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Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Real Hell

"Sudan charged a British teacher Wednesday with inciting religious hatred after she allowed her students to name a teddy bear Muhammad, an offense that could subject her to 40 lashes, the Justice Ministry said."

"Northern Sudan's legal system is based on Islam's Sharia law, which harshly punishes blasphemy. Any depiction of the prophet is forbidden in Islam, for fear it would provoke idolatry. Caricatures of Muhammad in some European media last year sparked riots in several Muslim countries."

Here is another story about a Saudi Arabian gang rape victim who was sentenced to 200 lashes and 6 months in prison.

Physical force and violence are corrolaries of religion. If people can not reason with one another, i.e., prove their claims through reference to reality, then the only means left to settle disputes is brute force. The specifics of any given violation of some religions' absurd and arbitrary decrees or the particular form of savagery meted out by their "authorities" is not important in principle. Whether it is 40 lashes for naming Teddy Bears after a prophet, burning "witches", the vicious evil of the Inquisition, the 1000 years of hell on earth known as the Dark Ages or even recent government censorship by the so-called moral majority, note that religion by its nature must and has resulted in nothing but violence, brutality, and human misery.

Fortunately, America's Founding Fathers recognized this and specifically separated Church and State although that separation like most of our liberties is slowly fading. For those that don't completely understand the absolute necessity of this separation, stories like the two described above in addition to the daily atrocities commited by Middle Eastern theocracies are yet further reminders of what real hell would be: not violating His so-called laws but abiding by them.

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