Note: This Review Will Contain Major Spoilers.
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It has come to my attention that Sony has confirmed that it has a content censorship guideline that disproportionately impacts the Japanese game industry. Evidently, Sony has seen fit to ignore the fact that ESRB ratings exist in the US to help parents distinguish which games might be suitable for their children and has elected to censor content for any game on their system regardless of the rating systems of other countries. This comes at a high cost for developers to rework scenes so that they can get approval to be sold on Sony’s PlayStation 4 platform. They erroneously use the #MeToo movement as an excuse to impose sexist and racist standards exclusively upon Japanese developed games; recent examples include games such as Devil May Cry 5, the Dead or Alive Series, and the Sengan Kagura Series. The latter of which caused the series producer of Sengan Kagura to resign over Sony’s insistence on censorship. There have been talks by Sony about massively censoring Atlus’s Persona 5: The Royal which is expected to release around 2020.
These policies are racist because they exclusively target Japanese developers and aren’t imposed upon Western game developers; the age-old racism of the West is clear to see since anything sexual Japan does is seen as deviant and weird while sexual content by Western developers is seen as a breakthrough and progressive. It is also little more than patriarchal conservatism imposing sexist double-standards upon artistic depictions of female sexuality and has an undercurrent of misogyny as a policy while disgustingly using #MeToo as an excuse to conduct these sexist double-standards. Furthermore, it is against the principles of Free Speech and Free Expression and must be stopped now before it does further damage than it already has on video games that consumers and customers of Sony Entertainment enjoy.
Rape, torture, slavery, and genocide. They’re the most likely to support human violence as per their holy books.and , Christianity has years of to , and … well… people already know the contents supporting rape and genocide.
The Abrahamic faiths still are the most successful at committing violence; always using one negative aspect of a non-Abrahamic foreign culture to, and , and .
Westerners are correct to point out the barbarity of Islamic conquests; but see the rape and torture of, , of , and genocide as “rational” when Western imperialism is what is responsible for it.
Fully completed revising and citing all of Part I, finished revising and citing the sections on Original Sin and Judaism, and currently in the process of revising and citing the section about Christianity for Part II. I spent too much time on revising the section on Islam for the third time, but admittedly I did think it was necessary because it helped for me to write further clarifications on the problems of Islam. I haven’t spent as much time on the section of Buddhism and I didn’t even begin Hinduism, but I do have the outline set and after researching further, I haven’t found any reasons why the outline would need revision before I begin writing the chapters down for the section on Hinduism.
It feels surreal that this four year journey of writing, revising, and trying to improve will finally be coming to an end soon. I had felt bad about it taking so long until I read that most authors take 4-10 years to finish a book, read up on the book Getting Things Done and realized writing a book wasn’t easy, and recalled the difficulty of the entire endeavor from Hank Green’s explanation on distinguishing tasks from projects. A book is a long-term project. People who believe it is easy probably don’t think about the numerous steps required for writing an exceptionally good book. It requires knowing your audience for the book, selecting a fitting genre that hopefully won’t drown out your book from the tens of thousands of others, it requires knowledge of copyright so you don’t get scammed out of your money both in your own country and overseas, possibly hiring an editor to fix your grammar mistakes (I won’t be doing this and instead rely upon my essay writing abilities from years of college — potentially to my detriment), paying someone to make a good cover that’ll attract readers (I used fiverr.com), and purchasing a ISBN from your home country. All of that is before marketing your book, which I’m not sure I have a good plan for. The most daunting prospect throughout all of this is that you can spend so much of your time and effort and you may not even make a single sale. The three books I’ve written, the political ones I could have admittedly done a better job in, didn’t really sell much beyond $60 combined throughout all the years they were available up to the present moment and I spent over $50 on advertising. Alternatively, when I released my first ever book for free, it was downloaded just above 100 times, but the moment it was on sale, there was maybe 5 or 6 sales at best over several years. And only one review which didn’t go into any details on any criticisms they had about the book and gave it a 3/5. The dystopian-comedy fantasy novel I wrote to mock Neo-Nazis and their ilk did marginally better since it made 4 sales within the first year and got 2 positive reviews. To be clear though, I don’t really mind since I didn’t put in my best effort, but rather just wanted to prove to myself that I could write about such topics. I think it was probably a detriment overall and I wonder whether I should just pull all the books I’ve written thus far off of Amazon permanently and have only this specific book I’m writing to be the only one available for sale. The only reason I don’t is because if a reader ever gets curious as to how much I’ve changed in my thought process over political issues, they can read about my previous beliefs and compare them to my contemporary ones.
