Recently I watched a movie called The Stoning of Soraya M and yep the title pretty much describes the entire movie. The movie is based on a true story about an Iranian village stoning a woman to death because she was falsely accused by her abusive husband of adultery. The movie was really good (kinda brutal on the low) but the fact that this was based on a true story kind of blew my mind. So of course, I hit up my information besty, Google, to see what information I could find on the true story. Upon my Google study I came across the book the movie was based on. Since I love reading reviews I decided to see what others folks had to say regarding the book. Most of the reviews were good but then there were two users/readers, one Christian, one Muslim. THEY WAS GOING HAM on each other about religion. At first they both commented on the book with a good review. Then all of the sudden they went far from what the book was about to simply bashing each others religion. The Christian was basically bashing Islam and the way (she understood) women were treated within the religion, and how this book is just one portrayal of how Islam still follows barbaric customs and inequality. The Muslim user proceeded to tell her that Islam is NOT like that whatsoever and that she is a bigot and should read the Qur’an fully before making claims that she knows nothing about. But this is the type of behavior she would expect from Christians. The Christian then proceeds to tell her that she has read the Qur’an and talks about how Mohamed was a murderer and all this other crap. The Muslim responds and tells her that she knows nothing of the faith just because she read the Qur’an. And that they stuff she sees on TV is completely different from what practicing Muslims do. If she actually knew some Muslims she might know this. The Christian responds back and says she does now Muslims, women in particular who are unhappy and want out, but are under the control of their abusive husbands. She’s read the Qur’an and does not agree with the customs….
Are you getting tired of the back and forth yet? I know I did! That was just a quick sum up…but it gets worse with the name calling, cursing and such. After about 29 back and forth comments each user got so far from the book topic, the website pretty much marked all of their comments irrelevant to reviewing the book (LOL). Based on their comments at each other, they seemed to be based solely on stereotypes and things they’ve seen on TV. I doubt either one of them had truly took the time to read or learn (like really learn) about each religion. Basically neither one of them had the full knowledge to even come so hard.
As I read their dialogue turned argument, I’m thinking, why does it have to be Islam vs Christianity? Why can’t it simply be a story about a piece of shit man who did something bogus as fuck to his wife? He ain’t the first and he damn sure won’t be the last. With that, I came to the conclusion: ”See this is why I’m really not trying to get down with organized religion cause folks be going way too HAM in the name of whoever they believe in.” I’m pretty sure if those users had been arguing in person it would have turned into “…and in other news two people killed each other in Barns and Noble today because they couldn’t agree on which religion was better and less violent.” GTFOH with that crap. Every religion has their bad seeds since no one is perfect regardless of what your religion might have you believe. If we wanna bust out stereotypes, Christians are hypocrites, Muslims are terrorists, Catholics are pedophiles, and Rastafarian’s are potheads (I just made that one up lol)…I mean the list goes on and on.
And I’m just like….WHO GIVES A DAMN!? Why am I gonna get all worked about what religion is blah blah blah? Can’t folks just let others live instead of trying to convert or tell them they are wrong for not believing what they do? In the words of Rodney: Can’t we all just get along?
For me, I’m constantly going back in forth in my faith and what I believe. Some days it’s enough to just believe that there is in fact a higher power. That it wasn’t just a coincidence or “big bang” that brought us all here. And other days I really want to understand the story is behind it all. Sometimes I feel like I need something more organized with actual beliefs and ish. RNS, it just gets overwhelming. If I try to go too HAM on the why’s and how’s and what does it all really mean…I just get frustrated. Shits just too big to wrap my human head around.
With that said, who am I to tell someone whether or not to believe in one, multiple, or no God at all for that matter? At the end of the day (in my opinion) everyone’s fate after death is (RNS) UNKNOWN. Your faith can tell you whatever you like but you really DON’T know until you know. So in theory, religion or even spirituality for that matter is all relative. Everyone is going off of their chosen Holy Scripture but they don’t have much evidence beyond faith that they are right. Though I suppose for religious people, faith is enough because seeing is not always believing, and faith comes in many shapes and forms, not just the physical. All that is fine, but regardless of what evidence you have…it’s a free fucking country and you don’t have the right to shove your beliefs down my throat. Nor do you have the right to tell me that I’m a loser because I don’t agree with you.
Folks be deep into these holy books as the law without question. But shit…the Higher Power (or whoever the hell) made me curious. He made me with an inquiring mind. Therefore I’m gonna question some shit. You can’t just be reading a book and be getting all enthralled and not ask why.
Imagine if 1 million years from now we have a Book of Eli situation and the only evidence left that we ever existed was a Harry Potter book and the Antoine Dodson video? Folks would be up in church listening to the preacher like “And ye I say onto you dudes…the prophet Dodson did indeed believe that women and children should be hidden in a safe place. And did Harry and his disciples not make it through the deathly hallows?” (Church says in unison) “Hide ya kids, hide ya wife!” Preacher “Yes hide them! Two points for Gryffindor!” Music begins….
LMAO! I just cracked myself up with that one. And I’m obviously I’m over exaggerating for comedies sake. But my point is to say that we can’t just be taking shit for face value, running with it and forcing others to run with it too. As a person who believes themselves to be more spiritual than religious, I’d like to say that I’m more open to what people have to say when it comes to religion. I’ll go to the catholic church. I can fucks with a Baptist praise here and there. Or I can simply meditate to get closer to whatever that being is in the sky.
I’m all for people believing what they believe, but we should question and even more important dialogue rather NOT ARGUE about it. My motto is just live and let live. If you put too much energy into the way other people live their lives you’ll be missing out on opportunities to make yours better.
So that concludes my religion rant…I could go on…but it’s already gone on long enough…LOL
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