by Bob Johnson
The cowardly and brutal attack last week on the 14-year-old girl Malala Yousafzai by the Islamic terrorist group the Taliban shows the truth to this statement by the American founder and Deist Thomas Paine, “Belief in a cruel god makes a cruel man.”
The Islamic Taliban believes the Quran is the final word of God. They believe in Islamic Shariah law. Since Islam and Christianity are the afterbirths of Judaism, they believe the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament and the New Testament, though distorted and not pure as they believe the Quran to be, are from God as well.
The god of Judaism, Christianity and Islam is a cruel god. He slaughtered everyone on planet Earth in the flood. This included people who could not have possibly been evil: babies and the unborn children. He went around at midnight Egypt time and slaughtered the first born of all of the Egyptians including their animals in the horrific ungodly Passover horror story found at Exodus 12:29. The reason he did this is because, as the story goes, Pharaoh would not let the Jew/Hebrew slaves leave Egypt. The reason Pharaoh would not free them? Because the cruel blood-lusting Bible god “hardened Pharaoh’s heart” so he wouldn’t let them go! (The ambiguous and therefore meaningless Bible says in 11 different places that the Bible god hardened Pharaoh’s heart while it also says in four different places that Pharaoh hardened his own heart.)
The god of the New Testament is just as brutal. For example, he will have people burn in hell for eternal excruciating suffering if they do not do as he demands to win their salvation. The demands for salvation in Christianity are also ambiguous, which is also a form of cruelty since, allegedly, your eternal salvation depends on it. Some Bible teachings say simple belief that Jesus is the son of God who died for your sins is enough. However, other teachings say you need to believe that PLUS you need to be baptized while other New Testament teachings say you must do good works. There are dozens of New Testament contradictory teachings on salvation, the biggest selling point of Christianity.
Contrary to the established system media, the main reason the Taliban cowards shot Malala in the head was not because she was promoting education for girls and women, but because “of her pioneer role in preaching secularism and so called enlightened moderation.” The Taliban made this very clear in a statement they released taking credit for the disgusting attack on the girl.
“Revealed”/hearsay religions cannot mix with enlightenment. Enlightenment is based on our God-given reason and the various “revealed”/hearsay religions like Judaism, Christianity and Islam are all based on man-made stories, superstitions and myths masquerading as the word of God. This is one reason the early Christian church leaders “forbade bishops to read the books of the gentiles” in the Fourth Council of Carthage in 398 CE. And as I wrote in Deism: A Revolution in Religion, A Revolution in You (for Kindle version click here), “That virtually limited the bishops, who made up a very large bulk of the people who could actually read, to ancient Hebrew texts full of superstition, fear and Jewish supremacy and outlawed the books of real value and meaning written in Greek and Latin. This infection and eventual dominance of Semitic superstition of the Roman Empire is what brought on the Dark Ages. And if something isn’t done in today’s nuclear age to curtail the influence and violence of the ‘revealed’ religions we will face another Dark Ages or irreversible total annihilation and extinction through nuclear warfare.”
The Taliban statement on their attack on Malala tried to give justification for the attack. Many people thought it was wrong to attack a child. The Taliban set them straight with a lesson from the word of the cruel god of the Quran. They used Surah 18:74-81. This repulsive and foolish story is of the Islamic hero and “righteous servant of God,” Khidr. As this nonsensical story goes, Khidr and Moses were traveling and encountered a young boy. Khidr murdered the innocent boy. He explained the reason for murdering him was because the boy had parents who were “believers” and the boy may have caused trouble for them when he got older. (This is actually in the “holy” scriptures of Islam! People actually believe and accept this tripe as being the word of God – very sad and dangerous.) The Taliban statement stated, “If anyone argues about her (Malala’s) young age, then the story of Hazrat Khizar in the Quran (states that) while traveling with Prophet Musa (AS), (he) killed a child. Arguing about the reason of his killing, he said that the parents of this child were pious and in the future he (the child) would cause a bad name for them.” (This is the same “revealed” religious line of thinking that was a key motivator for the Christian mom from Texas, Andrea Yates, who murdered her five children to save them from getting possessed by the imaginary entity, Satan.)
Being as self-contradictory as their “holy” book, the Quran, the Taliban statement also said they don’t believe in killing women HOWEVER, Shariah law demands that they murder Malala. This part of their statement made clear that, “whom so ever leads a campaign against Islam and Shariah is ordered to be killed by Shariah.” By promoting enlightenment, which is made possible by our God-given reason and lots of hard work, Malala is guilty of leading a campaign against Islam. Why the main-stream media ignores this deep hatred for enlightenment held by the Taliban is impossible to understand at this time.
The only lasting way to end crazy religious violence is to educate the sincere believers in “revealed”/hearsay religions to the fact that they must chose and embrace either self-contradictory and man-made “revealed” religions or their God-given reason. The choice is up to them although the consequences impact all of us.
Bob Johnson is a freelance writer in the Tampa area of Florida. He was raised Roman Catholic, but after a stint in Marine Corps infantry and reading Thomas Paine’s The Age of Reason he became a Deist.
In 1993 he founded the World Union of Deists, and in 1996 he launched the first website devoted to Deism. He is the author of God Gave Us Reason, Not Religion, Deism: A Revolution in Religion, A Revolution in You and An Answer to C.S. Lewis’ Mere Christianity. He has also written the introduction to Thomas Paine’s The Age of Reason, The Complete Edition and Principles of Nature by Elihu Palmer.