I hate to say it again, but bombing campaigns are only going to make the problem worse. I can’t believe how easily people buy into it because of the media. What if our media started covering the horrific atrocities taking place in China and Saudi Arabia, which we hardly ever hear about because they just happen to be strategic economic allies, all for the money and greed!

This is guaranteed to increase religious extremism, and as I said before, it is the one sure way actually as we destroy a region’s infrastructure, keep devastating the economies and societies, keep up the occupations, drone attacks, bombing campaigns, wars, coups, regime changes, and economic hits and sanctions, and just to top it off blame it all on their “barbaric” culture. Guaranteed to create more extremists and fanatics every single time! Radicals are being produced as we speak and claim to be “fighting terror” when in reality we are increasing it.

I hope we can all play a role to spread more love and kindness towards each other, love and be understanding of one another regardless of race, religion, ethnicity, nationality, gender, sexual orientation, no matter what, if we all just show small acts of kindness it will add up to a lot!

In an article in Middle East Quarterly, a pro-Israel publication, showing a drastic shift in attitude, it reports that support for Israel is eroding among American evangelical Christians, with only 30 percent in a recent survey stating support for Israel above Palestinians.

This trend is even more pronounced among youth, according to an article by David Brog, Jewish-American executive director of “Christians United For Israel (CUFI), a major pro-Israel organization. Israeli Prime Minster Benjamin Netanyahu has called CUFI “a vital part of Israel’s national security” and columnist Charles Kauthammer has said, “I do not know of an organization in the world more important to Israel than CUFI.”

Brog’s article, “The End of Evangelical Support for Israel?” is largely pitched as a wake-up call to Israel partisans who, according to Brog, “must take this threat seriously.” (For more on Brog, see below.)

Brog quotes a journalist reporting in 2012 about the “the largest gathering of young evangelical leaders in America,” the Catalyst convention: “In dozens of random conversations, I noted that Millenians … expressed solidarity with the Palestinians and annoyance with Israel. This is a seismic shift in the American church and a serious threat to Israel’s one traditional area of support.”

Read more: http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article39814.htm

Whats your name?
Anonymous

Go to my youtube channel and find out: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCupKOOnfBOhdwhBLYjYH4RQ

That’s how most people here have, and also may I kindly ask if you could please send such messages off anon because I am trying not to have my blog cluttered with messages which are just private conversations. Thanks for understanding.

applejuiceistheshit:

iranianatheist:

These air-strikes against ISIS are not going to get rid of terrorists, they are in fact going to do the opposite, they will create more radicals, and in the process more innocent people will die! Any reasonable leader in this world who wants to get rid of the problem must go to the source! We need…

Sooo you’re saying on ground would be better than air strike? Either way you polish the turd it’s still murder. Any war is murder and you still have that blood on your hands. This war is stupid. Isis needs to step down. Get the fuck over themselves and stop. All of us need to stop. We are just setting ourselves up for WW3 and I don’t understand why people can’t understand that.

I’m not sure where you got “on the ground war” from what I said but no, that’s exactly what I don’t want. I said protecting the borders and stopping the flow of funds and weapons as a means to stop their violence, western countries need to backing the oil-rich gulf states no matter what, take a closer look at their ideology and stop it from spreading into the secular parts of the middle East, if you do all of that ISIS no longer has any major strength and can’t terrorize people in Iraq and Syria, most of these fighters are foreign. How my statement got twisted into war is beyond me! Call it what you want, you can even call it naïve, but the only thing I am for sure NOT calling for is war.

This is a personal question but what does your name mean? Is it originally persian?
Anonymous

It means brave, its used in Iran, but it’s much more common in Turkey, Azerbaijan, India, and Nepal (albeit, spelled differently)

You sir, are so tolerant or an atheist lol
Anonymous

why can’t I be both? lol

alltheshitthatwillstick:

iranianatheist:

These air-strikes against ISIS are not going to get rid of terrorists, they are in fact going to do the opposite, they will create more radicals, and in the process more innocent people will die! Any reasonable leader in this world who wants to get rid of the problem must go to the source! We need…

How would you secure the borders against ISIS?

