This is the holy gospel of the Muslim Spaghetti Monster.
One day, there was a believer of the spaghetti monster. He went to his Christian neighbours and he mocked them, saying “Your beliefs are silly.” And his Christian neighbours asked him why he mocked them, and he answered : “Because you believe in nonsense. I have studied long and hard and know much more about the world than you do.” And his Christian neighbours shrugged and went on their way.
Then the believer went to another city, and he saw some Muslim immigrants, and he started mocking them. And the immigrants asked him why he mocked them, and he answered: “Because you believe in nonsense.” And they grabbed the follower of the Spaghetti Monster, and they cut off his head.
This is the end of the gospel of the Muslim Spaghetti Monster. Ramen
For those who do not know the “flying spaghetti monster”: it’s a satirical “deity” used in arguments against intelligent design. Created in 2005 by Bobby Henderson, the FSM quickly became one of the international icons of atheism and anti-clericalism (although it was not meant to be anti-religious, according to its founder).
Most atheists in the Western world have been bashing devout Christians for decades now. The fact that this could happen without bloodshed attests to the fact that Christians and atheists can coexist in peace.
It doesn’t take courage to insult Christ in Western societies as it is completely without consequences. Criticising Islam in some parts of the world, on the other hand, is an act of extreme defiance, often resulting in social suicide or even death. In Bangladesh, about 50 atheist and anti-fundamentalist bloggers have been murdered since 2013. In other Islamic countries, atheists or agnostics risk imprisonment or torture. Raif Badawi, a Saudi blogger calling for secularism, was sentenced to 10 years in prison and 1000 (!) lashes. (By the way: Saudi Arabia is – as of 2017 – a member of the UN Human Rights Council.)
The persecution of “blasphemers” has reached our shores. November 2, 2004, Theo van Gogh was executed in the streets of Amsterdam because he had made a film (“Submission“) criticising the abuse of women in Islamic societies. Januari 7, 2015, jihadis massacred the team behind Charlie Hebdo, a left-wing satirical magazine critical of religion. February 14, 2015, a jihadist tried to shoot Lars Vilks (one of the Jyllands Posten cartoonists who drew Muhammad). May 3, 2015, two jihadis attacked Pamela Geller’s Muhammad Cartoon contest in Garland, Texas. Geert Wilders, the Dutch politician campaigning against Islamisation, lives under constant police protection and has received numerous death threats (in 2017, one of the officers responsible for his security – a man of Maroccan origin – was suspended because he had leaked information about Wilder’s whereabouts to a criminal gang). The list goes on and on.
It’s time to agree that atheism and secular humanism thrive in Christian societies but are being extinguished in the Islamic world. Atheists and Christians: I guess we will stand together or we will fall together…
In the words of Richard Dawkins (evolutionary biologist and outspoken Atheist): “I have mixed feelings about the decline of Christianity, in so far as Christianity might be a bulwark against something worse.”