Oh, the Islam videos? Yeah, I can tell you that. They are being formulated, daily, in the back of someone else's mind, not mine.
Someone with a long background in Islam. Someone who grew up in an Islamic family, who went to Islamic Sunday school every week, sang the Islamic songs at the mosque and at home and at school, and then went on to embrace Islam himself as a teenager. A guy who accepted the truth of Islam with tears running down his face as he devoted his life to Islam, who joined an Islamic church on his own initiative, and was just so hungry for knowledge that he couldn't read enough Islamic literature. Someone who prayed to Allah daily, who tried to find opportunities to teach the Islamic faith to his friends, (and succeeded in doing so on a few occasions, bringing others to Islam). Someone who participated actively in Islamic mosque life, even taking part in running services.
The thing is, though, and the reason behind why he’s out there making his anti-Islam videos, is that he then went through a long, turbulent period of years of coming to terms with the fact that Islam seemed to have a lot of holes. Yep, this is a guy who struggled mightily with the fact that his belief in the tenets of Islam was waning, despite the lifetime commitment he had made to his faith and to Allah and the prophet. Who would go home from the mosque more and more depressed each week, envious of those who had joy in their faith where he himself had only doubts and a growing skepticism that he SO wished would be taken away from him. Someone who after years and years and years of struggling to admit it to himself, finally came to the point of simply not believing it any more, and stepping into the darkness of admitting it to himself. Yep, he fully expected that his life would never ever again have any meaning without Islam,… but then was astonished to find that nothing actually happened when he admitted it,… and so then he had to deal with the fact that he'd been wrong about Islam all those years.
Those videos about Islam? Yeah, they’re being written by someone who left Islam and thought very little about it for over a decade, until he was convinced by a boom in secular literature speaking out against faith, that not only was Islam incorrect in its claims, but that Islam and other faiths were actually harmful to humanity. Someone who was shown for the first time the depths of the delusion he'd been under as a believer, and who suddenly found himself bursting at the seams with satirical ideas that represented and demonstrated the inconsistencies at the heart of his former religion, Islam. It was as though all these ideas had been growing in the back of his mind over the course of his life, and now, suddenly, were bursting out to be given voice.
It was amazing how those videos and scripts started to be written; in that guy’s mind, scripts seemed to begin to write themselves, most often faster than he could type them up. He would finish writing a script about Islam in the morning, and have a new idea occupying his mind that same afternoon. Those video ideas just seemed to find their own way to him, as someone who knows Islam intimately and in detail, who knows the stories of Islam, who knows the characters of the Islamic texts, who knows the doctrines of Islam, who knows the contradictions of Islam, who knows the promises and claims of Islam, who knows the culture of Islam, who understands the schisms of Islam, and who can barely contain all he has to say about it, because it’s still all around him in his culture, and BECAUSE HE LIVED IT.
That's where the Islam cartoons are. In that guy's mind. Not mine. Why the fuck would they be in MY mind? They’re all in that guy's mind and on that guy's channel.
Oh - you won't find any videos about Christianity on his channel, despite the fact that he has people telling him week after week after week that he should be making them, too. When people dig at that guy to make Christianity videos, he's probably amazed that people think he could just suddenly flick a switch and start getting exactly the same kinds of ideas for Christianity videos as his Islam ones, as though he could suddenly draw on a lifetime of background in a religion and culture he has no experience of, and come up with something on par with the videos that spring up in his mind about the religion that gave his life meaning for so many years. I mean- he doesn’t even know how the Christian scriptures are organised, he doesn’t know any of the characters apart from Jesus and Noah and Moses and Abraham, doesn’t know what the central doctrines are, doesn’t know what the specific inconsistencies are, and doesn’t really care to, see. He’s concerned with getting the clearest and strongest message across to the people he’s best able to reach, the people in his own culture and community, so why the fuck would he even attempt to make a video depicting something he’s got no workable knowledge of? The people telling him that he’s got an obligation to make videos about Christianity must be frigging nuts, and not understand the first thing about what it is to be intimately familiar with one thing and know nothing about something else. Especially when the people who are insisting that he should write about Christianity don’t know the first fucking thing about it themselves, either!
So. Thanks for asking. Your answer is: those videos you demand are in that other guy’s mind, and on HIS channel. That's where the Islam videos are, and that's where you can find them, OK? Good. The end.
