My name is Edward Falzon, and I've been a terrorist for several years. After extensively investigating religion and studying scripture to learn the true nature of God, I felt I had no choice but to turn to terrorism. I am, as they say, a prisoner of what I know.
I think of myself as a good person, though many people misunderstand me and those like me. There are many more of us than you think, and we're only trying to make the world a better place. Ask away.
Q: Have you blown up buildings or monuments to make a point?
No. I don't see how that would accomplish anything. Only a severely unhinged or brainwashed individual could think that explosives are an effective way of convincing people of an intellectual or moral position.
Q: How many people have you killed?
None. I would never harm anyone. Nobody in my circles would ever consider such a thing. All we do, all we have ever done, is investigate, learn and teach. I concede that some of our number have been accused of being "preachy," but nobody is violent.
Q: What do you do if people disagree with you?
It's really up to them. I would gladly discuss my understanding of the world and of scripture for days on end if those around me were interested in the topic. But if they wish to leave or change the subject, that's their right, of course.
Q: Do you try to pass laws that require people to believe what you believe?
Well, I don't really "believe" anything as such. If something can be demonstrated to be true, I'll accept it. If not, I usually won't accept random claims, particularly not extraordinary claims. I do not wish to see a law requiring compliance to my understanding of the world, but I also want to prevent others from passing laws based on their own religion.
Q: You don't sound like much of a terrorist. Actually, you sound pretty passive.
Yes, I'm quite passive, as is almost everyone like me. I think most of us would prefer talking to fighting. But I am most definitely a terrorist, according to the definition now used in Saudi Arabia. According to the new promulgation, a terrorist can be any of the following:
- Article 1: "Calling for atheist thought in any form, or calling into question the fundamentals of the Islamic religion on which this country is based."
- Article 2: "Anyone who throws away their loyalty to the country's rulers, or who swears allegiance to any party, organization, current [of thought], group, or individual inside or outside [the kingdom]."
- Article 4: "Anyone who aids ['terrorist'] organizations, groups, currents [of thought], associations, or parties, or demonstrates affiliation with them, or sympathy with them...."
- Article 8: "[I]nciting sit-ins, protests, meetings, or group statements in any form...."
- Article 11: "Inciting or making countries, committees, or international organizations antagonistic to the kingdom."
And other such definitions.
Q: Which of those articles applies to you?
Article 1. I'm an atheist.
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