Sept 30 - If You Can't Shut Them Up the Old-Fashioned Way, Sue Them - Day 3
To a packed courtroom, Marc-André Nadon, the lawyer for Ms. Djemila Benhabib quoted Julius Grey, representing Muslim Schools of Montréal, who, in 2008 wrote, "we have the right to vigorously oppose religion."
Nadon again reminded the Court that this lawsuit is all about shutting up a critic of what is being taught in taxpayer subsidized madrassas in Montréal and that "freedom of expression is a fundamental right".
Julius Grey, in seeking to justify the lawsuit brought by Muslim School of Montreal accused Ms. Benhabib of "not showing any remorse for what she had done, destroying the reputation of the school".
If "she did not appreciate the impact [of her words] on a closely watched community trying to fit in" as he later claimed, then the first accusation makes no sense.
This last allegation, in particular, struck me as hollow since a genuine effort "to fit in" would have been attending a public school.
The lawyers are expected to wrap up their closing arguments today.
Sept 29 - If You Can't Shut Them Up the Old-Fashioned Way, Sue Them - Day 2
The significance of the trial – which French reporters have crossed the Atlantic to report on, but which the highbrow English media e.g. Canada's newspaper of record, the Globe and Mail, can't be bothered to cross the street to cover – was put into context by Réjean Parent the former head of a large Québec public service union (my translation).
It is unfortunate that our congested courts, which have to set free harden criminals because of undue delays, now have to hear lawsuits reminiscent of prosecutions in Islamic republics of people accused of offering a contrarian opinion.
Of course, in Québec, we will not throw Djemila Benhabib in prison, but they want to silence her by imposing economic sanctions that will make her think twice about making her views known in the future.
Muslim schools had only to express their opinions and take part in a public debate to counter her arguments. That would have been better, in my view, for the health of our democracy.
It's a safe bet that if the respondent is ordered to pay damages to Muslim schools, these community schools based on ethnicity or religion will use the courts to silence any criticism.
Le Journal de Montreal, Sept 28, 2016
And any excuse will do. For the Chairman of the Board of Montreal's Muslim Schools it is all about protecting the children:
We sue when you attack our children. You touch our children we sue.
Ahmed Khebir, Le Journal de Montreal, Sept 27
Protecting the children is also what I believe Ms. Benhabib was trying to do and this is evident in testimony on Wednesday.
During her testimony Ms Benhabib said verses of the Koran reduced women to that of a sexual rewards for men. "It's misogynous and boys and girls should not be exposed to such literature.
Le Journal de Montreal, Sept 28, 2016
Must read! Children and the Koran
Prior to her testimony, school personnel and two former students took the stand to praise the school. When one of them was accused of threatening Ms. Benhabib, as had to be expected, she denied the claim, saying her facebook account had been hijacked.
Sept 28 - If You Can't Shut Them Up the Old-Fashioned Way, Sue Them - Day I
Trial begins for critic of Muslim schools
Djemila Benhabib is being sued by a private Muslim school after she likened its teaching to the instruction received in terrorist training camps in Pakistan and Afghanistan.
Benhabib, who was born in Ukraine but spent much of her childhood in Algeria, was invited on to a Montreal radio show in 2012 after writing a blog post about the Muslim School of Montreal.
Benhabib told 98.5 FM host Benoît Dutrizac that she was shocked by what she found on the school’s website.
Koranic verses being taught to children were “extremely violent” and “misogynistic,” she told Dutrizac in a recording played in the court.
She said the school offers students “an indoctrination worthy of a military camp in Afghanistan or Pakistan.”
Ottawa Citizen, Sept 28, 2016
The heart of the matter:
"There is not much difference, in my opinion, between the indoctrination done in Montreal's [Islamic] schools and those in Pakistan or Afghanistan," said Ms Benhabib, according to the complaint filed by the Muslim School of Montreal.
Journal de Montreal, Sept 27, 2016 (my translation)
For expressing that opinion, which, according to the Muslim School of Montreal, tarnished its reputation and that of other madrassas, made the children cry* and led to a drop in enrolment, the school wants reasonable damages, if you can afford it, of $ 95,000.
A madrassa's primary function, whether it be here in Canada, Europe or Afghanistan is to indoctrinate students of all ages in "a book of incredible violence", to quote philosophy teacher Robert Redeker writing in Le Figaro, and to teach them Arabic, the lingua franca of international terrorism.
Courts in Canada, and the provincial public school systems, that of Quebec in particular, have bent over backwards to accommodate believers' traditions, myths and phobias, so I expect Djemila Benhabib to be found guilty.
