(WTF) a 3 page document a guy received from his parents after leaving the Mormon church

(WTF) a 3 page document a guy received from his parents after leaving the Mormon church.

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Cleric in Egypt OKs ‘pure’ voyeurism

Provided their motives are honourable, peeping toms may spy on women in showers said Osama al-Qusi, an ultra-orthodox Egyptian preacher.

His fatwa, according to the Guardian, prompted outrage from other Islamic scholars.
The cleric declared in an online video translated by the al-Arabiya news network:
If you were really honest and wanted to marry that woman, and you were able to hide and watch her in secret, and see the things that she wouldn’t usually let you see before marrying her, then it is acceptable as long as your intentions are pure.

Qusi’s words sparked heavy criticism from those who said he was using religion to win attention.
Egypt’s Minister for Religious Affairs, Mohamed Mokhtar, condemned the cleric “and his ilk”, saying:
Where is the glory and masculinity in watching a woman shower? Would you allow this to happen to your daughter?
Mokhtar stressed that fatwas, or Islamic edicts, should only be issued by qualified clerics, and denounced Qusi’s claims as anathema to Islam.
The minister also confirmed plans to launch a grassroots campaign against both atheists and Islamic extremists. He has already banned tens of thousands of unlicensed preachers, accused of extremist teachings, from working in Egyptian mosques.
In recent years, oddball clerics in Egypt have regularly been ridiculed for hardline statements. One called for the destruction of Pharaonic icons, while another said Muslims should not drive Christian priests to church. 
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Why I Love Muslims But Hate Islam

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I love Muslims
Ok, so I would like to start off by saying that I have nothing against Muslims. In fact, a lot of my good friends are Muslim and most of them are kind, thoughtful and wouldn't dream of hurting anyone. Unfortunately, the same cannot be said for the evil, twisted and out of date religion that they follow. So before I start talking about the diabolical passages in the Quran or the heartless acts caused by Al Qaeda, I would like to start by Talking about "Eid".

According the BBC Religion website, "The festival remembers the prophet Ibrahim's willingness to sacrifice his son when God ordered him to." Is it just me, or is it absolutely ludicrous that people actually celebrate the fact someone killed their own son, without thinking or questioning, just because "Allah" told them to? If that happened today, Ibrahim would be arrested, and rightly so. And, as if that’s not enough, the Website then goes on to say, "Today Muslims all over the world who can afford it, sacrifice a sheep (sometimes a goat) as a reminder of Ibrahim's obedience to Allah." What the fuck? Not only is someone's craziness celebrated, creating an excuse to get out of work and school, but sheep are "sacrificed.” That sounds really rather Satanic to me.
Sex, slaves and killing
But it's not just Eid that really boils my piss.
The Quran (just like the Bible) has loads of foul and vile passages.
"And kill them wherever you find them, and turn them out from where they have turned you out. And Al-Fitnah [disbelief] is worse than killing"
"..who abstain from sex, except with those joined to them in the marriage bond, or (the captives) whom their right hands possess...".
Both of these are horrible passages that no civilized person would even want to obey. If all Muslims obeyed their Quran word for word, my view on them would be a LOT different than the way I described at the beginning of this article.

Muhammad Savile

Following on, their Prophet Muhammad ( who seems to piss off a lot of people when you draw him) was a nasty, disgusting and unpleasant Pedophile.
"The Prophet (ﷺ) wrote the (marriage contract) with `Aisha while she was six years old and consummated his marriage with her while she was nine years old and she remained with him for nine years (i.e. till his death)."
So that passage is saying that he got married to a fucking nine year old, and in a passage I mentioned earlier in this article it basically said, "Only fuck people you’re married to or you own." I can't believe some of my very good friends actually look up to and idolize this monster. I should tell them, but I simply don’t have the courage to say "Hey, your prophet is a kiddy fucker."
Even though a lot of religions have gory origins and out of date holy books, Islam appears to be the one that is causing the most damage and the most violence at this time.

I said at the beginning of my article "a lot of my good friends are Muslim." I suppose what I actually meant was "a lot of my good friends call themselves Muslim." Because if they acted the way the Quran told them to, they would be like Al Qaeda. However I'm extremely glad that they're not. But what I would love is if my "Muslim" friends, even just one of them, were to research their religion like I have and admit that it is not a very nice religion. I would be so overjoyed and happy, that I'd tell them, "Well done."
The picture I drew, while it may not be a work of art, is very blasphemous. I have drawn the prophet Muhammad (who you shouldn't draw, but people do on "Draw Muhammad Day") with no clothes expect a bra made of pork, to cover his nipples, and a burning Quran to cover his junk
My Sources
The sources I have used are a tad biased, and so is this article if I'm perfectly honest.

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Children exposed to religion have difficulty distinguishing fact from fiction

