Fear has a powerful way of making you think
and do completely irrational things because it reduces your cognitive capabilities for
fight or flight. If you can’t do either like in the case of hell, the evil gay, feminist,
black, mexican Jewish or Muslim agenda, you are just afraid for fear’s sake and those
with less self control will let their fight instincts go in anger. The phrase “people
fear what they don’t understand” is very true, and that is true on both sides which
is why what sounds PC and hippie of learning and understanding leads to peace is actually
true and not just a nice sentiment. The only way to overcome your fear is to better understand
it. The fear of snakes or wild animals is overcome by studying them and understanding
them, and then you can handle them with great respect and care. If you don’t understand
the meme of religion you will not know how to mentally inoculate people against it, you
will just make them feel persecuted which makes the meme stronger because now its an
us vs them scenario. Park 51 and the growing Muslim “menace”
is a perfect example of how fear trumps logic because of ignorance. I kept hearing people
say “watch out or the Muslims will be taking over the US, its only a matter of time”.
Yes our 6% of Muslims who were born and raised in America will be taking over.
There seems to be a divide between the Liberals in the US and the rest of the west in the
views on Muslims. I think a lot of it is due to our constitution and our experience with
immigrants. America has been nothing but a melting pot of immigrants, and every new wave
of immigrants caused a new rash of fear and bigotry. Its hilarious to see people of Irish,
German, Italian or Jewish decent speak out against the Muslim or Mexican immigrants,
especially since just 70 years ago they had to go through the exact same thing. And you
want to talk about a religion that wants to take over? Anyone remember the Catholic Church?
That Church was the very reason why many fled to the US, because of religious persecution.
The Church wanted influence in everything and controlled much of Europe. The founding
Fathers knew this and to ensure that no religion was to be respected or set up by the government.
Did you know Guy Faulks was actually a Catholic Terrorist and was trying do a 9/11 on parliament
to restore power to the church?
Catholics who came over here were given the same reception for many years as Muslims are
getting now. Most of them just came to this country to practice their religion in peace
and reap the benefits of their hard work, but they were persecuted because they were
generalized with the agenda of the church. American Muslims are allowed to intermingle
freely with people of all creeds faiths and walks of life. They have had their standard
of living raised and have had their mind expanded beyond what they would have had in their homogenous
nation. The majority love the freedom they share and would fight to defend my freedom
to practice my beliefs just as much as I would theirs. It is the constitution that keeps
us free and would require 3/4th of the nation to vote to eliminate the freedom of religion.
I had an atheist extremist Canadian once tell me that America needs to pull its head out
of its ass and eliminate the freedom of religion. The freedom of religion is what allows me
to be a non-believer and speak blasphemously about it without fear of legal repercussion.
The bill of rights is one of the greatest documents and set of laws ever written. Sadly
because other nations like Britain do not have a Constitution and everything is set
on precedent, And there is not nearly as much precedent for immigration as there is in the
US, they are having many immigration problems we went through years ago. Dawkins recently
made a documentary discussing the major problem britain is having with religious schools that
receive funding from the government and now any religion can get funding from the government
to build a school. These schools can discriminate based on religion or background or if they
deem the person to be not religious enough. If it was truly a secular nation like the
US they would not be allowed to do this without a fight. The school voucher programs in my
home state. Religious schools that allow only people of their faith ensure that they kids
will grow up with no knowledge of people beyond what they know. Many of these school exist
because they don’t want their kids tempted by new ideas. This kind of isolation is what
is causing the rise in extremism in Europe and lack of understanding among the groups.
To eliminate the freedom of religion would be a horrible idea. The Soviet union outlawed
religion so their numbers of professing religious dropped significantly. The problem was that
they didn’t teach the thinking, reason and logic skills required to question religion
and not be swayed by it. The state dogma and propaganda was their religion that the USSR
despised so much, but blind devotion was encouraged and rewarded. So when the Iron curtain fell
and they now had the freedom of religion, suddenly there was a massive backlash. Europe’s
religions had been dropping steadily through great education and and increased standard
of living. Russia now has a much higher level of believers than most Europe has. Its like
instead of exposing a child to reality and building up anti-bodies you kept the child
in a bubble and then the bubble burst. Now the child is exposed more than ever. Russians
had found their state religion of their communist state was shattered so what do you do if you
weren’t taught to question? You switch quickly over to another religion.
So why is Islam more violent than Christianity even though Christianity has a slightly more
violent book? It is because Christians live in the west where they have luxuries and money,
education and freedom. Muslims live in poor or oppressive areas and the rise of the Arab
spring is showing them more and more that they can be peaceful and have power over their
lives. Just like with every new wave of oppressed dogmatic people, education, communication
and integration is the only way the end and reduce the fear they have of logic and questioning.
Or we can all just freak out, crawl in a hole or round them up and send them to special
camps like another group of hate and fear filled bigots.