It does not matter that what she said is the verifiable truth.
French believers also tried to use the courts to silence the religion of peace's harshest critics e.g. Charlie Hebdo, and when that failed it was a signal for some to revert to the old-fashioned ways of the Prophet.
A guilty verdict here should be sufficient to silence the religion of truth's most vocal detractors and there will no need for believers to take matters into their hands as they did in France.
A guilty verdict, like the cartoon protest, will be another, perhaps even greater blow to freedom of speech and freedom of expression in Canada where the subject matter is God's self-proclaimed last and greatest spokesperson and what he ostensibly revealed on the Almighty's behalf.
Sept 27 - The Root Cause of Islamophobia
… if you look at the spectrum and understand that 90 percent of us are traditionalists and have an affinity for Christianity, Judaism, I mean we’re all the three monotheistic religions, us being the younger one, and that our faith decrees the understanding of Judaism and Christianity, then we understand where we all are.
It’s that misperception with the takfiri ("a Sunni Muslim who accuses another Muslim of apostasy. The accusation itself is called takfir, derived from the word kafir" Wiki) jihadists, that’s where the fight is. And they represent probably two percent of Sunni Islam.
That’s where the problem is. And if we’re being pushed into the corner through Islamophobia, that’s where the danger is, where we as allies, are not understood.
King Abdullah II of Jordan during an interview on 60 Minutes broadcast on Sept 26, 2016.
Muslims' understanding of Christianity and Judaism is skewed by the Koran's pejorative assessment of both Faiths.
In that context, the king's affirmation that traditionalists, those who live their lives according to the Koran and the sayings and example of the Prophet, have an "affinity" for the other two earlier "monotheistic religions" has to be taken with a grain of salt. Especially where Christianity is concerned, the teachings of Muhammad and Jesus being polar opposites.
As to the King's affirmation that Islamophobia is playing into the hands of the jihadists, he is correct. But, whose fault is it when anyone who dares to present evidence that Islam is not the religion it pretends to be is brutally murdered or threatened with death?
A religion which invites its followers to kill would-be reformers and sceptics does not inspire confidence but fear i.e. islamophobia.
In allowing the prosecution of people like Nahid Hattar, who was later murdered, like so many other leaders of the faithful, the of King Jordan is responsible for spreading what he rails against.
Sept 26 - The Fault Is Also In Our Governments
A Jordanian writer charged with offending Islam after allegedly sharing a satirical cartoon on his Facebook page has been killed.
Nahid Hattar, a Christian, was hit by three bullets outside the court in the capital Amman where he was standing trial, state news agency Petra said...
The writer was detained in August for 15 days on charges of insulting God. The cartoon he shared depicts a bearded man lying in bed with two women and smoking, asking God to bring him a drink.
Mr Hattar was attacked on social media for being anti-Islam.
He said he had not meant to cause offence and wanted to expose radical Islamists' view of heaven.
BBC News, Sept 25, 2016
If the Jordanian government had been supportive of the truth instead of prosecuting the messenger, would it have turned out differently? Perhaps.
Keeping our fingers crossed.
Paradise - The Nuts and Bolts
The Avoidable Trials of Charlie Hebdo
Sept 25 - The Belly Dancer and the Mosque
A singer has apologised for belly dancing in front of a mosque in Tatarstan, one of Russia's largest Muslim regions, after criticism from religious leaders.
Rezeda Ganiullina filmed a music video in front of the White Mosque in the town of Bolgar, performing her song My Soul while clad in a bejewelled, midriff-baring outfit.
That didn't please the Mufti of Tatarstan, Kamil-khazrat Samigullin.
"A mosque is not a place for dancing," he's quoted as saying on the local Evening Kazan website … An imam at another mosque described the dance as a 'desecration of the house of Allah'"
BBC Sept 23, 2016
If she performed her dance more that a stone's throw from the mosque in which we can assume there were believers engrossed in worship of the one-and-only god; or better still, more than a stone's throw from the Musalla (the praying area outside a mosque) then she did not desecrate anything, no more than a dog or an ass passing by, not close enough to breach the Prophet's proclaimed perimeter.
Ikrimah reported on the authority of Ibn Abbas, saying:
"I think the Apostle of Allah said: 'When one of you prays without a sutrah (a barrier), a dog, an ass, a pig, a Jew, a Magian, and a woman cut off his prayer, but it will suffice if they pass in front of him at a distance of over a stone's throw.'”
Abu Dawud 2.704
The things which annul the prayers were mentioned before me. They said, Prayer is annulled by a dog, a donkey and a woman (if they pass in front of the praying people).
