Religious Nutjobs in Israel

July 6, 2009

In this post I want to focus on the Haredi Jews of Israel. This is a strain of Judaism which rejects Zionism, i.e the existence of Israel, because it interprets the bible as saying that Jews aren’t allowed to build a state but rather wait for god himself to manifest and give it to them.

Most Hareidi Jews do not work, but live on social security- as they claim it is the jew’s job to devote himself to studying torah. Also, although army service is mandatory in Israel- the hareidi Jews enjoy a special status, and are exempt from serving in protection of a country they do not believe has a right to exist. As mentioned earlier, this does not stop them from living on the back of the tax payer.

This strange and enraging situation in the eyes of working Israelis stems from a status quo agreement which was signed when Israel was created sixty years ago between the first prime minister and the leader of the hareidi Jewish community- which then numbered a few hundreds only.

However, thanks to high birthrate and low mortality of babies which comes as the result of combining the outdated religious commandment to breed as much as possible with modern medicine- hareidi Jews number in the hundreds of thousands in Israel today.

It is a group obsessed with the rituals practiced in the days of the Jewish community of Poland during the Middle Ages, which is apparent in its insistence to dress according the dress code in of that place and time- black wool coats. Only the Middle Eastern weather of Israel is a bit warmer than that of Poland, which doesn’t stop them… The group openly declares that it wants nothing to do with Israel, and that its insistence to live in the country lies in the holiness of the land, regardless of its apostate secular democratic government.

While social struggles/human rights issues/and such do not interest this group- they do wage the strangest battles against the authorities. Whenever a road is paved and the excavations uncover ancient bones, the hareidi Jews riot. Thousands of them throw stones, burn trash bins and riot in front of police officers in anger of the blasphemy of opening ancient graves. They never do try to figure out if the graves are in fact jewish- while they could be roman, Greek, byzantine, Muslim, you name it.

Another time the hareidi jews cried out occurred a few years ago when israel’s electricity company imported a new power station, which it had to transport by road to it’s scheduled site. The station was huge, and would cause nation wide traffic jams- so naturally it was decided to transport it on the day with least traffic- the Sabbath.
The hareidi jews rioted, screamed, burned trash cans, threw stones at the police- all in the name of the jewish holy rest day- and could not give dam about the damage to the economy or comfort of their fellow Israelis.

Two years ago Jerusalem’s gay lesbian community held a march. Again the hareidy Jews awoke from their slumber- protesting the defiling of the holy city by “beasts and daemons”. One hareidi actually stormed the march, stabbing one of the participants.

The latest battle between the forces of democracy and the forces of god is taking place these very days yet again in Jerusalem. Now the fight is over a parking lot.

The city mayor recently declared he intends to open a municipal parking lot on weekends for the usage of citizens and tourists. Once again the haredies freaked out. Violence erupted yet again over the defiling of the holy Sabbath, and only yesterday I was driving through Jerusalem when hareidi jews stoned my car!!!! Missing it by mere inches.

I have much more to vent over the deeds of haredi jews, but I’ll save some for my next posts….

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Feminism and Islam

July 1, 2009

I recently came across a Muslim website called submission.org. “Submission”, is the literal translation of the word “Islam”, and it refers to the believer’s obligation to blindly follow whatever god commands him. In Judaism there is a similar injunction referred to as the “yoke of the kingdom of heaven”. It is the belief that only god decides how we should live, and we are not allowed to disobey whether we like it or not . While all religions stress this point, It is interesting that Islam chose to stress it so much, that it actually called the religion by the name “submission”.

I came to the site after googling “women in Islam”, and encountered an interesting list. Under the title of “Misconceptions about Women in Islam” the site lists 23 points, which while it openly admits are widespread and practiced in Muslim countries, it stresses that these are not necessarily fundamental to the Muslim faith.

This is, however- irrelevant. Be it true or false interpretation, fact is that in the entire Muslim world, women are murdered, beaten and severely oppressed from infancy to death in the name of Islam. While submission of women is apparent in all religions, nowhere today is it more apparent than in Islam – which to the atheist appears very clearly as the submission of women to the will of men, with “God’s will” being the supposed basis of morality for this sick ordeal.

Here is the list, which basically describes the life of a muslim woman. For the full version, with the website’s liberal interpretation, please visit the following link.

