10 Jan


Social media is overflowing with demands that anything Islam be outlawed, and it’s easy to see why. After all, despite claims to the contrary by bewhiskered Imams, Islam is based on belief in ancient texts that are riddled with hatred for anything non-Islam, and calls for mass conversion or murder. But so is the Old Testament of the Christian bible, so there’s a kind if equality there.

I guess that the ancient reason for the need to recruit or kill lies in the what must have been humble origins of both faiths, when those in charge became penny* by penny richer as the number of followers grew – and, tied as it was to a national identity, the religion became unstoppable and the priests and imams richer. You won’t find that written down so plainly in the aforementioned ancient texts, though. Appeals were through faith and belief rather than an acknowledgement of financial avarice.

Christianity and Islam share a belief in a deity that is omnipresent and all-seeing. But that grand claim doesn’t mean that the deity is any more real than Apollo, Mercury or Neptune were to the Romans. Back in the day they, and many others, were prayed to and then cast off when new characters (mostly Christ) replaced them. The same will happen, sooner or later, to the deities worshipped by those deluded enough to need deities, and, hopefully not, others may appear out of some hippy’s drugged dream to replace them. It’ll be goodbye Christ and goodbye Allah, and good riddance, and hello pink tortoise or whatever.

But the cry to illegitimatise Islam might be dangerous. It might even be foolish, for that faith is so deeply ingrained in the minds and brainwashed skulls of its believers that they can’t begin to see its folly. How many devout Christians would cast off the yoke of their absurd faith in the way that calls for Islam to be outlawed demand? Part of the deluding factor is unquestioning belief. Apropos Christianity, I have read, on social media, entreaties for God to save a particular soul, then, later on, entreaties to ease the pain suffered by that soul as he deteriorated and subsequently more entreaties to guide that soul to Heaven followed by prayers that those left behind after the departure of that soul have their grief comforted. And not one hope that medical science will help. And, you know, anyone who is of that ilk and recognises themselves or others like them is liable to delete me as whatever I am, friend or acquaintance, rather than think about what I’ve said!!!

In conclusion, if Islam is to be made to go into the dustbin of dead faiths then so must Christianity. We’re in the twenty-first century, for goodness’ sake! There are a few pompous tenth-rate philosophers who probably consume dictionaries for breakfast and who parade half-baked and incomprehensible ideas on-line, and long may they continue to provide joy to those of us who don’t need their brand of nit-picking mindlessness, but the crafty and cruel depths that religions can take a soul need sorting out while there are still souls to be taken on any journey. People can be rotten and even with no religion there will be rotters around, but without a flag to hold before them they will be of little real consequence, bullies without a cause.

*or whatever currency prevailed.

© Peter Rogerson 10.01.15


4 Responses to “ISLAM’S INHERITANCE”

  1. georgiakevin April 6, 2015 at 1:29 am #

    Well written, well thought out. You raised issues that i had never considered. i have a lot to chew on after reading your post.

    • Peter Rogerson April 6, 2015 at 8:53 am #

      I’ve just finished reading the Hilary Mantel novel “Wolf Hall” set in 16th century England. She researched her material really well before setting pen to paper (or finger to keyboard) and it’s clear to me that the cruelties and brutality of Islamic forces today have got to go a long way before they equal some of the punishments meted out in the name of God back in the 1530s!

      • georgiakevin April 6, 2015 at 1:01 pm #

        I agree but the holier than thous memory and history knowledge of their own faith won’t go back that far.

  2. Peter Rogerson April 6, 2015 at 1:19 pm #

    Sometimes bringing to mind historical facts can interfere with cosy prejudice, and some people are unhappy letting that happen!!

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