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After a few discussions with some Christians? I have come to realize something. Atheists, LGBTS, Pagans, Native Americans and all others that Christians have either historically persecuted? Or still persecute to this day? Are actually? More Christian than those who DARE proclaim themselves Christians are.
The Basic Rules of being a follower of Jesus Christ and calling yourself a Christian
Generally? The basic rules of Christianity, even from those whom I debate and they say the Fake Christians are not the True Christians and a True Follower of Jesus acts this way, describe a True Christian this way.
Love above all else is the rule. If you do not love your neighbors which is all your fellow human being? Even those whom YOU consider your enemy? Then you cannot call yourself a True Christian. If Jesus loved all of us? And we say we are a True Christian? Then we must love everyone else no matter what, just as Jesus did for you.
You cannot spread hate, violence, anger in the name of Jesus. Jesus could have killed all the Romans and his enemies if he wanted to. He did not preach hate, but love. He did not preach war but peace. He did not practice punching his enemy in the face but he turned the other cheek. Even when he was dying on that cross for you? He forgave those who put him up on that cross. He got mad at the false teachers and even stated? Any true follower of his? Should do the same. There is nothing wrong with going after the money changers, the false prophets, the preachers and teachers of hate. If he went after them and even turned over their tables in the very Temple? Then so should all True Christians do this to all those they declare Fake Christians.
You cannot judge anyone. Jesus commanded that you were never to judge others, unless YOU were completely without sin and could cast the first stone. That you were to go correct your brothers and sisters in love when they were wrong, but you were never to judge them worthy of heaven or hell, because only your God and Jesus can judge you worthy of either heaven or hell. And even the bible says to never judge another, for as you judge another the same judgement shall be given to you. And the same measure you use to judge another? Shall be the same measure used to judge you. So take the massive mote out of your own eye Christians, before you attempt to take the tiny mote out of my eyes.
You must always TURN the other cheek and forgive your enemies or those who slap you in the face even. And not once, but as many times as you need to. Not only must you turn the other cheek? You must also pray for those who slap that cheek or those whom you consider your enemy. You must NEVER allow the sun to set with anger or hate in your heart against anyone. This is how all True Christians are always supposed to act for it is just like your own Lord and Savior acted. Even before you go to a church? If you are mad at any of your brothers and sisters? You must first go make your peace with them before you even go before the altar of the church.
How are Atheists, LGBTS, Native Americans, Pagans and others more Christian than most who DARE call themselves Christians?
Pagans have been turning the other cheek to Christians really since 335 AD when Christians made it a death penalty punishment to be a Pagan and started their Christian forced conversion persecution of Pagans.
I’ve met and known many Pagans of all different types through my years and I have read a whole lot of books from Pagan authors and at no time? Have I ever read in any Pagan literature where Pagans demand that Christians be put to death as witches and heretics lmfao.
Matter of fact? The biggest rule for most Pagans/Wiccans is? And it harm none? Do what thou will. That means harming not only other people? But even causing harm to yourself. And Christians can doubt this but? Even their “archenemy and scapegoat” the Satanists? Their rules are actually more moral and civil than the Christians. Their biggest rule above all else is also? Do what thou will but harm none.
Face it, some of the biggest persecutors of LGBTS are from the Abrahamic religions. In the areas where Christianity rules the roost? Their biggest persecutors are Christians. In Islamic regions? Guess what? It is the Muslims. Yes, it is a death penalty punishment in 14 Muslim countries to be an lgbt and they do put to brutal deaths lgbts. But guess what CHRISTIANS…YOU ARE ACTUALLY? NO BETTER.
There are many of those who call themselves Christians? Sitting in our prisons for brutally murdering lgbts all in the name of their Christianity. Many others who call themselves in prison calling themselves Christians who have beaten, tortured, raped, etc lgbts. Many for committing acts of arson and terrorism against lgbt establishments. And?
You got many Christian Pastors of Hate screaming like rabid dogs foaming at the mouth demanding brutal death penalty punishments against lgbts in the US and? Around the world. Hell, at least three of them? Are responsible for the persecutions of lgbts in Uganda, Nigeria, Russia and their satelite countries and many other places. In Uganda and Nigeria? Lgbts are put to brutal deaths by murder by those who are Christians who are riled up by the lies and evil they are told, all manufactured by these US Pastors of Hate.
We barely hear any Christians cry about these lgbts deaths or persecutions. But? We will hear a whole lot from Christians how lgbts should just shut the fuck up, go back in their closets and fucking die. Or how they are persecuting Christians by simply asking a baker to make them a wedding cake. These same hypocrite freaking bakers who have no problem making cakes for any adulterer who is equally and even more condemned in the bible? Than homosexuals are. Oh the fucking irony and hypocrisy huh?
