Thursday, 12 May 2011

'The greatest man-made force for evil in the world today'


Here's an update from Islamophobia Watch on the earlier article 'Buddhists, Dawkins and Gays worried by Islam in Europe' , in particular atheist Richard Dawkins having second thoughts about the collapse of Christianity due to the realisation that it is the bulwark against something worse...

'Dawkins ponders anti-Islam alliance with evangelical Christians
Richard Dawkins is often described as a "militant atheist". However, if this term is meant to convey that Dawkins maintains a uniform hostility to all varieties of religious belief then it is misapplied.
Dawkins makes no attempt to hide the fact that he is discriminatory in his opposition to different faiths. He happily describes himself as a "cultural Christian" – by which he means a cultural Anglican. After all, according to Dawkins, Roman Catholicism is "the world's second most evil religion". No prizes for guessing which faith is the most evil. Indeed, Dawkins holds the view that Islam is not only by far the worst of all the major faiths but is also arguably "the greatest man-made force for evil in the world today".

In the past, however, Dawkins has presented evangelical Christianity in the US as a major enemy alongside Islam. Addressing a session at the Edinburgh International Book Festival in 2008, he told his audience that it was "possible to see Europe as a haven of civilisation, with the pincer movement of Islam on one side and the US on the other".

Now, however, Dawkins is prepared to consider the possibility of an alliance with US Christian evangelism to stem the tide of Islam. He has reproduced on his website a map by the Bakke Graduate University which portrays Islam and Christianity locked in conflict over the future of Africa. The BGU warns:

"For centuries, Islam has attempted to move southward on the continent of Africa. In spite of wars, political upheavals, and massive financial investments, the spread of Islam has remained stalled for 400 years just south of the Sahara desert and just inland of the eastern coast. The Islamic and Christian worldviews remain deadlocked in front-line nations such as Somalia, Sudan, and Mali. North of this line, wealthy foundations from the Middle East have poured money into colossal mosques, Islamic schools, and economic development. The strategies to reinforce this front line appear to be well-coordinated efforts to use money, impressive buildings, and children's education to shore up the future of Islam in the region."

Still, all is not lost. The BGU explains: "It appears as if God is reinforcing the African front-line from the south with resources from the west. This is not a centrally-planned strategy, but the movement of the Holy Spirit in churches, businesses and governments. Many who supply relief and education probably aren't aware that they have been sent by their Creator to accomplish His purposes in the region. Others are acutely aware of His call."

And how does Dawkins respond to Bakke Graduate University's promotion of Christian-Muslim conflict in Africa? By using it to illustrate his thesis that religious faith is "dangerous because it teaches enmity to others labelled only by a difference of inherited tradition"? Not at all. He writes:
"Given that Islam is such an unmitigated evil, and looking at the map supplied by this Christian site, should we be supporting Christian missions in Africa? My answer is still no, but I thought it was worth raising the question. Given that atheism hasn't any chance in Africa for the foreseeable future, could our enemy's enemy be our friend?" 

Map of Islam and Christianity in Africa

This raises a number of interesting points for Buddhists.

- Should Buddhists support an informal coalition of 'kuffars' against Islamic supremacism?  Historically Islam has attacked all religions, but has been particularly devastating to Buddhism.

- Should Buddhists support Christianity in situations where Buddhism hasn't a chance in the foreseeable future? For example, Buddhism has a strong anti-materialist philosophical basis which seems absent from Christianity. "Christianity ... has always been a religion seeking a metaphysic, in contrast to Buddhism which is a metaphysic generating a religion  ."  One of the reasons Islam is making such rapid progress in Europe is that it is aggressively filling the spiritual vacuum left by the spread of materialism. Maybe Buddhism could supply philosophical arguments to help prop up Christianity.

- Is it possible to be 'culturally Anglican' while being philosophically Buddhist? Although the Church of England is in a state of meltdown, there is much in historic Anglican culture that is worth preserving.  The basic tenet of Anglicanism is 'Latitudinarianism' - which means you can believe anything you like as long as you don't get too fanatical.  Since it's possible to be a Church of England Druid, maybe you can also be a Church of England Buddhist.

However, the intrinsic tribalism of Islamic doctrine - the divisive 'us versus them' mentality implicit in such fundamental Islamic polarities as Dar al-Harb versus Dar al-Islam, and Kuffar versus Umma, will forever limit the extent to which Islam can constructively engage with non-Muslim society.


 Update November 2012...

‘There’s no God and Islam is evil’ speech earns Richard Dawkins ovation from islanders

"RENOWNED atheist Professor Richard Dawkins received a surprise standing ovation in the traditionally Christian community of Stornoway last night, following a two-hour speech in which he said there was probably no God.

The 71-year-old described Islam as “one of the great evils of the world” in his lecture, The God Delusion, as part of a rare visit to the Western Isles.

The talk delivered on Lewis during the Hebrides Book Festival proved a major hit among the 220-strong crowd. There was a waiting list of 60 people for tickets, after the event sold out within 40 minutes.

Members of the audience cheered loudly as Prof Dawkins used the appearance to attack Islam, while stressing that the “vast majority of
Muslims” were not evil, only their religion was.

Prof Dawkins said: “We are terrified of being called ‘Islamophobic’. It is a disgrace a religion prescribes death for leaving it. The vast majority of Muslims would not dream of doing that, but they are taught it in their madrassas… and it only takes a minority to put that into practice. And, as 
we have seen, terrible things happen.”...   from   THE SCOTSMAN

Update on Dawkins and jihadism March 2013

Coercion, intimidation, thuggery
and outright terrorism are 
intrinsic and essential features 
of Islam. 

