Had an interesting conversation with a dear friend of mine on the issue of the debate between religion and science, atheism and theism.
While I sought to avoid all the useless rhetoric which leads to no answers – I sought to reconcile what I believe to be two perceptions that are not all quite that different. What I have noticed as a common denominator amongst so-called atheists is a disdain more-so for the morose attributes of religion rather than the philosophy and intellectualism behind it. In reality, even in today’s modern world, religion is a tool for control, power and crime (as expressed through politics), which does nothing to improve the image of the philosophy behind theology in the first place.
Social liberalism grew largely out of the resistance movements against monarchism, despotism, authoritarianism, and socio-economic control. Since most of these ‘tyrants’ in history were in fact justifying their actions through religious dogma, it only makes sense that individuals would be repulsed by the idea altogether. But just as there have been religiously dogmatic tyrants, there have also been irreligiously dogmatic tyrants. And in the midst of it all, we’ve even had tyrants who could not make the decision for themselves, such as Hitler, who in one angle portrays himself as a God-fearing messiah, and in other, an anti-judaic anti-christ. Stalin and Lenin worked to disenfranchise religion entirely from the socio-political scene.
Ultimately, each individual ought to be free – atheist or not. In the end it seems to me what matters are the virtues of life that are carried in philosophy altogether. Religious fanatics will claim you cannot be good without obedience to organized religion; atheists claim you can be ABSOLUTELY moral without the help of God. Both seem quite extreme. I sympathize with the atheist however, because religious dogma is terrifying. Yet, I do believe that without God, man falls prey to hubris, which eventually leads to power-grabbing, and an obstruction of human liberty and dignity.
Ultimately, I must say I am devoted to the Abrahamic God – and I believe all truth and beauty resonates from Him. The wonders of philosophy, morality, existentialism, and secularism as well – all of these resonate from that wonderful truth which is perfection – the Lord of the worlds. No, I do not traditionally welcome the Christian anthropomorphic version of God, and I do reject the evangelical and fundamentalistic zionist interpretation of God – seeing both of these as equally dogmatic and detrimental to individual liberty, dignity, and truth.
I am a muslim and a jew. I believe in the message of Allah. I do so philosophically, however not ‘religiously’. I submit to God – not to one man’s devious understanding of God.
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From Obama’s meeting with the Pope to Putin’s annexation of Crimea – lot has been going on this past month.
Republicans are still dishing last minute attempts to stifle Obamacare, but to their misfortune it doesn’t seem to be working.
And then there’s Kobe Bryant’s remark about the Trayvon incident which seemed to be a little pre-mature. I do think we should cut the guy some slack – it’s twitter, and we all know what the media is out to do – fan the flames. Still, I must say, Kobe’s inner-snob showed face, a trait he’s been carrying with him since the first echos of Jordan-Kobe comparisons became a topic of consideration. Anyway, it was Kobe’s remarks that drew me do some research, coming across the editorial cartoon pictured above; a blatant criticism of right-wing attempts to justify the stand-your-ground laws used to justify the tragedies like that of young Trayvon (RIP).
Let’s face it, the media in America is extremely self-interested; lot of Obama bashing and Tea Party cynicism feeding the masses – fueling boiling angers amongst conservatives.
Apparently, a young girl has requested the Pope’s assistance in preventing her father’s deportation from America. The immigration issue is as pressing as ever – being a struggling immigrant myself, I sympathize and applaud this courageous girl’s effort. God speed.
fAs for the Ukraine – Obama slipped up when he said America had no self-interest in Iraq. Perhaps America didn’t – but the Bush Administration did. That brings to light another issue I’d like to bring up – the actions of few americans should not be excused in order to preserve american exceptionalism – instead let’s be honest about our past so we can procure a better future – so we can distance ourselves from the fundamentalistic policies of the Bush era.
What the world is currently experiencing is a rebalancing of global power – meanwhile certain groups/entities are doing whatever they can to keep it unbalanced – through means of propaganda, war, intelligence operations, etc.
Where are we headed now? We have a tyrannical monarchy in Saud which we must cut ties with; an Egypt in turmoil, endangered by radicalism and foreign meddling; a Syria caught in the midst of a tug-o-war between East and West (and zionism); Palestinians blockaded and starved in Gaza; a worldwide refugee crisis; a vindictively anti-Western South America; and in culmination of all these phenomena, the ultimate consequence: a potential world war.
There is a particular ideology being challenged by the world. That is the ideology of imperialism. Once the balance of power is reestablished – once the grass is cut – the snakes will show.
The following are the links to the articles regarding Bill Day’s gun-rights themed editorial cartoon and the young girl’s petition to the pope respectively:
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Let me make something clear by stating that President Morsi’s hatred for Jews and Zionists is a sham.
If anything, its this sort of religious fanaticism that Israel plays on.
See America? See why we have control/secure the Middle East?
Mr. Morsi, Bassem Youssef is free to do as he pleases…as is Jon Stewart, who ironically, has taken the liberty of criticizing Israeli policy in the past.
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Mr. Morsi is no Muslim. Mr. Morsi is an Islamist. His religion is Islamism, not Islam. His followers are either fearful, ignorant, uneducated, or simply fanatical. Nonetheless, they do nothing but pose a danger to Egypt’s stability. Moreover, they weaken the possibilities of a liberal democracy flourishing in Egypt.
As for Syria, according to an article on the U.K.’s The Telegraph [click here for link to article], the Syrian government has reported that its army has captured thirteen French Soldiers on Syrian soil.
Not surprisingly, and yet somehow surprisingly, the French government denied these claims, though not absolutely, according to the Telegraph article.
Opponents of Asad would say this is pro-Asad propaganda, initiated either by the West or whomever else they can blame. As for supporters of the regime, this find might only reinforce their predispositions: the so-called ‘Syrian Revolution’ is a foreign conspiracy.
French troops or not, the position of the Asad regime and its internal supporters as well as international sympathizers remains: a foreign conspiracy meant to destabilize the country and further the goals of colonialists in region is unraveling.
The truth is ominous, as always, but when all the murkiness fades, and all emotions are set aside, it becomes more and more apparent that perception is molded by one, ultimate factor:
So, in the midst of all the political mayhem ensuing, I am forced to ask:
What do you believe?
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