But again? LGBTS keep turning their other cheek, as Christians try to rip that side off and demand that LGBTS keep turning their cheeks while Christians will cry if an LGBT tells them to just simply go fuck themselves. And what REALLY proves how LGBTS are more Christian than Christians are?
THEY DO NOT DEMAND THAT ANY CHRISTIAN BE PUT TO BRUTAL DEATHS, NOR HAVE ALL YOUR DAMN RIGHTS TAKEN AWAY AND PUT INTO NAZI STYLE CONCENTRATION CAMPS, OR DEMAND THE GOVERNMENT PUT YOU ALL TO DEATH NOW DO THEY?
But I hear Christian Pastors of Hate? Demanding this be done to them and all their psychotic, foaming at the mouth pew polishers shouting hearty amens and praise the lawds over this shit. And hey, you cannot tell them to stop their shit cause then? YOU ARE PERSECUTING CHRISTIANS!!!
And even funnier? LGBTS would just love? To be around you guys in your damn churches and gatherings not in hate? But in love.
And many of you? When you even find out your kid might be gay or lesbian? will throw those kids out onto the street and disown them. How the fuck do you call yourself a Christian over that when you do that to your own kid and hate them? Fuck you. Sure that might seems to be changing? But any fucking person who does this to a child? Has no fucking right to call themselves a parent in the first place, let alone be calling themselves a fucking human being.
But NOPE LGBTS are again? Proving by their turning the other cheek to Christians again and again? And even loving you guys? Whom they should in fact? Consider their enemies cause many of you really want to do them all manner of harm? And even wanting to join your damn churches? Well hey.
Again, Native Americans? Are more Christian than Christians. Christians did all they could to wipe us Native Americans off the face of the earth. They literally tried to commit what is known as extermination which is hugely different than just genocide. The Christians committed all kinds of warfare, from brutal slaughters to germ and other warfare. I could spend thousands of words describing all the things that Christians did to us Native Americans in North, Central and South America. But the plain and simple fact and truth is? Christians did in fact? Try to wipe us off the face of the earth.
And again? Do you see or hear Natives stating a complete and total rise up of ALL Red Nations and take it all back from you guys? Trust me, if we truly wanted to take it all back? WE COULD. One Native American Warrior? Is worth one hundred Christian warriors. And some? Are worth a thousand of them. But? WE just again? Want to be left in peace really. To be allowed to go back to our ways, to have you assholes leave what is left to us alone and stop trying to finish off polluting it, and destroying it, or destroying OUR Native cemetaries for your fucking golf courses, your fucking homes and your fucking football stadiums. I mean how the fuck would you guys like if if we Natives demanded all the graves at Arlington National Cemetary or the cemetaries where YOUR loved ones are buried and ripped up and a casino built upon them?
But nope, we Natives really wish you fucking Christians would actually leave us the hell alone. Yes, thank you to those Christians who are finally waking the fuck up and realizing what your Christians did to us, and thanks for the love. We do if you believe it? LOVE you all too.
Actually? I know MANY Red brothers and sisters? Who hold pow-wows and prayer sessions for you whites and Christians. Pretty freaking damn cool huh? So again? Native Americans? Turning the other cheek again, attempting to the best of our ability to love you Christians who consider us your enemies and want to continue to do us harm or insult, denigrate and defame us tell outrageous bullshit talking out of their asshole lies about us, or blame us for all the shit that was brought upon us by the “love, peace, non-judgment” of Christians on their fucking death camps Christians called reservations after their death marches to them
And here we go. Atheists. Yeah you Christians been forcing us to live in the fucking shadows for a very long time. You assholes been persecuting Atheists for so long? Well. But again? When I do say I want to see Christians reap what they have sown and see whole towns or whole churches of Christians brutally murdered or wiped out? NO, THAT IS IN FACT? MY PISSED OFF SATIRICAL SIDE THROWING THIS SHIT I HEAR FROM THESE SICK AND TWISTED OUTRAGEOUS CHRISTIAN PASTORS OF HATE AND DEATH BACK INTO ALL CHRISTIANS FACES CAUSE I AM FUCKING SICK AND TIRED OF HEARING IT FROM THOSE WHO CALL THEMSELVES CHRISTIANS, AND THEN WHEN I BITCH ABOUT IT? THOSE TRUE CHRISTIANS PLAY THEIR FUCKING GAMES OF NO TRUE SCOTSMAN LINE OF APOLOGETIC BULLSHIT AND OTHER BULLSHIT WHY THEY DO NOT HAVE THE FUCKING BALLS TO PUT A STOP TO THESE “FAKE CHRISTIANS” THEY KEEP CALLING THESE ASSHOLES THEMSELVES.
