The idea of no creator and no one control the rain, victory or breeding is relatively new to human.
this idea is very revolutionary like the idea that earth is not center of the universe.

all our ancestor are religious in some way, they believe that there is some sort of supernatural power control everything , the sun , the death , the disease ,and they believe that some acts of human will make god(s) angry, and they don't want the supernatural power to be angry, so people invent some rules to avoid their anger, they invent praying and animal sacrifice and even human sacrifice.
One of these things that make gods feel angry that if you not love these gods very very much.
But what make Islam unique is that you have to love god and his messenger even more than anything, you can sacrifice ALL to get the ultimate love from god in order for him to be satisfied.

"Say, [O Muhammad], "If your fathers, your sons, your brothers, your wives, your relatives, wealth which you have obtained, commerce wherein you fear decline, and dwellings with which you are pleased are more beloved to you than Allah and His Messenger and jihad in His cause, then wait until Allah executes His command. And Allah does not guide the defiantly disobedient people."
Quran 9:24

Some get angry from drawing or cartoon, or if any one say something negative about god or messenger
The reason that that get angry or upset because of fear, they are really afraid that the god will be angry with them -because they can not stand for the love, or love him enough.
because god ask them to love them more than everything, and if they don't then there will be punishment that can not be described.

In psychology we know that fear and anger are same thing but with different combination. you get angry if some one put your survive in danger, we use anger as warning from danger. And same for fear.

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Comment by Michael Penn on August 2, 2014 at 6:18pm

Finkelstein is doing a good work. In America the archeologists used to have a bible in one hand and a shovel in the other. This changed in the late 1960's. Today they just have the shovel. What Finkelstein has found is that a very many things in the bible do not hold true to the dates given. The excavated effort shows a different thing than said in the bible. This means that Finklestein (a Jew) is rocking the boat on what his people believe also. What does it mean? It means that writings which we call "sacred" have been re-written to reflect a different thing entirely.  The writings do not reflect the literal truth. This changes both Jewish and Christian ideas big time. Finkelstein's work shows the myth behind the stories.

Comment by Rick Springfield on August 2, 2014 at 6:07pm
@Luara
Things in Israel is very deferent than here for example Professor Israel Finkelstein in The Bible Unearthed work freely there even what he reveal against what people believe there.
I really respect him for his effort.
Comment by Freethinker31 on August 2, 2014 at 4:44pm

The  difference in cultures  between  the West  and  the Arab Muslims   is  very wide.....I do not believe  people  in the West understand how  strongly Muslims  feel  about  Islam and their prophet  Mohammed.....There  is nothing  comparable  in the West  even  with our Fundys......This may explain why  Muslims  went  berserk  with  those  offensive  cartoons drawn  by  a Western  journalist  of their prophet. .......They  seem  to take  it  very  personally.....and  we need  to  respect that.....As Atheists, we especially do , because  we  don't  believe  in anyone  having  such power over  people.....Rational  Thinking  does  not  compute with Muslims....The reality is  we live  in different  spheres  of  influence and  that  may  never  change...  ........

Comment by Luara on August 2, 2014 at 9:07am

Perhaps there are a lot of secret nonbelievers where you are? 

Have you thought of emigrating?  Where you live is probably more hostile than most to unbelief. 

Comment by Rick Springfield on August 2, 2014 at 7:59am
You can imagine that by think of it as you been trapped by primitive tribe in wood and this tribe worship for example a mountain so for your survive you try to to respect this mountain and not to say anything makes them angry , it's really funny.
Comment by Luara on August 2, 2014 at 6:14am

Think the goal of who write the books is to make as much commitment as possible in Islam there is five prayers per day one of them in 5 am in and it have to be in mosque.

True also for Hasidic Judaism.  I corresponded with an atheist who was in an ultra-conservative Jewish sect. He said it was a horrible burden to be an atheist AND spend lots of time doing Jewish rituals.  He felt like a human trapped inside a robot. 

Comment by Luara on August 1, 2014 at 3:31pm

Jesus:

Do not think that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I have not come to bring peace, but a sword. For I have come to set a man against his father, and a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law. And a person's enemies will be those of his own household. Whoever loves father or mother more than me is not worthy of me, and whoever loves son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me.

Comment by Rick Springfield on August 1, 2014 at 11:09am
Think the goal of who write the books is to make as much commitment as possible in Islam there is five prayers per day one of them in 5 am in and it have to be in mosque.
This sense of insecurity that people will break up with religon make the auther put a lot of social pressure.
Comment by Michael Penn on August 1, 2014 at 10:22am

The christian bible points out the same thing in that you must love Jesus above everything. The book makes him and god both the same, and christians are in dire fear that they cannot please them in some way. Nobody wants to be "left behind" and in saying this you see the appeal of those incredibly stupid movies and TV shows.

Imagine now that you have a family walking to a restaraunt for a prestigous meal. The smallest one seems to be lagging and not keeping up. The father then calls to them "hurry up. you do not want to be left behind." We all try to please, and such as this is the psychology of religions. We must please and do in hast if we are to be included. If we do not, the anger and fear you speak of can be directed at ourselves.

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