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Couches of Human Skin?

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Submitted by Hannah (United States), Jul 14, 2016 at 11:04

Wow...really surprised me there by calling beautiful women evil!

I think the sin here, in the first paragraph, is the RAPE of INNOCENT women, and how A-OK it is to "Allah". The second sin is killing people out of intolerance to their differing belief systems.

Of course, it really shouldn't surprise me. Afterall, Christians are A-OK that the Old Testament commands slaves to submit to their masters, and for women to marry men who beat, rape, and humiliate them in front of everyone in the community. Oh and you're AOK with genital mutilation, since the only way for a woman to be saved from a stoning in second said situation was for her to show her bed linens covered in blood, evidence of the fact that her clitoris was cut, her vagina sewn up, so that on the day of the wedding she would be publicly humiliated and physically tortured by her betrothed in a sexual manner in the appointed bedchamber, everyone outside knowing what was going on, and then the man triumphantly shows his family and the woman's family the bloody sheets as proof that she was a virgin. As for the first situation, where a slave is raped...the OT has no laws forbidding slave rape, and has no laws in place to protect slaves in the case that they are raped. Pretty dumb move for a person who cares about justice, because when you've got sanctioned power play like that, and people who can be prone to evil things, it's only a matter of time before a young female slave gets raped, and she can't even call the cops on her master because there are no laws for that.

Actually, islam, early judaism, and early christianity have alot on common. Females are inheritly evil? Check. Sex is inheritly evil? Check. Beautiful women are evil? Check. Female slaves can be raped? Check. Women should have their genitals painfully cut, to be humiliated and violated later in life? Check. People who don'e believe in said religion must be killed? Hmmm..lets see...ah yes, the old testament (as well as the Tanakh which it is based off of) shows jews killing people who don't believe. The Koran commands people to kill those who don't believe. And later in mideval times, a little while after jesus' teachings have had time to be incorporated into a new religion based on judaism and then changed even more by popes and religious leaders, we have the crusades and the vatican all quite eager to kill anyone who doesn't believe in the new christian religion. Check!

Look- you're on a computer today. That's because of people who thought for themselves, who understood science and history, and came to different conclusions than what their predecessors did- even if by an inch, because each time, it got an inch better. Thank goodness for novelty thinkers and liberals who had more morals than the church wanted them to, and spoke up enough so that today our religious leaders wouldn't be condoning slavery, rape and genocide. It's time to leave evil traditions behind, and perhaps more importantly, stop arguing for those traditions that support the very things you're against (i do hope you're AGAINST violation of female and human rights!?)

If that means dropping off your Bible at the thrift store, so be it.
If that means keeping just a few beloved verses from the Torah, and seeking virtues and spiritual fulfillment in other ways, so be it.
If that means throwing the Koran away, so be it.
If you found out that your favorite couch was made out of human skin, humans who were tortured and raped before being turned into the couch, you would abhor it! You would regard it as sinful and get it out of your house.

So it is the same way with each of these religions. Seek out the truth and by no means take only what i say- research what i say for yourself. It will come to you to decide, do you argue for a religion made of human skin, or do you get it out of your house?

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