Oh - and they’re on your channel, too.
All those satirical anti-Islam videos you’ve made.
Because as you know, people who don’t make anti-Islam cartoon videos are cowards.
Strange thing. About this time last year I started getting emails and messages, literally daily, from people asking if I'd quit or was ever coming back. That made me put out an "announcement" video in November saying that I'd been busy and focused on other things (such as my now very soon-to-be one-year-old boy). Then in January I was able to push out my "Jesus: The Cover-up" and "Hitler Can't Help You" videos.
Strange thing is that just in the last week or two, such messages and emails have begun coming in again. It must be a seasonal thing.
So, I'd like to say that actually as we speak, I'm working on a collaboration video with a favorite Youtuber of mine since years back. I've recorded the audio, and we're working on the visuals together.
In years past I haven't wanted to make promises of any new content, after feeling burned by having solicited wonderful contributions of visual content from viewers (for my "Yahweh's Perfect Justice" stoning video), and then having the video delayed for months and months to the ire (imagined or real) of those who'd contributed.
So, yes I'm working on something, and yes I think it will be out before the end of the year. But by that I might mean 2019. I'll leave it to your hermeneutics.
Occasionally I'll get messages from people who tell me that they have an idea for a video, or even an entire script, that they would like to offer me to make into something. My response is usually to say that they ought to go ahead and make it themselves, even if they think they lack the resources, because my early videos were total shite and eventually, through a process of learning as one goes, things can eventually improve.
I just got an email from RationalPlus, who, as it turned out, took my advice, created a video, and created a channel.
It's quite similar in style to my first one, Conversation With Yahweh, but altogether better in quality, funnier, and way better written. Just fantastic. I really lolled a few times, and subscribed right away.
Please, watch it here, then go and comment on the video page itself so RationalPlus will be inspired to make more!
Click here if you'd like to read some absolute apologetic bollocks that attempts to explain this problem away; firstly by questioning human ability to judge God's thinking process, and then by judging God's thinking process and questioning the judgements of anyone who would come to a different judgement of God's thinking process than the one that they themselves had come to.
I just read an article about a schism that has just opened up within a Christian church group or network or something in England (the details of the politics/alliances eludes me), over the issue of the full inclusion of homosexual people within the church, and the rights of homosexual people within society itself. No doubt, this is happening across the world, and as I read the article just now, I got a particular little kick out of it, something along the lines of the excitement of being alive at an interesting time in history.
Watching even a small section of the Christian church split itself up in response to such a social issue is like watching the mechanisms of evolution by natural selection kick into action. It’s like watching a rising sea level separate a species of animal in two. This exact kind of thing is the catalyst of each next stage of evolution! Throughout biological history, this is the start of something that’s going to make a huge difference in the world in future epochs. Things get traced back to this kind of event.
When one species is suddenly cut off from itself into two (or more) groups, and suddenly they can’t mix and interbreed any more, they’re headed in two different directions, and over the course of millions of years the two groups may evolve and mutate in vastly different ways - and probably only one, at best, might end up surviving. Which one? Well, as always, the one that happens to be best suited to survive in the environment in which it finds itself.
Very, very generally speaking, Christianity is a population that has been pretty much united for a very long time on this issue, yet is suddenly finding itself splitting in two. (Relax; I said ‘generally’ with two ‘very’s, remember?) A sea or mountain range has suddenly appeared, and it’s becoming clear that there are now two groups where before there was pretty much only one. They’re going to go in different directions, and there are certain ‘barriers’ to them fully, completely ‘mixing’ henceforth. Chances are, over the course of time, not both of them are going to survive. If one does, which one’s it going to be?
I don’t think that’s a hard question to answer, given that the world is moving, at breakneck speed, towards recognising the full equality of homosexual people, and the principles of full inclusion and equal rights under every aspect of the law come into effect more and more fully month by month- where would you put your money?
Let’s be honest: The secular world has dragged the Christian church kicking and screaming into this debate. Secular ethics is now sculpting the Christian church, and we all get to watch. It’s just too delicious for words.
The social and cultural environment within which an EXclusive mindset that discriminated against homosexual people could thrive and survive is disappearing rapidly. That side of this split is heading off to find that the ‘environment’ that has forever supported it just doesn’t suit it any more. The polarities have shifted suddenly, or the environment suddenly got a lot hotter,… choose your own Darwinian-environmental analogy. The societal values that sustained such an exclusive, negative, and discriminatory view of homosexuality are drying up and disappearing. That side’s going to have a bad time.
