This claim of “freedom” is just a slogan used by the Neo-Atheist and anti-religion camps. What exactly does it mean? Nothing. It’s an empty slogan.
Islam is all about encouraging spirituality whilst giving a framework for spirituality to flourish (an example of a facet of this framework would be the prohibition of destroyers of spirituality such as alcohol, drugs, over-eating, back-biting, gambling and pornography)
So what exactly is he free from? Free from a religion that prescribes God consciousness and restrictions/prohibitions on base indulgences.
Is that really something to celebrate or sloganeer?
Analysis: Atheist and ExMuslim Slogans of Freedom After Islam (and other Religion)
This video is also uploaded under Richard Dawkins Type Slogans by JajaboarTheNomad AKA Mufassil Islam
Rabbi Jonathan Sacks touches the concept of freedom here and it is much more profound than the superficial “I am free” slogan the anti-religion camp hold up:
Even so, the costs are beginning to mount up. Levels of trust have plummeted throughout the West as one group after another — bankers, CEOs, media personalities, parliamentarians, the press — has been hit by scandal. Marriage has all but collapsed as an institution, with 40 per cent of children born outside it and 50 per cent of marriages ending in divorce. Rates of depressive illness and stress-related syndromes have rocketed especially among the young. A recent survey showed that the average 18- to 35-year-old has 237 Facebook friends. When asked how many they could rely on in a crisis, the average answer was two. A quarter said one. An eighth said none.
None of this should surprise us. This is what a society built on materialism, individualism and moral relativism looks like. It maximises personal freedom but at a cost. As Michael Walzer puts it: ‘This freedom, energising and exciting as it is, is also profoundly disintegrative, making it very difficult for individuals to find any stable communal support, very difficult for any community to count on the responsible participation of its individual members. It opens solitary men and women to the impact of a lowest common denominator, commercial culture.’
A you can see Jonathan Sacks lists ailments the West is encountering and he puts it down to this “freedom” from religion. The question one needs to ask, is this “freedom” Atheists champion truly beneficial for society and the individual?
This problem of anti-religion freedom is further explored by Sacks:
It is just that, in the words of historian Will Durant, ‘There is no significant example in history, before our time, of a society successfully maintaining moral life without the aid of religion.’…But Durant’s point is the challenge of our time. I have not yet found a secular ethic capable of sustaining in the long run a society of strong communities and families on the one hand, altruism, virtue, self-restraint, honour, obligation and trust on the other.
Nobody is ever totally free. EVERYBODY has a worldview and set of principles which binds them.
Atheism effectively encourages nihilism and the void left in the Atheist after leaving Islam (or any other organised religion) is filled with individualism, relativism, and materialism to
certain degrees which ultimately leaves one prone to consumerism in the West – a slave to consumerism!
The anti-religion movement has no solutions but simply mindless, meaningless and empty slogans.
Let’s think beyond these.