Remembering Uzza

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(4.2 draft)

UzzaUzza: There is a very common ceremony practiced throughout most of the Muslim world called Khatmi-Qur’an. It is the ceremony to recognize and celebrate a child’s first full reading of the Koranic text in Arabic. Most children complete the first full reading or mouthing of the Qur’an between the age of four and seven. It is the mother's responsibility to get her children to the Khatmi-Qur’an.

Archie: No pressure there!

Uzza: Mosques around the world have the equivalent of Sunday school classes to assist the mother in getting her children "to master the proper pronunciation and to read the text clearly from the first verse to the last."

Gerry: I understand where that could be a problem.

Uzza: Reading the Koran, children as young as four years old receive a premature sex education skewed by Islam’s concept of morality as part of their religious indoctrination. Children who should be enjoying Babar the Elephant or Cinderella instead get an error-filled explanation of procreation where a woman’s role is relegated to providing “a secure place” for Allah to place a man’s sperm from which He will fashion a human being

Archie: That would explain those smug men you see on the street with their covered receptacles in tow. You never know when you will need one. Sperm spilled anywhere but in Allah’s designated receptible is a sin I presume.

Uzza: If you are referring to masturbation, yes. Reading the Koran, children learn that their mother cannot refuse their father's demand to use them as a receptacle. If they don’t, not only can they be beaten, but will probably be charged with his sin, if he is forced to make love to himself.

Bob: Woody Allan, in Annie Hall, said that masturbation is having sex with someone you love and therefore you should not knock it.

Archie: He also said that if God did not want us to masturbate he would have given us shorter arms.

Uzza: A much greater sin than making love to yourself is men making love to other men. Reading the Koran, children learn that homosexuals are to be despised for committing what Allah repeatedly damns as the "foul act".

Gerry: Allah knows nothing about love. To Him it’s all about the sex. It is sex and love together which makes the experience the wonderful thing that it is, whether it be between a man and a woman or people of the same gender.

Uzza: That is so right, but it is not what children reading the Koran get to appreciate. They learn to crave sex without love as they get familiar with Allah’s Paradise which is all sex and no love. A place where men will fornicate to their hearts content with people who only a few seconds earlier were complete strangers or on-the-spot manufactured facsimile, the infamous houris.

Then again, why would children, when they get older want to experience love with what the Koran describes as deceitful, week-minded inferiors consumed with lust for the male body as exemplified in Allah’s retelling of the story of Joseph son of Jacob ; and left to their own devices, would bring chaos to the orderly world of the Koran, which is why Allah has made their fathers, brothers, uncles and later their husbands their masters.

Bob: But why do women put up with it?

Uzza: Perhaps for the same reason millions of women voted for a man like Trump and those who came after who were like him and treated them like dirt but promised to protect them from those who would treat them even worse. For believing women, the worse is Allah who will burn them in Hell if they disobey the men to whom He has given ownership rights.

Bob: Better to suffer in silence here then scream in agony later for an eternity.

Uzza: Children who read the Koran are warned not to take unbeliever as friends, they only wish them harm. If they do, God will be very angry. Still too young to understand the horror of what they are being asked to do, children will read and repeat, what will become a persistent refrain for the rest of their lives, words which encourage them to become martyrs and mass-murderers in pursuit of a book’s persistent message to rid the world of unbelievers.

Gerry: The medium is the message. McLuhan would be impressed that the most effective medium ever would turn out to be a book, and not a very good one at that.

Uzza: It is the abject cruelty that sinks the Koran beyond redemption; that makes it an especially bad book for children. Children who read the Koran are exposed to acts of sadism that would make the Marquis de Sade cringe, like Allah boasting He will replace burnt skin with fresh skin to ensure the pain of burning never diminishes. It is in the actions of a boastful torturer who is fascinated by fire and the joy it brings when he uses it to inflict pain that we get another inkling, probably the strongest, of a child-like-mind behind the pain. For example, you could image a child naming a toy that annihilates people with fire, the Smasher, not a mature person, let alone a god.

Bob: Is the Smasher like a really big flame thrower?

Uzza: More like a crawling flame, a flame which crawls up people stretched out on pillars as it burns its way to their heart.

Archie: Why would people want children to read stuff life that.

Uzza: And then there are the people who this child-like sadist impresario will dress in garments of fire which will melt their skins and whatever they had for lunch while hot-water is poured over their heads and someone or something beats their heads with an iron bar. And when they ask for something to drink, it will be more boiling water which will “rip up their bowels”. Then, there’s…

Gerry: I think on that subject, Uzza, we’ve heard enough. We’re having a good time, everything considered and this is ruining it.

Uzza: So you don’t want to hear about what a child reading the Koran will be told about Judgement Day?

Gerry: To me, the Koran’s description of Judgement Day is, in many ways, worse than what Allah revealed about will happen to people in Hell. So, no.

Bob: But I do.

Uzza: Gerry’s right. Bob, pickup a copy of the one act play Alice Visits a Mosque to Learn about Judgment by the author of Pain, Pleasure and Prejudice. If you’re into this sort of thing, you won’t be disappointed.

Archie: Maybe the Koran should be restricted to adults only with a warming of graphic sex and violence and other things.

Uzza: You won't get an argument from me. What happens to the mind, to the personality of a child who commits, must commit to memory, not only the horrible verses we have talked about, but others that are even more impressive in their attention to detail when it comes to the deliberate, cold-blooded application of torture.

Bob: What Allah does to unbelievers reminds me of what Itchy does to Scratchy on the Simpsons; and from what I can tell, the kids who watch it are alright.

Uzza: Perhaps. In the Koran, Allah’s sadism is a more persistent fantastical vision of torture, pain and never-ending suffering with which any child can relate and is the stuff of nightmares. And let us not forget that this is a god who proclaims to be the embodiment of compassion and mercy doing horrendous things to human beings, not a mouse being cruel to a cat.

What kind of warped understanding of the concept of mercy and compassion will children be left with after reading about how the Compassionate One takes obvious pleasure in the punishment He inflicts on those who refused to believe in His Book and His precious Fire.

Gerry: That warped understand of compassion; that people to whom a god would do these horrible things are not deserving of compassion in this world or the next. That is scary.

Uzza: For a non-believing adult, Allah’s brutality and what goes on in His Hell may seem like the plot of some of the more violent cartoons aimed at kids, nothing to worry about. For believing children it is real, and not the product of a cartoonist’s imagination. Somewhere in time and space Allah is actually doing to real people what some children may fantasize about but eventually dismiss, as they grow older, as immoral, sadistic behaviour, given time away from the Koran.

Bob: The children you are talking about already know everything about Badr. Is there anything else we should know?