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Death to the Apostates!! – The new Scarlet Letter ‘A’

May 31, 2011

Freedom of BeliefIn the West, and especially in America, the concept of freedom of religion is not the least bit foreign. Even the question of “What religion are you?” asked by a potential employer is illegal as such a question is strongly considered “nobody elses business but the individual’s own”. A persons belief system is far from an American societal nomenclature stamped upon ones forehead like the proverbial scarlet letter ‘A’; that is, unless the individual were to make the conscientious decision to do so themselves, perhaps as a method of anti-social behavior. “What religion are you?”, is not a consideration weighed upon when getting a drivers license, applying your children to public school, applying for medical services, getting a job, getting insurance, buying certain products, applying to attend State colleges and Universities, receiving police and fire protection, getting fair legal representation and judgments, traveling, getting dental care, walking freely in public, or getting human necessities for your children.

Now imagine living in a country where all of the things mentioned above were denied to you and your family simply because you chose to believe in God differently, or dared to question a tenant of the State sponsored religion. Imagine further that having the proverbial black letter ‘A’ for Apostate placed upon your forehead from mere accusation would result in your death at the hands of your own government or under the watchful, yet apathetic, eye of your own government. Such is not mere fantasy from the pages of some dark twisted dime store paperback novel. Unfortunately, such is the prison of existence for a multitude of people in nearly a dozen countries in the world. In a dozen more areas individuals may not risk death via court ruled execution, but may die at the hands of religious zealot attackers or face imprisonment, rape, torture, and/or false arrest by order of the government in the land in which they are unfortunate enough to have been born.

In 1948, the United Nations ratified a document called ‘The Universal Declaration of Human Rights’ in which is the declaration that each and every individual of the world, “has the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion; this right includes freedom to change his religion or belief, and freedom, either alone or in community with others and in public or private, to manifest his religion or belief in teaching, practice, worship and observance.

I don’t believe for a second that this declaration extends with it some neo-fascist right for governments to establish laws and punishments of rape, torture, imprisonment, and death upon those who exercise or are merely accused of exercising the individual free will of belief…do you?

I don’t believe for a moment that the rest of the world should sit by apathetically while neo-fascist zealots of religious intolerance deny basic human rights to some, while engaging in crimes against humanity to others, simply because some have exercised their brain to note an inconsistency between God’s message to mankind and the actions of those who dare to imply absolute representation of God’s word – a representation which is exclaimed as acceptance via mandate, or die! I don’t believe God would want others to sit by and watch the suffering of others while such atrocity occurs…do you?

Through the “” initiative I’ve discovered a method of taking action without actually having to leave the comfort of my favorite chair. I need only cast my vote to encourage the UN to actually follow its charter mandate and hold accountable those countries that engage in human rights violations with regard to Section 18 of the Declaration of Human Rights that ALL world governments are expected, (and agreed), to follow.

I for one took that simple step…will you?

They, who live in such countries would, but then, that would make them apostates.

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