I said [to Muhammad], "You have made us (i.e. women) dogs ...
Under Sharia law, a believer is authorized to use deadly force to stop anyone from interfering with his devotions.
On the flip side, a believer who does not perform the prayers exactly as the Prophet demonstrated, without a good reason e.g. physical limitations, risks execution.
Narrated Abdullah bin Masud:
The Prophet recited Suratan-Najm at Mecca and prostrated while reciting it and those who were with him did the same except an old man who took a handful of small stones or earth and lifted it to his forehead and said, "This is sufficient for me."
Later on, I saw him killed as a non-believer.
The Singer and the Mosque
Sept 24 - Canada: Why the Honourable John McCallum Lied To Us
Canadians’ views at odds with Liberal plans [to increase immigration] ...
The federal government’s own internal polling contradicts the Immigration Minister’s claim that Canadians are clamouring for increased immigration.
Globe and Mail, Sept 23, 2016
Why our politicians lie about immigration.
A cautionary tale:
When your white children first came into this country, they did not come shouting the war cry and seeking to wrest this land from us. They told us they came as friends to smoke the pipe of peace; they sought our friendship, we became brothers. Their enemies were ours. At the time we were strong and powerful, while they were few and weak. But did we oppress them or wrong them? No! Time wore on and you have become a great people, whilst we have melted away like snow beneath an April sun; our strength is wasted our warriors dead.
Shinguacouse, Ojibwa chief
Emigration in the Cause of Allah
The Counterfeit Citizen
Sept 23 - Make Like An Assyrian
The bombastic Assyrians, in 1200 BC, almost two thousand years before Allah and His Messenger came to the same conclusion, and for more or less the same reason, decreed that some women must not be seen in public unless veiled.
For the Assyrians, it was so that women of a certain class would not be mistaken for prostitutes or slave-girls.
Amanda Foreman, writer and narrator of the BBC documentary The Ascent of Woman, in the first episode, introduces us to this first ever recorded law requiring women to be veiled.
... married women, widows, Assyrian women must not go out on the street with their head uncovered. Daughters of the upper classes must be veiled with a veil, an abaya body cloak or a long robe.
A concubine who goes out on the street with her mistress must veil herself. A prostitute must not veil herself; her head must be uncovered.
Any man who sees a veiled prostitute should arrest her. She is to receive 50 lashes with a bamboo cane.
Any man who sees a veiled slave-girl is to arrest her and bring her to court. Her ears will be cut off and the man who arrested her may take her clothes.
She tells us that, for Islam, the veil was also to set some women apart (in this instance the wives of the Prophet are assumed), and only later was it widely accepted by believing women as a sign of piety.
Just like in the time of the Assyrians, the veil advertises that you are better than them. Then, it was prostitutes and slave-girls. Today, it is any woman who does not care to dress up like an upper-class Assyrian snob.
Sept 22 - Mustard in Scriptures and On the Battlefield
ISIS suspected of mustard attack against US and Iraqi troops CNN, Sept 21, 2016
It's called mustard gas because of its color and odor which resembles that of the mustard plant. Only the mustard seed gets a mention in Islamic scriptures and it is as a measure of one's faith, and what that will get you.
Narrated Abu Said Al-Khudri:
Allah's Apostle said, "When the people of Paradise have entered Paradise, and the people of the Fire have entered the Fire, Allah will say. 'Take out (of the Fire) whoever has got faith equal to a mustard seed in his heart.'
They will come out, and by that time they would have burnt and became like coal, and then they will be thrown into the river of Al-Hayyat (life) and they will spring up just as a seed grows on the bank of a rainwater stream."
The Prophet said, "Don't you see that the germinating seed comes out yellow and twisted?"
The idea that the punishment must fit the crime finds its fullest and most faithful expression under Islamic Talion Law i.e. law of retaliation where the punishment is the crime committed, but in reverse e.g. an eye for eye.
You have a variation of this concept in the unwitting accomplice to your misdeeds in the here-and-now dishing out the punishment in the Hereafter.
For example, forget to pay the religious tax on your camels i.e. Zakat, and those same camels will give you a good stomping on Judgment Day.
Narrated Abu Huraira:
Allah's Apostle added, "If the owner of camels does not pay their Zakat, then, on the Day of Resurrection those camels will come to him and will strike his face with their hooves ..."
Wouldn't it be something if Allah anticipated the use of mustard gas, and to show His less than wholehearted approval of its use, has His Messenger recite the mustard seed analogy to remind those associated with its use that they may get into heaven, but will bear a strange resemblance to the infamous plant.
