Posts Tagged “Islam”

Malik Mumtaz Qadri, the suspected killer of a Pakistani governor, shouted to supporters as he left court on Wednesday in Islamabad. Mohammad Riazur Rehman/Associated PressIf you needed any help understanding what a cesspool of ferocious, mindless, violent religious fanaticism Pakistan is, the recent assassination of Punjab province governor Salman Taseer and its aftermath should finally make that clear. Taseer was an outspoken secularist, and had dared to campaign against Pakistan’s vicious blasphemy law. The New York Times filed this report at the time of his assassination (WebCite cached article):

[Taseer] recently took up a campaign to repeal Pakistan’s contentious blasphemy laws, which were passed under General Zia as a way to promote Islam and unite the country. The laws have been misused to convict minority Pakistanis as the Islamic forces unleashed by the general have gathered strength. The laws prescribe a mandatory death sentence for anyone convicted of insulting Islam.

His own security guard, Malik Mumtaz Hussain Qadri, killed him for having done so:

His attacker was identified as Malik Mumtaz Hussain Qadri, an elite-force security guard, who surrendered to the police immediately afterward and implied he had killed the governor because of his campaign to amend the blasphemy laws.

“I am a slave of the Prophet, and the punishment for one who commits blasphemy is death,” he told a television crew from Dunya TV that arrived at the scene shortly after the killing, according to Nasim Zahra, the director of news at the channel.

One would think Pakistanis might view the killing of a public official by his own security detail to be an act of treason. But no. Qadri has been lauded as a hero to Pakistan and to Islam, as the New York Times Lede blog subsequently reports (cached article):

As my colleagues Waqar Gillani and Carlotta Gall report [cached] from Pakistan, a police officer suspected of killing a prominent secular politician on Tuesday was showered with rose petals by Islamist lawyers on his way in to court in Islamabad on Wednesday.

Photographs and video show that the suspected assassin, Malik Mumtaz Qadri, was draped in a garland of flowers by supporters before he entered the court, and emerged from the hearing still wearing it.

Even so-called “moderates” are praising Qadri for his murderous treason:

Pakistan’s Express Tribune reported [cached] that more than 500 religious leaders from what Reuters called “a relatively moderate school of Islam in Pakistan” issued a statement forbidding their followers from mourning for the murdered governor. “No Muslim should attend the funeral or even try to pray for Salman Taseer or even express any kind of regret or sympathy over the incident,” the scholars declared. They added: “We pay rich tributes and salute the bravery, valor and faith of Mumtaz Qadri.”

What this means is that no one can rationally argue that it’s just “the lunatic fringe” within Pakistan who praise Qadri … the country’s “middle ground” is doing so, as well.

How wonderful. What better example does one need of the danger of religiofacism?

Photo Credit: Mohammad Riazur Rehman/AP via New York Times.

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Muhammad cartoon from Jyllands-PostenIt’s been over 5 years since the Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten published some cartoons of Muhammad. But that doesn’t appear to have been long enough for the world’s Muslims to get over it. Agence France-Presse reports (via Google News) that a planned “imminent assault” on that paper’s offices, by angry Muslims, was narrowly averted (WebCite cached article):

Scandinavian intelligence agencies on Wednesday said they had foiled a “Mumbai-style” plot by Islamic extremists to massacre staff at a Danish newspaper which published caricatures of the Prophet Mohammed.

Denmark’s PET intelligence service said five suspects had been arrested, preventing an imminent assault on the Copenhagen offices of the Jyllands-Posten daily in which as many staff as possible would have been killed.

Four men were arrested in Denmark while a spokeswoman for Swedish intelligence agency Saepo said a fifth was arrested in Sweden in connection with the same international plot.

“It is our sense based on intelligence that this is a militant Islamic group with links to international terrorist networks,” PET head Jakob Scharf told reporters.

They were planning an attack “within the next few days”, the agency said in a statement.

I continue Muhammad cartoon from Jyllands-Postenmy policy of displaying a couple of these cartoons, each time Muslims call attention to them, thus proving they can’t make the world forget about them by flying into rages over them. (Time for them to figure out the Streisand effect.)

Can there be any more doubt about how murderously childish religionists can be?

Photo credit (both): Assyrian International News Agency.

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Gustave Dore, the Battle of ArsufAs was long expected, Oklahoma’s voters today passed a law outlawing the use of Islamic shari’a law in courts — a ballot measure I already blogged about. CNN’s Political Ticker blog reports on this election result in the Sooner State (WebCite cached article):

Looks like Oklahomans will not, repeat not, be subject to Sharia law anytime in the near future. Local media in the state, tonight, is reporting that ballot initiative SQ755, which bars state courts from using Islamic or international law, is on the path to approval– Yes votes outweighing Nos by more than two-to-one, with about 40-percent of the precincts in.

As the article points out, there is no need for such a measure, the First Amendment already forbids enacting a system of religious law in the US. So Oklahoma’s voters have successfully attacked and killed a mere straw man.

