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Stop the fear!

Posted in Conflicts, Fundamentalism, Justice, Philosophy, rant, Terrorism with tags , , on September 16, 2011 by SatanicBunny

The summer is all but gone and that means I have time to again sit in front of my computer and ponder about the peculiarities of this planet. So to both of my readers I say: do not despair, for I have not abandoned you.

A lot has happened in these past couple months during which this blog has remained in hibernation. One of the most tragic and horrifying events was the car bombing and  Utoya massacre committed by Anders Brevik on 22nd of July. This act of lunacy and sheer violence eventually led to the deaths of 77 people on top of that 96 were injured. However, unlike most madmen that do this sort of stuff, Brevik did not commit suicide and he is not imprisoned and awaiting trial.

The upcoming trial (which likely will take place sometime next year) has caused much discussion in the media. Brevik himself has said he wishes the trial to be open to the public, but the norwegian police asked for it to be held with closed doors, citing fear of possible attacks inspired by Brevik’s possible public appearance as one of the reasons. At first the court decided to keep the trial public, but after a recent appeal the decision was overturned and now it seems the trial will be behind closed doors.

Are we (and by “we” I mean, people in general) really this afraid of one man? The way I see it, the courts played directly into Brevik’s hand by denying him publicity. Now he can appear as the silenced “hero”, “the victim” of censorship to those who adore him. And that, in my opinion, is far worse than anything that would’ve been caused if he was allowed to appear in public.

There are those who agree with the stance of the police, saying this had to be done to minimize the threat of new attacks. But Brevik himself is evidence of the fact that especially on this day and age where vast mountains of up to date information are available to those with a computer and an internet connection lunatics don’t need to rely on press and tv to seek inspiration. It goes even further than that; this case has demonstrated that these people don’t rely on information and facts. They live in a distorted reality where killing innocent civilians who happen to have “wrong” political or ethnic backgrounds is commendable and acceptable, and I think I’m not alone in thinking that one cannot obtain such a deluded picture of the surrounding world simply by watching the news.

Moreover, even if one would agree that publicizing the motives of Brevik was potentially harmful, it’s way too late. His nonsensical, apparently very badly written and largely copy-pasted “manifesto” has been online ever since the attacks, and has spread throughout the internet. Therefore anyone who wants to idolize and praise him already has all the material to do that and claiming that keeping the trial closed will somehow prevent or undo this is nothing but crying over spilt milk.

“Oh but the families of the victims need to be respected”, is the last defense of those who praise this as the right choice. To which I can only reply: the purpose of the justice system is not – and has never been – to cater to the personal feelings or need for revenge of the victims and relatives of the victims. The purpose of the justice system is to make sure that justice is served, and transparency of the legal process is an important part of that mission.

Of course there are occasions on which trials need to be closed to protect the private lives of ordinary people caught up in tragedies like brutal murder. But what Brevik did was not just 77 counts and 97 attempts of murder. It was mass murder. Genocide. An attack on not only the people of Norway, but on the whole of humanity. That has invoked fear in people and it is more than understandable in this situation but people should not succumb to it. The first reaction to fear is always running and that’s what this decision is all about. Running and hiding. The courts seemed to think that ignoring the harsh realities will somehow change them and that by silencing the idiot behind all this people will forget him and his deeds.
That is a short-term solution. The only way to get rid of fear is through facing and then conquering it.

That’s what the social democratic youth organisation in Norway is doing by holding their summer camp at the same location next year, that’s what we have done in the past with people like Martin Bormann, Hermann Göring and Saddam Hussein – whose acts are several orders of magnitude more systematic and devastating than Brevik’s – and that’s what the Norwegian courts should do in this situation. We must not cower in fear like children after dark on their beds. We must hit the lights, knock the bed over and let the whole world see that there is no boogeyman. That despite all of our emotional responses, Anders Brevik is not the incarnation of the forces of darkness. To show that  beneath all the hatred and anger he is still just a man, a weak, sick, deluded man who needs to be locked away. We need put an end to fear.

I must not fear. Fear is the mind-killer. Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration. I will face my fear. I will permit it to pass over me and through me. And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path. Where the fear has gone there will be nothing. Only I will remain

-Frank Herbert

Still alive, bitches!