Sept 21 - A McLuhanish Take On the Banality of Evil in the Age of the Internet
Hannah Arendt's evil, in the person of Adolf Eichmann, was meek and clean shaven, leading to her memorable observation about the "banality of evil".
Islamic State's horrific videos, for a time, completely obliterated the stereotype. That is, until the medium which made voyeurism respectable became the message and it's the message, in its repetition and accessibility, which has become banal, the messenger all but forgotten.
The medium, to borrow a quote from Jean-Louis Comolli, "can only celebrate this descent into Hell."
Sept 20 - Modern Explosives are Un-Islamic
Bombing suspect captured live after shootout.
CNN Sept 20
"Every innovation is a misguidance and every misguidance goes to Hell fire." said the Prophet.
Stones and your left hand as demonstrated by the man himself is still the preferred method of the Salafists of Islamic State, and their Wahabi cousins in Saudi Arabia for doing what needs to be done after answering the call of nature, toilet paper not having been invented when God's Messenger issued his edict against innovation.
It is unfortunate that terrorists who tend to be adherents of one or the other of the nearly identical theologies don't show the same respect for the wishes of their Prophet in their use of modern explosives and weapons.
Sept 19 - Burkini Buzz: The Holy v. the Holistic
A Muslim woman from Australia has told how she was forced to leave a beach in France for wearing a burkini.
Zeynab Alshelh, a 23-year-old medical student, told Australian media she had travelled to Europe to show solidarity with local Muslim women ... [and] to learn more about the situation and see if there was "anything that we can do to help these girls just live a normal life".
BBC Sept 19, 2006
As a medical student Ms. Alshelh should be aware of the health risks of not exposing enough skin to sunlight for long enough periods of time to allow the body to fill up on vitamin D.
A lack or shortage of this essential vitamin can lead to a shorten lifespan; but not before experiencing headaches, bladder issues, constipation, diarrhea ... and weight gain.
The "normal life" advocate on a beach in front of another young woman in more appropriate beachwear.
Ms. Alshelh's idea of focusing on the inside, as a woman of faith, is obviously very different from that of people who take a more holistic approach to keeping body and soul in sync.
"It is a symbol of my faith, it is a symbol of my religion, it is a symbol of Islam and to go out there and wear the hijab, it helps people focus on what's inside rather than what's on the outside."
Sept 18 - Microterrorism Comes to America
Islamic State says its 'soldier' carried out stabbing at Minnesota mall that injured nine
The Associated Press Sept 18, 2016
What is microterrorism?
Sept 17 - Twits and Tweets
The women tweeting for their freedom in Saudi Arabia
In Saudi Arabia, every woman has a male guardian -- often a father or husband, sometimes a brother or son -- who has the power to make a range of critical decisions on their behalf.
"I'm a dead soul in a living body and I hope that doesn't happen to my little sister," Sara (not her real name), a Saudi woman, tells CNN.
Sara is one of a growing number of Saudi women who are challenging the country's male guardianship system using social media (#TogetherToEndMaleGuardianship) …
CNN Sept 16, 2016 .
A tweet I would like to respond to:
We are entrusted with raising the next generation but you can't trust us with ourselves. It does not make any sense.
Rania (not her real name)
No Rania, it makes a whole lot of Islamic sense.
The embodiment of the perfect human being said that females are twits. An affirmation with which the god he spoke for wholeheartedly agreed.
No reasonable man or caring deity would leave the raising of the next generation to twits. You should know better, unless you have yet to experience the joys of motherhood and fulfilled your responsibility to expose your children to scriptures that shout FEMALES ARE TWITS, proving the Prophet's and Allah's point.
Mothers and Men in a Nutshell
Women are told: The future of society is in your hands, so listen to the men. The men hear: The future of society is in your hands, so make sure the women listen to you.
Brian Murphy. The Root of Wild Madder: Chasing the History, Mystery, and Lore of the Persian Carpet. Simon & Shuster, 2005
Sept 16 - Salafism: The New Norm
From an interview in Le Point with Suleiman Mourad, professor of Islamic history and religion at Smith College, Massachusetts, about his book, The Mosaic of Islam.
Salafisation (sic) of the minds relentlessly marches on …
These people believe that Islam is superior and should be imposed on other religions, justifying their intolerance. They also think that only they are good Muslims, which excludes not only the Sufis and Shiites, but also Sunnis considered too westernized.
... the reformist discourse exists, but it is inaudible, or threatened, not only by the Islamists but also by moderate Muslims who consider them [the reformers] traitors.
They are accused of trying to reform an allegedly perfect religion, and of siding with the enemy, the West ...