What an achievement. They must be SO proud!

Of course, this is all part of the Religious Right’s ongoing war against Islam, which I’ve been blogging about for the last couple months, and have named the Neocrusade (reflecting western Christendom’s medieval war against Islam, the Crusades). But just as those medieval Crusaders from western Europe — mainly, from France, Germany and the Low Countries — went far abroad looking for their enemy to smite, the current crop of American Neocrusaders are, likewise, stretching reality in order to fight Islam. No one has identified any court in Oklahoma — or the US — which has ever operated according to Islam-inspired shari’a law, or for that matter, which has ever come close to it. That, however, has not stopped the delusional Religious Right from sending the forces of the Neocrusade to march against this hallucination.

That Sooners would approve the completely-unnecessary SQ 755 — and by a very large margin — makes it a Neocrusading state, perhaps the first self-declared Neocrusading state in the country. Way to go guys. Way to go.

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'Bombhead' cartoon by K. WestergaardI’ve already blogged on any number of cartoon controversies, caused by Muslims who pitched fits over depictions of Muhammad. They erroneously believe they possess the authority to force all of humanity — Muslim and non-Muslim alike — to abide by their own Islamic metaphysics, which require that their prophet Muhammad never be depicted in artwork.

Non Sequitur by Wiley Miller - 2010-10-03 - ... 'Where's Muhammad?'The latest controversy involves this week’s installment of the comic Non Sequitur (cached) by Wiley Miller (which is, by the way, one of my own favorites, especially since The Far Side finished its run, some 15 years ago). There’s no evidence that Muslims have pitched any fits over it, yet, but that doesn’t mean that a controversy hasn’t already kicked up over it, as the Washington Post reports (WebCite cached article):

Depending on what newspaper you take, you may or may not see today’s “Non Sequitur” comic that’s captioned, in part, “…Where’s Muhammad?”

Some newspapers chose instead to run a Sunday replacement strip featuring the recurring character Obvious-Man. So what was the editorial thinking behind the choice?

“I have absolutely no information on why any of the editors chose not to run it,” “Non Sequitur” creator Wiley Miller tells Comic Riffs. “All I can do is surmise that the irony of their being afraid to run a cartoon that satirizes media’s knee-jerk reaction to anything involving Islam bounced right of their foreheads. So what they’ve actually accomplished is, sadly, [to] validate the point.” …

“Both of the papers I get that carry comics, the Portland Press Herald and the Boston Globe, ran the substitute,” says the cartoonist, who goes by “Wiley.” “Really disappointing.”

The caption to the single-panel comic — which depicts a cheery, slightly surreal park scene — says: “Picture book titled voted least likely to ever find a publisher…’Where’s Muhammad?’ ” The cartoon was one of the “most favorited” Sunday on the syndicate’s website, where readers on the comments thread were mentioning where they had — or had not — found the “Muhammad” strip in their local papers.

WaPo itself waffled on the matter, as its own article admits:

The Washington Post chose to run the “Where’s Muhammad?” comic in its online edition [cached] but not in its Sunday print funnies, running an “Obvious-Man” replacement. Spokeswoman Kris Coratti said The Post had no comment on that decision.

Yes folks, it certainly looks as though the Islamist terrorists have won their war, if newspaper editors are proactively obeying the dictates of their vicious, fundamentalist religion. Just to help ensure the Islamists are thwarted … and as my own little protest against craven newspaper editors who bend over for them … the cartoon in question appears to the left, and I headlined this post with the classic “Bombhead” cartoon.

Hat tip: The Friendly Atheist.

Photo credit: Jyllands-Posten / Kurt Westergaard (via About.Com).

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Gustave Doré (1832-1883), The Crusaders war machineryThe belt-buckle of the Bible Belt, Texas, is acting up again. And it’s the same people — the state’s Board of Education — as I’ve blogged about previously (e.g. here, and here, and here). This time they’ve fallen in behind the vast hosts of the nation’s Neocrusaders, and are laying siege to textbooks. The New York Times reports on the Texas BoE’s continuing effort to proselytize to public school children (WebCite cached article):

Some conservative members of the Texas Board of Education assert that the history books used in this state have a pro-Islamic bias, and they are upset about it.

Never shy about wading into the culture wars, they are planning to vote Friday for a resolution that would send a blunt message to textbook publishers: Do not present a pro-Islamic, anti-Christian version of history if you want to sell books in one of the nation’s largest markets.

“The purpose of this resolution is to ensure there is balanced treatment of divergent groups,” Gail Lowe, the chairwoman of the board, said. “In the past, the textbooks have had some bias against Christianity.”

The resolution was written and submitted to the board this summer by, Randy Rives, who as a member of the school board in Odessa, Tex., pushed through a Bible study curriculum.

