Posted by: nimbu | February 1, 2011

First, I’d like to thank god…

If you’re an actor or actress that wins the Academy Award, clearly god likes you. Why doesn’t he like the others?

I often see football (American football) players praying before and after games, usually with members of the opposing team. Do you think that the players from the losing team didn’t pray hard enough? Why didn’t god like them?

Hmmm

Updates:

In 2010, the most popular post was “Why does God hate homosexuals?” I’m happy to report that the majority of people in this country are now beginning to simply not care. Not care about whether or not you’re gay! Gay teens continue to struggle with this, however – but again the good news is that there’s tons, and I mean TONS of support. From web sites, blogs, support groups and more.

Can you imagine what it was like before the Internet? Every year that goes by, it’s going to get better.

While the religious leaders continue to double-down on hating homosexuality. They will soon find themselves on the wrong side of their congregation. The other day, super-nice-guy preacher, Joel Osteen doubled down on the former Larry King show. He claimed having to follow scripture! I found myself talking to the tv: “There’s a lot of stuff in the scripture! We don’t follow much of it!”

Again, I point to the legalization of adultery. We’ve stopped stoning adulterers! Even though the Hebrew God wants us to do so.

Joel, like many good looking, nice-guy preachers before him, is a fake. Raking in tens of millions of your hard earned dollars. And his “ministry” is tax exempt! That should fire you up! These guys have so many obvious skeletons in their closets, I simply cannot wait for his fall from grace. It’s almost inevitable. But I want him to go down flaming – like Ted Haggard!!! He’s my personal favorite. He hated gays so much that when his gay prostitute, drug dealing companion came out – boy can you imagine how satisfying that was!?!

It was fucking awesome!

To be fare, he’s not gay anymore. ;) He’s worked it out. He’s been “fixed”.

;)

Posted by: nimbu | December 25, 2009

Getting rusty at being an Atheist!

I’ve been an Atheist now for a few years. Not too long ago, I took a break from writing this blog because I was bombarded with negative, angry and ridiculous feedback. After a long break, I’d decided to get back into the swing of things – because the blog stats indicated that a lot of people are stopping by, and I should keep writing.

But because I wasn’t defending my positions on a regular basis, I had become rusty. I was having drinks with a friend and told him that I was an Atheist. I thought I had already told him – but I guess I was wrong. Anyway, a few drinks later we turned to the subject of god hating homosexuality. (Christians will note that god does not hate gays – he only hates the sin. I still find that crazy, since the sinner committing the sin is the one who’s punished for committing that very sin!!! If god really hated that “sin”, he should’ve just abolished it from existence.)

Anyway…

So my friend said “No way! The Bible doesn’t say homosexuality is wrong!” Now, in the old days, I could’ve quoted the passage directly – or at least paraphrased it. And at the very least, I could tell you what book and passage to reference. I found myself this time a little short on evidence. I knew it was in the Bible, just couldn’t remember where. I was a little shocked at how rusty I had gotten!!!

Anyway, for those of you wondering, here it is in the Bible:

Leviticus 20:13

“If a man lies with a man as one lies with a woman, both of them have done what is detestable. They must be put to death; their blood will be on their own heads.”

I like this story because it’s just absurd:

Genesis 19:1 to 19:8

1 The two angels arrived at Sodom in the evening, and Lot was sitting in the gateway of the city. When he saw them, he got up to meet them and bowed down with his face to the ground.

2 “My lords,” he said, “please turn aside to your servant’s house. You can wash your feet and spend the night and then go on your way early in the morning.”

“No,” they answered, “we will spend the night in the square.”

3 But he insisted so strongly that they did go with him and entered his house. He prepared a meal for them, baking bread without yeast, and they ate.

4 Before they had gone to bed, all the men from every part of the city of Sodom—both young and old—surrounded the house.

5 They called to Lot, “Where are the men who came to you tonight? Bring them out to us so that we can have sex with them.”

6 Lot went outside to meet them and shut the door behind him

7 and said, “No, my friends. Don’t do this wicked thing.

8 Look, I have two daughters who have never slept with a man. Let me bring them out to you, and you can do what you like with them. But don’t do anything to these men, for they have come under the protection of my roof.”

Posted by: nimbu | December 24, 2009

I’m confused…

I was listening to NPR the other day and heard gospel singing – specifically music from “Black Nativity”, and it got me thinking:

Why do people who have been obviously neglected by their god turn out to be the most religious? Why do they love their god, even after hundreds of years of “punishment”?

But let me be more specific: African Americans, enslaved by white “Christians” for hundreds of years, not only took on their owner’s last names, but also adopted their owner’s religion.

When millions of Africans prayed every night to Jesus, why didn’t he (Jesus) listen? Why didn’t god do anything? For hundreds of years, spanning many generations, he ignored prayers from Africans. Where was he? And finally when Africans were technically free, they simply ignored the hundreds of years of neglect and fall back in love with the same god that left them enslaved!

It’s amazing and confusing. Once again, we offer thanks to god for the good things that happen, but never blame him for the bad things that happen.