And who is the West listening to, not the reformers, whom they consider not representative of the majority of Muslims
Echoes of Houda-Pépin
From an interview with the former Muslim member of the National Assembly:
I am from Morocco, a country open [to the world] and tolerant. When I was growing up, I had Jewish, Christians and Muslim playmates; we went to school together we celebrated each other's [religious] holidays. I bear no grudges, having lived Islam in harmony.
I only got to know what fundamentalist Islam was when I came to Canada. It is here that I got to know the most intolerant, the best organized, the most structured and the best financed groups, with means and worldwide connections. It was quite a shock.
Nonetheless, the vast majority of Muslims try hard to integrate; their children do well in school, they have a future. This is not well-known because the fundamentalists have the upper-hand (control the message) and have the ear of the media.
They (the fundamentalists) have become the tree which hides the forest.
Sept 15 - Whose Teaching the Imams?
"An unprecedented inquiry into how a proselytizing state exports the most rigorous and intolerant version of Sunni Islam, which inspires the worst jihadists of Al Qaeda and Daesh." wrote Le Point, France's Time magazine, about Pierre Conesa's book "Dr. Saud and Mr. Jihad (my translation)
The former senior official with the French Defence Ministry, in an interview with Le Point, explained that the Saudi strategy not only involves spending huge sums of money – more than twice what the Soviets ever spent in any given year on spreading communism beyond its borders – but in the training of imams in Saudi colleges and universities.
Zealots, who will then go out and preach "a sectarian, racist, anti-Semitic, homophobic, misogynistic theology which psychologically prepares the faithful, to, on a moment's notice, deal violently with those it damns as 'miscreants'."
The most notorious institution, he explains, is that of the University of Medina, where, in return for full scholarships, room and board... graduates promise to do their best to indoctrinate the masses back home in Wahhabi theology.
Fort Murray's imam polished his credentials at a Saudi university, that of Riyadh, therefore there was no explicit undertaking on his part to spread Wahhabi theology. He should be given benefit of the doubt as he requested in an interview with the Globe and Mail (you will find an except here).
Nonetheless, instead of screening new immigrants, we should perhaps make sure that when they get here, old hatred and prejudices are not re-enforced.
Surely, we can all agree that Saudi values are not Canadian values. Then again, we did sell them billions of dollars' worth of mobile killing platforms.
About twenty years ago the Canadian International Development Agency, with McGill University, looked at establishing a program in Canada for prospective imams, who might otherwise have gone to Saudi Arabia, to teach them a kinder more tolerant version of Islam, not the rabid Wahhabi theology.
Most Canadian imams are foreign trained or invited imams from Muslim countries sponsored by communities of the faithful e.g. Ottawa.
The Canadian government may want to revisit the idea with a view of training its imams so there will be some assurance that they will not, even inadvertently, spread values that are inherently alien to ours.
The author also refers to the length countries will go to secure the goodwill of the unabashed preeminent exporter of terror and thereby gain a commercial advantage, even if deals with the Saudis are never as lucrative as promised.
In 1979, the French government accepted that non-Muslim gendarmes (GIGN, "National Gendarmerie Intervention Group") convert to Islam so that their presence would not defile the precinct of the Ka'ba before being allowed to assist the Saudis "to liberate the Great Mosque which had been taken over by radical Islamist students who denounced the corruption of the regime."
Sept 14 - The Saudi/Islamic State Rivalry: What the Shiites have to do with it?
From Le Point's interview with Pierre Conesa author of Dr. Saud and Mr. Jihad (my translation), Editions Robert Laffont.
In the West, we are constantly reminded that this country [Saudi Arabia] is our friend and our best customer …
For years we sold them weapons they never used ... until the war in Yemen where they have shown a total lack of restraint in their use.
Between Shia radicalism and Sunni radicalism, we did not have to choose. But we did ...
Saudi Arabia did not create Daesh; it created its parent, Salafism. Both [Wahhabis & Salafists] are into public beheadings, and hate the Shiites.
When Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi proclaimed a caliphate, it directly challenged the Saudis.
The self-appointed caretakers of the holy places have no connection to the Prophet. So when someone like al-Baghdadi proclaims himself Caliph, it is a challenge to the Saudis.
The Saudis don't care to confront Daesh; they are in competition with it for influence. The competition is about showing who is better at protecting Sunni interests, and that rivalry is reflected in their attacks on Shiites.
[The intervention in Yemen] allowed Saudi Arabia and other Arab countries to withdraw their aircraft in the war against Daesh.