The other group, the one that has arisen out of a change in the frequency and effectiveness of certain ideas (those of gay/straight equality, inclusion, equal marriage rights, etc), is heading into an environment in which it will be able to THRIVE; relative to its old-school cousins, at least. The Christianity that welcomes and supports homosexuality is going to have a MUCH easier time getting by. They’re going to have a far better chance of finding a space within the ecosystem into which they can settle and operate. It’s not rocket science, it’s plain old natural selection.
But get this- something else that’s not rocket-science, but kinda mind-blowing when you think of it:
After a time, perhaps a decade or two, perhaps as long as a generation or two, when the INclusive side of this schism is the only real survivor, …. we all know what they’re going to credit their side’s survival to, don’t we?:
God. God’s guidance, God’s voice, God’s truth.
Not the basic mechanisms of natural selection. Not a change in the cultural environment which made it difficult for their less-gay-friendly cousins to survive, and left them at the top of the chain. Not the fact that the frequency and potency of certain introduced memes and values suddenly took hold within their ‘meme pool’ and shaped them to suit the environment into which they found themselves heading… No, no.
Members of the Christian religion in that future time will no doubt look back at how the church seemed to swing towards inclusion of homosexuality, (around the same time as,... hmmmm,... the whole world did), and credit their god with having worked things out such that His true nature in regard to the issue of homosexual equality could finally be expressed in the world. Because that’s what they’ll have then, you see: a full understanding of God’s stance and will on this issue! - and it will be, as it always is, a mirror image of their own stance and will on this issue.
The survival and ‘flourishing’ of their version of theology won’t be viewed as having arisen out of the result of an indifferent process of natural selection, catalysed by overwhelming influence from the secular world - no no: it will be said to have been ordained from above. Designed, intelligently. Their version of Christianity will be seen as the very objective that God had had in mind the whole time, and had built His church towards. Just - ahem- sorry about those millennia where God’s true will couldn’t really seem to get past the cultural context it was at constant effect of, and sorry about how the church operated according to the polar opposite of God’s actual will since pretty much forever… It’s just that Christians ‘back in those days’ didn’t have a true understanding of God’s actual values in that area etc etc, you’ve heard it all before.
The result of a natural, understandable, predictable process, catalysed by the secular world, is going to be credited to God as having been intelligently designed and brought about for his very purposes. When you stop and think about it in the light of the fact that this process is getting underway right now, as we speak, it’s just so crystal clear that ‘God’s will’ itself is a byproduct of natural selection at every stage of human history. It matches perfectly the general underlying socio-cultural values of the time and geographical environment that gave rise to it and sculpted it, at every stage. What an amazing coincidence.
There it is, see? ‘God’s true will’ isn’t anything to do with ‘God’. It’s just the result of a natural process acting upon various ‘populations’, and variations within those populations. But how interesting that here, I think we’re seeing, in this particular case and the countless similar ones that are currently playing out before our very eyes all over Christendom: the next step in the evolution of the Christian religion unfolding, sculpted by the overwhelming society-wide secular revolt against the kind of anti-gay values that that the church has so consistently espoused since as far back as the day that their god was credited with the scriptural order to stone gays to death.
So, allow me to get this in, a few generations or decades in advance: Secular ethics can take a bow. The secular world has pushed back against deep-seated scripturally-sactioned religious dogma against homosexuality, leading the church to even need to have the kind of homosexual rights debate they’re currently grappling with, tying themselves in knots, and splitting themselves up over. Let's be clear: The gay rights movement hardly sprang up from within the Christian church, did it? As an orgnization, they didn’t suggest having this debate. They were led to it.
And the outcome, which even a blind man can see coming, is going to be called “God’s true will” by future generations of gay-friendly Christian believers.
The values that a very very large proportion of the Christian religion are fighting against in today’s world as a gay or progressive ‘agenda’, will be the “God’s true will” of future Christians, thanks entirely to the pushback against traditional Christian values by the secular world.
And people ask us why we bother speaking up against Christianity. Well - this is a kind of whole new reason that even I’d never really seen before: because by doing so we actually get to participate in shaping it.