Posted by: nimbu | September 21, 2009

Eid Mubarak

Stupid lunar calendar. Apparently “God” didn’t know about how Earth orbits the sun! Every year, stupid, uneducated mullas argue about whether or not somebody saw the moon. Sad really.

Posted by: nimbu | June 22, 2009

Really? Homosexuals?

I started this blog in January of 2007. It’s been more than 2.5 years and I’m surprised to announce that the most popular post is:

“why does god hate homosexuals?”

I’m surprised – yet not surprised. I can only imagine there are thousands if not tens of thousands of young kids out there struggling to figure out “what’s god thinking?” How do I reconcile my homosexuality with my church?

What’s wrong with me?

These are very normal questions. Many heterosexuals (probably in the billions) ask themselves that question daily! Really, no kidding.

You’re not alone. People all over the world a perplexed. What kind of god let’s this happen – especially to me! I’m a good person. I’ve done nothing wrong. Why me?

There are 2 obvious answers:

1. god really doesn’t like you.
2. god doesn’t exist.

Perhaps there are more than 2. I’m sure someone out there has created some middle ground in their mind.

I don’t want to hear “god loves you, but hates your sin.” That’s bullshit. I hate that response. Love the sinner – hate the sin. That’s how “Christians” dehumanize their hatred. It makes them feel better about themselves. It has nothing to do with love, or compassion.

Being lumped in with other sinners for being in love with another is sick. Two grown women or men loving each other is not a sin – it’s love! It’s fucking love, not sin. There’s nothing wrong with more love in this world.

It makes me sad to think that in 2009, this is the most popular post on my blog.

We’ve got such a long way to go…

Later,

Nimbu

Posted by: nimbu | June 19, 2009

Technology once again trumps god(s)

When I was growing up in Pakistan, there was only 1 TV station: PTV. It was off most of the day (unless there was a cricket match). It would come on early evening and go until late night. It was, obviously, state run. Radio was state run. News papers were somewhat independent, but still very careful about what they printed. The government effectively placed a giant bubble around Pakistan. Only the very literate and interested individuals actually read magazines and newspapers from outside the country. This, however, meant that the vast majority of the less educated and uneducated were at the mercy of what the government wanted them to know.

Like most 3rd world countries living under an information blockade, people who wanted to find news, found it. The “underground” black market for news, information and entertainment was hardly underground. It was everywhere. But you had to go looking for it. So most people just went looking for Bollywood entertainment. Not news.

In the 90s, satellite dishes began to pop up like mushrooms everywhere. Every house had one. And for the first time ever, every Pakistani could see unfiltered BBC, CNN, and dozens of other entertainment outlets. For the first time, people saw how far behind they were from the rest of the world. India had totally won the more important battle – not for Kashmir, but for evolution. India had opened its currency and its borders to the outside world. The world welcomed them with open arms.

The internet put the nail in the coffin. Students from every walk of life (outside the madrasas, of course) suddenly had hotmail accounts, yahoo accounts and were communicating with the rest of the world. They too want to be a part of the world. No longer were they fed a constant diet of “Pakistan is the best”. Even though they heard it everywhere, they didn’t believe it – they still don’t.

When crazy religious mullas took over Afghanistan, only 2 countries recognized that government. PK and Saudi. In fact, the media portrayed these new leaders as moral, religious individuals who simply wanted to have a “pure” Islamic state. That’s what Pakistan was supposed to be: Pak – pure. So most Pakistanis simply believed that this was a great thing. How can a “pure” Islamic state ever be wrong?

Pakistanis never saw the brutality that was the everyday existence of Afghans. Up until just a couple of months ago, majority of Pakistanis believed that once again, foreigners had fucked up yet another “pure” Islamic state.

But once these religious nuts moved into Pakistan, things seemed kind of ok.
But when they demanded religious law – a lot of Pakistanis woke up and said “hold on…” While many others again believed that there was nothing wrong with sharia.

Of course there’s nothing wrong with Sharia. Or any other religious law for that matter.

These individuals never studied these laws. Plain & simple.

Most Muslim countries do not have “strict” Islamic laws. They have a hybrid system where they pay homage to the laws, but the never carry out. For example, most Islamic countries do not cut off hands of thieves. I’m not saying it doesn’t happen – it’s just not commonplace.

Back to the story: Pakistanis never felt the brutality of a true Islamic law system. It wasn’t until the public airing of a young girl getting flogged in public by “religious” people, that Pakistanis saw what a real Islamic punishment looked like.

Most still have not seen beheaded bodies lying in the town center. That day will never happen. Pakistanis, don’t you know, are actually quite moderate. The huge public uproar against these thugs was swift and uniform. When the media and some pundits sometimes looked the other way and never condemning, nobody came out in defense of the mullas.

No one. For the first time, ever – Pakistanis saw the true face of sharia law and it was ugly.

