10 Answers To Questions You Always Wondered About

January 9, 2015 | 1 Comment » | Topics: Answers, Interesting |

Why does Islam seem to have more violent fanatics than other religions?

Several reasons, really.

Firstly: Islam is a particularly all-encompassing religion, in the sense that being a “Muslim” is supposed to be your primary identity and motivation in life. Arguably one of the reasons that Islam got so huge in the first place was that it encouraged the fragmented and tribal arabian peninsula to put aside petty squabbles for the first time and unite for a common cause. Other areas that adopted the religion followed similar paths: It’s a central doctrine that before your race, gender, family allegiance or nationality, you’re a Muslim. This is why historically the Islamic world has historically been organized into large, multicontinental caliphates, and it’s also why Islamism has been a massive issue in the middle east since the fall of the Ottoman Empire: The fragmented, corrupt and secular arrangement of the middle east is a historical anomaly, and one that doesn’t make too much sense from the old school Muslim perspective that the Islamic world should be united.

Secondly: There’s a selection bias in the western media that violent muslims must necessarily be religious fanatics. The Islamic world is a massively diverse place, with lots of different issues other than just religion. Palestinian militants are no more fundamentalist muslims than Irish terrorists in the 70’s were fundamentalist catholics: Religion obviously plays a role, but it’s usually more of a justification than an actual reason. Similarly, the Iranian-Israeli rivalry is typically depicted as a religious one, but in reality the Iranians hate the Saudis almost as much as they do the Israelis (There’s a religious element in the Saudi-Iranian rivalry too, but it’s still not the dominant factor).

Lastly: It only takes a few bat-shit fanatics to make an entire religion look bad. Those guys who killed that soldier in the UK, or that guy who stabbed that filmmaker in the Netherlands obviously make up a tiny fraction of a tiny fraction of the muslim community in Europe. While it’s probably the case that there are more Muslims willing to do violence in the name of religion than there are Christians, with both populations you’re dealing with a minute fraction of the population that really shouldn’t be used to judge the religion as a whole. If the Islamic world were intent on bringing down the west, there would be a lot more of them fighting.



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A Damn Fine Collection Of Fascinating Photos

August 25, 2014 | 2 Comments » | Topics: Answers, Interesting |

Afton Burton was 16 when she discovered Charles Manson. Nine years later, her name is Star and she considers herself Charles Manson’s wife (story)

After a few years of sending letters and talking to Manson on the phone, Star, at age 19, moved to Corcoran, a small central California city that’s home to Corcoran State Prison, where Charles Manson has lived for the past 25 years. “Charlie never believed in something called Helter Skelter. That didn’t have anything to do with why those people were killed,” she says of the theory prosecutors used that Manson persuaded a group of followers to kill wealthy white people to incite a race war by framing the Black Panthers. “He never ever thought any of that stuff. That’s ridiculous,” says an emphatic Star. “That’s crazy.” Star is fiercely loyal to Manson. She still has a scar from when she shaved her head and carved an X in her forehead two years ago.

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Euthanasia device invented by Dr. Philip Nitschke. This machine asks the patient a series of questions and automatically administers a fatal dose of barbiturates if the correct answers are made

These were the three questions asked by the machine before it administered the barbiturates:

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Awesome Links Of The Day

March 13, 2013 | No Comments » | Topics: Answers, main |

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Is Claudia Romani ever not in a bikini? – Celeb Slam

A Theoretical Look for Luke Skywalker in Episode VII – Unreality Mag

15 Pics of Really Distracting Beer Pong Girls – Uncoached

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20 Photos of Epic Babysitting Fails – Ego TV

A Few Pictures To Restore Your Faith In Humanity (23 Pics) – Ned Hardy

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