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February 15 2013

surveyork
01:14

The current narrative of the popular mind — which characterizes the contemporary world — is that there is such thing as “human rights” which universally unite all humans, compelling them to accept a notion of intrinsic value in their very being. This narrative is fueled by a greater meta-narrative: that of Secular Humanism, the philosophy of absolute focus on that which it claims matters most — the human. In its claims it produces a familiarity, a universal brotherhood, which gravitates us to it in  hope that it will create a better tomorrow of ever-growing progress, a collective consciousness of being that will allow us to be free and loving to one another without conflict and division. With it we will spring forth through history conquering the world of the anti-human, those depraved animals that only seek to undermine the utopian vision through their unwillingness to conform to the essential value of our species.It is a dream seeped in ideals of peace and virtue with goals towards an eternal, worldly ‘kingdom of heaven’, golden streets of economic prosperity and affection towards not the ‘other’, but ‘another’ — those no different from themselves, equal in their love and visions for the future. This, they say, is and will be — Enlightenment

Delusion.

If religion is the ‘opiate of the masses’ then Secular Humanism and its bastard child of human rights are its acid — the former may numb us to the realities of the world, but the latter erodes it in its hallucination. For even if religion numbs us, it never forgets the ground on which it lives. Contemporary man, however is the bastard child of that bastard child. We are the continued generation of a way of life that has had many lovers before it, starting with the Greeks, and has finally become impotent, passing its genes in a final revelation to its offspring, a confused youth looking for a father it never had.

We are no longer the inheritors of Truth listening to the screaming authenticity of our own existence. We are no longer in the world, a part of that which is Real, but now we attempt to define it within the prisons of our own imposed isolation from it. We are architects of that within which we wish to live and understand, and the saplings of trees we wish to grow in to, determined to defeat the inevitable destruction of the axe that death swiftly cleaves through the very roots of our being. As a consequence we have become alien to ourselves. Irrationality is never more clear than it is today. Rooted in the ground, we are trying to run from the lumberjack.

While Secular Humanism is the mother of this irrationality –  capitalism its ultimate manifestation–  human rights is its codification and the method by which it continues to breathe. To know ourselves, to save ourselves, we must destroy it. We must reject our mother as her lovers were rejected time and time again:

“But if they (your parents) strive with you to make you join in worship with Me others that of which you have no knowledge, then obey them not; but behave with them in the world kindly” (Al-Qu’ran 31:15)

To us, however, we must go beyond this, for our true mother is not Secular Humanism. We are only her children because we do not know who has truly given us birth, and we illegitimately claim her as our genesis by which we live. In this sense, we should not treat her kindly at all, but remove the shackles of her nurture from our backs and decry her to the whoredom which she belongs. For as long as we are her offspring, we will forever be the transmitters of her disease.

–To be continued–

February 08 2013

surveyork
10:03
A prominent Danish critic of Islam, Lars Hedegaard, has been targeted in a gun attack in the capital Copenhagen, police say.

February 05 2013

surveyork
08:55

January 24 2013

surveyork
10:01

November 01 2012

surveyork
02:02

Cairo: Egypt’s Shiites have lashed out at a local film, which they say is disrespectful to the daughter and grandchildren of the Prophet Mohammad.

“The Egyptian Shittes are considering legal action against the film and will request it be banned for insulting the people of the Prophet’s House,” said Baha Anwar, the spokesman for the Shiite minority in the predominantly Sunni country.

A controversial scene in the recently released film titled Abdou Muta (Abdou, the Deadly Man), shows the famed belly dancer performing at a folk fiesta to a tune referring to the Prophet’s daughter Fatima and her two sons, who are venerated by Shiites.

October 18 2012

surveyork
23:10
RABAT — Stone carvings in Morocco's High Atlas mountains dating back more than 8,000 years and depicting the sun as a pagan divinity have been destroyed by Salafists, a local rights group said on Wednesday.

