Rarely have I seen a dumber article on Alternet. Juan Cole informs us of the Top Ten Ways Islamic Law Forbids Terrorism.
Here’s just 2 ideas that come to my mind when I read this pileup:
1. If you need 10 ways to forbid something, then your methods 1-9 are not working.
2. If your justification for approving or disapproving of action X involves reference to something some guy may or may not have said in 650 CE, then your moral software needs an urgent update.
And then there is this: Continue reading
Posted in Politics, Religion, Weirdness
Tagged Alternet, fallacy, Islam, Juan Cole, law, method, muslim, religion, scotsman, terror, terrorist
In the religion of Islam, there are two major factions or sects today. Those who barracked for 60-year old Abu Bakr to succeed a guy called Mohammed after his death in 632 CE to lead the aspiring religion of Islam into the future as the first Caliph are called Sunni, while the ones who are the 50 times removed grandkids of those who voted for a much younger guy called Ali at the time, are the Shi’a. Talk about enduring allegiances.(To be fair, noone told Ali that a meeting was already taking place to make this decision for the future, the poor chap was busy washing Mohammed’s dead body at the time, or so we are told)
Anyhow, Mohammed is one of the prophets of Islam. He started receiving revelations after 610 CE, after having initially to be convinced by the Archangel Gabriel that yes, he Mohammed the illiterate innumerate tribesman was indeed the best vessel to receive god’s plan for world domination for the Arabian peninsula. But he is not the only prophet by far, actually. Rather, the list of prophets in Islam reads like a casting list for former greats of other religions, in particular Christianity and Judaism. Moses, Abraham, Jesus, all prophets of Islam. Compared to that list, you’d think Brent Spiner and Wil Wheaton appearing in Big Bang Theory is small change.
Never mind. Even the different factions of Islam seem to agree on one thing today: Do not mock or insult the prophet. Continue reading
Posted in Atheism, Religion
Tagged arabic, blasphemy, history, Islam, law, mohammed, muslim, Obama, prophet, religion