By Tony Philpott | 26 May 2017
Church and State
You walked to where the crowd was dense. On your way you passed women and children – you couldn’t have missed them – they moved to your left and right, perhaps they politely stepped aside to allow you pass. You saw their faces – some were excited, pleased at having been at a concert. Did you see their humanity? Did you see them simply performing acts-of-life? Waiting parents hugging their children, happy teenagers still buzzing from the music? Did you consider their humanity in that approaching moment when you are going to cause them to be eviscerated, reduced to disconnected lumps of flesh and bone? No, you didn’t.
You moved to where you could kill the most – you most likely proclaimed aloud that your god is great – then detonated yourself and destroyed the lives of complete innocents.
What kind of mind was yours, Salman Abedi, what kind of vehemence allowed you to so successfully subtract yourself from the rest of humanity and wish only to die and only to kill?
Was your mind so irrevocably subsumed in a vile mythology? Were you so enraptured by a book between whose pages archaic tenets and proscriptions solidified your commitment, a commitment so fervent and so hateful that you deemed your own death to be a glory, and the killing of innocents your joyous duty?
You would have cited your faith as your rationale, the belief that you would be comforted by what you were told awaits you after your death, comforted by knowing that in death you would be venerated by your fanatic peers.
But the world knows you for what you are – a failure. One unable to live; to strive and to find a constructive place in this world. You were a failed human being, inspired by a vile dogma and a culture that remained in the past while the rest of the world moved on to create a civil society; a society that progressed rather than fossilized, a human-focused society, one that looked forward in anticipation of good and better things to come – all while your fervour hardened into jealousy and your jealousy became the detonator of your bombs.
Do you know the gift you gave to the world in Manchester that day? One less terrorist on this day.
Tony Philpott is a published author and screenwriter. His latest book “Faithless – A Journey Out Of Religion With Stops For Light Refreshment Along The Way” is a biting and humorous critique of religion and irrationality.
Faithless – A Journey Out Of Religion With Stops For Light Refreshment Along The Way
By Tony Philpott
The Liffey Press (November 2013)
The Islamic State (Full Length)
Flemming Rose and Dave Rubin: Muhammad Cartoons, Islamism in Europe, Charlie Hebdo
What Are the Arguments Against Religion? A. C. Grayling on the Case for Humanism (2013)
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