Why has Saudi Arabia committed its entire air force to fighting the lesser threat that is Yemen?
How is it that we, the West, are practically the only ones fighting Islamic State...
Daesh is a practical application of Salafism. Its Dr. Frankenstein is Saudi Arabia.
We are in the schizophrenic position where we fight radicalism while protecting its father. In the novel by Mary Shelley, the monster disappears with its creator.
You can always hope.
Sept 13 - Sociopaths and Animal Cruelty
Psychopath and sociopaths tend to be cruel to animals and will show absolutely no remorse.
Yesterday, believers around the world celebrated the festival of Eid al-Adha. It is a celebration of Abraham's willingness to sacrifice, on God's command, the son he had with Hagar.
On this sacred holiday, on par with the feast of Eid al-Fitr which marks the end of Ramadan, millions of farm animals are horribly slaughtered, not only in halal certified abattoirs, but in the open, often in front of children.
Could there be any connection with exposing children to this deliberate viciousness and the casual, assured way sympathizers and recruits for Islamic State and other terrorist organizations commit cold-blooded murders?
I have asked this question before, and for good reason.
It is both a cliché and a truism that children are the future. Do you want them, as they grow up, to abhor violence or revel in it?
Accustom children to animal cruelty and you risk making them immune to the violence done to human beings with all the horrors that entails.
Muslim Celebrity Calls for End to Animal Sacrifice - July 7
Sept 12 - Lying To Those Who Know Better
It was hoped that an Australian "how-to guide to fight militant propaganda" would be an improvement over a Canadian handbook on how to combat youth radicalization.
No such luck!
While Undermining Violent Extremist Narratives in South East Asia does exhibit a more professorial, academic approach, i.e. does not make for light reading, the strategy is the same: lie to those who know better, and hope for the best.
1. Reinforce the concept of jihad as an internal struggle (“greater jihad” or al-jihad al-akbar), not a physical or violent one.
2. Emphasize that Islam is tolerant and accepting of all people within communities, including all ethnicities and other religions.
The Australian Guide, on the same page, recommends who to call to make the lies more believable.
... refute and dismantle the religious and ideological elements of the violent extremist narratives, utilizing religious texts and religious leaders to refute religious claims..
That is what we did, left it to religious leaders, and the result was the counter-productive United Against Terrorism.
Early on, the Australian Guide, in a reference to the founders of Abu Sayef Group (ASG) in the Philippines does acknowledge that the Koran might have something to do with the violence in Allah's name, but that is about it.
Qadhafy Janjalani, references Surat At-Tawbah (29) and Surat Al-Anfal (39) to justify the concept of violent jihad, including against non-Muslims as well as those who “Claimed themselves to be Muslims” and civilians.
If the Koran is part of the problem, these guides would be a good place to have a straightforward talk about why the Book is so good at what it does. But that would reveal them to be the fraud that they are to people who are unfamiliar with Islamic scriptures.
Sept 11 - When killing 2,996 IS like killing all of mankind
In the history of the modern world, there probably was never a more representative sample of humanity than the the nearly three thousand people who were brutally murdered today fifteen years ago.
They gave truth to a lie that was a snippet of verse 5:32 about "whoever kills a soul ... is like one who has killed the whole of mankind" repeated ad nausea in the days that followed their deaths by President Bush, Prime Minister Blair, journalists, Islamic scholars and others who had to know better.
Sept 10 - The Anthropological Impact of the Hajj
Does this ...
... lead to to this?
Muhammad Atta, the leader of the 911 terrorists, is said to have done the Hajj twice, the last time in 1998. When he returned he "had grown a thick long beard, and, according to people who knew him 'seemed more serious and aloof.'"
With the beginning of the Hajj coinciding with the 15th anniversary of the 911 massacre, it is as good a time as any to ask if the two are related, even remotely.
In response to criticism of the Catholic Church for such things as The Inquisition and The Crusades, a writer in Le Figaro defined the problem for those who would deny the cause-and-effect of the terrible violence done in Allah’s Name (my translation).
.... what differentiates Christianity from Islam is that Christians can always return to the values in the Gospels and to the gentle person of Jesus and ignore a Church which has lost its way ...
Jesus is nonviolent. A return [to the teachings] of Jesus is the remedy for the excesses of religious institutions.
Looking to the Prophet[/Koran] for guidance, on the other hand, only reinforces the hate and the violence.
Islam is a religion which in both its sacred text and in banal rituals promotes hatred and violence.
The ritual stoning of Satan every year at Mecca is not simply a re-enactment of a superstition… Its impact is anthropological.