Posted in Fundamentalism, rant, Religion on May 21, 2011 by SatanicBunny

According to an american engineer and a self-proclaimed evangelist Harold Camping the end of the world was supposed to begin today. Well, surprise surprise it hasn’t and we’re all still here.

I would just like to take this moment to say to mr. Camping: Fuck you and your brainless, baseless and moronic “theology.” These three songs illustrate my feelings perfectly.

“Behead all those who insult our values” – The double-standard of American morality

Posted in Al-qaeda, Fundamentalism, Human rights, Philosophy, Terrorism with tags , , on May 12, 2011 by SatanicBunny

He who fights with monsters should look to it that he himself does not become a monster

-Friedrich Nietzsche

Now that some time has passed from the news of Osama’s death and everybody (including yours truly) has had time to think and reflect upon the death of Osama bin Laden it’s time to lay out some of my thoughts about the issue. After a lengthy and a rewarding discussion with one of my most insightful friends regarding the ethical nature of the killing I have two important points regarding his death that I want to make absolutely clear:

1. I am not sad that Osama bin Laden is dead. As I said in my previous post I despised him as human being and I genuinely think the world is a slightly better place without him.

2. If it is true that this was a so-called “kill operation” and that the Americans went in with the intention of killing bin Laden then it is nothing short of murder and I condemn the act.

I think most people will agree with me on the first point, but the 2nd one will surely cause a lot of disagreement. I am an avid supporter of human rights and I agree with the immortal words of George Carlin: “If your rights can be taken away they are not rights they are privileges.” Thus even terrorist leaders have certain basic fundamental rights that should be respected – including the right to live and the right to be trialed for their crimes instead of a summary execution.

I know that Americans have a different approach to human rights since they don’t often see death penalty as a problematic issue. I vehemently oppose the death penalty because I believe that nobody – whether it be a person, a government, a jury or a judge – should have the power to take anyone’s life and that the acceptance of the death penalty undermines the base of all human rights. After all, the right to live is the most fundamental of all human rights and if one believes that it can be taken away by a court then the rest become utterly meaningless.

Fundamentalist islamists

Is this what we're about to become?

But even if we acknowledge the fact that the American approach to death penalty can create a mindset where Osama’s assassination is an acceptable tactic it still remains problematic. Osama was seen by many as the Hitler of the 21st century. He was the personification of evil, the incarnation of anti-western values. One of those anti-western values was disregard for human life, especially the lives of those who did not agree with him. We loathed him for that and now it seems we have dropped down to the level of the man we so hated and we are cheering his death with no interest in how it occurred.

Obama said recently that “Osama got what he deserved – anyone who questions the fact that a mass murderer got what he deserved should get his head checked.” This illustrates perfectly the flaws in American moral landscape and especially in their public ethical discourse. Obama’s statement indicates that Osama “deserved” death.  This has a lot to do with their approach to capital punishment that I talked about before but it also brings up a more important and much more horrific fact that apparently there is a limit on which a human being deserves death without a trial.

The somewhat famous secular Youtuber Pat Condell recently stated that killing Osama wasn’t a crime or unethical because he was “a field commander” of a terrorist group. His stance – and the stance of many others – is the US was effectively in war with Osama/al-Qaeda and thus killing him is just a part of warfare. But that approach also has several problems, the two most important being:

1) In order for the United States to be in war, the constitution requires the congress to officially declare war upon the opposing party. This has not been done (in fact, the US has not conducted a legitimate war since the Second World War).

2) Even if America could be seen as being in war with al-Qaeda, it still does not mean that the troops are authorized to kill unarmed personnel. Willfully depriving a surrendering enemy combatant of a fair trial is a grave breach of the Geneva convention.

So, despite of how satisfied many are to the death of Osama, I must concur that if he was unarmed at the time of the raid then his killing was unjustifiable and should be treated as a crime, because according to western values that the US is so keenly claiming to defend from people like Osama, even criminals and mass-murderers have rights. If we ignore this point the whole moral basis of the western civilization collapses, as rights become a thing that can be easily ignored when needed.

As many critics have pointed out, terrorism is not an enemy. It is a tactic. Because the United States itself has a long record of supporting terrorists and using terrorist tactics, the slogans of today’s war on terrorism merely makes the United States look hypocritical to the rest of the world. A prudent American president would end the present policy of “sustained hysteria” over potential terrorist attacks..treat terrorism as a serious but not a strategic problem, encourage Americans to regain their confidence, and refuse to let al Qaeda keep us in a state of fright.

