The Boston Bombings and Islamic Religious Violence and Hypocrisy
Most Deists and freethnkers are aware that "revealed"/hearsay religionists are usually loaded with hypocrisy. For example, the Christian New Testament claims that Jesus said to pay your taxes and did so himself but Christian organizations go to great lengths to be tax-exempt.
The Islamic religious violence which took the lives of four innocent people and wounded over 200 others on April 15, 2013 in Boston brings out severe hypocrisy on the part of Muslims and Islam.
The bombers were the Muslim brothers Tamerlan Tsarnaev and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. 26-year-old Tamerlan was killed during a shootout with police but his younger brother 19-year-old Dzhokhar survived. The surviving brother told authorities the motivation for the bombings was "to defend Islam."
Tamerlan was a devout Muslim who believed the Quran is the word of God. He revealed this when he said he does not drink because "God said no alcohol."
Imam Talal Eid of the Islamic Institute of Boston said he would not allow Tamerlan's family to have him buried through his Islamic organization. The imam said, “I would not be willing to do a funeral for him. This is a person who deliberately killed people. There is no room for him as a Muslim.”
Imam Talal Eid has either never read the Quran or he's a hypocrite. This is because the Quran has several calls to religious violence as does Islamic Sharia law. For just one example we can look at Surah 9:5 which instructs Muslims to "slay the idolaters wherever ye find them, and take them (captive), and besiege them, and prepare for them each ambush." All of the victims in Boston were successfully ambushed by Tamerlan and his brother. Their mission from the Quran was accomplished.
Another religious violence promoting lesson from the Quran, which the Taliban used to justify their attempted assassination of the 14-year old girl Malala Yousafzai when they shot her in the head to stop her from bringing "enlightened moderation" to Islamic Pakistan, is Surah 18:74-81. This Islamic myth includes the genocidal maniac of the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament, Moses. (In Numbers 31:17-18, for just one example of Moses being a genocidal war criminal, Moses orders the Israelite army in regards to a recently defeated people to "kill every male among the little ones, and kill every woman that hath known man by lying with him. But all the women children, that have not known a man by lying with him, keep alive for yourselves.") This teaching from the Quran is dripping with ungodly foolishness and horrific violence as any reading of it will bring to light.
If Imam Talal Eid really is opposed to violence then he needs to leave Islam behind.
All of the "revealed"/hearsay religions promote religious violence. The only way to put a stop to this deadly insanity is to have a revolution in religion based on our innate God-given reason and Deism as Thomas Paine called for in his important landmark book on God, Deism and religion, The Age of Reason, The Complete Edition.
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