Thursday, 8 January 2015

A nail in Gods coffin...

I don't want to write too much about those awful Paris murders, there are people who can do that far better than I, but I fail to understand how a few silly drawings can possibly justify the murder of twelve people. I'm not easily offended, and I can't think of a single religious joke that is going to offend me, but then I'm not a believer.

Thank God.

Besides, we chose to be offended, it isn't a given. When I stop to think about it there are things that do offend me - child abuse, fanatical murder, a world where freedom of speech seems to be getting harder each passing day - I can get quite angry. Of course, I wouldn't murder for any of these things, but then I'm not a murderer. Allah is just an excuse.

Today someone I know put forward the view that those French cartoonist had been pretty stupid to poke fun at religion, particularly Islam. He said that they should have known that they would be targeted and killed. I found his view offensive, but I didn't kill him. He's entitled to his view even though I don't believe that people with sharp pencils and even sharper wits deserve to die for their doodles.

If belief can make men do the things they do in the name of some unseen being then I don't want any part of it. Oh I know that it isn't really about religion, I know it's more about the individuals involved, and I know that if it wasn't the good name Allah then these murderers would find another reason to kill. But for me it's just one more nail in God's coffin, regardless of the God. Mysterious ways? My arse. Jehovah, Allah, Jesus Christ, Vishnu - damn your names and the people that kill and maim for you in your names; to my mind you are no better than the devil - worse probably, at least the devil admits to his evil.

There, I wasn't going to say much, but I have. Maybe too much. Not enough to get me murdered though surely?

16 comments:

  1. Gary Weston and Martin A W Holmes shared your photo.

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  2. Sharon Taylor on FB
    well said

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    1. Andrew Height
      I wish the media would stop being so scared. I understand it, but it is giving these arses what they want. People died for those silly drawings - flood the world with them!

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    2. Sharon Taylor
      absolutely, those hate filled people must be put in the minority box, they even kill fellow Muslims surely together we can overcome?

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  3. Cloe Fyne on FB
    Agree. Poor poor families of people that have been so wrongly killed. X

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    1. Andrew Height
      Who would have thought making people smile through sharing your thoughts with a cartoon could get you killed? It makes me wonder what sort of world is out there. It is marks on paper for God's sake! Who is next and why? Non halal butchers?

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    2. Cloe Fyne
      Glass artists best watch out then

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    3. Cloe Fyne
      Joke!!! And that is why we don't do religion in our pad!

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  4. Sharon Taylor on FB
    it seems to be out of control and the scary thing for me is that I can understand the thought process of the far right. To be honest that is the scariest thing ever as a society we have strived for equality and acceptance and on the face of it this has resulted in the opposite.

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    1. Andrew Height
      I can't understand extreme views at all. Extreme by it's very nature means excessive. I would happily kill these murderers with my bare hands, but what would be the point? It will not stop them believing their own lies and to be honest I meet people everyday who are just as convinced that their lies are truth. It's the modern way - but it sucks... right Cameron, DWH, Nigel, and the rest?

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  5. Nick Jennings on FB
    wonderful, but...cant help but pick up the "it isn't about really about religion," ffs!! this is NOTHING to do with religion per se but about one man's manipulation of anther man. That despicable/cowardly attack was about the twisted paradigm of some narrow minded, manipulator of weak minds that convinced some unforgiveable idiots, ". the fight is with the source that convinces these irretrievably naive idiots to 'do the bidding' of others that needs to be exposed/dealt with! like i've said before, give me 10 minutes with no witnesses...

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  6. Yes, that's so true Nick. Let's not forget the Muslim policeman, Ahmed Merabet, who they murdered. It has nothing to do with religion and everything to do with control - which is wear many representatives of many religions have taken their church and their Gods.

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  7. Martin A W Holmes on FB
    You might be pleased to know that you also have the Stephen Mcaleer seal of approval... "Stephen Mcaleer Good work; I like it. I was thinking of doing a couple of years in Oman before retiring back to the UK but I think I'll knock that idea on the head now."

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    1. Andrew Height
      I'm friends with Mr Stephen Mcaleer on Facebook. Thanks Martin. Freedom of expression is probably the thing I hold most dear.

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  8. Sandra Bouguerch on FB
    I am Atheist and I have friends from all over the world, especially muslim fiends, they respect me and I respect them for who they are, which is good friends. I am very interested in others and have good chats with my deliver friends as I like to learn and try and understand what makes them believe. Good post Andy x

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    1. Andrew Height
      Thanks Sandra Bouguerch

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