You would work with the neighbours, that includes all the neighbours, even the ones you’re not a big fan of! Controlling the borders is not as difficult as you think! A lot of these insurgents are running in from Saudi Arabia. Of course you can secure the borders, it may take a lot of effort but it will achieve a lot more than bombing campaigns from the air, that create more devastation, more radicals, more terrorists, destroy more lives, psychologically ruin millions of children, and then when these poor children go through all of this, you have hateful racist people write articles about how Arab/Muslim children are biologically retarded, such as the one I mentioned before, not looking at all these facts! Out world is becoming such a sick place! People need to start having some respect for humanity!

Do you feel anything when you hear the Quran? I'm not religious but I like listening to it. It's magical. Makes no sense I know but I love it.
Anonymous

There are many aspects about religion that can be meditative, such as the sound of Quran recitation, Christian hymns in church, Sufi chants, Buddhist mantras, and many others, so it’s not abnormal actually, it does make sense. I am an atheist, but I look at everything with an open mind so I understand where you’re coming from and in fact it surprises many people but I attend all forms of religious gathering to gain more knowledge and understanding about people. Some of them can be very peaceful and meditative even for an atheist.

I watched your documentary and it's amazing because you get to know what plain and normal people think about X issue. Do you know what would be amazing? Are you going to Iran anytime soon? Would you be able to make a mini documentary like this about iranians?
Anonymous

Thank you so much. I have actually thought about this, but I’m not going to Iran in the near future, so that would have to go on hold. My next trip will actually be to New York city in a couple of months and currently I am contemplating on a few different topics to interview people on to make another documentary. I try to be very objective and allow people to share their opinions in these short documentaries, instead of giving my own views.

Many of us know that the mainstream media is geared towards controlling people, but even then so many fall for it! While many are convinced that another war in the Middle East is the solution they hardly pay attention to what else is going on in the world. While, China, a Communist oppresive regime, which kills thousands of people each year without a fair trial is crushing pro-Democracy protesters in Hong Kong, the Conservative government of Canada sells our democracy and autonomy to them by signing a multi-billion dollar deal to give China control over some of Canada’s natural resources and the ability to change the laws to benefit their interest for the next 31 years. The media says nothing about China and the impact that this will have on the future, instead bombardment of Iraq and Syria is encouraged, violence which will create more violence, and what for? Do people think that solves the problem? The Problem started because of war and bombing campaigns, because so called “freedom fighters” were given loads of cash and weapons, because Western governments believe Capitalism is the answer to everything, because they never cared to stop making deals with oppressive regimes that are the source of this ISIS ideology and now we think we can bomb these nations into peace! What has happened to us? What is happening to our world that we tend to stay so silent when these atrocities take place! We praise violence, we honour devastating deals, and we too fall into the trap without realizing it!

Stephen Harper’s deal with China should be condemned, not only by all Canadians, but globally! It’s an attack on Canada’s democracy, it’s support for a terrible regime with horrible future implications, and it will only create more problems in the future while filling the pockets of “elitists”.

These air-strikes against ISIS are not going to get rid of terrorists, they are in fact going to do the opposite, they will create more radicals, and in the process more innocent people will die! Any reasonable leader in this world who wants to get rid of the problem must go to the source! We need to work together to stop the flow of money and weapons to these vile lunatics! Leaders need to come together to secure the borders of Iraq and Syria to stop the flow of foreign fighters who make up the greater majority of the scum known as ISIS.