I’m not sure how many of you who are unfamiliar with the habits of writing will believe this, but I honestly feel that writing a book is harder than most mundane physical labor jobs and even the job I had at the Veteran’s home as a Health Unit Coordinator for patients with dementia. I’ve been an unloader, taking palettes off of trucks, and I think that writing a book is several orders of magnitude harder. As an unloader, I had to physically pull things, flee whenever a badly formed palette off a truck began to fall near me, and move it to specific locations in a store. It’s quite a thoughtless job. By contrast, writing a book requires making an outline, researching several topics at great lengths to give an informed opinion, and possibly making additions or changes. For fantasy or Sci-fi writers, its several orders of magnitude more difficult since you have to make a culture that feels authentic or possibly multiple cultures that feel authentic to readers, focus on other aspects of the setting, make interesting subplot points, foreshadowing specific twists in stories, making realistic characters, pinpoint an entire journey and the overarching theme of the journey, write everyone’s dialogue, and provide an engaging motivation to hook readers. Moreover, regardless of if its non-fiction or fiction, you’re competing with every other book in your genre. And even after all that, you may not make a single penny for all of your effort. George R.R. Martin is right to say that writing a book is a gamble. In fact, according to fictional writers who report on their experiences, the average fictional novel may take anywhere from 4 – 10 years to complete. People really underestimate the difficulty. For example, if you’re working two jobs and one of your free days from one job overlap with a day you’re off of work in your other job, then you’ll probably find it practically impossible to work on a book. Laundry, possibly taking care of kids, groceries, and so forth will all take time. And you need time to unwind especially if just one of your jobs is physically or mentally taxing and demands a high level of work performance. It may not seem important, but writing a books table of contents, chapters, and even taking free time to think over the book (especially if you’re writing a fantasy or Sci-fi novel) is important. You can’t concentrate and think over such aspects when doing rudimentary chores or when doing tasks at your job. Even free time at lunch isn’t enough to think over concrete stories or methods of researching new information. At best, you’ll be jotting down a couple of notes that you could never get to or potentially could forget. Writing takes concentration and habit; it is a job all on its own and its one that you may never get paid for and possibly never even finish. You really do run the risk of wasting so much of your time and effort on something that yielded nothing valuable as a return of investment.
Despite all that, I really do feel what I’m working on warrants the risk and is vitally important to write. At best, it’ll hopefully inspire others. I’m sure every author who has ever written a book wishes to become famous and I’m not going to pretend I’m an exception as that would be dishonest. I do hope it is financially successful too, but I doubt it judging from my own track record and some of the responses I get for some arguments I share online. I hope religious believers at least give the book a shot and that it gets decent reviews at least. I want it to be the sum-total of all my arguments against religion and a critique of different religions methods and assumptions about the world. I suspect that all I’ll be seen as is arrogant though, but I hope not. I’m still focused on trying to finish this and hopefully it’ll be done by either this month or early next month.
Patriarchy, rape culture, and violence against women. It’s long past the point where we should acknowledge religious teachings are culpable. The plethora of abuses should at least give people pause by now.
The most recent case of Ex-Muslims being hunted down to be killed by their father and brother for the crime of changing their beliefs about Islam; this particular case is one where the pair of sisters are stranded in the Eastern European country of Georgia.
His story from his own words:
Youtube Link of the same video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lPazJUasZT8
Sudanese Ex-Muslim Humanist fled to Egypt from his family who wanted to kill him, his family followed him there and UNHCR Egypt refuses to do anything to help him get Asylum. He was apprehended by the Muslim Brotherhood and tortured. He recently informed Twitter that he’ll likely be killed tomorrow.
He explained his family arrived in Egypt to hunt him down:
He says he will likely be killed tomorrow by his family under Sharia Law in Egypt:
If anyone is willing and able to spend a few minutes, I honestly don’t know how much help this can be, but if you think it is worth a shot: Contact your Congresspeople / Parliament, contact any human rights agency you know of that you think can be of help, contact whomever you think can be of help. I hope some organization can just get him somewhere safe from harm. Doesn’t have to be any specific country if immigration is a no-no for some people, just safe from being killed. If you think it’ll even slightly help, then please try. I’ve been emailing every international human rights organization that I know of and my Congresspeople.
Well, his case just got murkier. The French Embassy is looking into his case and will act accordingly should they find his asylum case legitimate. Zineb El Rhazoui, the woman who translated his tweets and has been in contact with him, including sending him money to hide in an undisclosed location in Cairo until his family stops hunting him down, has withdrawn support because the French Embassy claim that the emails he shared with Zineb were faked and deny having ever communicated with him. Other Ex-Muslims found that he had tweets of himself liking Islamic content and opened up questions on why.
