Soon after the bombings yesterday, I noticed on Twitter a large call to not make assumptions, to not rush to judgement and accuse Islam.
Fuck that. Islam, j’accuse.
This is not an assumption nor a rush to judgement. This is, in light of what has been happening around the world in the name of Allah for the last few decades, a logical conclusion to make. In the aftermath of the attacks, the Pakistani branch of the Taliban issued a had this to say: “Wherever we find Americans, we will kill them. But we don’t have any connection to the Boston explosions.” Is there any wonder, with statements such as these illuminating the global discourse on Islam, that a great many people did reach the conclusion that it was, in fact, Islam?
These blasts are the echoes of the drums of monotheism, beating out a rhythm that demands our submission to their way of life, their beliefs, their myths. I think I shall choose a different beat, as should we all.
Three days after Hitchens’ birthday, we are reminded of the need for people, not only atheists, but those who believe yet do not find it necessary to do murder in the name of god, to come forth and combat that which is truly evil in this world. Evil is not little girls who want to go to school, atheist bloggers or Dutch cartoonists “insulting” Islam; it is not teenagers engaging in premarital sex. Evil is men of perfect faith, who demand that free peoples the world over kowtow to their nonsense.
Maybe it will turn out to be that I am wrong, and an asshole for posting this prematurely. But even if that is the case, just wait. Islam will deliver unto us fresh horrors, but unfortunately, no salvation.