Where Was God Hijacked? Violence and Human Rights in Islam, Christianity, and Judaism (Grand Rapids)

Wednesday, September 27, 2017, 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Women's City Club, 254 E. Fulton St., Grand Rapids, MI, View Map

Presented by Zana Zangana, Author, Where was God Hijacked


Who is the God of Islam, Christianity and Judaism who promotes slavery, genocide, torture, child abuse? In his book Where Was God Hijacked (and in this talk) Zana Zangana explores the time period and cultures responsible for the development of the Old Testament, New Testament, Quran, and hadiths. The three Abrahamic religions that came out of these documents—Judaism, Christianity, and Islam—were not inevitable. There were other, more humanistic monotheistic religions in the area at that time that receded into history.

Why does any of this matter? Because more important than the question of whether or not God exists is the question of why these religions are still influencing our day-to-day lives and why these brutal doctrines still hold us all hostage?

About the Speaker

Zana Zangana was born in Kirkuk (Iraqi Kurdistan) into a Muslim Kurdish family. He left Kirkuk in 1974 because of ethnic cleansing of the Kurds, and joined the Kurdish revolution. After the Kurds were unsuccessful, his family escaped to Iran, which wasn’t much better.

He left Iran and became a refugee in the U.S. and later a citizen. Mr. Zangana has a master’s degree in economics from EMU. He is a businessman, and is at work on a second book, Killing the Donkey, a novel about his experiences growing up. Losing his Muslim faith was gradual but reached a point of no return after the Anfal—the Iraqi chemical attack on the Kurds in 1988. The word “Anfal” was taken from the Quran, and Saddam Hussein used that word to justify the genocide.

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