Her thread of tweets explaining the information, with a useful translation button at the bottom, can be found beginning here: https://twitter.com/ZinebElRhazoui/status/1114220927238144000
He claims that he liked the Islamic content from several years back to convince his family so that he wouldn’t be killed by them:
So, it is possible that he is lying, but it is also possible that he is being entirely sincere and was just desperate to prevent his family from killing him a few years back. He may have tried to show he was a sincere Muslim to prevent them from killing him. Situations like this are sudden and the need to respond to protect Ex-Muslims is urgent, but evidently some people do try to fake it for asylum so it is a question of which possibility is the truth and with limited time to determine it. The wait and see approach can lead to people being killed and that puts even more pressure on the entire situation. Despite that, I do believe – given the limited time – that asking international amnesty organizations and Congress/Parliamentary people to check into it is the right course of action given the consequences of what could happen. Zineb says if its determined to be fake, then it needs to be vigorously denounced because it makes sincere cases all the harder to gain asylum. The French Embassy is on standby and if they determine his case is sincere then they’ll help, but they’ve maintained a standby approach for now until more evidence accumulates. If he is a sincere case, then he should be safe in the previously mentioned undisclosed location that Zineb helped him get.
I’m not sure if this update will engender ire towards me in particular, but I would like to thank you all who shared an email or calls to your respective government and international organizations for responding in a timely manner and for helping. I will accept any condemnation since I did choose to make this post. I do still believe it is important to share and respond quickly when situations like this arise so that people who can help can verify the claims. We can only proceed with best of information that we have available, but I am trying to maintain as much accuracy and accountability to you all as possible for this post with this update. After listening to Ex-Muslims and reading more in-depth on Islam, I just feel disgusted by how much the most vulnerable people are being marginalized when talking about their own human rights, even being thrown out of social media when trying to talk about their human rights. I suppose I also felt it was a case similar to Sherif Gaber. In any case, he should be safe and the French Embassy is looking into his case and is ready to help him, if it’s found to be sincere. Thank you all again.
I am cutting out time from the internet to focus strictly upon writing my book and hopefully finishing it by this month. I want it done, but every time I learn something new, I feel compelled to incorporate it. It doesn’t help that I am always deeply involved in political topics due to my focus of study and interests. There’s always so much going on and changing or something new I’m learning that I fear discredits a specific point I wrote down in my book and so I must check, re-check, and re-write so that my points and criticisms are salient. The book will be utilizing logical fallacies, Cognitive and Social psychology, and Nietzschean philosophy for my critique of religion. I want this book to be the sum-total of all my criticisms of religion. It doesn’t help that I deep dive into rabbit holes of knowledge over and over to thoroughly learn something specific and new. I fear it may weaken my critiques unintentionally at this pace, but also feel like covering as much ground as possible is incredibly important. These incidents have been the entire journey of writing this book so far; I originally intended a book of general critiques for all religions and then expanded when I realized it wouldn’t hit the crux of the matter. I divided the book into Parts with Part I being the general criticisms and Part II being the criticisms related to specific religious theology. Even in the context of Part II, I need to make some generalizations because being completely specific to certain branches of a religion is impossible to cover accurately in arguably even one lifetime and so I focus on core teachings. I think the approach of focusing on the core teachings of each major religion is the best middle-ground for Part II. I often have to utilize different approaches to different beliefs. However, as I was writing Part II, I began to realize the excuse that “religion does good for some people” could be used to exonerate bad beliefs and so I made yet another expansion. I have yet to write Part III at all so far as I’m currently finalizing Part I and amending Part II, but I will hopefully have Part III written down and have at least the draft form completed by this month.
For that matter, when going through the process of writing and critiquing each particular religion, I was forced to make different amounts of chapters depending upon the religion. Buddhism doesn’t have as much convoluted sophistry as the Abrahamic faiths. Thus, I could finish the entirety of my critique in one chapter in the draft I have so far and it includes both the Theravada and Mahayana branches of Buddhism. By contrast, due to their respective forms of convoluted sophistry, Christianity and Islam are both taking 6 chapters for their Part II critiques. A friend has suggested I’m taking too much time and that I should just make it into separate books, but the Part I critiques are to introduce guiding principles in order to go forth critiquing Part II and I think Part III will be very relevant to that entire ensemble for the book. I want it all there and I think its best that it’s all placed together in one whole book to cover all of my criticisms.
Honestly though, throughout the process and years spent writing this book, half the time I’m spent wondering that it’ll all be for nothing. That it’ll all be a complete waste of my time. That despite all my time and effort, it will have meant that I just wasted 4 whole years of my life. The other half of the time, I get enticed by the prospect of making a best-seller… but let’s be serious, every author who has ever written a book has probably dreamed of their book being a best seller and making a lot of sales at some stage in the process. I do hope this book does well, but I have very good reasons to doubt all the effort I’ve put into it. It truly worries me that I’ve just been wasting my time. But, I have to finish it and once I do, I’ll either be promoting it or moving onto another book and learning from failure.