It must surely come as no surprise that the islamic fascist group islamic state (ISIS) has admitted responsibility for the mass murder of at least 21 innocent people in Tunisia. It’s par for the course for this group of barbaric psychopaths, acting, they will say, in the name of their religion. And I expect to hear decent muslims condemning this latest wicked act. “It has nothing to do with our religion,” they will say.
And maybe it hasn’t got anything to do with their religion, although the ISIS murderers will be able to point out all manner of violent acts that appear in the Quran, which is just like, may I had, the Old Testament where the God character really is one of the most unpleasant characters in all of fiction.
Quite what this latest outrage is calculated to achieve is quite simple: it’s an act of terror. It’s a statement of what they can do, we are supposed to be terrorised by it. I can see why politicians of all parties can announce that we will never cower to terrorists, I can’t see how we’re not meant to be concerned about it.
But whilst people like me find the murders utterly repellent, some young people don’t. In fact, some of them must find killing people in cold blood, setting people on fire, cutting people’s heads off to be a worthwhile way in which to spend their time. They must look at the masked figure of Mohammed Emwazi standing next to an innocent aid worker before he kills him and think, “Oh, I’ll have a bit of that!” The media calls him Jihadi John. He’s a bit of a hero. That must be what the three girls from London were thinking about when they slipped out of the country for a fun-packed life in Syria to become a Jihadi bride. Presumably, this atrocity in Tunisia will only encourage more youngsters to turn their back on this wretched country to join in with the killings.
Sorry if you’re offended by this flippancy, but I can’t, for the life of me, understand why anyone in their right mind would a) want to go round shooting innocent tourists and b) encourage young people to become part of it.
We will be told they have been radicalised; brainwashed effectively. But oddly enough there are few atheists, humanists or secularists out there on the front line: they’re all muslims. They’ve been brought up in one religion – isn’t it strange how children almost always adopt the religion of their parents? – so they’re more inclined, we are led to believe, to join in with the more extreme stuff too. I’ve always argued that without so-called moderate religious people, there would be no extreme religious people.
You can’t escape the narrative that religion is a key reason for the many conflicts around the world, people getting indoctrinated, radicalised. So far as I am aware, there are no groups of non-believers trying to spread atheism to the civilised and uncivilised world. Perhaps it’s time there were?
Our reaction to the non-integration into society of those of different religions is simple: we allow them to set up their own religious schools. We’ve done it for years with CoFE and Catholic schools in this country. Those of us who oppose ‘faith schools’ have been shouted down for years, and there is still no mainstream political party that opposes ‘faith schools’, have not got it all wrong have we?
Would those schoolgirls have gone to Syria if they weren’t muslims, taught about their god as a fact since they were old enough to speak? What do you think?
And as we have said before, it’s no good their parents blaming the security forces for allowing their children to leave the country: they have a certainly responsibility for their children’s upbringing and the god they tell them to worship.
How anyone can find the mass murder of innocent people a cause to celebrate and a reason to join in is something I will never understand, but then I’m an atheist.