  • Muslim women have to wear the veil
  • Islam encourages wife beating
  • The woman inherits only half what a man can inherit
  • The woman’s testimony. is equal only to half of the man’s testimony
  • Muslim woman cannot have jobs outside their homes
  • Polygamy is strongly recommended (For men…)
  • Men’s status is higher than that of women
  • Muslim Women cannot have education
  • Women cannot share in the political life in their communities
  • Women cannot pray, fast, do Hajj or Ummrah during menstruation
  • Women are stoned to death for Adultery
  • Muslim women cannot marry Jewish or Christian men
  • Muslim women do not have the right to divorce their husbands
  • Compensation for the murder of a woman is half the going rate for men
  • For a woman to prove rape, four adult males of “impeccable” character must witness the incident
  • The legal age for girls to marry tends to be very young
  • Female circumcision
  • Muslim women are not allowed to drive
  • Typically, fathers win custody of boys over the age of six and girls after the onset of puberty
  • Women must be segregated form men in public, work and places of worship
  • “honor killings” of women
  • “Morality Police” keeps control on the behavior of women
  • Women cannot travel freely except in the company of a male relative, “mahram”

With world muslim population standing at rougly 1.2 bliion people, and considering that out of  52 muslim countries, not one has yet practiced true democracy or free speech, it is safe to say that at least half a billion muslim women are living under the described conditions to various degrees.

The only question left is- where the hell are the femenists?!?!


Militant Atheism

June 29, 2009
religion turns wrong into right

religion turns wrong into right

Nowhere in the world is atheism more suppressed on one hand, and urgently needed on the other than in the Middle East.

In the Muslim world, atheism is practically non-existent, atleast not openly. In the religious Muslim regimes, the very mentioning of the word will get you killed, as murdering those who leave the faith is a religious obligation. In the secular Arab dictatorships, while clerics do not run the state- atheism is considered a harsh social taboo, and there is never a shortage of theists eager to carry out Allah’s vengeance against an outspoken apostate.

In Israel, a delicate balance exists between believers in the Jewish god – those who blindly believe the land was divinely given to them and therefore they have a moral right to treat it’s non-Jewish residents however they please- and atheists of Jewish background. The latter is a group completely denying Jewish dogma, but fearing to collectively declare itself atheist- rather hiding behind the term “secular” in order to desperately hold on the it’s Jewish national roots. Outside of Israel, this group would quickly assimilate with western civilization, but in Israel- it serves a sole sane voice for dialogue and peaceful resolution.

As an atheist living in secular Israel, I see what little sanity is left of my country slipping into the hands of rival theists. I see soldiers of god committing actions that without religious justification, they would grab their heads in dismay and cry out against with all their breath. I see wrong twisted into right through scripture. I see the secular demography decline while both Jews and Muslims race for the democratic majority, feeding on growing poverty and ignorance which drives people to seek for otherworldly answers- and turns them against one another. I wonder what I fear more in 20 years, a Muslim caliphate or a Jewish one…

There is no doubt. Nowhere in the world is atheism more  urgently needed.

It’s time to stop fearing, and start acting.

Thanks to exchristian for the inspiring video


Irrational belief and Conflict

June 17, 2009

soldier of god

soldier of god

Since the dawn of religion, different gods around the world have supposedly been revealing themselves to different cultures, distributing contradicting texts containing “eternal truths”. In the case of the three major monotheistic religions, an all knowing all powerful “one true” god , supposedly appeared three times in front of three different individuals in the middle east – presenting them with an “eternal truth” – each version contradicting the other two.

As Omnipotent as this god is, he has trouble making up his mind – and taking into account the claim that god has complete knowledge of past present and future only makes matters worse.

Acting on blind, arbitrary and baseless faith, the three monotheistic religions are locked in eternal conflict over a tiny piece of real estate on which they insist has been chosen for them -and them alone, by the one true god.  Holding on to ancient texts supposedly written by the same diety, they act on contradicting commandments that lead them straight to conflict with one another.

One only has to ask himself- in case the monotheistic god is true: is this what he wants? why purposely give conflicting and contradictory commandments to different people? How different is it from shaking a jar of ants for the sadistic pleasure of watching them fight?


Promote Atheism In The Middle East

June 12, 2009

Territorial disputes throughout the world have come and gone. Erupting from countless reasons, most stemmed from on no more than suspicion and power hunger.

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But the current conflict in the middle-east, which has been raging for over a century, witnessing two world wars starting and ending, enemies turning into allies, still sees no end in sight.

The only reason- Religion.

On the one hand, a “Jewish” country, founded at first as a completely secular idea of establishing a democratic state for a persecuted nation- an idea hijacked by Jewish religious extremists in an effort to reinstate Jewish religious law, and rebuild the biblical kingdom.

On the other, the indigenous Arab population, denying any right of non-Muslims over lands considered “holy” (waqf lands) in their texts, refusing any compromise or goodwill towards a nation of Dhimmi – people stated as inferiors in Islamic belief.

A standard territorial conflict, not unlike many others, has become unsolvable because of religion. Each side, acting not on rationality, but on blind orders of “sacred” texts – is completely unable to compromise without betraying the religious code.

The mutual crimes carried out by both parties in the Middle East will undoubtedly take time to heal – but one can surely say that as long as religion remains the motivating factor behind the warring parties – there is no hope of peace.

Nowhere is Atheism more dearly needed than in the Middle East.