The Conservative New Ager

Conservative Politics, New Age Spirituality

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Some people insist that ‘mediocre’ is better than ‘best.’ They delight in clipping wings because they themselves can’t fly. They despise brains because they have none.
Robert A. Heinlein, Have Space Suit—Will Travel (via sandrashore)

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Please take my survey



Hello everyone! As part of a class this semester, I am required to create and distribute a survey to use in writing my final paper. I need at least one hundred people to help me out here by filling out this quick survey about the situation with ISIS. 

I promise the survey is entirely anonymous and does not require a vast knowledge of foreign affairs or current events. If you could help me out, I would be forever grateful. 

I still need some help here for my research project. If you haven’t yet taken this very quick survey, I’d really appreciate if you could take just a couple minutes to help me out. 

Also, I’d like to thank everyone who has already filled this out— you guys are fantastic! 

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I am free no matter what rules surround me. If I find them tolerable, I tolerate them; if I find them too obnoxious, I break them. I am free because I know that I alone am morally responsible for everything I do.
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here’s the thing


A lot of people don’t completely understand their religion or follow it to a T. So some believe there’s no such thing as moderate Muslims because if they’re moderate they’re not understanding their religion. But it’s actually a pretty common thing to ignore certain aspects of one’s religion or pick and choose parts of a religion that one likes. Whether you think it’s a good idea or not, people from all religions do it. 

Most lay Buddhists are not really striving for the ultimate goal of nonexistence, but to be reborn into more favorable circumstances. Many Jews are liberal when it comes to contemporary social and ethical issues; should they not be considered real Jews, then? Lots of people around the world are not attempting to live up to their religion’s ideal but to simply enjoy life while incorporating some elements of religion into it. 

Fair enough…but here is the difference.  By any objective standard of ethics all other religions are fairly sane.  There may be parts related to the culture or time they were written in and they may be ignored and still not violate the core teachings of the religion.  There are lots of people who are ethically good people and while they don’t live up to the highest goals of their religion they don’t violate them either.  Your example of a Buddhist who is only striving for a better life this time and not striving for Nirvana, Buddhism recognizes this, it accepts that some people’s dharma might not be for the spiritual life of a monk seeking to end desire and it’s okay with this.  You’re not a great Buddhist if you do it but you’re not a bad Buddhist either.  Same with Christianity, Judaism, Hinduism, Sikhism…etc.  If you’re an ethical person you’re meeting most of the qualifications of the religion…and, for most religions, if you’re more concerned with the mortgage than the spiritual life (as the vast majority of people are) it may chide you but not fully condemn you. 

The problem is that Islam is actually antithetical to any objective standard of ethics.  It encourages racism and hatred not a quirky part of history of conflict but as a central tenet of the religion.  To be a good person means you cannot be a good Muslim and vice versa because to consider yourself a Muslim and hold to any objective standard of ethics you’re not ignoring a few passages, you’re ignoring the majority of the book including all the central tenets.

That’s what different.  Every religion has parts that you may wish to not follow…but those parts are usually in direct opposition to the central teachings of the religion.  The central teachings of Islam are the parts that need to be ignored. 

Strive hard (Jihad) against the Unbelievers and the Hypocrites, and be firm against them. Their abode is Hell,- an evil refuge indeed.  (66:9, See also 9:73)

O ye who believe! Take not for friends unbelievers rather than believers: Do ye wish to offer Allah an open proof against yourselves? (4:144)

"And kill them wherever you find them, and turn them out from where they have turned you out. And Al-Fitnah [disbelief] is worse than killing…(2:191-193

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