The Islamic group Boko Haram, (in Hausa means "Western Education Is Sin"* and this is the root of the reason the Taliban tried to murder the 14-year-old girl Malala) has kidnapped and is holding 223 girls taken from a school in Nigeria. The leader of the group, Abubakar Shekau, said on a video obtained by the French media that the girls will be sold as slaves. He said, "I abducted your girls. I will sell them in the market, by Allah." Yesterday, May 6, 2014, the US government announced it is sending a team to help the Nigerian government locate and free the girls.
This very horrific and tragic situation provides Deists and freethinkers with a very important talking point that should get everyone we bring it up to to THINK. That talking point is that as disgusting as this situation is, it is in line with all three "holy" books of the Abrahamic "revealed"/hearsay religions of Judaism, Christianity and Islam.
The Hebrew Bible/Old Testament, which Judaism, Christianity and Islam all look at as being at least part of "the Word of God", actually claims God put a monetary value on people. Leviticus 27:3-7 has God saying: "And thy estimation shall be of the male from twenty years old even unto sixty years old, even thy estimation shall be fifty shekels of silver, after the shekel of the sanctuary. And if it be a female, then thy estimation shall be thirty shekels. And if it be from five years old even unto twenty years old, then thy estimation shall be of the male twenty shekels, and for the female ten shekels. And if it be from a month old even unto five years old, then thy estimation shall be of the male five shekels of silver, and for the female thy estimation shall be three shekels of silver. And if it be from sixty years old and above; if it be a male, then thy estimation shall be fifteen shekels, and for the female ten shekels." Clearly the Hebrew/Jewish god doesn't value human beings very highly and values girls and women much lower than boys and men and doesn't value at all unborn babies or children under the age of one month.
Leviticus 25:44-46 has the Jewish/Hebrew god instructing Jews/Hebrews not to own their fellow Jews/Hebrews as slaves but to only own Gentile people as slaves. It reads, " Both thy bondmen, and thy bondmaids, which thou shalt have, shall be of the heathen that are round about you; of them shall ye buy bondmen and bondmaids. Moreover of the children of the strangers that do sojourn among you, of them shall ye buy, and of their families that are with you, which they begat in your land: and they shall be your possession. And ye shall take them as an inheritance for your children after you, to inherit them for a possession; they shall be your bondmen for ever: but over your brethren the children of Israel, ye shall not rule one over another with rigour."
Christianity actually teaches slaves to be good slaves and to live in fear. 1 Peter 2:18 teaches people who are slaves as follows: "Servants, be subject to your masters with all fear; not only to the good and gentle, but also to the froward."
Most people who value freedom and liberty look at freedom and liberty as being God given as is made evident by the Deistic document the Declaration of Independence. The Bible teaches the opposite. 1 Timothy 6:1-2 teaches Christians, "Let as many servants as are under the yoke count their own masters worthy of all honour, that the name of God and his doctrine be not blasphemed. And they that have believing masters, let them not despise them, because they are brethren; but rather do them service, because they are faithful and beloved, partakers of the benefit. These things teach and exhort." According to this, any slave that doesn't believe the person who owns them and is their master is not worthy of honor blasphemes against God and God's doctrine. Of course what the religions teach is "God's doctrine" is NOT God's doctrine but is in reality only the ramblings of ancient ignorant men. This Bible passage also shows it is alright for Christians to own fellow Christians as slaves since it teaches about Christian slaves who "have believing masters." The Bible truly is repulsive!
The Quran, like the Bible, teaches slavery is acceptable. Unlike the Jews, who are taught not to have fellow Jews as slaves but to take all of their slaves from Gentile people, Islam allows Muslims to own fellow Muslims as slaves much the same way Christianity teaches Christians can own fellow Christians as slaves. Surah 4:92 makes this clear when it talks about "believing slaves." It reads, "It is not for a believer to kill a believer unless (it be) by mistake. He who hath killed a believer by mistake must set free a believing slave, and pay the blood- money to the family of the slain, unless they remit it as a charity. If he (the victim) be of a people hostile unto you, and he is a believer, then (the penance is) to set free a believing slave. And if he cometh of a folk between whom and you there is a covenant, then the blood-money must be paid unto his folk and (also) a believing slave must be set free. And whoso hath not the wherewithal must fast two consecutive months. A penance from Allah. Allah is Knower, Wise."
Surah 33:25-26 seems to apply directly to what is going on in Nigeria today with the unfortunate 223 kidnapped/captured girls who are being sold into slavery. This Quranic quote reads, "And Allah repulsed the disbelievers in their wrath; they gained no good. Allah averted their attack from the believers. Allah is ever Strong, Mighty. And He brought those of the People of the Scripture who supported them down from their strongholds, and cast panic into their hearts. Some ye slew, and ye made captive some."
If this situation and these teachings from the "holy" books do not make it crystal clear that we desperately need a revolution in religion based on our innate God-given reason and Deism as Thomas Paine called for in The Age of Reason, The Complete Edition then I don't think anything will.
*The clergy have power over people when they can get people to believe in "sin" (which the clergy themselves defined). To take a bite out of this power of the clergy and to help free yourself and others from this "revealed"/hearsay religious power visit our Declaration and Certificate of Sinlessness page here. It's time for people to emphatically just say NO to the "revealed"/hearsay religions.
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