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Bigotry and My Cousin Vinny

10/30/2012

Bigotry and My Cousin Vinny

Ibn Kammuna

In “My Cousin Vinny”, the movie, Marisa Tomei was superb in her role. In a bad timing, she made a statement about not being married after all that time to her boyfriend and “odd” lawyer, cousin Vinny, a role taken by superbly  fine actor Joe Pesci. Her main worry was that her biological clock has been ticking for a good while, and he, Vinny, did not pay attention to that fact, according to her.

A girl loves to be married when the right timing is in. It is a happy occasion for a young couple to be married when the right timing comes. This brings me to Muhammad and his ideas about marriage and relations between a man and a woman and all the inhumane beliefs he brought to the world.

When Muhammad came to Arabia, it is fair to say that women filled many roles: Mother, poetess, tribe leader and elder, business owners, fighters. True, Arabs had a habit, in certain circumstances, to bury a new born child if she was a female. This was not a common practice by any means, evidenced by the fact of presence of larger numbers of women during Muhammad’s times. Larger numbers than even the numbers of men.

Muhammad, in his prophetic years, came to believe that women are inferior to men. Their brains are not complete, hence the Islamic belief that a testimony of two women is only equal to a testament of one man. Muhammad believed women are inferior to men, and hence, he dictated that a man is the leader. Woman is to follow. This is but one of the draconian Islamic beliefs that infested the Muslim Psyche till this day. This brings me to the Muslim Psyche and its building blocks.

The Muslim Psyche

A Muslim is raised, no pun intended, like a dog. He/She is raised to love Islam and Muslims. When a child, a Muslim hears the call to prayer a minimum of five times a day. It is usually much more. You see, every mosque has loud speakers, and the call to prayer is done five times a day in each mosque. Imagine how many times one has to hear that call if surrounded by five or six mosques, which is not unusual in a Muslim country. A Muslim never questions this call to prayer. It is an annoying call through loud speakers invading the privacy of people’s lives. But a Muslim does not question such a rude behavior. It is a call to worship the Islamic deity, and hence, justifiable.

A Muslim is raised to love the Qur’an, admire its language, even though many who read that book in Arabic find it a hodgepodge of non-sense that may indicate a need to send its writer to prison for such bad language, or to an asylum for treatment to assess his senility.

Islamic bigotry training starts at a very young age, so that when an adult, the Muslim moral value system is skewed to a degree that may be beyond repair. In addition to making a norm out of annoying others with their call to prayer, bigotry starts at kindergarten. Right from the start, an Islamic religion teacher, paid by the state, instills in the young and fragile minds that they are better than others just because they are Muslims. Islam trumps all other beliefs and creeds. Others are inferior because of Islam. In their school years, Muslims are indoctrinated to believe they are the best “Umma” (nation) on earth, just because they are Muslims. No other belief system that I know of teaches that you are better than others, just because you believe in this religion or that. The question never arises for a Christian whose goal in life is to be humble, follow Jesus’s teachings and help others. It never occurs to a Hindu who sees the divine in every creature. However, Islamic bigotry teaches the Muslim that he is better than everyone else just because he is a Muslim.

In schools, Islamic bigotry knows no limits. The Islamic religion teacher is paid by the state. People of other religions are not even allowed to teach their religion in state schools. The state never hires teachers of other religions to teach the subject to state schools kids. Is this not bigotry on a massive scale? It is unjust too, for any modern state. In addition, Muslims are taught in those religion classes to hate others, all others. This is no joke. The “Fatiha”, one of the most popular Surats in the Qur’an, is one of the first the child’s brain is exposed to. In it, the Muslim asks Allah to guide him to follow the right path, Islam, and not the path of those that Allah is angry with, the Jews and the Christians. Why make an enemy with others when kids can much easily learn to love others and help others.

Islamic bigotry does not stop at a young age. It is a training process that goes well into adulthood. While adults, Male Muslims may marry women of other faiths. Pressure is put on the poor women until they convert. A Muslim woman, being trained to be in low status anyway, is not allowed to marry a man of other faiths. Well, she is, if he becomes a Muslim! Talk about bigotry ..

By the time the Muslim is an adult, his/her Psyche has been completely destroyed. Their moral values have been warped for good. You may not think that my view here is valid. But look at this: in addition to learning to hate people who have other religions, and in addition to Islam’s idea about who to marry and who not to marry, let us look at concepts like freedom of expression, and justice and fairness for all citizens of the state. Such concepts are non-existent in a Muslim state. The president has to be a Muslim. No non-Muslim is to be in a leading position in the army. No one can think critically about Muhammad or Islam. This is an unquestioned truth and realty for a Muslim. It is the norm he has been warped into. Those ideas belong to his universal image. I give an example of this mind set and warped logic of a Muslim in the next paragraph.

While in a social meeting visiting with friends, a friend of mine, and a lady friend of the host, asked me what my research interests were aside from my own area of expertise. Most of the people in the meeting were university professors and specialized medical doctors. So, I felt I was in a scholarly environment where one can discuss the research he/she does on the side. I told the lady that I like to research topics of Islam, and that I am a harsh critic of multiplicity of Islamic beliefs. I told her that I hold such views not out of a vacuum, but rather after a deeper look into the Islamic texts and creeds. I gave her the example of the Jizya tax – a discriminatory and bigoted tax imposed on non-Muslims in a Muslim state, just because they are non-Muslim. In attendance was a highly educated medical specialist from a middle eastern country. Up to the rescue and defending Islam and its tax system he started talking. He started his verbal non-sense about it being okay to impose a religiously-based tax, Jizya, on non-Muslims of the state. We were living in the west. So, needless to say, I gave him a piece of my mind. But, as you can see, a Muslim can be highly educated, and still hold his/her warped religious beliefs that are clearly “injustice” at work against some citizens of the state.

Islam reads bigotry. One does not have to read between the lines too long to realize that.

 

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