#7: Through The Attic Window: Manchester Bombing from a Mancunian Perspective
Through the Attic Window is an opinion series from Cellar Door Skeptics Podcast.
This episode we decided we wanted the perspective of someone who was close to the terror attack that just happened. We are deeply sad by the tragic events of the last couple day. We reached out to a friend of ours who lived in the area, attended concerts at the arena, and had a great conversation with him. He wrote a blog we felt was imperative to helping everyone heal, while exposing the real side of what happened in Manchester. We hope everyone enjoys it and please reach out and comment on his blog.
Two terrorists attempted to murder a group of Texans for carrying out free speech, I’ll give you -4 seconds to guess which religion they followed … It begins with I.
The event was held by the American Freedom Defense Initiative (AFDI), which among other things offered a $10,000 prize for the best caricature of the prophet. Two radical Muslims seemed unhappy at the offensive nature of the event & planned to crash the gathering and kill, it would seem, anyone they could. Don’t worry, the fun is on its way.
Normally when discussing such events humor is void due to a high death toll of innocent people, thankfully the only people dead are the terrorists, in fact of the two hundred people present at the event, none were harmed – therefore I find humor necessary. Continue reading “Texas 2 – Islamic Terrorists 0”
Living in Australia, when you turn on the morning news and you see the words ‘hostage situation’ or ‘gunman’ or ‘terror attack’ floating across the screen the usual response would be to sigh and lament “Oh America, get your shit together…” As we all know, this was not the case yesterday morning. On Monday December 15th we Aussies were rocked with out own terror scare when a lone gunman took hostages in Sydney’s Martin Place in the central business district.
The incident, which was labelled #SydneySiege by the internet lasted from the morning and through the night and ended with most of the 17 hostages being released, however, two innocent lives were lost and along with the life of the gun man, now identified as Man Haron Monis.
So much has already been said in the past 24 hours. A deluge of articles from all directions have surfaced, some promoting tolerance, some defending their intolerance, and others simply begging for calm. The most amazing development has been the show of solidarity within the Australian community in the form of the #illridewithyou tag which shows non-Muslim Australians offering to ride with and stand up for Muslim Australians. It has been an amazing and inspiring display of humanism.
The tag has a dark side to it with many people criticizing #illridewithyou due to their flawed understanding of what it stands for. Many people assume that offering protection and understanding to a fellow human being is somehow showing support for religion, specifically Islam. It’s really not.
I personally support the movement and I hate religion, all religion. I can’t help but think that yesterday’s event may have been totally avoided if Monis did not consider himself under divine guidance. Monis was there for Allah, acting in his name, through directions offered in the Qur’an. If these things did not exist, where would his motivation come from? Perhaps somewhere else if he truly was a lunatic, but if in fact his actions were guided entirely by his faith-based beliefs, it’s safe to say this probably wouldn’t have happened. The families who lost loved ones yesterday would not be grieving and would not have presents under the tree that will never be unwrapped. Continue reading “Hate the Faith Not the Faithful”
We sometimes forget that we’re only here for a short time. That all we have is now and that tomorrow is not guaranteed. That our uses of attention and the path we take influence the stories others will tell about us when we’re gone. They determine what kind of memory we will be for people.
I write this with a heavy heart as yet another non-combatant has been murdered by terrorists. His name was Peter Kassig.
Peter was an American aid worker from Indiana. The 26 year old Iraq war veteran was kidnapped in 2013 while delivering relief supplies to refugees on the Syrian border. 
Peter was destined for great things. He dedicated his life to helping victims of war. He found his passion helping those in need and was committed to solving the problems he saw in the world. He even started his own non-profit.
He put himself in harms way to pursue the well-being and happiness of people that he’d never met before and didn’t need to care about. He was moved by love and compassion to make a difference; to create a better world.
He was a devoted humanitarian and died wanting others to flourish. He leaves behind a lasting purpose and significance. His story will always be told in a positive way, and his accomplishments are truly lasting.
If there was ever someone that modeled the golden rule, it was Peter Kassig.
How is religion the answer to religion? 13 years after the attacks on the World Trade Center in New York a piece of rubble from ground zero is still being debated. The piece in question is a cross beam that has been placed in the 9/11 museum. Recently a federal appeals court tossed out a lawsuit from American Atheists contesting the cross beams entry into the museum unless there was equal representation for Atheists and other non-religious people who died in the attacks on 9/11. The arguments for the cross beam staying in the museum are that it is a historical symbol used by some first responders to increase their faith as they searched for survivors. The court also stated that the cross-beam is a secular piece (even though a cross is the definitive symbol of the Christian faith). The panel also noted, “That the Rev. Brian Jordan, a Franciscan priest, welcomed all faiths to a Mass he held regularly at the cross during the rescue effort. Jordan was one of the defendants named in the suit.” Continue reading “Is the American Tragedy of 9/11 a Valid Excuse to Force Religion on Non-Believers?”
Since my first post was against The Catholic Church, I think it’s only fair that I show equality to all religions.
As a young boy I saw around 1 million people marching against the Iraq war in London, many of them Muslim, it was the first time I ever saw Muslims marching in their droves for peace. What is striking about this – and what is the topic of intrigue today – I have yet to see that since. It’s not like there hasn’t been reason to, the list of atrocities to stand against is staggering; some of them against Muslims, but most of them by Muslims. Continue reading “Will the Real Moderate Muslims Please Stand Up?”