I’m going to start publishing this post after every act of Muslim fanaticism, suicide, and murder. 

I felt like starting it after the Ft. Hood massacre.  A psychiatrist(!) with openly Muslim fanatic leanings cold-bloodedly murders dozens of soldiers in one of their own facilities (where they are prohibited from carrying guns).  Surprise! It’s called a workplace incident and buried forever.

WHEN will we call the enemy by its right name?  And I don’t mean the argument about whether or not to call it “Islamic terrorism.”  Though liberals’ semantic cowardice is abominable, the controversy misses the point entirely.

The real enemy

The enemy is their holy book, and their interpretation of it – that is, whether they select the positive parts (Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and all the other “Islam is a religion of peace” folks) or the passages that call for the execution of unbelievers and condemn them to hell.  

Whatever the tangled web of other mental factors (perhaps homophobia in the current case) that push an already unstable personality over the edge into mass murder, there is no denying the influence of a holy book that says it's OK to hate and kill infidels.

Sam Harris brings hundreds of these Quran passages together in one of his books, and the excerpts run to SIX PAGES.  That is a lot of Muslim hatred, especially if you read it every day (and not much else) and memorize it.  By this simple means is the vile Muslim meme perpetuated, so that, yes, even the son of immigrants can go berserk and commit religious murder. 

A religion may start out primitive but eventually its devotees realize that peaceful society and co-existence are the way to go.  They abandon conversion by the sword. 

There’s an abundance of ethnic cleansing material in Deuteronomy, but not many Jews take it seriously.  The same goes for the numerous death penalties in the Torah (the first five books of the Old Testament), including one for homosexuality and another for violating any of its commands. 

Modern Jews politely ignore all this crap.  They’re not about to live by a Jewish version of Sharia law. 

Muslims haven’t figured this out yet.  But Western leaders – intellectuals, politicians, journalists, and others --  are equally guilty.  They haven’t the guts to admit that the problem is the holy book and the excuses it provides for religious violence and martyrdom on the part of those who are prone to them.

Modest proposal

We need a radical answer, or this is going to go on for centuries, Muslims killing and dying to create a Muslim world (they’re going to convert 1.3 billion Chinese?).   

How about a New Quran, with all the hatred and intolerance edited out, just as Jefferson edited the Bible to get at Jesus’ real teachings?

 http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/shows/religion/jesus/jeffer...

There are advantages.  It would be shorter.  It wouldn’t force people to lie about the nature of Islam.  They could really be proud of it.  They could memorize a lot of good advice and positive thoughts instead of the vile poison that’s now spoon-fed into their gullible minds. 

We’d leave the fantasy material in (riding white horse up to heaven, etc.) because the readers have to have some basis for morality, and besides, you can’t take everything away from weak minds.

It might not fly at first, but, hey, let’s at least go to one of the root causes of the hatred and violence: the instruction book itself. 

It’s worth a try.  What publishing house has the courage to try it?  And then, what “moderate” peace-and-love Muslims would have the courage to put the New Quran out online and promote it through social media and thereby begin to cure the disease that possesses their crazed, murderous brethren?

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Comment by Craigart14 on November 26, 2016 at 10:44am

Well, Alan, there are just so many examples I can't remember them all.  I left out the Armenian genocide, too.

Comment by Alan Perlman on June 28, 2016 at 5:03pm

Spud, where would we be if religious people all took their holy books literally?  Jews would be killing Christians. There has to a ton of whitewashing, selective reading, clever semantic reinterpretations, etc., for modern people to live with that crap.  Yet some psychotics actually insist on living by it.

Comment by Idaho Spud on June 28, 2016 at 3:17pm

I enjoy all the comments here, especially Glen R's first comment, and my favorite sentence is ".you as a theist can only be good if you deviate from the text that is the guiding letter of your life."

Comment by Alan Perlman on June 26, 2016 at 4:18pm

Thank you so much, ObscureAtheist.  That Muslims would reject my proposal as heretical just proves I'm on the right track!   I agree with you that much Muslim violence is political as well as sectarian. All so unnecessary. I also agree with the "virus" assessment -- what cures do you propose?  

Thanks, Ruth, for admitting it's even possible to edit the holy book.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on June 26, 2016 at 10:09am

The edited New Quran would be a step toward tolerance, but I think it has to come from within the Muslim community, not from an Atheist.

Comment by Amit Malik on June 26, 2016 at 4:55am

I was watching a doc. by Vice which shows a group in Yemen which fights Al-Quaeda but are equally angry at U.S. coz' their govt. bombed them with U.S. support and weapons..they are supposed to be next in line after IS.

Comment by ObscureAtheist on June 26, 2016 at 2:02am

As an ex-Muslim I generally agree with you but I think the "real" source of Islamic violence is not just Quran. Islamic violence has been intensified in this century especially in the last decade and especially in recent years but Quran hasn't changed at all. there are a lot of political issues that have stimulate and worsen the Islamic violence(Recent wars, regional completions, Israel Palestine issues, ...  ).

About your proposal however I like it but I think it is impractical  because Muslims think their holy book hasn't ever changed and it's a book for all times and places.And if a Muslim intellectual dares to propose such a thing he or she will be highly marginalized(if not be killed) because after all nothing can be worse than changing the Allah's words.

I think unfortunately this virus is very resistant to most antibiotics and you should cure it more fundamentally.

Comment by John Elder on June 20, 2016 at 5:03am

I have always felt exactly the same way  about politicians and national leaders. 

Comment by Alan Perlman on June 19, 2016 at 9:03pm

I have always questioned the need for human involvement in the issue of whose god is stronger. How come gods always need us to fight their battles for them?  If the gods aren't just invisible wimps, just let them fight it out by themselves.  We'll worship whoever's left.

Comment by John Elder on June 18, 2016 at 5:01pm

I would be afraid to presume that rationalist are immune to the same effects. I know a few who claim to be rationalist who are pretty scary when talking about their chosen PC causes. But I do agree that religion is a blight on human behavior and is guilty of predisposing many to kill. Ever notice that god is always claimed to be on both sides in any conflict? Seems he must be a fence sitter that just enjoys a bloody fight doesn't it? So religion obviously plays a role.

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