The Neocrusaders’ complaint is that textbooks are “biased” against Christianity and in favor of Islam. Unfortunately, they don’t bother to demonstrate this. They simply insinuate that it’s the case. The problem, of course, is that “bias” has a meaning … a statistical one, and it must be demonstrated using compelling, objective, statistical evidence. The Neocrusaders — to no one’s surprise — don’t offer any such thing. They simply assert “bias” and base it on a small selection of readings, as well as the fact that some Dubai royals had once attempted to invest in a textbook publishing company. (They no longer have any interest in it; showing once again that the Religious Right loves to ignore facts it finds inconvenient.)

In my experience, anytime someone whines about “bias” without offering evidence of it, what they really mean is, “This stuff isn’t exactly the way I, personally, want it to be.” Sadly, their own personal wishes — whatever they may be — are irrelevant. History is history … period! … and to bend it to suit one’s personal whim, makes it something other than history.

In any event, if anyone in Texas — or any other state — is concerned that his/her child may not get a “balanced” view of Christianity, the solution is rather obvious … teach it to your kids yourself, or in Sunday school. Forcing public school teachers to mouth the platitudes and dogmas you — personally — hold dear is not the solution. Unless, of course, your goal is to control other people’s kids rather than just your own. This is, in fact, precisely what Mr Rives and the rest of the furiously sanctimonious Neocrusaders want; he said so, himself:

“If you can control or influence our education system, you can start taking over the minds of the young people,” Mr. Rives said.

Thank you, Mr Rives, for confessing to your own game. It is to control people. I can’t possibly have asked for any more clear of an admission on your part.

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Mask ... for going into hidingThe Seattle cartoonist who proposed “Everybody Draw Muhammad Day” earlier this year, has been forced to change her name and go into hiding, because of death threats — at least one serious and credible enough that it’s the FBI which suggested she do so. According to USA Today‘s On Deadline blog (WebCite cached article):

At the urging of the FBI, the Seattle cartoonist behind “Everybody Draw Mohammed Day” is “going ghost” — leaving town, changing her name, creating a new identity because of the death threat issued in July [cached] by an Islamic cleric linked to the failed Times Square bombing, the Seattle Weekly says [cached] of its former contributor.

The reaction to this proposal, in the worldwide Muslim community, was horrific, and included such measures as Facebook and Youtube being blocked inside of Pakistan, as I blogged at the time.

Ain’t childishness wonderful? Especially when it’s religiously-fueled childishness?

USA Today adds the following note, which is somehow supposed to sound nice:

Norris had made friends with local Islamic leaders, and the head of the Seattle chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations said the group “has a no tolerance policy for threats of violence.”

I guess it’s all well and good, and maybe heartwarming, that she “made friends” with members of CAIR, and that CAIR has a “no tolerance policy.” But that doesn’t appear to have helped. You would think that true “friends” would have at least tried to do something, and prevent her from having to go into hiding … no?

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Author: al-Azhr, the Egyptian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs  This Fatawa describes how an Egyptian man turned apostate and the subsequent punishment prescribed for him by the Al-Azhr Fatawa council.The lunatic clerics who run the theocracy of Iran finally weighed in on the Qur’an-desecration controversy. As one would expect, they issued a fatwa against anyone who dares deface a Qur’an, as Agence France-Presse via Google News reports (WebCite cached article):

Two top Iranian clerics said anyone desecrating the Koran must be killed, Fars news agency reported, as hundreds of people protested on Monday outside the Swiss embassy in Tehran.

“From the point of view of Islamic jurisprudence, strong objection to such thoughts is mandatory and necessary and killing the people who have committed this act is compulsory,” Ayatollah Hossein Nouri Hamedani was quoted as saying by Fars.

His view was echoed by Ayatollah Naser Makarem Shirazi who added that such a response must be taken after consulting a “religious judge.”

Because, of course, no one in his right mind would ever dream of doing anything without first consulting a “religious judge”! Right?

The Iranian government — also predictably — found it necessary to throw in one of their irrational, conspiratorial anti-Semitic zingers:

Top Iranian officials, including President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, have issued harsh criticism over the issue, with the hardliner even saying that a bid to burn the Muslim holy book was a “Zionist plot” that would lead to the speedy “annihilation” of Israel.

Adding to the ridiculousness of it all, a crowd formed that was so delusionally enraged over Qur’an desecration that they didn’t even realize they were going after the wrong target:

Meanwhile up to 500 people demonstrated outside the Swiss embassy in northern Tehran in protest against the United States over the Koran-burning issue.

An AFP photographer said the crowd, chanting anti-US and anti-Israel slogans, pelted stones at the embassy and tried to get into the building, but the guards prevented them from entering the premises.

Note that this is similar to when a similarly-deranged Afghan rabble attacked a German base in their country over Qur’ans which, at that time, hadn’t even been defaced yet.

Yes, folks, the worldwide collective temper-tantrum continues. Two of the world’s great religions continue to try to show which can be more irrational and immature than the other. It would be hilarious, if not for the destruction and the lives that have been lost over it.

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