It just makes me sad to hear people who were always aligned with peaceful solutions support and even cheer on this crime against the ordinary people of Iraq and Syria. Hasn’t history taught us anything? What have these poor people done to deserve this? Why are we so barbaric that we think violence solves problems? I can only hope that some day I could contribute to rebuilding these beautiful countries that have been hampered by so much violence and extremism, and be able to create a better life for Iraqis and Syrians! They don’t deserve this! What is wrong with our world!

wouldn't it be awesome if the evil ISIS members went to hell if they died?
Anonymous

Well, since I don’t believe in the existence of an actual place called hell, I would want something more realistic. I think the first step is to look at the big picture and find out why we got here in the first place so it can be avoided in the future, once these lunatics are destroyed. Mind you, there are a lot of facts that we are not being told. Secondly, since the “hell option”, in my opinion, is not realistic. I would want to see the complete annihilation of this ideology, I want the flow of money and support to stop. That’s how you end the problem. That would mean a lot of “elitists” having to give up on greed so we can work together to bankrupt this twisted sick ideology. Violence begets violence, it does not solve the problem!

All of this means assessing ordinary people’s issues and needs. It would mean many things that are not ideal for those elitists’ lavish ways, so unless we can all start working together for the common good of humanity you can rest assure that these problems will continue to go on. This is why I think it’s important for all individuals to devote a bit of their time in order to make a positive contribution to this world.

Short Documentary - Influence of Christianity in Korea

Tomorrow is my final day in South Korea, and here’s the first of two documentaries I made during my trip.

This one is about the influence of Christianity in South Korea, how it’s grown from 2% to 30% in just 70 years, become a political force in some ways and created division. In this short documentary, people in South Korea weigh in on the huge growth of Christianity in their country after World War 2, the impact of the Christian missionaries, and how this has impacted Korean society, politics, and culture. I hope you enjoy it.

Muslim Leaders condemn ISIS

I may be an atheist, I may not believe any religion is divinely inspired, I may not believe in angels, or afterlife, I may not even be into conspiracy theories, but it is becoming more and more clear to me that this pathetic scum of the earth known as ISIS is the works and result of something very different from just a bunch of militants and radicals!

In fact, if anything, seeing the strong condemnation of ISIS by all Muslims (leaders, politicians, clerics, scholars, and ordinary people) I have gained a new level of respect for them. Please keep it up, every bit of it matters and makes a huge difference! Humanity must unite under peace and understanding, despite our differences we can always do that. I am convinced that there is certainly another strong power involved here that wants to destroy us and create division between us based on beliefs to push forward a sick political agenda! Let’s not allow them to divide us, let’s be united as humans who care about peace, love, and compassion!

Aboriginal women are asking “Am I Next?” in a social media campaign aimed at convincing Prime Minister Stephen Harper to open a public inquiry into murdered and missing indigenous women. In case you didn’t know aboriginal women in Canada are suffering intensely, being raped and murdered at an extremely high rate, living under horrific conditions as a result of many decades of systematic discrimination and demoralization! But our government does not seem to care. They are more focused on making multi-billion dollar arms deals with oppressive regimes, they are more interested in destroying our environment, and causing so much harm to this country and the world, but as far as the suffering of the indigenous people of this country that had their land stolen from them and a genocide carried against them, well I guess their suffering does not matter according to our government. Harper has responded by saying, we should not view this as a problem and that it is unnecessary to call a national inquiry into the huge number of missing and murdered aboriginal women.

Calls for an inquiry have grown louder since the murder of 15-year-old Tina Fontaine, whose body was found in Winnipeg’s Red River last month. The #AmINext campaign was started by Holly Jarrett, the cousin of Loretta Saunders, an Inuit student at St. Mary’s University in Halifax who was murdered earlier this year.

If you want to help, then please start spreading the word, start actively and peacefully speaking up against this terrible government, you can also sign one of the petitions: https://www.change.org/p/hon-kellie-leitch-minister-for-the-status-of-women-call-a-public-inquiry-into-hundreds-of-missing-and-murdered-aboriginal-women-like-my-cousin-loretta-saunders#share

We need to enhance supports for First Nation women in mainstream institutions, including direct services and human resources strategies. We need launch public education campaign on Indigenous rights that bring out First Nation women’s voices and connects local struggles and builds solidarity. We cannot continue to allow this government to ignore and shut down their suffering!