Islam is so intellectually moribund

and ethically repulsive 
that it cannot compete for followers
in a free marketplace of ideas, 
but must eliminate its competitors 
by whatever means may be necessary. 

See   No future for Buddhism in an Islamized World


Anonymous said...

Dalai Lama says killing terrorists is justified.

Bowker said...

'Islamophobia' Watch? Bullshit!

A phobia is an irrational fear. But fear of Islam is very rational, especially for those gays who are being beaten to pulp by marauding mobs of street-jihadists in London. Use of the word ISLAMOPHOBIA is an attempt to impose thought-crime legislation:-

"On the streets, evidence of Muslim extremism is not difficult to find. ‘Sharia law for the UK’ is a slogan popular with the extremists, who also hand out leaflets proclaiming that, in the name of Allah, the area is a ‘gay-free zone’.

Fears over the number of homophobic incidents in Tower Hamlets at the hands of Islamic extremists have grown in recent years. But there is also the concern that no one is prepared to speak out about what is happening for fear of being branded Islamophobic.

Paul Burston edits the gay section in the London listings magazine Time Out. ‘In the past few years there have been more and more reports of homophobic incidents in Tower Hamlets, often involving attacks on gay men by gangs of young Bangladeshis,’ he said.

‘A large number of people have contacted me to tell me about all kinds of incidents, ranging from being stopped outside mosques and handed literature that is really horrible, to being verbally abused and physically attacked. But if you talk about it publicly then you are accused of fuelling Islamophobia. It is the idea that a potential thought-crime trumps a real crime that I find difficult to understand.’

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Anonymous said...

certainly from a secular humanist perspective islam is total evil, even a brief review of islams theology & history easily verifies this negative assertion

see the links in the pdf version below for more accurate info to counter islamic dissimulation and political correctness

islam is a horrible ideology for human rights

5 key things about islam

1. mythical beliefs - all religions have these (faith) because its part of being a religion: having beliefs without proof until after the believer dies. the problem is people will believe almost anything.

2. totalitarianism - islam has no seperation of church and state: sharia law governs all. there is no free will in islam: only submission to the will of allah as conveniently determined by the imams who spew vapors to feather their own nests. there are no moderate muslims: they all support sharia law.

3. violence - islam leads the pack of all religions in violent tenets for their ideology & history: having eternal canonical imperatives for supremacy at all costs and calling for violence & intimidation as basic tools to achieve these goals.

4. dishonesty - only islam has dishonesty as a fundamental tenet: this stems from allah speaking to mohamhead & abrogation in the koran which is used to explain how mo's peaceful early life was superseded by his warlord role later.

5. misogyny - present day islam is still rooted in 8th century social ethics: treating females as property of men good only for children, severely limiting their activities, dressing them in shower curtains and worse.

conclusions ??

there really are NO redeeming qualities for this muddled pile of propaganda.

islam is just another fascist totalitarian ideology used by power hungry fanatics on yet another quest for worldwide domination and includes all the usual human rights abuses & suppression of freedoms.

graphics version

1 page pdf version - do file/download 6kb viewer doesn't show fonts well, has better fonts header footer links, great for emailing printing etc

Anonymous said...

Richard Dawkins attacks Muslim schools for stuffing children's minds with 'alien rubbish'
Richard Dawkins claims Muslim schools are having a "pernicious" influence on children who are having their minds "stuffed with alien rubbish" such as claims the world is only 6,000 years old.

The author of The God Delusion, who has previously described religious education provided by faith schools as a form of child abuse, said that the effect was "utterly deplorable" especially as it lasted until their university years.

The prominent atheist said he could live with some faith schools that are vaguely religious and saved his fire for the schools that were teaching "total nonsense".

Mr Dawkins, former Oxford University professor and evolutionary biologist, made his comments as he spoke to the Times Educational Supplement about the launch of a new science book.

He said that while he opposed faith schools as a whole, it was the Muslim ones that worried him the most.

"Occasionally, my colleagues lecturing in universities lament having undergraduate students walk out of their classes when they talk about evolution – this is almost entirely Muslims," he said.

Anonymous said...

Here is the latest attacks from the religion of peace. Now I implore anyone that thinks they can, to find attacks like these in the name of Christianity, within the time frame of these attacks. You will not find a single one! Now that is something to take notice of.

2014.08.20 (Uruzgan, Afghanistan) - A 'gruesome' Taliban bomb attack produces three dead civilians.
2014.08.19 (Hardan, Iraq) - Reports emerge of Islamic State slaughtering nineteen boys and kidnapping two girls from an extended family.
2014.08.19 (Tangi, Pakistan) - Three female teachers and two children are incinerated by a remote-controlled blast.
2014.08.18 (Karachi, Pakistan) - A salesman and an accountant are among four people gunned down for belonging to the wrong branch of Islam.
2014.08.18 (Durwa, Nigeria) - Six refugees from an earlier attack are hunted down and killed by Boko Haram.
2014.08.16 (Samarrah, Iraq) - Religion of Peace bombers target an engineering team trying to repair a bridge, killing three.

Anonymous said...

I appologize for you naive people if you seriously believe the absolute garbage that the whole reason behind terrorist attacks is just Islam...

Well, no. Actually in fact it's just Islamic Middle Eastern, Afghans, Arabs and Pakistanis doing this bloodthirsty ridiculous kind of absolutely moronic peasantry.

Have you ever heard a Bakshir Muslim using fear, terrorism and immigration to spread Islam? Hell no. CLEARLY it's just mentally challenged CULTURE that in fact causes so much backwards dumb thinking that a reminder of cavemen or Dark Ages seem pale in comparison.

Besides if Islam is so damn violent SO is Bible. Bible was "filtered" by Renaissance and Enlightment to be fair. Islam didn't.