A big rally was held in Ottawa yesterday, the 6th of September, 2014, to show support for the minorities – religious and ethnic – in the Levant. And to voice the outrage at what the barbaric Islamic State criminals are doing…
(At the 2:19 mark, you can see yours truly holding up a sign “In solidarity with persecuted Iraqi Christians we stand”.)
Here were a few good speeches:
It was an interesting rally – they even had an imam speak (that went well and he unequivocally condemned violence against Christians) and a representative for a second imam speak.
It was with this second Muslim speaker that I had great difficulty.
Not only did he employ the ‘usual’ linguistic tricks that we have come to expect from Islamists and Sharia supremacists (like never condemning violence against Christians and/or Yazidis but only condemning ‘violence against innocents’*), he went on to foment hate against atheists.
Yes, while he was there ostensibly to condemn hateful crimes against religious minorities, he took the time to equate the Islamic State butchers to atheists and to say that both are equal to each other.
And the organizer of the rally called it ‘an excellent speech’!
No wonder they did not have even one atheist speaker!!!
So there I was, getting sunburned as I, a person of no faith, showed support for religious minorities and condemn violence against them – and the organizer of the shindig agrees with a speaker who equates me with the evil I am protesting. I felt awful – betrayed. It just goes to show that the only time religionists will stop killing each other and unite together is to take down those of us who prefer listening to reason rather than imaginary friends.
I’m afraid this was a bit of a downer…
* In Islam, every person is considered to be born as a Muslim, knowing intrinsically that Islam is the only religion. If that person is then raised in a faith other that Islam, they are said to have committed the crime of apostasy – of leaving Islam. (This is why one cannot become a ‘convert’ to Islam, they say one is a ‘re-vert’ to Islam because one is returning to their original faith.) And Leaving Islam is a crime – so Christian and other non-Muslims are not ‘innocent’. When Sharia supremacists condemn the slaughter of ‘innocents’, they are very deliberately excluding non-Muslims from the list of people whose slaughter they are condemning.