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  • By Hemant Mehta

    According to very disturbing reports out of Pakistan, Mashal Khan, an activist who called himself “The Humanist” on Facebook and a student at Abdul Wali Khan University in the Khyber Pak […]

    • I was physically sickened by the video footage. Can you imagine beating someone to death? Literally stomping, punching, and kicking someone until they are dead?

      I watched Mel Gibson’s shit propaganda movie (I think it’s title is “the passion of the christ” — but care so little about getting it right that I won’t even open another tab and google it)… But, when the film depicted the inhumanity involved in the scourging of christ, I was weeping. The folks I was watching it with know I am atheistic and are devout believers, themselves. they were very surprised to see me moved like that.

      When we discussed it, they had it partially right. I was moved. Not because of some holiness or holy spirit descending on me, but rather, moved because of a few general ideas.
      First, I’d weep if I saw an animal beaten like that.
      Second, I’d like to think that I’d intercede and get the animals off of they prey.
      Third, and most profound, we haven’t evolved since then.

      I just cannot wrap my head around the xenophobia and clear blood thirst that the “holy mob” displays. BTW, I’d be just as acerbic had the mob been atheist or gay or whatever… Some paradigm changing narrative has to enter the cultural zeitgeist to shame people for being public with their violence and hatred. Keep your fucking prayers to yourself!!!

      I also can taste the irony of these places being called “holy”. If there was an actual deity, if there was actual “holiness”, there’d be evidence — one of the pieces would be, perhaps, a spot or a day when violence is impossible.

      think about it, this “creator” made it so that I cannot hold my breath until I die. This bullshit entity made it so that certain very specific things are impossible. But, why not make it so that a human being cannot kill another human being? This faux being could do ANYTHING, right?

      Every time I look closely at “intelligent design” and the notion of a supreme being, I realize that a 4 year old child could do a better job. Now, wanna talk about “unintelligent design”? The evidence abounds.

    • crookedshoes #4

      I just cannot wrap my head around the xenophobia and
      clear blood thirst that the “holy mob” displays. BTW, I’d be just as
      acerbic had the mob been atheist or gay or whatever… Some paradigm
      changing narrative has to enter the cultural zeitgeist to shame people
      for being public with their violence and hatred. Keep your fucking
      prayers to yourself!!! I also can taste the irony of these places
      being called “holy”.

      Yes! It is so absurdly. And one can not get over how believers are at the same time bloodthirsty mentally deranged people and at the same time preachers of goodness and morality.

      But, why not make it so that a human being cannot kill another human
      being? This faux being could do ANYTHING, right?

      So true.

    • crookedshoes #4

      But, why not make it so that a human being cannot kill another human
      being? This faux being could do ANYTHING, right?

      That is the nature of “religious morality”!

      ANY actions promoting the religion or its dogmas, are awarded an authoritative badge of “goodness” (or sainthood or whatever), regardless of the effects on people! – and any holding to account or reprisals by “outsiders” against the perpetrators, gives them the acclaimed badges of martyrs and heroes!

    • The people who did this are savages and barbarians. And the fact that they feel moved to do this by their religion tells you a great deal about the savagry and barbarity that is contained in that religion.

      If this were an isolated incident, one might be inclined to give some credence to the inevitable apologists who will decry this as “not true Islam” and tell us about how Islam means “peace”, and so on. Unfortunately, it is not an isolated incident. Similar atrocities are being committed almost daily in the Islamic world and while the people who do this may be in the minority, there are too many of them for the claim to stand that this is nothing to do with Islam.