-William Eldridge Odom, former 3 star general of the US army

Dear christians, this is the 21st century, please wake the fuck up!

Posted in bisexuality, Christianity, Fundamentalism, homosexuality, Human rights, rant, Religion, sex with tags , on March 25, 2011 by SatanicBunny

The fact that I have to write this even though I’m living in a western democracy that has one of the best education systems in the world makes me both very sad and very angry. Tt also serves as proof that you cannot educate people who are willfully ignorant. I’m speaking of course of fundamentalist crackpots opposing homosexuality on religious grounds. It’s been a hot topic here in Finland ever since a tv-discussion in which the leader of the christian democratic party made some openly anti-gay statements. But that’s not why I’m writing this. What sparked my hatred is a campaign arranged by a web magazine called Nuotta. The campaign, led by a guy named Mika Falck, is targeted at young people and according to a radio interview (available here (in Finnish)) of Falck its purpose is to “encourage the young to live fully christian lives.”

The campaign’s goal is to try and discourage sexual experimentation with the same sex, which Falk as a bible-literalist considers to be a sin, and for young people to seek “healing” from such urges through prayer. What they are apparently saying is that most experimentation is a case of situational sexual behavior in which the social environment  and peer-pressure make young people try out sexual acts that they would “normally” not engage in. Not only is this an untestable hypothesis, it’s also completely meaningless. After all, as long as nobody is actually forced to try out anything they do not want to do, where’s the harm in two (or more) mutually consenting people trying out stuff. It might turn out that they don’t like it, but in that case they can just stop doing it. It’s been known for long now that human sexuality is not exactly black and white: it’s possible for people who consider themselves heterosexual to have homosexual fantasies / urges and vice versa. Trying out stuff and finding you don’t like it doesn’t make one gay.

Experimentation is needed. Sexual awakening can – and often is – highly confusing to teenagers regardless of sexual orientation. People can believe what they want and they can even oppose homosexuality in a free society, that’s their call even if it does make them moronic. However, what they should not be allowed to do is use taxpayers’ money – as they did in this case since nuotta is at least in part funded by the Finnish Lutheran church which in turn gets its funding from those taxpayers who are members of the church and via community tax – to spread their message of intolerance and discrimination to teens in a vulnerable state and make it even harder for them to discover their own identity.  What Falk and his ilk are saying is: “We think God created you and is responsible for all the urges and feelings you’re having but he doesn’t want you to follow them.” In the worst case scenario this will lead to people living in constant self-denial thinking there must be something very wrong with them because no matter how much they pray the feelings don’t vanish.

Teens need someone they can talk to about these things. They need information, support and guidance in things related to sex. What they don’t need under any circumstances is some raving idiot armed with bad theology from the middle-ages who is trying to tell them they are abnormal and should be “saved”. They even used the phrase “If a murderer can change his ways why shouldn’t a gay person be able to do the same”, obviously making a comparison between gays and murderers, a statement which they quickly withdrew, saying it had been “misinterpreted” – but I don’t know how that would be possible, since the quote is very clear.

So, Mr. Falck, under the freedom of speech you’re free to express your opinions to the public, and I will defend your right to do so. Also in the name of freedom of speech, here’s what I think of you: You’re a disgusting piece of human being, a waste of sperm, a disgrace not only to my first name but to the society you live in and to the whole of civilization; you’re a remnant of times long gone, a man who shouldn’t be living in this day and age, but you’re not evil or malicious, you’re just incredibly stupid. I do not wish you any harm. Nor do I request you to surrender your faith in god – I know that to be impossible because after that you’d have to think for yourself, a task so daring you’d probably die in the process.  I’m just asking you – in the name of humanity and common good – to stop trying to brainwash teens.

I’m not a believer in any god myself, but I know enough about the bible to know that according to it Jesus never spoke a word about homosexuals or homosexuality. However based on his other teachings here is what I think the big J would think about you:

Jesus’ opinion on anti-gay christians

And this time I would have to agree with him. Fuck you, Mika Falck. FUCK. YOU.

Ps. If you ever happen to read this and want to debate about the subject, brig it on, I promise will shred your so called arguments to pieces.