It is a ceremony to which every Muslim is encourage to participate, and which sanctifies and encourages violence…
Sept 9 - Hajj Safety and Little Green Men
Hajj: Saudis stiffen security after crush deaths
Ayatollah Ali Khamenei accused the Saudi authorities of "murdering" pilgrims who were caught up in a deadly stampede during last year's Hajj ...
The stampede killed 2,426 people, according to an unofficial tally. The Saudi authorities, who say only 769 died, have made few details of the official investigation into the incident public.
BBC Sept 9, 2016
Last week, what was first thought to be a communication from extraterrestrials was detected.
It may be only a matter of time before we are visited by interstellar neighbours. If they come in any great number and submit to the Will of Allah, then, not even the somewhat drastic suggestions I made to improve Hajj safety and increase the number of pilgrims which can be accommodated will make much difference, and the pilgrimage as a pillar of Islam will be discredited.
Unless, of course, the Koran's description of the Universe is correct, and what lies beyond the orbit of the moon is an illusion and we are truly alone in a universe whose size is an infinitesimal fraction of what science tells us it is.
Sept 8 - Girls! Listen Up! I Repeat! It's NOT Worth It!
Three women who were likely planning an "imminent and violent" attack were arrested near Paris on Thursday, French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve said.
According to Cazaneuve, the women, whom he referred to as radicalized, were arrested in connection with gas cylinders found this week inside a car left in front of Notre Dame cathedral in Paris.
CNN Sept 8, 2016
Guys blowing themselves up and shredding or setting men, women and children on fire on a god's promise of an eternity of orgiastic sex with multiple partners including those famous female facsimiles, the houris, makes more sense, in a ghastly sort of way, than it does for females who do the same thing.
What Allah offers women and teenaged girls for committing mass-murder in His Cause they can get here on earth with perhaps just a little more effort and a lot less pain. Unless, of course, her goal is to be joined in matrimony with someone who is already enjoying Allah's hospitality for doing what she plans to do.
Joining a boyfriend killed after committing an act of microterrorism seemed to have been the motivation of at least one of the woman arrested:
Sarah H, 23 intended to marry Larossi Abballa, just before he assassinated policeman Jean-Baptiste Salvaing and his wife Jessica Schneider a their home in Magnanville (Yvelines) last June.
Le Point, Sept 16, 2016
Sept 6 - Burkini Buzz: Where is the Outrage?
Iran's state TV says police have shut down more than 800 clothing stores across the country for selling "unconventional and inappropriate" attire -- believed to mean Western-style outfits and women's clothing that doesn't meet strict Islamic requirements.
Associated Press Sept 5, 2016
I don't think it would have mattered if France had followed Iran's example and penalized the seller of the burkini.
It is so much easier to pick on the country whom French Prime Minister, Manuel Valls praised for "fighting for the freedom of women who should not have to live under the yoke of a chauvinist order."
By banning the burkini on public beaches France was making a statement that "the female body is neither pure nor impure; it is the female body. It does not need to be hidden to protect against some kind of temptation."
The deliberate oppressors of women get a pass, while the well-meaning are pilloried.
Alice's bizarro world may not be that far off.
Sept 3 - A Judicial Path to Apartheid
The Canadian Supreme Court
Burkini: Freedom from Religion Denied - August 26
August 31 - A Tradition That Goes Way Back
Islamic State buried thousands in 72 mass graves in Iraq and Syria
Associated Press, August 30
Mass executions have been very much a tactic of Islam since the beginning, both in its wars of conquest and intestinal conflicts.
The slaughter which took place towards the end of the War of the Apostates was the first documented massacre of more than a thousand men at the hands of the believers.
The war was waged by the Prophet's successor, Abu Bakr, and would lead to the decision to compile the first written version of the Koran.
August 30 - Burkini Buzz: The United Nations Wades In
The United Nations human rights office has called on French beach resorts to lift their bans on the burkini, calling them a “stupid reaction” that did not improve security but fueled religious intolerance.
Reuters, August 30
Exactly who is fuelling religious intolerance!
84 men, women and children are cruelly crushed to death beneath the wheels of a lorry driven by a man for whom the burka is a symbol of what his religion is all about where women are concerned and what is the response from the community of believers?
An insensitive, insulting, intolerant, ill-timed demand that their women be allowed to parade on the beaches near the massacre in clothing that is a reminder of the horror that was visited on French citizens by a coreligionist.
August 29 - Burkini Buzz: On the burkini being about the people who wear them
Good point. There are non-Muslim women who for all kinds of reasons prefer to cover up at the beach, and they manage to do so without calling attention to themselves.
