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How to save Muslims and the rest of us from Islam and other religions

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Submitted by A.T. Halmay (Canada), Mar 30, 2014 at 13:35

The human animal is a vulnerable being apt to be attacked by germs, viruses and maladies as yet not fully understood, from Malaria to various types of cancer to Alzheimer's. Medicine makes advances in intelligence and in development of antidotes. It is a constant struggle. One of man's most damaging maladies is religion, a concept that involves belief, the lowest form of thinking; belief in a fantasy deity that supposedly rules over everything. Then there were the self-appointed middle-men, the prophets who claimed or were said to have claimed to be in touch with the deity and then there is the multitude of sub-distributors, the men of the cloth called priests and rabbis and mullahs and ayatollahs and these, on occasion, work hard to make life better for the populace but many of them mainly seek power over all the others.

Like the tides of the oceans which roll in and out, these distributors for the middle men sometimes do, indeed, improve things but more often than not, one group or another goes bonkers and interprets the lunatic writings of the ancients in ways detrimental to their devotees and to the entire world.

Islam began with a more negative and war-like attitude against the entire world of non-followers. It had its relatively placid periods but with the wealth-producing oil found in Muslim lands, the distributors of the insanity have gained power and the entire world is affected. What seems to be ignored by Muslims and non-Muslims is the fact that the principal victims are the unfortunates who are born into Muslim families and are forced to follow their rules.

Ironically, when the rational forbid the practice of religion, the devotees, whose brains were washed in infancy, go underground and become even more fervent and insane, thus this is not a solution. But this global malady might be reduced if religion gets treated like alcohol which in civilized countries is kept from the most vulnerable, the children. If we can separate church from state, why not separate the young from religion as we forbid the young to buy and consume alcohol.

There will, of course, be sufficient numbers who in their twenties and on will be no brighter than they were at age five, and they will satisfy the distributors of religion but the hoped-for majority of young people exposed to the fantasies of religion once they have developed critical faculties may remove the most lunatic aspects of religion leading to a world that will not accept the insanities of Islam and other religions.

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