My phobia isn't Islam. My phobia is radicals. Radicals can be Christian or Muslim, and my feeling is that peaceful worshipers can't claim that violent worshipers aren't included in their religion.
There was a point in time when mainstream Christianity was violent and bigoted and racist and anyone-but-us-o-phobic. I'm assuming the same was true of Islam. The word Islam means peace but it also means submission to God's will and you know who determines what God's will is: Men in power so God's will is whatever they say it is.
There are simply too many passages in "holy" scripture describing a wrathful, raging, vengeful God to sincerely believe that organized religion is supposed to be peaceful and loving and forgiving. It just wasn't always that way when the faithful lived in nomadic tribes.
It was perfectly acceptable to be homophobic because gayness is "against God" or "against nature". I've got news for people like that. Natural lions in the wild can be gay. Here are the YouTube results to that search ----> https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=homosexual+lions
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Lions don't know God or doctrine. They just are what they are and do what they do.
My point is that organized religion takes on the cultural flavors of the day. Today's flavor is New Age. When the religious zealots' "old guard" wants to keep the faith true to its original form by way of violence and hatred, they are still true believers. I think they're completely f*cked up in the head and heartless and only hold dear the scriptures they cherry pick, but they are the object of my phobia. There is plenty in religion that appeals to hate-mongers. Believing otherwise is naive. Perhaps a bit arrogant as well. Human beings may be hardwired to "us vs them" mentality anyway (I'm thinking sports, religion, sexual orientation, race, nationality, politics etc.)
In my mind, God is all things, good and bad, male and female, known and unknowable, seen and invisible.
But God is also too remote to play games with. God is just there. I am here on Earth trying to make my way and that's all I know for sure. I won't kill you if you believe differently.
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