Don't Submit to Stupid Rules

The line from Enigma’s The Screen Behind the Mirror seems appropriate. "Don’t submit to stupid rules." I think if everyone followed this principle, there could be no organized religion. Common sense, people!

According to this article, Iranian Supreme Leader Sayyid Ali Khameini has been taking online questions about Ramadan on his website. Let’s put aside for a minute the absurdity and health risks of fasting (without even drinking water) during daylight hours for over a month. Especially in a place with high temperatures. People have been doing this for centuries.

Now they are requesting clarification about which things are haram (forbidden). Among them:

  • You can only drink water "while standing" at night.
  • You cannot take part in meetings where both men and women are present.
  • You can marry a foreign woman, but only "if they are serious in contracting marriage and it is done with her father’s permission if she is a virgin." (Now they are talking about marriage to mostly European women. I can just hear it: "I’m a virgin. Wink, wink.")
  • You cannot masturbate: "…if he intends masturbation or he knows that he usually discharges semen by this process and semen really comes out, it is a ḥaram intentional breaking fasting."

It’s obviously not just Islam. There are lists that are equally absurd for Catholics, Protestants, and others. And let’s not get started with Jewish dietary laws which were written when there was no refrigeration. The church I grew up in barred people from the chapel (on an honor system) for a month if they masturbated. I think the place would have been empty if people really followed it. What’s the message here? Assuming ‘god’ made us, he created these needs and wants in our bodies, and expected us to ignore the messages our brains were sending? If that were true, ‘god’ would be a sadist pure and simple.

Remember these are, in all cases, grown adults getting instructions from another adult. They actually think it matters whether you stand up or sit down while drinking water. And what kind of a fast is it anyway when you break it at night? What’s up with people who have such low self-esteem, they can’t make these decisions on their own?

Don’t submit to stupid rules
Be yourself and not a fool
Don’t accept average habits
Open your heart and push the limits

Comments (3 comments)

say no to christ / October 5th, 2006, 1:28 pm / #1

Lol, the fasting stupidity. In ancient times fasting was done to purify the self to see visions…but we know today that it only caused hallucinations.

BlackSun / October 6th, 2006, 4:07 am / #2


I’ve just read about research that shows ‘spiritual’ experiences can be generated through any number of physical rituals or rhythmic activity.

Meditation works, too. It’s too bad people can’t just figure out they are putting themselves into a natural state. They could get all they are looking for with simple understanding of their brain and consciousness, without the tyranny of belief.


say no to christ / October 15th, 2006, 1:33 pm / #3

I agree Sean. I do meditate from time to time to get my thoughts straight and to re-energize myself. I get more out of a 30 meditation than a full blown nap, but I have never halucinated. Am I doing it wrong? Is there something I missed? I am truely interested and I do like to dabble in buddhism, shamanism, and paganism. Not the deity aspects but the more natural parts of them.

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