SO HOW THE FUCK IT IS AN ATHEIST IS PERSECUTING A CHRISTIAN? WHEN THEY THEMSELVES? DO NOT EVEN CALL THE PERSON A FUCKING CHRISTIAN THEMSELVES? OH THE HYPOCRISY AND IDIOCY OF CHRISTIANS LET ME FUCKING TELL YA LMFAO.
But honestly? This atheist? Would rather sit down with ya, smoke a big old bong, and either play cribbage or backgammon with ya, or watch some music videos or a movie, or go out and have some other fun. Not fucking fight with ya, not hate on ya, etc.
But honestly? We atheists? Could in fact? Be standing up to you guys in ways you would not believe. We are again? Turning the other cheek, trying to just live with you guys who actually? Do not even like us atheists in most polls and think we are lower than muslim terrorists and fucking pedophiles. I mean WTF.
So that makes us Atheists? Even more Christians than 99% of you who DARE call yourselves Christians. Just like Pagans, LGBTS, Native Americans and many others Christians love to persecute or have persecuted in their 1700 years of Christianity.
To start? This is NOT directed to all those True Christians out there who actualy practice and live their Lord and Saviors commandments. Especially? The second part of his greatest commandment and the bibles commands against hate, non-judgment, forgiving your enemies, treating all others as you would want them to treat you, and sowing good things.
I know there are a whole lot more of you True Christians out there than there are the ones who have hijacked your Christianity and preach and do everything opposite of what your Jesus ever commanded you to do. Yes, whether you believe it or not? We atheists? Have no problem with True Christians. We like you actually. You are really good and decent people. You do in fact? A lot to make the world a better place and do a whole lot helping others.
So PLEASE understand? This is against your Fake Christians ok? Again? I have no beef with you True Christian, I honestly and really do not. And yeah, I GET PISSED over THE FAKE CHRISTIANS I keep reporting on in this blog.
YES, I believe ANYONE who rapes a child? Should in fact? Get the death penalty. If we use that punishment? Then it should be for the most deserving of all scumbag criminals on our planet, those who harm innocent and basically defenseless infants, toddlers, children and teens. I do not care what you religion you claim to abide by, I do not care whether you are rich or poor, I do not care if you are a proclaimed saint or sinner. YOU harm a child? YOU should have your life taken from you. There should be absolutely NO MERCY to those who harm children.
Even still? It should be an automatic death penalty punishment if your victim? Is under the age of consent in the state they commit their crime in, and especially? If your victim is under the age of 10, or if you have more than one victim, or if your victim or victims? Are truly defenseless as in handicapped, like the deaf/mute children that were being brutally raped at the Antonio Provolo Institutes in Italy and Argentina.
But? This applies even more to those who DARE call themselves Christian priests or pastors, or Jewish rabbis, or Muslim clerics. They not only rape the bodies of their victims, they rape the mind, soul and heart too. This is even more evil in the scale of things if you actually listen and pay attention to the victims and survivors of this.
AGAIN, THIS IS NOT DEMANDING ANY HARM TO ANY TRUE CHRISTIAN, THIS IS AGAINST THOSE FAKE CHRISTIANS WHO HAVE NO RIGHT TO CALL THEMSELVES CHRISTIANS IN THE FIRST PLACE. AND THEY ARE NOT CHRISTIANS IN ANY SENSE OF THE MEANING.
And PLEASE UNDERSTAND, I find ALL pedophile and rape crimes EVIL. The harm done to the victims is uncalculable.
What I am saying here is? Again? These religious people who do these things? Should in fact? Pay the ultimate price with a death penalty punishment, given to them under a legal system with a court of law, a judge and jury to make that decision. NO PEDOPHILE especially? Should EVER get a slap on the wrist, but at the very least? ALL Pedophile justly convicted in a court of law? Should receive LIFE IN PRISON WITHOUT PAROLE TO NEVER BE RELEASED UPON SOCIETY AGAIN.
NOT 15 YEARS FOR BRUTALLY RAPING A 9 YEAR OLD GIRL ON HER FATHERS GRAVE, OR 5 YEARS FOR RAPING DEAF/MUTE CHILDREN, OR EVEN? NO TIME AT ALL. EITHER BECAUSE THEY HID BEHIND THE STATUTE OF LIMITATIONS TO GET AWAY WITH THEIR CRIMES, OR THEY WERE CONSIDERED TOO OLD, TOO FRAIL ETC TO BE SENT TO PRISON, OR THEY “REPENTED” ENOUGH NOT TO BE. PEDOPHILES? ARE THE DISGUSTING PART OF OUR HUMAN SOCIETY? WHOM NEVER CHANGES. THEY NEVER STOP AND THE ONLY WAY TO PROTECT SOCIETY FROM THE HARM THEY CAUSE? IS EITHER PUT THEM TO DEATH IN OUR PRISONS, OR LOCK THEM UP AND THROW AWAY THE KEY AND NEVER ALLOW THEM TO WALK OUR STREETS EVER AGAIN.
