Monday, June 28, 2010

Carl Sagan and Hinduism

I realized this morning that our blog did not have enough Carl Sagan. Here's an interesting video talking a bit about the beginning of the universe and a look at Hinduism's cosmology. Not a negative look at Hinduism, more just about the religion itself versus the effects.

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Islam Bus Campaign Surfaces in Britain- No Depictions of Muhammad

Sorry for the lack of posts as of late. It's summer and I'm a lazy bastard.

There is a new campaign by a group of Muslims trying to "dispel myths" about the portrayal of Islam today. With it is a new bus campaign, which some of you may have seen already but I will post here as well:

Take a look at the website as well, for it is quite interesting and explains how Muhammad was all for co-existence, among health care and saving puppies (only slight exaggeration). I think that the website and bus campaign do serve a purpose, but not the one that the Muslims who are running it intended: Islam, as a religion, isn't really that different from the other religions, in that you can pick and choose Bible quotes wherever you want, and provide examples of how your religion has done good to try to justify your religion as a whole.

But the second anything negative occurs that is done in the name of religion, the people doing the actions "aren't real Muslims," or are "taking quotes out of context," and are, "not representative of the group as a whole." Is it too difficult for people to understand that both very good and very terrible things are done in the name of religion, and that, in the strictest sense, both of them are equally "correct" ways to interpret the infallible word of God?

If anyone has read Eboo Patel's book it is obvious that he doesn't think so, as he basically claims that we should be tolerant of all religions as long as they follow his sense of morality (which luckily I usually agree with), but he is forgetting that suicide bombers have their own sense of morality taken from the same exact book he is so inspired by. So he isn't truly being tolerant of all people of faith. Only those he agrees with. Which really isn't any different from anyone else.

Christianity isn't so bad right now, but it had it's dark ages. And while Islam isn't doing too hot right now (understatement of the year), it had its age of enlightenment that significantly advanced the human race. But that doesn't change the fact that we DO need to recognize that Islam and Christianity are currently having very different effects on the world, because while both religions, at their heart, are pretty much the same, they are being used very differently in our current days, for a myriad of reasons. And many of the ways they are being used should worry us.