I had my first chance to speak to a Muslim tonight as he repaired my vehicle. The fix cost somewhat more than I was expecting as I relented in having
to hear his religious beliefs for at least half an hour after he was finished, leaving me mostly incredibly drained, a little frustrated but still
slightly intrigued. He had much to say.
Firstly, this man was as far from a terrorist or angry person as possible. Instead he delighted in his beliefs in God and the works of said God which
encompassed pretty much everything. He became excited about his love for him several times and expressed a great joy that was clearly difficult for
him to contain. He was clearly a benevolent person with a cheerful smile and beaming eyes. While he identified Muslim, he was Lebanese and described
his beliefs as more of a "it's all under one, same god, whether Jewish, Christian, Muslim or Buddhist" type of belief.
While we agreed on several subjects such as 9/11 being a planned/controlled event, the power and corruption of those few in true power that manipulate
many things and how hatred is being incited around the world, the majority of the conversation turned back to his God in his awesome powers and some
grandiose plan for all the good people of the world. Another belief was that the trees were crying/suffering from latent fallout like Fukashima, the
irresponsibility of China regarding pollution and how great the effect was. Again, he was a caring person.
Some things he brought up that were interesting were how strongly mechanics were being taught to install more computers in all the vehicle braking
systems to insure less DIY ability and rise costs of replacement(3 meetings about it this year!) and how the corrupt and evil PtB were clearing paths
for more to join ISIS even here(US) to increase hatred between people and bring about further conflict.
My being drained and frustrated stems from me having a low tolerance for one-sided religious beliefs and feeling essentially unable to express to him
that I was an atheist. While he was a kind and merry man, he exuded that same intense joyous piety one would see in a "Reborn" Christian or cult
type; so very firmly entrenched in their beliefs that it was both inappropriate and pointless to say how much I disagreed. I feel that people complain
about aggressive atheists without realizing how repressed we still are to this day in many situations and we all know how angry any kind of repression
makes people. I still wished him and his family happiness and good things.
Several years ago for the 1st "Everybody draw Muhammad day", I drew a VERY hateful and graphic comic stemming from my fury over the censorship and
retaliation artists were seeing. I delighted in posting it and got a few death threats from what I could tell in my Google Translate. The subject is a
very raw one for me and the subsequent killings and further events we've seen like this one continue to infuriate me not unlike what one would feel
having their puppy or baby snatched from their arms and skinned alive in front of them. I do now and will always support the freedom of expression
without censorship or retaliation.
This conversation I had today however, has really impacted what I feel regarding the possibility of those in power purposefully inciting hatred
between our groups in order to create a "false" civil war in order to only further those in power's control over us and restrict our liberties in the
future. I think it's happening. I think the general public is too dumbed down at this point to notice it. I think it's being forced upon us from all
sorts of directions. I've seen videos regarding how fighters on both sides are just doing it either because they were told to or to provide for their
families. I know propaganda is strong on both sides and therefore the puppetry is working very, very well. I don't think there's much time before
they get what they want either.
Sorry for the long post.
edit on 26-9-2016 by gottaknow because: removed "that being said" from bottom of post as I must have edited it down there somehow. There was
nothing more at this time to be said.