AND YES, THERE SHOULD BE A DISTINCTION WITH AN 18 YR OLD BOY BEING WITH HIS GIRLFRIEND IF SHE IS 17, OR EVEN 16. THAT IS NOT PEDOPHILE CRIMES NOR ANY KIND OF APPLICABLE CRIME. I AM TALKING ABOUT ADULTS, ESPECIALLY THOSE “RELIGIOUS” ADULTS WHO DO THIS.
MY WORDS ARE NOT HATE AGAINST TRUE CHRISTIAN, NO TRUE CHRISTIAN I KNOW? WOULD EVER DO THIS TO A CHILD, NO TRUE CHRISTIAN I KNOW? WOULD EVER ALLOW THIS TO HAPPEN TO A CHILD. NO TRUE CHRISTIAN I KNOW? WOULD EVER STAND UP AND DEFEND THESE SCUMBAGS WHO DO THIS TO YOUR OWN CHILDREN. YOU KNOW THIS IS GOING ON AND MANY OF YOU? ARE DOING ALL YOU CAN TO MAKE SURE THIS STOPS. BUT THERE ARE STILL MANY OF THESE SCUMBAGS IN YOUR CHURCHES WHO ARE DOING THIS AND THEY MUST BE FOUND AND REMOVED AT ALL COSTS. I APPRECIATE AND SO DO MANY OTHERS, THE PROGRESS YOU TRUE CHRISTIANS HAVE DONE IN DEALING WITH THIS, BUT MUCH MORE MUST BE DONE.
I SAY THIS AGAINST YOUR FAKE CHRISTIANS, THOSE WHO INVADED YOUR CHURCHES, PROCLAIMING THEMSELVES PRIESTS AND PASTORS OF YOUR GOD, A FOLLOWER OF YOUR JESUS AND A TEACHER OF YOU ALL, WHILE THEY RAPED, AND TORTURED, AND BRUTALIZED YOUR CHILDREN YOU ENTRUSTED THEM TO. I AM TALKING ABOUT THE SCUMBAGS WHO HAVE CAUSE SO MUCH HARM TO YOUR CHILDREN. I AM SPEAKING FOR THOSE VOICES IN THE GRAVE, REFUSING TO ALLOW THEM TO REMAIN SILENT, THOSE VICTIMS WHO TOOK THEIR LIVES OVER THIS. AND I AM SPEAKING FOR EACH AND EVERY VICTIM AND SURVIVOR WHO WAS DENIED JUSTICE, ATTACKED BY ANYONE FOR THE CRIMES COMMITTED AGAINST THEM, INSULTED OR DENIGRATED OR DEFAMED ON THIS.
I’M TALKING ABOUT THE LEADERS, THE SCUMBAGS OF ALL YOUR DENOMINATIONS, WHO CARED MORE ABOUT THE REPUTATION OF THEIR VARIOUS CHURCHES AND ORGANIZATIONS THAN THEY DID ABOUT HELPING PUT A STOP TO THIS, AND PROTECTING AND DEFENDING THE VICTIMS AND SURVIVORS. AND I AM TALKING ABOUT THE LEADERS WHO MOVED THESE DANGEROUS AND DAMAGING PEDOPHILE FAKE CHRISTIAN PRIESTS AND PASTORS AROUND LIKE KIDS IN A CANDY STORE AND HID THE FACTS OF WHAT THEY WERE DOING AND MORE OF YOUR CHILDREN GOT RAPED AND BRUTALIZED BECAUSE OF IT.
THESE ARE THE PEOPLE, AS WELL AS THE ONES? WHO USE YOUR CHRISTIANITY TO SPREAD HATE AND DEATH, BIGOTRY AND MISOGYNY AND PATHOLOGICAL LIES AGAINST OTHERS. WHO THEN PROCLAIM HOW ALL CHRISTIANS ARE UNDER ATTACK. NO, GET THIS RIGHT. WE AGAIN? HAVE NO PROBLEM WITH TRUE CHRISTIANS. WE ARE NOT ATTACKING YOU. WE ACTUALLY? LOVE YA DAMMIT. WE ARE ATTACKING YOUR FAKE CHRISTIANS WHO SPREAD FAKE CHRISTIANITY IN THE NAME OF YOUR GOD, THE NAME OF YOUR JESUS THE NAME OF YOUR BIBLE AND THE NAME OF CHRISTIANITY.
THESE PEOPLE WHO ARE NOT CHRISTIANS, NOT TRUE CHRISTIANS, MUST BE STOOD UP TO JUST LIKE THOSE MUSLIM TALIBANS, OR ANY OTHER FASCIST RELIGIOUS PEOPLE SEEKING TO HARM OTHERS, DUE TO THEIR PSYCHOTIC INTERPRETATIONS OF YOUR BIBLE, AND THEN USE THAT TO HARM OTHERS.
