(Originally posted by Pat on 6/26/10)
the government of Pakistan, have taken it upon yourself to scan the
Internet for content which you deem "blasphemous" or "offensive to
Therefore, I and the rest of
the atheist community will take it upon ourselves to ramp up the
blasphemy quotient of the Internet OVER NINE THOUSAND, so that either
your plan will backfire into allowing more blasphemy, you will
detach yourself from the Internet and all the trade and communication it
offers you, or else you end up spending all of your time rooting out
blasphemy and don't have the resources to do anything else.
Moreover, I am going to do it without saying anything that isn't actually true or at least highly plausible.
of all, Islam is a false and evil religion. It has killed thousands, if
not millions of people. It is demonstrably worse than other religions;
while Christianity is terrible, Islam is far, far worse. I'm not sure if
Scientology is worse than Islam; it's close either way.
are in rare cases murderous tyrants, terrorists, and even genocides; but
this of course true of every belief system, including atheism. No, I am
more concerned with the majority of Muslims, who hold views
that are racist, misogynist, anti-Semitic, and antithetical to
democracy. When censorship like yours is actually popular among
Muslims, you clearly demonstrate that Islam is not prepared to handle
the liberal, secular republic that is the pinnacle of human
Muhammad was a megalomaniac, a sociopath, and a
child rapist. He organized a society under his own tyrannical rule, and
through Machiavellian social engineering he managed to persuade people
that he was a prophet of God. Osama bin Laden's moral character is quite
a bit better than Muhammad's; after all, to my knowledge bin Laden
doesn't rape children.
The Arabic for "Allah" can be easily decorated to look like male genitalia.
Women in many Muslim societies risk having acid thrown in their faces if they challenge accepted social and sexual norms.
and Christians circumcise males, which is bad. Muslims "circumcise" (a
euphemism for radical clitoridectomy and labioplasty) females, which is quite literally an atrocity.
Qur'an contains all the worst parts of the Bible and almost none of the
good parts. The idealistic peace and love of Jesus was forcibly excised
(not unlike the mutilation of a circumcision in fact), to return to the
absurdity of Noah's Ark and the genocidal evil of raping and pillaging
the world in the name of God. Compared to other literature and
philosophy of the time, the Tanakh was a moral regression of about 200
years; the Bible was a regression of about 500 years; the Qur'an was a
regression of at least 1500 years.
Muslims started the Crusades by invading the Byzantine Empire.
This is not to justify the Christian response, but rather to show that
it wasn't a one-sided Christian genocide of Muslims, but on the contrary
a war that Muslims started and lost.
Because it is only a book
and doesn't deserve anywhere near the respect it receives, I once read
from a translation of the Qur'an in my left hand while masturbating with
my right. And yes, I know all about Muslim taboos about translating the
Qur'an and using the left hand; that was part of the point. Though
there are some pornographic parts, they really weren't erotic enough to
get me off, so eventually I put the Qur'an down and finished off with my
The Qur'an is a waste of trees and would be more useful for humanity as fuel or toilet paper.
Salman Rushdie is a good and brave man who risked his own life to make the world better. Moreover, The Satanic Verses is quite an enjoyable and enlightening read.
Some of the cartoons about Muhammad that caused riots were actually quite funny and poignant.
Think about it: A large number of Muslims riot over cartoons. This is how morally defective your culture is.
Speaking of moral defects, equal rights for women and gays are advances in
morality---substantial advances at that. Large portions of the human
population now have well-deserved rights that they did not otherwise
Sam Harris often isn't harsh enough on other religions,
including Christianity and Judaism but especially Buddhism; but his
criticisms of Islam are entirely accurate. Your religion pretty much
deserves all the criticism it can get.
Secular liberal democracies
are demonstrably more successful societies than theocracies. (We are
richer, healthier, happier, longer-lived, more stable, etc.) Our
prosperity and your poverty is in large part due to the fact that we
seek freedom and equality and you repress and control religion and
sexuality. An obvious way this is so: 50% of the human population is
female, and it works a lot better to have that 50% working rather than
trapped in the home.
Though I abhor censorship in all its forms
and would never seriously consider it, I am forced to admit that the
world would be overall better off if the Bible and Qur'an were banned. I
protect these books only on the principle that books must be protected;
this protection has no basis in the value of the books themselves---for
they have none. I protect the Qur'an for the same reason I protect Mein Kampf and the Marquis de Sade.
you can't possibly win this fight. Your theocratic governance and evil
religion may cause a great deal of damage, but we in the secular
democracies have the money and the technology, and in the long run that
is why we will win. You can join us and live, or continue to fight us
Fuck you, Pakistan.