crimes against humanity everyday against peaceful Palestinians. I have been to Palestine 3 times working with non-violent Palestinian human rights groups. I've lived with Palestinians. They are wonderful people from my experience. I was often slandered by Jewish Israelis as a "Nazi Jew Killer" for walking Palestinian children to school to protect them by my presents. Many of the radical Zionist Jews are following their religion that they are the chosen ones, and Palestinians are non-human vermin. Zionists have also said to me that because of the Holocaust they are entitled to (terrorist) violence.

I admit ignorance about Deism. My limited knowledge leads me to believe it is not a non-violent philosophy? It is based on reason? Humans can always find reasons to commit terrorist acts-- they don't need help from God. The founding fathers bring to mind deists who were terrorists and slaughtered indigenous people and slaves. In there mind it may have all been for a good reason. That was my point.

P.S. According to the writers' guidelines editors have the right to change the title to articles. If I had been the editor approving your article I would have changed it, without losing the point of the article. As I said, the title was my only objection.

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I would agree with you if the title was Radical Muslims Are Muslims, which is focused on people who are Muslims. The title Radical Islam is Islam is focused on the "revealed" religion of Islam and its religious violence promoting teachings. In your example of an article titled Murderous Jews are Jews, it attacks people who are Jews. If it was titled Murderous Judaism is Judaism, I would be 100% for it.

You are 100% correct that Jews are committing horrendous terrorist attacks against the Palestinian people on a daily basis through their cruel and illegal occupation of Palestine. This is disgusting and wrong and should be stopped. It is also grounded in the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament religious nonsense that God chose the Jews above all people upon the face of the Earth and gave them a real estate gift that stretches from the Nile to the Euphrates River. It's insane that in the 21st century a nation with very real nuclear weapons is based on the genocide and racist Hebrew Bible/OT. I salute you for your work and action helping the Palestinian people!

In Deism, the only acceptable violence is defensive violence to protect yourself. If this principle was followed, there would not be any violence. Deism is 100% based on reason.

Regarding America's Founders who were Deists and the slaughter of the indigenous people and the abuse of the slaves, the Deists were a minority of members of the government which developed those policies. Deists like Thomas Paine, who never owned a slave and who did all he could to fight against slavery, was not even in the government. The vast majority of people in the government were Christians, and they were heavily influenced by the mindset of the Puritans who believed America was the New Jerusalem. The majority of them believed it was their duty to convert the indigenous people to Christianity, and many of them did not see anything wrong with slavery, as the Bible approves of slavery, although some of them did become abolitionists.

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Thanks for the insightful conversation.

I still don't like your title as I think it can easily be interpreted as an attack on people of the Muslim faith. Nor would I like "Murderous Judaism is Judaism" for the same reason. You give too much credit to the intelligence of readers to discern the difference.

I doubt that many of the followers of the revealed religions even read the books and only believe what others who may be just as ignorant tell them the "good books" say.

BTW, many of the foreign volunteers I worked with in Palestine were U.S. Jewish. And I met many Israelis who were just as disapproving of Israel's treatment of Palestinians, although not any U.S. or Israelis who were willing to give up their colonialism of Israel. Of the indigenous Palestinians I found them to be very tolerant of Christians and Jews. The only belief that they were disdainful of was atheism. I wear a cross for reasons that are a long story, and I felt that the Palestinians respected me more for it. The Palestinians that I met were so warm, kind, generous and loving that I kidded them that they were the best "Christians" I had ever met.

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The so-called "Founding Fathers" were Deists. Their policies towards Native Americans were terroristic.

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