TRUE CHRISTIANS? DO NOT HARM OTHERS, THEREFORE? WE HAVE NO REASON TO STAND UP OR DO ANYTHING TO YOU TRUE CHRISTIANS, GET THAT THROUGH YOUR THICK SKULLS. THERE IS NO WAR ON CHRISTIANS, THERE IS NO WAR AGAINST YOUR RELIGION, THERE ARE JUST PEOPLE WHO ARE SICK AND DAMN TIRED OF YOUR HATEFUL ASSHOLE FAKE CHRISTIANS AND THOSE ARE THE ONES WE ARE STANDING UP TO. AND WE HAVE EVERY DAMN RIGHT TO DO SO AND YES, USE YOUR VERY BIBLE AND THE WORDS OF THAT? TO SHOVE BACK INTO THEIR FACES AND DEMAND? AS THEY SOW? SO SHOULD THEY REAP AND AS THEY WANT TO DO TO THOSE THEY SPREAD HATE AND DEATH AGAINST? THEY SHOULD HAVE THE SAME DONE UNTO THEM.
THIS IS NOT PERSECUTING THEM FOR BEING CHRISTIANS EITHER, THEY HAVE FAR PROVEN? THEY ARE NOT CHRISTIANS. SO HOW CAN WE BE PERSECUTING CHRISTIANS, IF THE PEOPLE WE ARE STANDING UP TO? ARE NOT CHRISTIANS IN THE FIRST PLACE??? EVEN YOU TRUE CHRISTIANS AGREE? THESE ARE NOT CHRISTIANS, SO EVEN YOU AGREE WE ARE NOT PERSECUTING YOU CHRISTIANS. SO STOP ACTING LIKE WE ATHEISTS, OR LGBTS, OR PAGANS OR NATIVE AMERICANS, OR OTHERS, THESE SCUMBAG HATEFUL FAKE CHRISTIANS DO PERSECUTE WHEN WE STAND UP TO THEM.
ONE MORE TIME, TO ALL YOU TRUE CHRISTIANS, GET IT THROUGH YOUR THICK SKULLS. I KNOW MANY ATHEISTS, MANY LGBTS, MANY PAGANS, MANY NATIVE AMERICANS, WHO LOVE YA. WE APPRECIATE YOU GOOD AND TRUE CHRISTIANS. WE HAVE ABSOLUTELY NO PROBLEMS WITH YOU. YOU ARE IN FACT? DAMN GREAT HUMANS. YOU LIVE BY LOVE, THAT IS FUCKING AWESOME AND BEAUTIFUL THING TO BRING TO A WORLD FILLED WITH HATE AND ANGER AND WAR AND ALL KINDS OF EVIL. WE NEED MORE PEOPLE LIKE YOU.
WE WANT TO STOP AND GET RID OF ALL YOUR FAKE CHRISTIANS, NOT YOU. WE WANT TO STOP THOSE WHO USE YOUR BEAUTIFUL TEACHINGS OF LOVING OTHERS, HELPING OTHERS, ETC FROM CAUSING HATE AND HARM TO OTHERS.
UNDERSTAND THAT PLEASE. AND? HELP US PUT A STOP TO THIS SHIT PLEASE!!!!
Antigay pastor and wife arrested after he’s busted for luring kids with candy then molesting them
By Graham Gremore
72-year-old Garry Evans is, er, was the pastor of the Rushville Baptist Temple in Rushville, Indiana where he regularly preached about the evils of homosexuality for nearly three decades.
Last October, he was arrested after several girls from his church, all under the age of 10, told their parents he had lured them into his office with candy then touched them inappropriately. Evans made bond as was released from custody.
Well, now, he’s back in jail. This time for trespassing and resisting law enforcement.
Earlier this week, Evans and his wife Gay stormed their son’s property. Apparently he and his parents had a falling out after the sex scandal broke last October.
The Evans circled their son’s yard then banged on the door. When their daughter-in-law told them they “weren’t welcome there,” they refused to leave and remained screaming and yelling on the front porch until the daughter-in-law chased them off with a baseball bat.
Police were called. According to reports, when they intervened, Evans and his wife became “verbally abusive and physically resisted officers.” They were arrested. Gay eventually posted bond and was released, but Garry remains in custody.
But the drama doesn’t stop there.
After getting home, Gay allegedly left her estranged son several threatening voicemails, which her daughter-in-law then shared on Facebook.
“I just got out of jail,” she said in one of the messages. “I hope you’re a very happy, son. Your daddy is in there and he’s probably going to be staying in there. What is wrong with you? You are sick!”
Other family members also joined in on the attacks.
“This is insane,” another voicemail from a different family member said. “What the f*ck is wrong with you, you stupid idiot?”
