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New Atheism Behind ‘War on Muslims’ – Morning Star

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Hate-Filled Philosophy Inspired Killer Craig Hicks.

The Morning Star today (Hat-tip Jim D).

The War on Muslims Reaches US Soil.

Somebody called Ramzay Baroud writes,

The murder of three US Muslims at a University of North Carolina condominium last week was no ordinary murder, nor is the criminal who killed them an ordinary thug.

The Daily explains,

Hicks, the terrorist who killed the three young Muslims, subscribes to a school of thought known as New Atheism — what (sic)  religious scholar Reza Aslan refers to as the school of “anti-theism.”

It is, in part, another hate-filled platform, and despite its supposed disdain for all religions, its malicious energy mostly targets Muslims.

New Atheists are of course different from the majority of atheists, who don’t use that designation to foment hate against a specific religious group.

The anti-theist idols include the likes of Richard Dawkins and US author Sam Harris, who, according to Aslan, respond “to religion with the same venomous ire with which religious fundamentalists respond to atheism.”

So,

Hicks too hated the three Muslim kids based on that same foolish, murderous logic.

But hating Muslims is not your everyday racism and prejudice, which has been “as American as apple pie and napalm” (a funny, sad line from the US comedy, M*A*S*H).

(Note: very funny, ha, ha.)

It is a readily available fodder for the ongoing war and future war in Muslim countries. It is the required amount of dehumanisation needed to wage war.

The ‘author’ then splurges in another direction,

Hicks is of the Fox News demographic, a gun-toting, unreasonably and immeasurably angry white US citizen. Self-proclaimed atheist or otherwise, it matters little (sic).

So Hicks, we are told, killed the students “execution-style” because of a dispute over parking spaces.

The same way that Chris Kyle — “the American Sniper” — made 164 confirmed “kills” in Iraq, targeting “savages” because that’s what national heroes do.

(Note ‘in the same way’….)

He concludes, spluttering,

It is time for Muslims to demand that Obama issue more than a statement but call the US government and hate-filled media to account. These outrageous double standards must end, before more innocent lives are taken.

And why not call the ‘New Atheists’ to account?

Sam Harris and Richard Dawkins beware: be afraid, be very afraid..

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Further notes on Baroud’s politics (from here, January 8th 2015)

He thinks this: “Islam has set in motion a system to abolish slavery over 1,200 years before the slave trade reached its peak in the western world. ” (no Arab slave trade…..), “gender equality in Islam has been enshrined in the language of the Koran and the legacy of the Prophet Mohammed.”

I can’t be bothered with most of this history-as-fairy-story but I notice this in the same article

Baroud rails at the “the pornographic satire of Charlie Hebdo and its targeting of Prophet Mohammed…” and then remarks of those condemning the attack:

Did any of these “intellectuals” pause to think that maybe, just maybe, the violent responses to demeaning Islamic symbols reflect a real political sentiment, say for example, a collective feeling of humiliation, hurt, pain and racism that extend to every corner of the globe? 

Charlie had it coming to them…

As no doubt did the Jewish customers at the Porte de Vincennes Hyper Cacher.

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  1. Baroud is a very nasty piece of work. The fact that the Morning Star sees fit to publish his stuff 9and not jjust as “discussion” pieces) tells us a lot about the political degeneracy of the Stalinoid “mainstream” “left” of the British labour and trade union movement.

    Jim Denham

    February 17, 2015 at 2:47 pm

  2. I don’t know why Hicks blasted the three Muslim students to death, I haven’t heard the evidence, but, what I have read is that he was actually ‘pro-Muslim’ and a ‘liberal’. He had a great long list of worthy causes that he supported on his facebook page, too long in my view and suggestive that he was a trifle unhinged to begin with, but he was certainly no t-party supporter. I do wonder what his back story was, a man doesn’t get to be in his mid-40s without some things going on in his life. Had he been in the military? It’s awful that three people have been killed (for any reason), but I find the way certain interests are capitalising on it disgusting.

    Sue R

    February 17, 2015 at 3:59 pm

  3. It’s a pretty ramshackle article by somebody whose own marbles seem to have gone missing.

    It is, as Jim says, a sign of the degeneracy of the paper that it publishes this stuff, which I didn’t dignify with a serious reply.

    I couldn’t care less if people ‘ask’ atheists to explain why this individual did what he did and for us to disassociate from him.

    But as you indicate Sue, it’s unlikely to be an easy task.

    So next time there’s an Islamist atrocity (pretty soon I imagine) I assume Muslims of all stripes will not mind us demanding that they explain and to disassociate from the act.

    Andrew Coates

    February 17, 2015 at 5:32 pm

  4. Maybe it’s an extended (not funny) in-joke by the editorial team of the CPB/Star to spend a lot of space attacking someone called “Hicks”? That would explain the ramshackleness and marble-missingness, maybe?

    dagmar

    February 23, 2015 at 11:32 am


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