After several weeks of reading comments on my articles over at OnFaith
, and a great deal of soul searching, I've come to the realization that the past twenty years of my life have been nothing but a delusion. Prophet Muhammad really was a violent, misogynist, pedophiliac, dishonest nut with visions of grandeur. He really did teach that Muslims are supposed to slay every non-Muslim where ever they find them, that women are second class and gays should be slaughtered, that Islam should be spread by any means necessary, at the point of the sword if that's what it takes, and that the growth of Islam both in the past and the present really has more to do with fear and birth rates than anything else.
And so I have decided to resign my positions in the various Muslim organizations I work with/for, and to renounce Islam.
In retrospect, I have to say it is not suprising that I was taken in by the romantic potrayals of the Prophet you find in the classical biographies. After all, what did I know of Islam? By my own admission... nothing! I was young, impressionable, and naive. So too their claims that Islam is a religion of peace, of justice, and charity.
Thankfully, those diligent On Faith commentators have opened my eyes. With any luck, given the longevity of my family, I still have at least half of my life to make up for wasted time. Tomorrow morning, I plan to have at least half a pound of bacon for breakfast, washed down with a large glass of orange mimosa.