Morally speaking, is Saudi Arabia any better than the Islamic State? The Islamic State is our enemy, and deservedly so. They use Islam as justification for violence. The violence is meant to silence their critics, and to intimidate the masses. Saudi Arabia is our ally. They are set to execute 14 men for attending a pro-democracy rally. The youngest of the group, Mujtaba’a al-Sweikat, was only 17 when he was arrested at an airport in his homeland, on his way to study at Western Michigan University. He never got there. Instead, he was tried and sentenced to death for attending a rally. He is set to be executed for exercising political speech. What is the difference between ISIS and Saudi Arabia? Why are we allied with one and against the other? Do they not represent the same form of evil?
In the wake of the attack in Nice, Manuel Valls, the French Prime Minister, said the following:
Does terrorism really need to be a part of people’s daily lives? Or are the wrong people getting elected?
Last night I dozed to sleep listening to the radio. At one point, the voice behind the microphone expressed thoughts and prayers for the people of Nice, France. That was my first realization that ISIS had reared its blasphemous face again. What is ISIS? A collective for moral zombies. They have surrendered their minds to a blasphemous interpretation of Islam. They have surrendered their souls to an anti-human ideology. Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel left this earth as a mass murderer for an evil illusion. He does not deserve a grave. He has already claimed his place on the trash heap of wasted lives.
To the people of Nice, France. I am an atheist. People of all faiths should be willing to unite spiritually at times like this.
Today, especially, I stand with the LGBT community. It is time to end all forms of bigotry. Violence has no place in our society.
Miscalculated when it butchered its way to a political consensus. Their leaders demand respect, as though they are worthy. But, we will never tolerate their existence. Their downfall is inevitable. Good must overcome evil.