Opinion: Bigotry in a big world

Jake Crissman

Jake Crissman

Jake Crissman is a sophomore English major and columnist for the Daily Kent Stater. Contact him at [email protected].

I just read an article about the recent consulate attacks in the Middle East and the anti-Islamic video that helped spark the turmoil. What kind of morons are making such videos and carrying out such attacks?

It’s events like these that make me lose faith in humanity.

I know that the Americans that made the video are able to do so under the First Amendment, but why did they have to do it? I can’t understand why people are so shitty to each other all of the time. These radical Christians that made the video should learn a lesson from their messiah and love everybody unconditionally no matter what.

What drove them to make such a hateful film that depicts Muhammad as a fraud, womanizer and pedophile? Did they not expect that Islamic extremists would then target them and want to take their lives? Clearly they’re not the brightest guys and don’t plan too many moves ahead, since they’re now in hiding trying to protect their diminutive existence.

And what gave the guys who stormed the American consulates in Libya and Egypt the right to do what they did? In Libya, they killed four people, including U.S. ambassador Chris Stevens. I swear, man, these Islamic extremists are the touchiest people on the planet. They have a long track record of not being able to take a joke.

Now indulge me just for a moment, take a step back and look at things from a rational point of view. What more than anything has caused wars, violence, terrorism, murder and genocide? Regretfully, the answer is religion.

Religion can be a great thing, and in most cases, it is. It’s all these extremist assholes that ruin it for everybody else. And there are extremists for every religion. The gay-bashing, closed-minded, anti-every-religion-that’s-not-mine Christians give Christianity a bad name the same way that terroristic, suicidal, homicidal Muslim extremists give Islam a bad name.

America is great in that it doesn’t have a national religion. You can practice whatever you want here. If you want to be a satanist, Buddhist, Christian, Muslim, Jewish, Hindu, Rastafarian, Mormon, atheist, agnostic or whatever else you want to be, then do it. You’re allowed to. You have every right to be what you want, no matter what any person of any other faith tries to tell you.

However, in some of these other countries where they do have national religions, if you open your mouth even just slightly and speak out against their religion, then you’re going to die a blasphemer’s death.

Many of us take for granted our freedom of religion. It’s instances like these that we as Americans should recognize how lucky we truly are and that we should unite, celebrate our differences and just love each and every last living one of us.

I’d love to see what the world will be like centuries from now — not so much to see what kind of technology there is, but namely to see what kind of beliefs humanity holds dear. Maybe they’ll find the big three – Judaism, Islam and Christianity — to be archaic, juvenile and mind-numbing the same way that people today so easily discredit the Roman and Greek gods and worshipping the sun.

One thing’s for sure: if God is talking to us, we definitely haven’t been paying attention.