I had a dream… and then I woke up. The dream about civilised human beings disappeared as soon as I opened my eyes. Leaving behind only a scent of something lost… or never acquired. Mistaken was I? Is that civilisational gloss a fairy tale only? Are we barbarians as our ancestors were? Are we just savages not even deserving to be revered as noble ones?
What’s going on with people? Why do they kill, rape, sell their brethren into slavery? Well… they don’t see them as brethren probably. Don’t want to see them as such. To kill is to believe. To rape is to revere. God is great and he requires blood and fumes of rotting flesh. Or so some want to believe because this belief allows them to rape kids. To sell women to rich beasts also calling themselves believers.
This is how those savages advertise their faith. This is how we, non-believers in their eyes, are starting to perceive Islam. We look at our neighbours and they disappear as human beings. Diminished by atrocities of their brothers in faith. More and more they themselves are becoming terrorists, savages and beasts. In the eyes of other people not sharing their beliefs. Not wanting to share beliefs that lead to barbaric savagery. One time friends become strangers. Next door neighbours start moving apart. Every time we see a girl in hijab something deep inside starts whispering “Savages!” “Terrorists!” “Barbarians!”.
The legacy of religious fanatics starts taking its toll. Extremists on our side become lauder with every barbaric act in the Middle East. Even lauder with similar acts on our own soil. They grow in strength. They grow in numbers. Animosity slowly becomes something normal. Neighbours become strangers. Step by step we are moving towards distrust. Who are they? Where do they come from? What god do they believe in? Question after question. Suspicion crawling at first to stand up proudly in the end. To announce barbarity of those who used to be our neighbours. Our friends.
This is the legacy of bloody massacres. This is the legacy of barbaric acts, killings, slavery and rapes. This is what we left behind allegedly. This is what we believed is the past. But it’s here. It’s coming back. And as long as there are those who support savagery, as long as we pretend it’s okay because it’s in the name of god, as long as there is an excuse for bestiality and cruelty of so-called believers, as long as there are those willing to finance them… the beast will be growing. The suspicion of ordinary people will be separating friends and lovers.
A beast is a beast. A madman is a madman. A rape is a rape. And a murder is a murder. It doesn’t matter in whose name the bestiality is committed. In the name of god? I denounce such god enjoying blood and murder. What kind of god it is? God of love? More and more we look at those ordinary people, our neighbours, men, women and children as crazy fanatics. Only because they happen to believe in the same god some madmen believe in. This is what they are achieving. This is where they lead us. To the hell of religious wars we hoped we left behind.