Well, i joined this Forums and the first thing i did i fucked up my Nickname. Way to go.
Okay, i introduce myself first.
Im a 26 year old Graphic Designer from Switzerland and never was religious in any way. I was raised by a single mother who allways told me I should explore the World on my own and chose to believe what ever makes me happy.
So im an Atheist. Because i like Sins.
Just kidding. My Grandmother on the other Hand was a devout catholic who wanted me and my brother to go to church as often as possible. She allways felt like she had *lost* our mother, so she had to safe us from hell.
But in the end Churches just scared the shit out of me. When i was a little boy of 1-5 years old, i was so scared actually i screamed and cried when i had to go to church. There was a skeletal like figure nailed to a cross bleeding to his death. I still think Christians have a weird symbol for their religion.
I call myself a born Sceptic. I allways questened everything and i was never satisfied with the first awnser. (wich didnt change to this day)
So religious people allways had a tough time around me when talking about their Faith.
When i was nine my Grandma wanted me to go to Religious Class in school. (my mother didnt, but said yes, because she had other problems, like earning enough money to feed me and my brother)
Well, after the first two hours of religious education i got kicked out of the class because in this two hours i questened everything the Pastor told us. I was not willing to let him get away with cheap awnsers like "God moves in Mysterious ways."
I questened the Noah's Arq story as i did the Adam & Eve Story. Not because i thought they were bad storys, but because the Pastor wanted me to believe this was the truth, and i, as a Dinosaurfan, couldnt accept the fact of a 6000 year old Earth. Ive read so much about Evolution and Science even before i got into Kindergarden that Religion seemed so amazingly stupid and ignorant to me.
I never was an aggressive Atheist or tried to get people away from their religion. I was happy if they didnt bother me with it.
Everything changed for me when Theo van Gogh was killed because he painted a Carricature of Mohammed. He didnt do anyone harm or caused suffering in any way, but he was killed for drawing a fucking
picture! (sorry bout the rude language)
A Comic artist and carricaturist myself, who actually painted carricatures of Jesus, Buddha and Mohammed i was shocked, scared and angry.
How can somone be killed because of his humor. I dont care what believe System people have, but if they start harming other people because of it, thats where i draw the line.
In my country i have the right of free speech. I defend this right as eagerly as i defend everyone elses right to be offended by what i say.
I joined this Forum because i want to know what people who actually were part of Islam can teach me about this religion that causes so many discussions and controversities around the world, especialy in the UK.
I have to admit i am scared by Islam, not because im in emidiate danger, but how this will turn out. The only thing i can say about it is, every aspect of it sounds so familiar to me. Radical Islam just acts like Nazi Fascists but under the protection of the label *Religion*.
Actually im reading the Koran right now. (Yes i read it in german, but i cant learn arabic just because muslims say its only true in arab.)
Its boring so far, just like the bible. but nontheless i try to read it from cover to cover.