the fallacy of martyrdom at Fort Hood Texas..

fort hood

At about 1:55 pm today (August 28th, 2013), the long nightmare that Fort Hood (and the nation) has endured finally got closure.  It's a death sentence for MAJ Nidal Hassan and a victory for the so many decent, innocent people who suffered such grievious harm at his hands.I was in the court room for the prosecution's masterful closing arguments and was there when the verdict was read.  Hasan never took his eyes off the panel president as she read the verdict and once read, he slightly nodded a … [Read more...]

Here we go again…

chemwepnsyria

Well, here we are again, on the brink of war, even before we have fully extracted ourselves from our last long national nightmare.  My life-affirming values as atheist/humanist combined with my military experience as a veteran of the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan are telling me that it would be wrong to start down this path again.What’s happening in Syria involving the use of chemical weapons is absolutely horrifying and it is natural and logical that compassionate people would want t … [Read more...]

Why don’t you #HaveASeatRightThere Muslim guy on twitter

"Our Perverted Eternal Justice Warriors have been tracking JJ, who goes by the online handle gabrielles-ONE-FIFTY-ONE... He claims to be a religious man who follows his peaceful religion."Did you bring the bottle of 151 like we asked? Against alcohol now, too, are we? Unless you've got something else to say to the world, you're free to GTFO anytime.Follow me on twitter. … [Read more...]

Army medic “has seen Christianity, Judaism, and Islam in action…Frankly, I’ll pass.”

Mikey Weinstein, President of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation, shared something with me today.He shared a report in USA Today that  speaks about the statistical trend away from traditional religious identities. MRFF is an important - albeit religiously neutral - ally to the secular community and fierce defender of the US Constitution. But Mikey saw something that he knew I'd appreciate:Paul Morris, an Army medic at Fort Bragg in North Carolina and veteran of six tours in the  … [Read more...]

Jihad me at hello

Counter-intuitively, a growing number of females participate in Jihad.They martyr themselves for a religion that is so oppressive to women that it instructs them to wear burqas. Some women's beautiful eyes made even a burqa too immodest. Why would women want 72 virgins? Why would they want eternal erections?I think humor is one of the strongest weapons you can use against terrible ideas. Forgive the potentially jarring lack of a proper segue into more serious discussion.Show me the … [Read more...]

PZ Myers spotted in Islamic Jihad videos

Don't believe me? Look for yourself.Attentive Rock Beyond Belief readers noticed this early this morning. PZ spoke about 72 virgins in disturbing detail. Gross.But things are different now.Atheist PZ Myers is not creepy.He's now a very prominent atheist blogger (you may have heard his name before.) Compare that first picture with recently obtained unreleased footage of an upcoming documentary. … [Read more...]

Never mind, that explains everything about the 72 virgins.

I had previously suggested that radicals that do Jihad would 'run out of virgins' in a matter of months.Here is one prominent orthodoxy:Orthodox Muslim theologians such as al-Ghazali (died 1111 CE) and al-Ash'ari (died 935 CE) have all discussed the sensual pleasures found in paradise, and they are graphically elaborated by Qur'anic commentator and polymath, al-Suyuti (died 1505). He wrote:Each time we sleep with a Houri we find her virgin. Besides, the penis of the Elected never … [Read more...]

Why 72 virgins is more like a punishment, not a reward.

Radicals have used this promise to brainwash young men. If you think this one through, it's not that awesome of a deal.Let's just say that the controversial 72 virgins reward wasn't mistranslated, misinterpreted or otherwise misunderstood. Let's also overlook the implications that a young woman's virginity should simply be rewarded to others.What about females? What reward do they get? Yeah, overlook that one too.To the sex-driven young male contemplating Jihad, at first, it seems … [Read more...]


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