BEYOND RELIGION AND CULTURE: I do not condemn any religion; I only condemn the lies such religions as Islam, Christianity and Judaism cooked up for ages and have misled and canned the world into fear, with them. I condemn any form of bestial acts meted out against humanity in any style. This brings to bay that the West has a lot of spiritual cleansing and restitution to do for the heinous acts it committed against humanity in the name of religion – Christianity. Perhaps, the saying that there is always a time for payment – whether for good deed or bad deed – is what the West is reaping in the hands of terrorists. I think the West has no locus standi to condemn Islam and its faithful for whatever reason. The West might have come of civil age, but that will not undermine the truth when the West meted out horrors to the world in the name of Christianity. Over 16 million West Africans were transported through the ocean in the name of transatlantic trade to engage in force labour that denied them of their fundamental human rights. As if that was not enough, we should remember that like the Islam has al’Qaeda, ISIS, Boko Haram and a host of other Islamist terrorists groups today, over 70,000 Muslims were slaughtered by the the West Christian-Crusaders in the Al-Aqsa mosque alone. As if that was not enough, such inimical act like burning – was meted out to hundreds of thousands of Jews in their synagogues; children wailed and were abused and killed. We should also remember that the West, in the name of Christianity, pummeled a lot of people around the world in what they christened heresy. What about what the Inquisition did? What I think the world should be doing is to preach people out of dangerous religious dogmas and not to condemn Islam for another. If truth be told, the West started ‘terrorism’ against the rest of the world in the name of Christianity. Hooey!
- Odimegwu Onwumere, Poet/Writer, Rivers State.