“You’re fine with them arresting your 72-year-old father and 70-year-old mother? Really? Really? Are you that big of a piece of scum?” said a third person in a third voicemail.
A jury trial in the molestation case is scheduled for March 20, 2018.
Increasing attacks on Bangladeshi activists – some facts
Islamic fundamentalists have stepped up attacks on secular Bangladeshi bloggers and campaigners in the past few months, with the latest being the murder of an LGBT activist. DW presents some facts about the killings.
By Arafatul Islam
War criminals and bloggers’ murders
On February 15, 2013, blogger Ahmed Rajib Haider was hacked to death in front of his house in the Bangladeshi capital, Dhaka. Soon after his murder, an Islamist group claimed that Haider was an atheist who had made “blasphemous” comments about Prophet Muhammad and Islam on social media.
Haider was killed at a time when thousands of people had taken to the streets demanding capital punishment for a number of top Islamist leaders accused of war crimes during the country’s War of Independence in 1971. The unprecedented protest was organized by a group of secular bloggers and activists, who mobilized the people through Facebook. It was also the first of its kind demonstration representing the power of social media in the South Asian country.
Atheists are targeted
Since Haider’s assassination in 2013, five more secular bloggers have been slain in Bangladesh. All of these activists were self-proclaimed atheists and critics of religious fundamentalism. Islamist groups claimed responsibility for each of these killings on Twitter, releasing press statements in English and Bengali languages stating the reasons for their deaths. The jihadist organizations have said they killed the activists for their “blasphemous activities.”
Social media is considered a threat
Bangladesh is not a developed country but due to growing Internet connectivity, the number of people using social media and expressing their views publicly has been on the rise.
Bangladesh has now more than 30 million Facebook users, and secular bloggers and activists are making good use of it, criticizing religious fundamentalism and promoting secular values. After the murder of American-Bangladeshi blogger Avijit Roy in Dhaka on February 26, 2015, it became clear that the country’s Islamists felt threatened by the secular writers’ social media activism.
Bloggers are not the sole target
Islamic militants have carried out 34 attacks over the past 14 months in Bangladesh. “Islamic State” (IS) has claimed responsibility for at least 15 of these attacks, whereas Ansar al-Islam, an al-Qaeda affiliated Islamist group, has claimed responsibility for eight. The IS attacked mostly foreigners and religious minorities, whereas Ansar al-Islam targeted atheist bloggers, freethinkers and gay activists. The recent killing of two LGBT activists is another proof of the expanding influence of Islamists in the Muslim-majority country.
Government denies IS existence
Recently, IS published a six-page interview with its chief in Bangladesh in its propaganda magazine, Dabiq, detailing why the South Asian country is strategically important for them. The militant group said it intended to carry out attacks in India and Myanmar using Bangladesh as a base. Despite these claims, the Bangladeshi government has always denied the presence of international terror groups on Bangladeshi soil.
Activists accuse the nation’s security agencies of inaction against Islamic groups. The general response from the police, they say, borders on apathy. After the murder of atheist activist Nazimuddin Samad earlier this month, Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said her government shouldn’t be held responsible if someone got killed for criticizing Islam. The premier has generally shied away from condemning the killing of secular activists, with the exception of the assassinations of gay activist Xulhaz Mannan and his friend Tanay Majumder.
Secularism is a strong force
Religious fundamentalism is still not as deep-rooted in Bangladesh as in some other South Asian countries like Pakistan and Afghanistan. The secular culture is extremely potent. However, in the past few years, extremist religious groups have successfully created an environment of fear in the country. That is the reason why most Bangladeshis do not publicly protest the killings.
In Europe and U.S., Nonbelievers Are Increasingly Vocal
By Mary Jordan
Washington Post Foreign Service
Saturday, September 15, 2007
BURGESS HILL, England — Every morning on his walk to work, high school teacher Graham Wright recited a favorite Anglican prayer and asked God for strength in the day ahead. Then two years ago, he just stopped.
Wright, 59, said he was overwhelmed by a feeling that religion had become a negative influence in his life and the world. Although he once considered becoming an Anglican vicar, he suddenly found that religion represented nothing he believed in, from Muslim extremists blowing themselves up in God’s name to Christians condemning gays, contraception and stem cell research.
“I stopped praying because I lost my faith,” said Wright, 59, a thoughtful man with graying hair and clear blue eyes. “Now I truly loathe any sight or sound of religion. I blush at what I used to believe.”
Wright is now an avowed atheist and part of a growing number of vocal nonbelievers in Europe and the United States. On both sides of the Atlantic, membership in once-quiet groups of nonbelievers is rising, and books attempting to debunk religion have been surprise bestsellers, including “The God Delusion,” by Oxford University professor Richard Dawkins.
New groups of nonbelievers are sprouting on college campuses, anti-religious blogs are expanding across the Internet, and in general, more people are publicly saying they have no religious faith.
