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COLUMN TEN, JUNE 1, 1996
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DEMONIZING ISLAM




An extremist Islamic poster in Gaza.

The reason I scorn all religions is that they offer us the Word of God from too many cynical and aging tyrants, each of whom interprets the Word to suit himself. I'm talking about rebbes, popes, ayatollahs or any such clerics who use whatever God-given charisma they might enjoy to brainwash followers into tribal warfare. I'm talking especially about those extremists who are currently demonizing Islam by bullshitting ignorant, innocent kids---presumably, they are usually hard-up, sex-starved, virgin teenagers---into believing that blowing themselves up on a bus or in a crowd of children is an easy way of getting laid, according to what I read between the lines. Or are these suicide bombers all educated intellectuals who really believe they will be immolating themselves in Allah's name?

"Go and carry a bomb to explode amid a crowd of holiday-costumed children in a sunlit square," these self-proclaimed holy men in effect tell their flock of brainwashed, sex-starved potential Kevorkian rejects, "and, as a martyr, you will go straight to Paradise, where beautiful houris await you to reward you for your heroic action by spreading their legs and fucking your brainwashed brains out."

If the spiritual leaders of Hamas or Hezbollah or other such fanatic Islamic organizations really believe suicide bombing is a holy occupation, why don't they board that particular express to heaven by blowing themselves up? Obviously, these aging and cynical tyrants think that kind of bullshit is just for kids. The word is that these aging, cynical and tyrannical leaders look upon their fanatic teenage volunteers as nothing but bullets which these aging, cynical and tyrannical leaders shoot at will while taking great care to avoid getting caught in the line of fire themselves. Obviously, these so-called holy men do not crave Allah's redemption so much as they seek personal power.

I've never read the Koran. For that matter, I've never really read the Bible, either. But I, for one, refuse to believe that Allah, his Koran, or his great and noble prophet, Mohammed, really ever advocated bloodshed rather than brotherhood or that Allah, his Koran, or his great and noble prophet, Mohammed, ever really condoned the kind of depravity that sends kids to their deaths by telling them to commit horrible terrorist acts of random and indiscriminate mass murder. I refuse to believe that any one of the world's great men who inspired our religions, whether that man be Mohammed, Christ, or Buddha, ever preached anything but reason and responsibility and love for all humankind. In fact, without even double-checking, I feel sure that reason and responsibility and love for all humankind is what they preached.

As philosopher George Santayana has written, a fanatic is someone who redoubles his effort when he has forgotten his aim. Whatever aim the Islamic fanatics have forgotten, one bull's-eye they're hitting is the rest of the world's impression that Islam has become haven to a bunch of nuts. I know that there are reasonable and responsible Moslems around the world and I call upon them to stand up and join those such as Jordan's King Hussein to speak out against these lunatics who are demonizing all of Islam in the eyes of the rest of the world.##

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