It's so easy for me as a stampmaker to focus on Christianity, especially since I come from a fairly Christian background. However, I realized I have little to no stamps focused on Islam. So, I'll try to focus on that a little more.
And please, don't try that "but Islam badabadabada this blablabla multiculturalism bla bla bla YOUSARACIST!" stuff on me. It won't work. Also because religions =/= race.
In December, more than 60 young punk fans were detained at a concert and forced to undergo a 10-day "moral rehabilitation" camp run by police. They had their hair cut/shaved, were forced to bathe in a lake, wear conservative clothes, and pray.
Only Muslims can be charged under Sharia Law, though the non-Muslim community is expected to follow some of the rules out of respect.
If you have some links to share on this topic, please feel free to post them and I will add them to this description.
If there's any one famous person in history I hope I'm related to, it'd be John Adams. He, like me, was not one to mince words.
This quote is from the beginning of "1776," a musical with John Adams, Ben Franklin and Thomas Jefferson as the main characters, depicting the days leading up to the signing of the Declaration of Independence on July 4. It's definitely worth checking out. Being made in the 70's and two and a half hours long, it does get a little slow in places, but it's got some very funny quotes--a lot of them historically accurate. And it really gave me a feel for what the founding fathers went through to make us a free country unlike any history textbook ever has.
"The belief that rational and quantifiable disciplines such as science can be used to perfect human society is no less absurd than a belief in magic, angels, and divine intervention. Scientific methods, part of the process of changing the material world, are nearly useless in the nebulous world of politics, ideas, values, and ethics. But the belief in collective moral progress is a seductive one. It is what has doomed populations in the past who have chased after impossible dreams, and it threatens to doom us again. It is, at its core, the enticing delusion that we can be more than human, that we can become gods.
We have nothing to fear from those who do or do not believe in God; we have much to fear from those who do not believe in sin. The concept of sin is a check on the utopian dreams of a perfect world. It prevents us from believing in our own perfectibility of the illusion that the material advances of science and technology equal an intrinsic moral improvement in our species. To turn away from God is harmless. Saints have been trying to do it for centuries. To turn away from sin is catastrophic. Religious fundamentalists, who believe they know and can carry out the will of God, disregard their severe human limitations. They act as if they are free from sin. The secular utopians of the twenty-first century have also forgotten they are human. These two groups peddle absolutes. Those who do not see as they see, speak as they speak and act as they act are worthy only of conversion or eradication."
"It is this naive belief in our goodness and decency--this inability to face the dark reality of human nature, our capacity for evil and the morally neutral universe we inhabit--that is the most disturbing aspect of all these belief systems. There is nothing in human nature or human history to support the idea we are morally advancing as a species or that we will overcome the flaws of human nature. We progress technologically and scientifically, but not morally. We use the newest instruments of technological and scientific progress to create more efficient forms of killing, repression, economic exploitation, and to accelerate environmental degradation. There is a good and bad side to human progress. We are not advancing toward a glorious utopia."
"Scientific and moral progress are not the same. One advances. The other does not."
I've started to enjoy making stamps, so this is my third stamp I've put together. ^^
Master Durante "Dante" Alighieri (I added the Master-part myself) was an Italian poet, who has written the great books "La Divina Commedia" ("The Divine Comedy") and "La Vita Nuova" ("The New Life"). He's my favorite poet of all time - and he's also my inspiration in literature, especially poems.
Anybody welcome to use in Shoutboards & Journals. But I really appreciate if you comment first before faving!
***** Tools used: Paint The picture "Allegorical portrait of Dante" (ca 1530) is made by Agnolo Bronzino Stamp template by *Kencho