July 17, 2017

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Peddlers of sharia law cite these passages from the 33rd chapter of the Quran to justify punishment for blasphemy:

Those who annoy Allah and His Messenger”€”Allah has cursed them in this World and in the Hereafter, and has prepared for them a humiliating Punishment….They shall have a curse on them: whenever they are found, they shall be seized and slain (without mercy).

Question, and it applies not only to Allah but to all the angry Gods of monotheism”€”why would an allegedly perfect and all-powerful deity create a universe where anything, much less nearly everything, annoyed him? That’s like decorating your own apartment and getting pissed off at the way it looks.

An Islamic hadith seems to suggest it’s A-OK to murder anyone who talks shit about Muhammad:

A Jewess used to abuse the Prophet and disparage him. A man strangled her till she died. The Apostle of Allah declared that no recompense was payable for her blood.

Again, why would any perfect being get angry”€”so angry, he justifies murder?

Isn”€™t anger an emotional response to the sense that one is not in complete control of a situation?

According to this link,

Anger…is an emotion that involves a strong uncomfortable and emotional response to a perceived provocation, hurt or threat. Anger can occur when a person feels their personal boundaries are being or going to be violated.

So God not only can feel threatened, he also has personal boundaries that can be violated? Doesn”€™t sound like much of an all-powerful being to me. Sounds like someone who deserves a bit of ridicule and maybe even a few scoops of bullying.

Everywhere I searched for the roots of anger, I came up with the same result”€”it’s a reaction to feelings of helplessness or loss of control. According to Psychology Today:

A person or situation somehow makes us feel defeated or powerless, and reactively transforming these helpless feelings into anger instantly provides us with a heightened sense of control.

This site claims that anger is a tool “€œto convert feelings of vulnerability and helplessness into feelings of control and power.”€ And this one says anger is a “€œresponse to protect against feeling that old helplessness.”€ And this one flat-out states that anger “€œoccurs when you lose control….[It] is a feeling of being vulnerable and helpless.”€

If Allah gets upset, that means he feels vulnerable, which means he’s not perfect, which means he’s not God, which means I will blaspheme him until I draw my last breath. I ain”€™t scared. There ain”€™t no virgins where I”€™m going, anyway.


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