I don’t think so.
This will show you the kind of thing I do not pay attention to… Paris Hilton. On the other hand I like a little humor so, I was thrilled to see an article, online, that Paris Hilton, who knew she had stores, was opening a new store in Mecca. It seems she recently announced the opening on Twitter, according to CNN.
Her announcement quickly prompted others to voice their displeasure and accused her of ‘insulting Mecca’. “It is unnecessary to have her shop here because we do not need it. If it was in our hands we would have closed all of her shops in Saudi,” said Sheikh Adnan Baharith, a conservative cleric, who preaches in Mecca.
He is redundant but, I get his point.. Nobody NEEDS Paris Hilton or her stores. They don’t have to shop there. It seems that she has opened a store next to the Grand Mosque and maybe they are afraid that the first “suicide bomber”/”religious warrior” to hit the store will damage the Mosque? Maybe they are afraid that people going to the Mosque will be compelled by Satan to go inside and purchase the decadent products, probably made by Satan himself, and thus be corrupted.
Of course this leads me into the question of “free will”. I don’t know about Allah but, Jehovah gave man free will. All through history government bodies, whether it is tribal or a country, have passed laws that they saw as needed for the good of their group. The first type of these were most likely put forth by the tribal shaman/holy man who gave them the force of religion in order to make it clear that there will be punishment. The most widely known laws of this type are the 10 Commandments, which Jehovah gave to Moses.
Why bring up “free will’ in this context? Free will means that each person has the ability to decide for himself about what laws he will go by, or ignore. If there is no free will then each person would be set upon a course, life, that they do not control and therefore his decisions are made for him and what he does, either good or bad, does not really count. How can a person be judged either good or bad if he does not have control of his own actions?
So, with free will each person is accountable for their own actions and, if they decide to purchase product from Paris Hilton, it is on them. If there are enough devout Muslims then Paris Hilton’s store will fail. If the store makes a profitt then maybe they, the clerics of Islam, should do a better job of teaching piety to their flock, rather than trying to stamp out their choice, which would mean nothing. For good to matter there must be evil, and maybe the opening of a Paris Hilton store, next to the Grand Mosque, might be a good thing. It would all depend on how fast it goes out of bussiness.
While I don’t particularly care about Paris Hilton, or her stores, it might be that a store with out customers would say more about Islam than a bombed out store. One would speak of piety and tolerance, and the other would place them on the level of the Taliban, and others, who stone rape victims and hang 7 year old children for being CIA spies.. or who destroy ancient sculptures.
That Joe Guy.