A study published in the July issue of Cognitive Science determined that children who are not exposed to religious stories are better able to tell that characters in “fantastical stories” are fictional — whereas children raised in a religious environment even “approach unfamiliar, fantastical stories flexibly.”
In “Judgments About Fact and Fiction by Children From Religious and Nonreligious Backgrounds,” Kathleen Corriveau, Eva Chen, and Paul Harris demonstrate that children typically have a “sensitivity to the implausible or magical elements in a narrative,” and can determine whether the characters in the narrative are real or fictional by references to fantastical elements within the narrative, such as “invisible sails” or “a sword that protects you from danger every time.”
However, children raised in households in which religious narratives are frequently encountered do not treat those narratives with the same skepticism. The authors believed that these children would “think of them as akin to fairy tales,” judging “the events described in them as implausible or magical and conclude that the protagonists in such narratives are only pretend.”
And yet, “this prediction is likely to be wrong,” because “with appropriate testimony from adults” in religious households, children “will conceive of the protagonist in such narratives as a real person — even if the narrative includes impossible events.”
The researchers took 66 children between the ages of five and six and asked them questions about stories — some of which were drawn from fairy tales, others from the Old Testament — in order to determine whether the children believed the characters in them were real or fictional.
“Children with exposure to religion — via church attendance, parochial schooling, or both — judged [characters in religious stories] to be real,” the authors wrote. “By contrast, children with no such exposure judged them to be pretend,” just as they had the characters in fairy tales. But children with exposure to religion judged many characters in fantastical, but not explicitly religious stories, to also be real — the equivalent of being incapable of differentiating between Mark Twain’s character Tom Sawyer and an account of George Washington’s life.
This conclusion contradicts previous studies in which children were said to be “born believers,” i.e. that they possessed “a natural credulity toward extraordinary beings with superhuman powers. Indeed, secular children responded to religious stories in much the same way as they responded to fantastical stories — they judged the protagonist to be pretend.”
The researchers also determined that “religious teaching, especially exposure to miracle stories, leads children to a more generic receptivity toward the impossible, that is, a more wide-ranging acceptance that the impossible can happen in defiance of ordinary causal relations.”

by Scott Kaufman
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Why They Don’t Need Feminism... Hilarious

I sincerely wish all these women would EDUCATE themselves on what feminism actually IS, rather than spew their ignorance

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The destructive myth about religion that Americans disproportionately believe

This week, Pew Research Center published the results of a survey conducted among 40,080 people in 40 countries between 2011 and 2013. The survey asked a simple question: Is belief in God essential to morality? While clear majorities say it is necessary, the U.S. continues to be an outlier.

In 22 of the 40 countries surveyed, the majority says it is necessary to believe in God in order to be a moral person. “This position is highly prevalent, if not universal, in Africa and the Middle East,” says the report. No surprise there, but Asian and Latin countries such as Indonesia (99 percent), Malaysia (89 percent), the Philippines (99 percent), El Salvador (93 percent), and Brazil (86 percent) all fell in the highest percentile of respondents believing belief in a god (small G) is central to having good values.
Interestingly, clear majorities in all highly developed countries do not think belief in god to be necessary for morality, with one exception only: the USA.
Only 15 percent of the French population answered in the affirmative. Spain: 19 percent. Australia: 23 percent. Britain: 20 percent. Italy: 27 percent. Canada: 31 percent. Germany 33 percent. Israel: 37 percent.
So what of the U.S.? A comparatively eye-popping 53 percent of Americans essentially believe atheists and agnostics are living in sin. Despite the fact that a research analyst at the Federal Bureau of Prisons determined that atheists are thoroughly underrepresented in the places where rapists, thieves and murderers invariably end up: prisons. While atheists make upward of 15 percent of the U.S. population, they only make up 0.2 percent of the prison population.
With the exception of the U.S. and China, the survey finds that those “in richer nations tend to place less emphasis on the need to believe in God to have good values than people in poorer countries do.” The chart below illustrates this point:
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Saudis Declaring Themselves Atheists In Growing Numbers

Saudi Arabia, also known as the cradle of Islam, is witnessing a growing number of people privately declaring themselves nonbelievers. Even though the evidence is mainly anecdotal, it seems persistent.
“I know at least six atheists who confirmed that to me. Six or seven years ago, I wouldn’t even have heard one person say that. Not even a best friend would confess that to me,” said Fahad al Fahad, 31, a marketing consultant and human rights activist.
Recently, two Gulf-produced television talk shows discussed the perception that atheism is no longer a taboo subject, which is perhaps why the government has made atheism a terrorist offense. Earlier this year, the Ministry of Interior prohibited “calling for atheist thought in any form, or calling into question the fundamentals of the Islamic religion on which this country is based.”
The number of Saudis willing to admit to family and friends to being an atheist or declaring themselves nonbelievers online, usually under pseudonyms, is definitely not large enough to start a movement but a 2012 poll by WIN-Gallup International found that 5 percent of 500 Saudis described themselves as “convinced atheists.” While this may not seem like a promising figure, considering the global average is 13 percent, 5 percent is not so bad after all.
The willingness to admit to being an atheist highlights the population’s general disillusionment with religion, especially when a lot of them say religion is being misused by authorities to control people. The disillusionment is expressed is different ways – from challenging and mocking religious leaders on social media to ignoring clerical pronouncements without feeling guilt.
“Because people are becoming more disillusioned with the government, they started looking at the government and its support groups as being in bed together and conspiring together against the good of the people… When they see the ulema [religious scholars] appeasing the government, people become dismayed because they thought they were pious and straightforward and just,” said Bassim Alim, a lawyer in Jeddah.
Together, the appearance of atheists and the continuing lure of jihad and ultraconservatism seem to signal a breakdown in the consensus and conformity that has marked religious practices in Saudi Arabia all these years. Quite obviously, the faith is becoming more polarized and heterogeneous.
“The mosques are full but society is losing its values. It’s more like a mechanical practice, like going church, you have to go on Sunday… We no longer understand our religion, not because we don’t want to. But because our vision of it, our understanding of it, has been polluted by the monarchy…[and]…by the official religious establishment that only measures religion by what the monarchy wants and what pleases the monarchy,” said a former employee of state media.
While it is still unsafe to publicly admit one is an atheist because of the stringent Sharia law that regards disbelief in god as a capital offence, a lot of people are using different social media outlets like Facebook, Twitter and Blogger to vent their true feelings.
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