Who doesn’t love making fun of a religion as crazy as Islam?
Who doesn’t love making fun of a religion as crazy as Islam?
Religion shows it’s true colors and Iraqi youth wake up to reality. Maybe there’s hope for the Middle East?
BAGHDAD â€” After almost five years of war, many young people in Iraq, exhausted by constant firsthand exposure to the violence of religious extremism, say they have grown disillusioned with religious leaders and skeptical of the faith that they preach.
In two months of interviews with 40 young people in five Iraqi cities, a pattern of disenchantment emerged, in which young Iraqis, both poor and middle class, blamed clerics for the violence and the restrictions that have narrowed their lives.
â€œI hate Islam and all the clerics because they limit our freedom every day and their instruction became heavy over us,â€ said Sara, a high school student in Basra. â€œMost of the girls in my high school hate that Islamic people control the authority because they donâ€™t deserve to be rulers.â€
Atheer, a 19-year-old from a poor, heavily Shiite neighborhood in southern Baghdad, said: â€œThe religion men are liars. Young people donâ€™t believe them. Guys my age are not interested in religion anymore.â€
The shift in Iraq runs counter to trends of rising religious practice among young people across much of the Middle East, where religion has replaced nationalism as a unifying ideology.
Yeah, Me too I feel like killing someone over an editorial cartoon; doesn’t that use of shading just infuriate you? Note to Islamic murdering douchebags: if Allah is that powerful, he can kill whomever he wants and he sure doesn’t need you to help him.
Danish police have arrested three people suspected of planning to attack a cartoonist who drew caricatures satirising the Prophet Muhammad.
Denmark’s intelligence agency said the arrests were made in the western Aarhus region at 0330 GMT “to prevent a murder linked to terrorism”.
Two of the suspects are Tunisian and the third is a Dane of Moroccan origin.
The pictures in Denmark’s biggest daily newspaper Jyllands-Posten in September 2005 sparked deadly worldwide protests.
The Danish citizen will be released pending further investigation, while the Tunisians will be held until they are expelled from the country, said the Danish intelligence agency PET.
Earlier reports said five people had been arrested.
The intelligence agency said the detentions were made “after lengthy surveillance”.
It did not identify the target of the alleged plot, but the online edition of Jyllands-Posten said its cartoonist, Kurt Westergaard, was the focus.
The newspaper, based in Aarhus, said Mr Westergaard, 73, and his 66-year-old wife, Gitte, had been under police protection for the past three months.
In a statement on Jyllands-Posten’s website, Mr Westergaard said: “Of course I fear for my life when the police intelligence service say that some people have concrete plans to kill me.
“But I have turned fear into anger and resentment.”
Thanks to Matt for this one:
The Archbishop of Canterbury says the adoption of certain aspects of Sharia law in the UK “seems unavoidable”.
Dr Rowan Williams told Radio 4’s World at One that the UK has to “face up to the fact” that some of its citizens do not relate to the British legal system.
Dr Williams argues that adopting parts of Islamic Sharia law would help maintain social cohesion.
For example, Muslims could choose to have marital disputes or financial matters dealt with in a Sharia court.
He says Muslims should not have to choose between “the stark alternatives of cultural loyalty or state loyalty”.
In an exclusive interview with BBC correspondent Christopher Landau, ahead of a lecture to lawyers in London on Monday, Dr Williams argues this relies on Sharia law being better understood.
At the moment, he says “sensational reporting of opinion polls” clouds the issue.
Clearly, there’s nothing wrong with Islam. P.S. Fuck the Qur’an, this is what’s wrong with religion; instead of using their brains they insist on deriving all their answers from one ancient book of garbage that they feel should give their lives all the meaning they need. Want to beat your wife? Tell me where you live and I’ll show you some of my ‘beliefs’.
Despite such instructions, beating is considered a type of violence, according to human rights organizations, which urge women to complain to the police. I just wonder what kind of families our societies would have if Muslim women started doing this regarding their husbands.
Relationships between fathers and daughters or sisters and brothers also provoke argument from human rights organizations, which propose the suggested solutions for all relationships. Personally, I donâ€™t think fathers or brothers would undertake such behavior unless there was a reason for it.
Fathers are responsible for their daughtersâ€™ behavior, but human rights organizations deny this too. Brothers also should take action regarding their sistersâ€™ behavior, especially if their parents are too old or dead. If a daughter or sister makes a mistake â€“ especially a moral one â€“ that negatively affects the entire family and its reputation, whatâ€™s the solution by such organizations?
According to them, women should complain to the courts about any type of violence against them. Likewise, should fathers and brothers complain to police if their daughters or sisters violate moral, Islamic or social norms?
Fathers should handle their daughters via any means that suits their mistake; thus, is it better to use violence to a certain limit or complain to the police? Shall such women then complain to the police against their fathers or brothers? Itâ€™s really amazing to hear this.
In some cases, violence is necessary, but there must be limits. Those â€œgood human rights organizationsâ€ donâ€™t make any exceptions in their solutions because their aim is to serve society. Will it be a better society once we see wives, mothers, sisters and daughters going from one police station and one court to another, complaining against their husbands, fathers, brothers and even sons?
Question to religious people: would this girl have been strangled had it not been for this puerile religious practice of forcing women to cover themselves completely? Women are not slaves and there’s no fucking reason why they should be forced to do this, especially in a free country like Canada. I hope he gets life in prison.
Peel Regional Police arrested a 57-year-old man yesterday morning after receiving a 911 call from a suburban home in Mississauga from a man saying he had killed his daughter. When police and paramedics arrived at the house they found a 16-year-old lying on the floor without any vital signs, police said.
Constable J.P. Valade, a spokesman for Peel police, would not release the names of either the victim or the man arrested and would not give any details about what transpired inside the large, two-storey home in a well-to-do subdivision.
â€œWe are not getting into the details of her injuries at this time,â€ he said. â€œWe arenâ€™t getting into any details about this case. This investigation is really in its infancy: officers are still canvassing the neighbourhood and talking to family members.â€
However, early police reports indicated the teenager had been choked and that the attacker was her father.
Her condition is so grave that police have not yet charged the man arrested at the scene until they know whether he will be charged with murder or attempted murder. He was scheduled to appear in Brampton court on Tuesday.
Good thing these guys are protecting god from evil teachers who dare desecrate the supremely omnipotent creator and ruler of the universe who apparently can’t clean house himself, right?
A British school teacher has been arrested in Sudan accused of insulting Islam’s Prophet, after she allowed her pupils to name a teddy bear Muhammad.
Colleagues of Gillian Gibbons, 54, from Liverpool, said she made an “innocent mistake” by letting the six and seven-year-olds choose the name.
Ms Gibbons was arrested after several parents made complaints.
A spokesman from the British Embassy in Sudan’s capital, Khartoum, said it was unclear whether she had been charged.
Embassy officials are expected to visit Ms Gibbons in custody later.
“We are in contact with the authorities here and they have visited the teacher and she is in a good condition,” an embassy spokesman said.
The spokesman said the naming of the teddy happened months ago and was chosen by the children because it is a common name in the country.
“This happened in September and the parents did not have a problem with it,” he said.