Why A Global Solidarity Movement For Secular Society?
By Nawal El Saadawi
Egypt , August 2009
We live in the Twenty First Century but we still live in a jungle , in a world governed globally and locally by the brutal power of the military , the police , the capitalist market and its media , and the power of religion .
We know from the past and the present that all those powers are connected , they work together and help each other to dominate and exploit the majority of men and women in every country .
The big economic military nuclear powers in the USA , Europe and Israel need religion to establish their control over the world . They need God to justify injustices and double standards .
The USA is a Jewish – Christian country , to gain the presidential elections you have to submit to the Jewish – Christian groups and flatter the church . The educational systems and media are dominated by these religious powers in society and in the state . 65 % of Americans are religious . Even people who stopped going to church they are still linked to their church politically or socially or both .
In Europe the church still dominates in many countries . In Norway for example they have Lutheranism as state religion , according to the law the King and the prime minister has to be Christian Lutheran , 50 % of the ministers have to be members of the state church , all children are forced to be taught about Lutheranism as the best most natural religion .
The violent political religious groups are not visible in Europe as in the Islamic countries , they are hidden under a false layer of secularism or democracy .
The violent political Islamic groups in our countries were hidden also with no political power , but they were encouraged , financed and trained militarily by the capitalist global and local regimes . Al Qaida of Arabia was used by the USA during the 1980 s to fight the Soviet union in Afghanistan , Ben Laden and G Bush were twins , after the collapse of the Soviet Union they became enemies . The USA does not need Ben Laden any more .
Islamic Hamas in Palestine was encouraged by Israel to fight the secular PLO , after the collapse of the PLO they became enemies . Israel does not need Hamas any more .
There are no principles or ethics under a capitalist colonial military patriarchal system .
A religious state can not survive if not surrounded by similar religious states . Israel as a Jewish state needs Christian or Islamic states around it . It needs religion to create religious wars , to dominate and divide the nations in the region .
Israel is used by American European colonialism to dominate the region and exploit its resources mainly the Oil .
All colonial wars in the past and the present are veiled by a thick religious cover , to hide its economic goals .
Most African , Arab or Islamic dictators were and are supported by external colonial and neo colonial powers . Under the words democracy , peace , civilization and human rights the most brutal massacres and colonial wars erupted in our region .
Sadam Hussein , King of Saudi Arabia , Sadat of Egypt , Shah of Iran and many others worked with external colonial powers against the interest of their people .
Sadat ( with the help of USA ) encouraged the Muslim Brothers during the 1970 s to fight the socialists and Nasser groups in Egypt and other countries in Africa , Asia and the the Arab world .
Religion is used to strengthen the capitalist patriarchal system , to instill fear of Hell fire from birth to death , to cover up colonial wars by words of God , from the Old Testament , the New Testament or the Quran
Israel , used a verse from the Old Testament to invade and colonize Palestine with the help of USA and Europe . Israel is a colonial – neo colonial project working and fighting under the name of God .
The existence of a religious Jewish state in the heart of the Arab world pushed other countries to be religious , to use Islam to fight Judaism , to hide the economic conflict by a religious conflict . This is the plan of old and new colonialism and their allies in local Arab regimes .
We live under a Post modern slave system dominated by religion and nuclear power . Religion can be more dangerous than military weapons . it can veil the mind of people , make them blind to contradictions , make them submissive to corrupt authorities . We see how people are killed under Islamic states for no reason except exposing injustices , or expressing opinions different from rulers . A novelist or a poet can be killed or put in prison just because of writing creatively .
A girl may be killed just because of going to school or not covering her head . A war can erupt between different sects or groups in the society just because of different interpretation of one verse in God `s Book .
In Iraq today under American occupation religious conflicts are encouraged , different Islamic sects ( Shiias and Suniis ) are killing each other ,
The Islamic and Jeo – Christian fanatic political powers represent a real danger to the majority of women and men in many countries in the East and in the West .
Religion is a very personal individual private matter and should be totally separated from public life , from the constitution , from the state , from education , culture , media and from all laws including the Family Law .
Religion should not be inherited from fathers or mothers . Children should not be forced in schools to adopt the religion of the state as the best religion or absolute truth . Education should be based on creativity and critical thinking and not submission and blind obedience to religious or political authority .
Religious family laws discriminate between men and women . In all religions women are inferior to men . This is reflected in the family code . Double morality and double standards are the basis of all religious family laws .
We started the Global Solidarity Movement For Secular Society to save women and men , globally and locally , from unjust laws forced on them under the name of God or religion .
We need to expose crimes committed under the name of religion . We need to prevent those crimes from being repeated . We need to uncover the political economic and military powers under religion . We need to link the global powers to local regimes . We should not be silent because silence means approval of what is happening . Silence is a crime .
Nawal El Saadawi
Egypt August 2009