It’s been on a long week- but TANK YOU GOD that tomorrow is Friday.
Did you see how I used “God?” I MUST be an extremist… just kidding …
I grew up in a very different generation than my parents.
My father is an Atheist, my mom blames everything wrong with the world on religion – regardless of whether it’s Islam, Christianity, or Judaism.
But they were born into a Muslim family. My family is Islamic historically.
My great-grandmother fasts, she covers her hair at all times, she doesn’t eat pork – she was also married off at age nine… but if you think that is what being Muslim means then you’re f#cking cray.
The only God I’ve ever prayed to is a God who would keep the nightmares about vampires away (Buffy the Vampire Slayer scarred me for life).
My mother taught me to hate Islam and I did.
For a long time, I believed that everything wrong with Iran is a result of Islam including (but not limited to), the ridiculous notions that a woman should cover her hair, marry at a young age, and be stoned to death.
But Islam isn’t the reason that “Islamic” countries like Iran and Saudi Arabia are so backwards… to the point where Saudi Arabia wont allow it’s women to drive/vote/wear what they want.
If you really believe that the “Supreme Leader” Ayatollah Khamanei was chosen by a higher power, then you might as well believe that I, Farrah am a Virgin.
The oppressors of our culture use Islam as an excuse to maintain power. They don’t act based on Islamic principles, they act out because they are power-hungry. These power-hungry fanatics are individuals.
Do you think it’s easier to be diplomatic and democratic or easier to kill someone and be done with the “problem?”
Let me be very clear: I do not believe in Islam. I do not agree with its principles. But I also do not believe in Christianity nor do I believe in Judaism.
And while I don’t necessarily agree that the Quran is the ‘word of God,’ I think it’s unfair to blame the problems of our motherland to a specific religion.
People in the Iranian government use Islam as a justification/excuse to kill and oppress. Because if you’re doing it in the “name of God,” then it’s okay right?
Do you really believe that Muslims around the world are protesting at U.S. Embassies because Allah told them to?
Egyptians are uprising against the U.S. because for YEARS, the U.S. has been supporting the Mubarak regime – why? Because it was easier for the U.S. to support an oppressive dictator than to get involved and help the Egyptian people.
“This Anti Islam film isn’t the cause of the protests, it’s the pretext. People don’t like America in Egypt. Egyptians feel like support for the Egyptian Revolution (AKA ARAB SPRING) from Obama and America came too late.” (SOURCE: NPR)
Oppression takes place in many different forms and it’s not possible to be blamed solely on Islam.
Because if that were the case — if Islam is such a hateful religion then why have Egyptians elected an Islamic leader (Muslim Brotherhood) after years of oppression enforced by a horrible dictator?
Egypt is a country where people from various backgrounds and beliefs live among one another (Coptic Christians - just an example).
Bahrain has been in uprising for over a year. Hundreds of thousands of people have been killed by the government and yet the U.S. has been supplying the Bahraini government with weapons for years. (SOURCE: AL JAZEERA)
How do you think that makes the people feel?
And don’t forget — that “Anti-Islam” film made in America is connected to a Christian charity.
Look at Turkey, a secular country — that has more journalists imprisoned than both China and Iran COMBINED. Are these people prisoners because Islam requires them to be?
We make the claim that here in the United States, we are secular, we don’t let religion interfere with politics yet our presidential candidates are criticized for not being “religious enough.”
Obama was accused of being Muslim just because he wasn’t your regular WASP-y GOP candidate. Even Romney is criticized for being Mormon. And yet one person has already said to me, “Better a Mormon in office than a Muslim.”
U.S. presidential candidates use their “faith” as a reason why you should vote for them.
“I believe in God therefore you should know that I am a GOOD person.”
How do you think Americans would react if an open Atheist ran for president? Would s/he even have a chance?
The First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution grants freedom of religion – the separation of church and state was first recognized by President Thomas Jefferson – but does all this really exist?
We claim to be so much better than the rest of the world—so free, so secular, yet the 2012 GOP convention ended in prayer.
How can you even make a claim that religion doesn’t play a big role in our society? We may not stone our women, but are you making the assertion that women don’t get beaten or raped here?
At the end of the day, being Muslim, Christian, Bitch, Feminist, Jewish, Slutty, Good Girl – these are just labels. People use their labels to define their actions.
- “God told me to do this.”
- “Well, I’m a good girl, that’s why I don’t kiss boys at clubs.”
- “Allah said I have to come to this embassy.”
- “I’m a bitch, so I am going to just tell her off.”
- “Allah told me to whip the shit out of him for drinking alcohol.”
But we all live in the 21st century and we should KNOW better than to believe that our labels define us.
Oppression isn’t caused by a belief system – but people use it as a label to justify it.
And remember that religious interpretations come in many different forms. We cannot make a general assumption of an entire population and assert that they are all the same.
Saaghi and I are representatives of the new Iranian American generation — but so are you no matter who you are or what you believe in.
We are not feminists. We are not Islamists. We are not sex fanatics. We don’t believe in labels, but we believe that you should only be YOU – own your beliefs, fight for them, and respect others.
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