More than three out of four people in the world consider themselves religious, and those with no faith are a distinct minority. But especially in richer nations, and nowhere more than in Europe, growing numbers of people are actively saying they don’t believe there is a heaven or a hell or anything other than this life.
Many analysts trace the rise of what some are calling the “nonreligious movement” to the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. The sight of religious fanatics killing 3,000 people caused many to begin questioning — and rejecting — all religion.
“This is overwhelmingly the topic of the moment,” said Terry Sanderson, president of the National Secular Society of Britain. “Religion in this country was very quiet until September 11, and now it is at the center of everything.”
Since the 2001 attacks, a string of religiously inspired bomb and murder plots has shaken Europe. Muslim radicals killed 52 people on the London public transit system in 2005 and 191 on Madrid trains in 2004. People apparently aiming for a reward in heaven were arrested in Britain last year for trying to blow up transatlantic jetliners. And earlier this month in Germany, authorities arrested converts to Islam on charges that they planned to blow up American facilities there.
Many Europeans are angry at demands to use taxpayer money to accommodate Islam, Europe’s fastest-growing religion, which now has as many as 20 million followers on the continent. Along with calls for prayer rooms in police stations, foot baths in public places and funding for Islamic schools and mosques, expensive legal battles have broken out over the niqab, the Muslim veil that covers all but the eyes, which some devout women seek to wear in classrooms and court.
Christian fundamentalist groups who want to halt certain science research, reverse abortion and gay rights and teach creationism rather than evolution in schools are also angering people, according to Sanderson and others.
“There is a feeling that religion is being forced on an unwilling public, and now people are beginning to speak out against what they see as rising Islamic and Christian militancy,” Sanderson said.
Though the number of nonbelievers speaking their minds is rising, academics say it’s impossible to calculate how many people silently share that view. Many people who do not consider themselves religious or belong to any faith group often believe, even if vaguely, in a supreme being or an afterlife. Others are not sure what they believe.
The term atheist can imply aggressiveness in disbelief; many who don’t believe in God prefer to call themselves humanists, secularists, freethinkers, rationalists or, a more recently coined term, brights.
“Where religion is weak, people don’t feel a need to organize against it,” said Phil Zuckerman, an American academic who has written extensively about atheism around the globe.
He and others said secular groups are also gaining strength in countries where religious influence over society looms large, including India, Israel and Turkey. “Any time we see an outspoken movement against religion, it tells us that religion has power there,” Zuckerman said.
One group of nonbelievers in particular is attracting attention in Europe: the Council of Ex-Muslims. Founded earlier this year in Germany, the group now has a few hundred members and an expanding number of chapters across the continent. “You can’t tell us religion is peaceful — look around at the misery it is causing,” said Maryam Namazie, leader of the group’s British chapter.
She and other leaders of the council held a news conference in The Hague to launch the Dutch chapter on Sept. 11, the sixth anniversary of the terrorist attacks in the United States. “We are all atheists and nonbelievers, and our goal is not to eradicate Islam from the face of the earth,” but to make it a private matter that is not imposed on others, she said.
The majority of nonbelievers say they are speaking out only because of religious fanatics. But some atheists are also extreme, urging people, for example, to blot out the words “In God We Trust” from every dollar bill they carry.
Gaining political clout and access to television and radio airtime is the goal of many of these groups. With a higher profile, they say, they could, for instance, lobby for all religious rooms in public hospitals to be closed, as a response to Muslims demanding prayer rooms because Christians have chapels.
Associations of nonbelievers are also moving to address the growing demand in Britain, Spain, Italy and other European countries for nonreligious weddings, funerals and celebrations for new babies. They are helping arrange ceremonies that steer clear of talk of God, heaven and miracles and celebrate, as they say, “this one life we know.”
The British Humanist Association, which urges people who think “the government pays too much attention to religious groups” to join them, has seen its membership double in two years to 6,500.
A humanist group in the British Parliament that looks out for the rights of the nonreligious now has about 120 members, up from about 25 a year ago.
Doreen Massey, a Labor Party member of the House of Lords who belongs to that group, said most British people don’t want legislators to make public policy decisions on issues such as abortion and other health matters based on their religious beliefs.
But the church has disproportionate power and influence in Parliament, she said. For example, she said, polls show that 80 percent of Britons want the terminally ill who are in pain to have the right to a medically assisted death, yet such proposals have been effectively killed by a handful of powerful bishops.
“We can’t accept that religious faiths have a monopoly on ethics, morality and spirituality,” Massey said. Now, she added, humanist and secularist groups are becoming “more confident and more powerful” and recognize that they represent the wishes of huge numbers of people.
While the faithful have traditionally met like-minded people at the local church, mosque or synagogue, it has long been difficult for those without religion to find each other. The expansion of the Internet has made it a vital way for nonbelievers to connect.
