On my way to work this morning, I was listening to our talk radio station, as I do every morning. Blah blah, the Georgia Bulldogs are going to start playing soon, blah blah, the weather will be clear but hot today, blah blah, “some school students were sent home this week because they were wearing shirts that said “Islam is of the devil.”
I made a mental note, determined that I would Google “Islam is of the Devil” t-shirts, and there it was. A (so-called) church in Gainesville, Florida called the Dove World Outreach Center is putting kids in these t-shirts and sending them to school with hate in their hearts.
I’m not a really religious person, but I do believe in the utmost equality for every human being. I believe in the power of good people doing good things, and this, this I completely, absolutely disagree with.
When I read the Frequently Asked Questions on the church’s website, it made my heart ache. Physically just ACHE. Who is this pastor, this so-called “child of God,” and what makes him any better than the very same religious zealots they’re fighting against?
Why would the Church put up such a sign? To expose Islam for what it is. It is a violent and oppressive religion that is trying to mascarade itself as a religion of peace, seeking to deceive our society.
WHOA WHOA WHOA, there, sir. You seem to be conveniently forgetting the Inquisition. The torture and burning at the stake of innocents believed to be witches, the molestation of alter boys, the forceful nature of mission trips and “spreading God’s love”.
This isn’t spreading God’s love – this is spreading HATE.
Above all other things, this is what makes me deny most religious belief systems, because I haven’t found one yet that is completely free of hate and judgment. And maybe I won’t, either. Maybe that will eventually seal my fate as a true non-believer. I don’t know. But there has to be a better way, a truer way of thinking, a nonjudgmental, peaceful way of thinking. Until that day comes, consider me a nonjudgemental, nonaggressive, nonbeliever.
The opposite of the religious fanatic is not the fanatical atheist but the gentle cynic who cares not whether there is a god or not. – Eric Hoffer