Heart-to-Heart on Faith
My impression, at
this point, is that Islam is structured in such a way, that everybody can
be a reformer (of sorts). There's an aya for all occasions, to justify any
I think the real evil in Islam is not in the
obviously violent verses, but in the so-called good ones. They are the
ones that allow Islam to insinuate itself, to pose and posture, to slip
The so called "good" verses are what
allow the Muslims (and so many of "us") the satisfaction that
their religion is good or good enough... and by doing so, create
complacency, moral abulia.
From this perspective, the real evil of Islam is
not even in the deeds committed by her bad boys. Terrorists, after all,
are a minority. The real evil is in the vast majority of Muslims'
ingrained passivity towards morality itself, which is tantamount to saying
No, the evil is not so much in what the thundering
or babbling or moaning (self-appointed) Imam says... the message can be
murderous, sweet, insane, or sensible... but in the abject moral
indifference of his listeners.
The good of the Koran serves this complacency. The
good-bad duplicity itself is the evil, and it is mostly compounded (rarely
mitigated) by the lack of central authority. This is the real perversity
of Islam: an incredibly strong faith in a morally blank Deity.
This is the trick, the false ring to "Wassalam!"
We dutifully list the horrendous
(unto themselves) ayas, and then they come back with the good stuff. A
game... a distraction... with Allah's so-called real intention a
never-ending masquerade, with NOTHING under the costume until after the
deed is done.
Each Muslim is a Prophet
unto his own. For matters of speculation (who or what kick-started the
universe, what if anything, we're doing here, etc,) I might agree:
"Don't be a follower, but be a prophet unto your own!"
In truth, these things are too big to be fathomed
anyway, so we are already prophets unto our own by default. No two
snowflakes are identical, go figure if two people can have the same
rapport with immensity, infinity, be it outward or inward.
But in moral questions, as soon as one tilts his
head back from the infinite heavens and down to earth... well too many
prophets at the moral level engender chaos, relativism... perhaps ability,
even brilliance at a personal level in fighting ones perceived enemies,
but scarce little to promote the values needed to meet the real
challenges, which are not just in the realm of opinions, (nigh unto
meaningless against people without a conscience) but of personal and
Again, the wine, but not the vine.
Wine is good. It is friendship, politics,
opinion... but well, I'm a Christian, so here goes: that wine must become
blood: family, real solidarity, virtue, children, charity, society,
A world without moral orthodoxy (in which
relativism is the orthodoxy) is not necessarily a world unwilling to
defend itself, but a world INCAPABLE of it. A world destined to decline.
Our politics are mostly all about making that decline agreeable.
As I said elsewhere, a country like
will go down the tubes with millions of secular people full of pride in
their prophethood, free to marry trees, appoint satanists to the Ministry
of defense, distribute condoms via ambulances, unworried about stellar
divorce rates, unperturbed about abysmal birth rates.
Or maybe perturbed, peeved, upset... MOODS, but
not spiritually-physically (wine/blood) disposed to do what is actually
There's no hope for
without a rebirth.
This isn't 1683 with the Turks at the gates of
. This is 2005 with the Caliphate in Apt. 10B and the Turks knocking
loudly at the gates of Bruxelles to politicians who honor baby murderers
(not the usual "mangia-bambini" hyperbole towards an enemy, but
the God's truth; knocking and already blackmailing (in finest Islamic
tradition) to mostly favorably disposed politicians who are unable /
unwilling to understand that they are not merely dreaming of deals with
people who have wrought evil (everybody has done that), but with evil
There's a huge difference! It's too big a concept
for them!... and tragically, for most of us as well.
Evil? Who the hell are you, IoshkaFutz to tell me
what to do with my life?!
Nobody; a jerk, the last wheel of the last wagon
of the last caravan! What you do with your life is entirely up to you. The
compulsion can only come from within...
That's precisely what we must defend and what
Islam so egregiously violates. But unless that compulsion comes, unless we
are able to muster it, and turn wine into blood, then instead of hanging
together, we will hang separately!
The pride of personal prophethood can admit that
sometimes one must be cruel to be kind, but would never admit, even at the
cost of survival, that sometimes one must be irrational to be smart, just
as perhaps one must forget oneself and trust "the gods" to
really dance... or forgive... or create...
Ali Sina says: Faith is a powerful thing
especially a faith that plays with our raw and basic emotions
The same thing can be rephrased about lack of
faith, especially a lack of faith that panders to pride and logic, but
can't seem to bring itself to give a damn about our tomorrow, our very
Raw and basic emotions exist and always will, like
a child's need for love. The religious faithlessness of a father who walks
out of the house in search of fame, fortune, pleasure, and prophethood
will deprive that child of badly needed emotional play... but who on earth
can effectively speak out against divorce... when faith is JUST something
that plays with our emotions?
What emotions? The certainty that France in my
daughter's life span will be 50% + 1 Islamic and that the gargoyles on top
of Notre Dame and all they symbolize will hold more sway than the Freres
that used to be inside (and all they stood for)?
I cry and cringe in dread fear.
What emotions? That the Mayor of London is already
honoring terrorist Al Azhar Imams who preach the joys of suicide bombing
via Satellite TV... instead of considering him too foul to be dunked into
I cry and cringe and fall to my knees and pray to
the Virgin Mary. That's right the Freeking Virgin Mary, who I'm still not
on very good terms with, whose very name still brings my hands to my head
and has me muttering "Oy Veh! Have you gone nuts man?!"
Yes I have. Stark raving mad... I pray to her
because she's immaculate, mysterious, all about love and protection, care
and kindness... because the thought of her has already given guidance in
the past. Because she's a mother with child in a Europe that scoffs at
mothers with child, a
whose cold-blooded Londonite leaders have opened the gates wide to
vultures and ghouls that send children to murder other children and that
pays shekels to their celebrating parents.
Mother of God! I beseech thee! I beseech thee!
Mother of God, bring sense back to the world! If sense in the year 2005 is
not sense, then bring the necessary madness!
What are you saying you idiot?! How can God have a
I don't know! But God can have a mother if each
and every one of us is the image of God, if those kids killing and dying
are loved, held back by protective arms.
Atheist Rationalism has dried us up and is
sweet-talking us right to the slaughterhouse.
People are leaving their countries when they
should be going to them anew. What is
? What is
? What is
? What is
Never mind my Catholic symbolism, if it's too much
for you to stomach, find your own Madonnas, your own wine to blood
methods... but find them and above all, if the utterly foolish pride of
rationalism makes those who seek to arm themselves with the unfathomable
seem no better than the enemy, then rest assured that in time, you will
see lack of faith even more foolish than faith... because just like Islam,
it too is a faith with many masks concealing a big nothing until the deed