In retirement centers, restaurants, homes and public lectures and debates, nonbelievers are convening to talk about how to push back what they see as increasingly intrusive religion.
“Born Again Atheist,” “Happy Heathen” and other anti-religious T-shirts and bumper stickers are increasingly seen on the streets. Groups such as the Skeptics in the Pub in London, which recently met to discuss this topic, “God: The Failed Hypothesis,” are now finding that they need bigger rooms to accommodate those who find them online.
Wright, the teacher who recently declared himself a nonbeliever, is one of thousands of people who have joined dues-paying secular and humanist groups in Europe this year.
Sitting in his living room on a quiet cul-de-sac in this English town of 30,000, Wright said he now goes online every day to keep up with the latest atheist news.
“One has to step up and stem the rise of religious influence,” said Wright, who is thinking of becoming a celebrant at humanist funerals. He said he recently went to the church funeral of his brother-in-law and couldn’t bear the “vacuous prayers of the vicar,” who, Wright said, “looked bored and couldn’t wait to leave.”
Now, instead of each morning silently reciting a favorite nighttime prayer, “Lighten our darkness, we beseech thee, O Lord, and by thy great mercy defend us from all perils and dangers . . . ” (from the Anglican Book of Common Prayer), he spends the time just thinking about the day ahead.
He said his deceased mother, a Catholic, was comforted by her faith: “It kept her going through difficult times,” particularly when his father left her when he and his sister were young.
“I really don’t know how I will react if something really bad happens,” he said. “But there is no going back. There is nothing to go back to.”
Not believing in an afterlife, he said, “makes you think you have to make the most of this life. It’s the now that matters. It also makes you feel a greater urgency of things that matter,” such as halting global warming, and not just dismissing it as being “all in God’s plan.”
He called himself heartened that the National Secular Society, which he recently joined, is planning to open chapters at a dozen universities this fall. The rising presence of the nonreligious movement, he said, is “fantastic.”
“It’s a bit of opposition, isn’t it?” he said. “Why should these religious groups hold so much sway?”
Their god given moral told them it was perfectly ok to commit the worst act of mass genocide and extermination against my Native American ancestors under their Manifest Destiny theology.
To slaughter and butcher millions of the original inhabitants of North, Central and South America, forcing them on death marches to death camps, raping and pillaging the Nations, brutalizing them. Taking the children and forcing them into their brainwashing Christian schools where Christians sought to remove any and all trace of their Native American heritage, through violence, beatings, starvations, rapes and outright murder of these children.
While proclaiming themselves the Civilized Ones bringing the religion of peace and love and non-judgment of Christianity to us savage injuns. Stealing our lands in their massacres of us. Slaughtering our game to starve us. Committing acts of Crimes Against Humanity in their biological warfare against us.
It told them it was ok to commit acts of mass murder in their 9 forced conversion programs against the Pagans of Northern Europe. It told them it was ok in 322 AD to proclaim Paganism a death penalty punishment and invade their countries and under their ChristoFascist Taliban ways? Slaughter whole towns of Pagans, murder Pagan priests and priestesses, beat to death Pagan children on the spot who were found playing with Pagan statutes as if they were playing with a doll. Destroying Pagan temples and then? Stealing all the Pagan holy days and rituals and converting them to their own use of Christianity.
It told them it was ok to slaughter whole towns of Jewish people, to blame them for the Black Death, etc. To wipe out Jewish towns of people because they said they murdered their Christian Lord and Savior, despite the fact that all what Christians teach goes against everything that Jewish theology and Old Testament teachings of theirs. It did not matter they literally hijacked the Hebrew religious beliefs and converted them to their Christian ones and then? Slaughtered, butchered and murdered the Jews.
It told them it was ok for them to build some of the most foul, evil and diabolocal torture machines to use on their fellow human beings they proclaimed as witches and heretics, and of course scientists who they disagreed with because the scientist proved them wrong.
It told them it was ok to own their fellow human beings as slaves. To even fight wars over the owning of another human being as a slave. Because hey, god commanded slavery in the bible, so according to gods morals? It is perfectly ok for Christians to own another human being as a slave.
It told them it was ok to go to war over differences in their belief in a god and a Jesus and slaughter whole nations and decimate their populations, like in the Thirty Year War between the Catholics and Protestants.
Yeah, Christian morality from their god and Jesus and leaders who order them to go out and slaughter people? Sure leaves a whole freaking lot to be desired. But of course? In their apologist hypocrisy? They will play the No True Scotsman line of apologetic bullshit to proclaim those people who did those things were not True Christians lmfao.
And of course? They say the same for the hundreds of thousands of Christian priests and pastors busted for raping kids, while they blame lgbts, atheists and Pagans for their rampant pedophilia.