We should start with some kind of definition of Religion. How do you define that word? Merriam Webster defines it thus:
Definition of religion
1 a :the state of a religious
a nun in her 20th year of religion
b (1) :the service and worship of God or the supernatural
(2) :commitment or devotion to religious faith or observance
2 :a personal set or institutionalized system of religious attitudes, beliefs, and practices
3 archaic :scrupulous conformity :conscientiousness
4 :a cause, principle, or system of beliefs held to with ardor and faith
That is pretty broad. Using that definition we could call many things a ‘religion’. Let’s see if we can find a more practical one. To do that we will look at the majority of what we call religions in the world today. Do they have a common theme or thesis? It turns out they do. Whether you are speaking of Buddhism, Judaism, Hinduism, Shintoism or Christianity, to name only a few in today’s world, we find that they all have a few common threads. Among them are: Love of their fellow humans and even lower forms, tolerance, forgiveness. And kindness. None of those mentioned espouse killing nor intentional cruelty. With the possible exception of Buddhism, all of the holy works of these religions were written by observers. The Bible, for instance, was not written by God, though it is thought to be inspired by that being. There is no book in the Bible that was directly written by Jesus. They were written about Him, or the works of the Christian God.
Buddha did write, but he wrote about his philosophy of life and how he thought it should be lived. He never claimed to be inspired by any supernatural, omnipotent or omniscient being. Many of those philosophies can be found, in one form or another, in most religions yet today. His thoughts have been expounded upon by many leaders of the faith. I suspect he would be shocked to find that he has become deified.
Now it is time to turn to Islam. The holy book of Islam was written by one man. Muhammad or Mohammad, depending on where you look. Muhammad is the only recognized “Messenger of Allah”, their name for God. His ‘Holy’ writings can be found in a book called the Quran. This is a book of 114 chapters and it covers the gamut of the beliefs of that one man. I have the English translation of that book and will quote extensively from it later in this missive… A translation by one of their own, a respected Imam or religious leader. Perhaps priest would be closest to a Christian’s understanding of the word. I did a search for the word love in that work. I found it referenced in only one context, with reference to Allah. There are many mentions of ‘good’, but even that is skewed from our understanding of that word. A good wife, for instance, is one who is totally subservient to her husband. She must obey him in all things. The Quran specifically deals with the disobedient wife. She is to be punished up to and including beating. That is ‘good’ in the Quran. Most religions forbid lying. The Christian and Jewish holy books even incorporate that into their primary tenets. For both the ninth commandment is “Thou shall not bear witness against your neighbor.”
The Quran says that it is quite alright to lie to any infidel. (that’s you and I) That comes into play when they are trying to convert you to their religion. For instance, they are not allowed to have any friends that are not confirmed Muslims, BUT, they can pretend to befriend you in order to convert you. By the way if you refuse to convert they are instructed to use any means and if those means do not work they are to kill you rather than leave an apostate alive.
Killing is allowed in many instances particularly in the case of women. A husband may kill his wife for the heinous crime of going outside without their burka, being alone with a man not of their household, disobedience in many forms or even a perceived ‘dishonoring’ of the family. I see more and more of this everyday in the news and here in the U.S. it is becoming a common practice. This religion does not respect the women among us. They are not to be considered in any manner as equal to other than another chattel. A woman not in a burka may be used in anyway a man chooses including, but not limited to rape or gang rape even killing if they feel the offense is great enough such as wearing a blouse that actually shows some cleavage. Those are ‘asking’ to be raped. Again, see the headlines. Oh yeah, I can be killed for writing this. You are not allowed to speak against the Prophet. Shucks, you can’t even attempt to draw a picture of that religious stalwart. If you doubt that, remember Pamela Geller and her attempt to hold a contest for the best picture of Muhammad. Two Muslims were killed while attempting to shoot up the venue with high powered rifles. She has lately been the subject of attempts to behead her for speaking out about the Islamic ‘religion’.
Let’s look at another way women are devalued by Islam. Sex slavery and rape of the infidel is sanctioned and rewarded under Islam. Muslim clerics all over the world confirm the right to have sex slaves. It is in the Quran — the word of Allah. Politicians and courts of law keep turning a blind eye, law enforcement keeps ignoring it, so this pox on our communities will continue to get worse.
Following a victory, Muhammad would usually distribute the captives, both male and female, as slaves to his soldiers. And Muhammad is the “perfect example for Muslims.” According to Islamic law, Muslim men can take “captives of the right hand” (Quran 4:3, 4:24, 33:50). The Quran says: “O Prophet! Lo! We have made lawful unto thee thy wives unto whom thou hast paid their dowries, and those whom thy right hand possesseth of those whom Allah hath given thee as spoils of war” (33:50). 4:3 and 4:24 extend this privilege to Muslim men in general. The Quran says that a man may have sex with his wives and with these slave girls: “The believers must (eventually) win through, those who humble themselves in their prayers; who avoid vain talk; who are active in deeds of charity; who abstain from sex, except with those joined to them in the marriage bond, or (the captives) whom their right hands possess, for (in their case) they are free from blame.” (Quran 23:1-6)
Prosperous are the believers who in their prayers are humble and from idle talk turn away and at almsgiving are active and guard their private parts save from their wives and what their right hands own then being not blameworthy.” (Quran 23:1-6)
Those whom their “right hands own” (Quran 4:3, 4:24, 33:50) are slaves, and inextricable from the concept of Islamic slavery as a whole is the concept of sex slavery, which is rooted in Islam’s devaluation of the lives of non-Muslims. The Quran stipulates that a man may take four wives as well as hold slave girls as sex slaves. These women are captured in wartime and are considered the spoils of war. Islam avoids the appearance of impropriety, declaring that the taking of these sex slaves does not constitute adultery if the women are already married, for their marriages are ended at the moment of their capture. A manual of Islamic law directs: “When a child or a woman is taken captive, they become slaves by the fact of capture, and the woman”s previous marriage is immediately annulled” (Reliance of the Traveller, o9.13).
The whole point of this diatribe is this: Should Islam be considered a religion in this or any country, or is it simply a philosophy with religious overtones? Does it really have any right to our Constitution’s freedom of religion clause? Rather obviously, I would say no.