October 12 2012

surveyork
09:35
Karachi: A mob, led by Islamic clerics, ransacked the house of a teenage Christian boy in Pakistan's port-city Karachi and set fire to furniture after he was accused of sending text messages with blasphemous content, a media report said on Thursday.
Teen boy in Pakistan accused of blasphemy via text messages | NDTV.com

October 11 2012

surveyork
07:50

September 30 2012

surveyork
22:16
surveyork
21:25
AMRITSAR, India -- Hundreds of angry Muslims in southeast Bangladesh torched at least 10 Buddhist temples and dozens of homes Sunday after alleging that a Buddhist man insulted Islam on his Facebook page, authorities said.
surveyork
01:28
Multiple incidents over the last twelve months have underscored the appalling lack of freedom in many countries to express even the blandest criticism of either religion in general or the dominant religion in a particular country. To name just some examples, there are the cases involving Rimsha Masih, Hamza Kashgari, Alexander Aan, Sanal Edamaruku, Hamad al-Naqi, Pussy Riot, and Alber Saber.

September 26 2012

surveyork
14:59

The current effort by a group of Islamic nations, led by Turkey, to get the UN to ban blasphemy worldwide, is a threat to civil liberties and would be a major step backwards in promoting freedom and peace on our planet. It would put normal, reasonable people who simply want to speak their minds and discuss issues, at the mercy of the most extreme elements from any corner of the planet. It would stifle any debate about the role of religion in public life.

Such a resolution would contravene the UN's own Universal Charter of Human Rights; Article 19 states the right to freedom of opinion and expression. It also is contrary to the U.S. Constitution, and could not be implemented in the U.S.A.

Anti-blasphemy laws are a favorite tool of repressive regimes, precisely because blasphemy can be anything they say it is, even after the fact. It's bad enough when they do it in their own countries. To suggest that an imam in Libya has even the vaguest suggestion of a right to control what someone in Michigan says, is an outrage and a travesty. The supporters of such laws should consider that they would also be subjecting their own rights of speech to the control of the most radical Christian elements. Advocates of censorship assume the censors will always be people like themselves. But once the ability to censor is established, the most ruthless and power-hungry people always seek to wield that authority.

Nobody has the right to not be offended. Being offended is state of mind, and nobody can predict what comment someone somewhere in the world would deem as being against their religion. Provocation is also an interior state; if someone is provoked to violence by another's words, the one who committed violence is more at fault. Passing such a resolution would legitimize violence and impair efforts to reach reasonable accommodation through debate.

Petition | United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon: Don't try to curtail free speech worldwide | Change.org

September 25 2012

surveyork
20:35
Human rights are not about protecting religions; human rights are to protect humans,” she said. “Who is going to be the decision-maker on deciding what blasphemy is?”

September 21 2012

surveyork
10:18
The freedom to think out loud on certain topics, without fear of being hounded into hiding or killed, has already been lost. And the only forces on earth that can recover it are strong, secular governments that will face down charges of blasphemy with scorn. No apologies necessary. Muslims must learn that if they make belligerent and fanatical claims upon the tolerance of free societies, they will meet the limits of that tolerance.
surveyork
09:53

He told one of the girls to cover up, the report said.

"She responded by telling me to cover my eyes, which was very insulting to me," Beheshti said.

September 05 2012

surveyork
05:39
A court in the Maldives has ordered a public flogging for a 16-year-old girl who confessed to having pre-marital sex, in a ruling that Tuesday triggered widespread criticism from rights groups.

August 29 2012

surveyork
03:10
Critics say controversial laws are ripe for misuse and abuse, with accusations often stemming from personal disputes.

August 18 2012

surveyork
16:14
ISLAMABAD: An 11-eleven-year old Christian girl was accused of blasphemy and arrested for allegedly burning pages of a Noorani Qaida, a booklet used to learn the basics of the Holy Quran.

July 15 2012

surveyork
00:23
A Maldivian journalist, who narrowly survived a murder attempt last month, says Islamic extremists are pushing the country to "a very dangerous situation".

July 07 2012

surveyork
17:40
Graphic Video: Muslims Slaughter Convert to Christianity in Tunisia :: Middle East Forum

Liberal talk show host Tawfiq Okasha recently appeared on "Egypt Today" airing a video of Muslims slicing a young man's head off for the crime of apostasy, in this case, the crime of converting to Christianity and refusing to renounce it. The video—be warned, it is immensely graphic—is embedded here (the actual execution appears from minute 1:13-4:00).
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