Pakistanis love their pseudo-religious lifestyle. They want to go to Friday prayer, but they also want to:

- Listen to music
- Dance to music (Punjabi people love to dance)
- Watch western and Bollywood movies
- Many like to drink
- Go to school (especially the girls)
- Get higher education (again, especially the girls)
- Get a shave (especially the men!)

There’s a lot more they love doing that would be outright banned by these mullas. And that’s just too much for Pakistanis to handle. Heck, it was too much for Afghans to handle too!

In summary: I’m glad to be back. And I’m glad that this time around, Pakistanis are standing up for what is right, not what is religious.

Nimbu

Posted by: nimbu | June 15, 2009

I’m back

Good to be back in the saddle.

Posted by: nimbu | April 20, 2008

Out of Hiding

I know I said I’ve quit. But this I cannot ignore:

It’s hard not to write about the visit of the leader of one of the most destructive religions on the planet. I’m astonished to see how the news media just loves him (the Pope). He’s intelligent, sweet, little old man. But the media seems to not want to discuss some very important things:

1. The Catholic Church forces its priests into celibacy. Arguably, sex is one of the most important things in life (perhaps behind breathing). I know many people that if you asked them whether they’d like to have sex, a burger, or a coke, they’d pick sex. Sex is pretty important in life, and to restrict young men (priests) from doing it, is ridiculous. The priesthood has become some brotherhood of men who are gay, but cannot reconcile their religion and who they are. Unfortunately those straight guys who want to be priests are mixed in with these gay guys who are repressed. Even straight priests must find it annoying to constantly have to clean up after their wet dreams. It’s either that, or they secretly spank-off and just pay the price (penance).

1(a). When you have thousands of cases of child abuse under one organization, it’s not just 1 or 2 priests, it’s a lot of fucking priests. The numbers prove that this was no anomaly , it’s a problem

2. The Catholic Church hates Gays. Oh they “love” gays, but they’re going to hell if they don’t stop spanking other men. (or women if they’re lesbians)

3. The Catholic Church hates women. Oh they don’t really “hate” women, they’ve simply made them 2nd class citizens. They cannot hold any power in the Church. They cannot use birth control, therefore are at the mercy or their husbands (or God forbid, their boyfriends).

3(a). The same guy who thought it would be great for priests to be celibate was probably gay himself. Either that or was constantly thinking about women and found it a distraction. Or just kept the whole Adam and Eve bullshit going. Either way, men create religion and therefore men place women in 2nd class status.

4. The Catholic Church hate sex. This notion that your “seed” shouldn’t be spilled is fucking sick. Should I have felt guilty for having a wet dream when I was 14? How many babies must I have accidentally destroyed by spanking-off! It’s insane.

Most importantly, the Catholic Church continues to stand behind it’s moronic birth control policy. Now you’re probably thinking: “I know many Catholics that use condoms/birth control”. It’s true. Most Catholics in this country do use contraception. That’s because people in this country are smart. It’s the unfortunate, uneducated people of the 3rd world that are being screwed.

The Pope (a.k.a. the Church) believes that if you tell Africans to stop fucking, that they’ll listen. Instead of giving condoms, or teaching kids about sex and the fact that you can catch AIDS, or other VDs, they’re telling kids nothing (except stop having sex). Not only is it inadequate education, it’s fucking DEADLY! It’s inhuman. It’s mean spirited, purposely withholding knowledge from kids that you know could help them.

The kids don’t know they can catch AIDS or have babies by having sex, so they get pregnant. Or even worse, they catch AIDS. All because the fucking Church has a ridiculous notion that contraception is bad. Not only is it sad, it should be illegal.

You can see why I came out of hiding just to write this. Not saying I’m back for good. But this I just couldn’t keep in.

Nimbu

Posted by: nimbu | November 14, 2007

I think it’s time for a change

My original intent with my blog was to document my metamorphosis from non-practicing Muslim to full blown, flaming atheist. The tone of this blog has shifted away from just writing down my thoughts about atheism. I think my metamorphosis is complete. I don’t feel like writing anything regarding the subject.

Now that it’s been over a year of my new life, I’ve been watching the world without my tinted glasses. All of a sudden, I find myself surrounded by fucking idiots. I just heard on the radio this morning (NPR), about how some southern Baptist ministers are gathering folks in Georgia to “pray” for rain. Are you fucking kidding me!

This is newsworthy?

Was NPR’s attempt to show how crazy Georgian Baptists are? Or were they just giving equal airtime to the religious right?

I find it baffling that stories of god(s) still make it to the news. Fluff stories, no less.

What I’m trying to say here is that this blog for me is becoming depressing. I think it’s time for me to move on. Move on to happier topics…like technology, movies, music, etc.

As I write this, I can’t help but think about the daily traffic to this blog. I hope that I can influence some on-the-fence-Muslim to really critically think about their religion. Even if just 1 person is persuaded, I’m happy. I may stop blogging on a regular basis, but this site will stay up. I hope that more and more of my fellow Pakistani Muslims will start to analyze their lives, their country, their family structures, and most importantly their religion.

I will get the email notifications if people post, so I won’t be completely out of touch.

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