The burkini is designed to call attention to the fact the woman is Muslim, and that is what people are reacting to.
For the Love of a Religion that Hates Them - August 27
August 28 - The Hijab and the RCMP
If you’re wearing a hijab, be wary of RCMP recruitment drive ... More than 400 women are involved in a lawsuit against the RCMP for allegedly ignoring rampant sexual harassment.
Shireen Ahmed Special to the Globe and Mail, August 26
For the Prophet and his out-of-this-world Patron, the sight of a single strand of a woman’s hair could cause a man to experience a Pavlovian-like reaction, an uncontrollable urge to hump the owner of the stray curl then and there, which is why He sent the surah al-Hijab i.e. An–Nûr (the Light).
An argument could be made that the veil was meant to conceal a woman's identity when answering the call of nature in nature – for privacy, not piety.
Hijab wearing women may be just what the doctor ordered for the allegedly easily aroused male officers of the RCMP.
It is unlikely, however, that the true believer will answer the call of the RCMP, unless it is for ulterior motives, considering Allah's injunction about associating with unbelievers, let alone co-operating with them, even if arresting them might be acceptable.
Good luck to the RCMP who have, unfortunately, shown themselves somewhat lacking in understanding of what it means to be a believer (see Moderates as Adversaries - August 20).
August 27 - Burkini Buzz: For the Love of a Religion that Hates Them
The burkini is not an indictment of Islam, it is what it is, but of the women who wear it.
Not the burkini-clad women who caused that kerfuffle in Corsica. They had no choice; they were being herded to water like some stallion's prized mares.
No, it's an indictment of women who wear the burkini because of their love of a religion that hates them.
Women, who, because of their love of a religion that hates them, have answered the call of clerics and scholars like Tariq Ramadan to invade the public space dressed in traditional Islamic garbs as a way of promoting the religion that hates them everywhere.
August 26 - Burkini Buzz: Freedom from Religion Denied
Top French court makes initial ruling to overturn burkini ban
Reuters August 25
The impact of this ruling for France will not be unlike what came after the decision in Ontario Human Rights Commission and Theresa O'Malley vs. Simpsons-Sears.
Expect more rulings which discriminate against secularists. The Fragile Exception has just gotten a lot more brittle!
August 25 - Burkini Buzz: The Battle on the Beaches Moves to the Court Room
France's Human Rights League (LDH) and the anti-Islamophobia association (CCIF), after failing to convince a court in Nice to overturn a ban at a beach (not Cannes) near the city, have asked France's highest administrative court, the Council of State (Conseil d'Etat) to rule on the matter.
A decision is expected within days.
In a major survey, 64% of citizens polled agreed with the bans which, at this writing covered (no pun intended) 26 beaches, most of them on the French Riviera.
Whatever the court decides, Nicolas Sarkozy, in an interview with Le Figaro said that, "not to do anything about the Burkini" would mean "another reversal for the Republic."
Sarkozy's argument is not unlike the one I made yesterday.
August 24 - Burkini Buzz: Marketing Your God
Aheda Zanetti, who claims the trademark on the name burkini and burqini, said online sales were up by 200% ... She said the design was partially inspired by reports of France banning the hijab in schools to discourage the growth of Islam.
BBC News Aug 2016
It's all about promoting your religion as Ms. Zanetti, who added a hood to the venerable pantsuit and called it swimwear, makes clear.
As with the hijab, non-Muslim women are volunteering to also become billboards for a religion which considers them stupid and evil, having swallowed whole the canard that it is about freedom-of-choice.
The burkini is not unlike a provocative advertisement. And, like all promotions on public property, even if it is one for a faith which bills itself as The Religion of Peace in spite of evidence to the contrary, it can and should be subject to regulations.
Burkini Buzz: Corsica, Cannes, Marseille
August 23 - Blasphemies in Jeopardy
Islamic radical pleads guilty in historic war-crimes case of cultural destruction ... Ahmad al-Faqi al-Mahdi, a former Islamist leader in northern Mali and the first jihadi to be prosecuted by the International Criminal Court, stood in a courtroom in The Hague on Monday and apologized for falling under the influence of “deviant” and “evil” people in extremist groups such as al-Qaeda.
Globe and Mail Aug 22, 2016
Why the apparent senseless destruction?
Related: Cultural Genocide - March 2
August 22 - The Singer and the Mosque
Unlike dancing too close to ISIS, dancing next to a mosque in a progressive jurisdiction like Malaysia will only get you two years in prison if convicted.
Malaysian singer Namewee held for 'insulting Islam'
The offending video, for his song Oh My God, was first released in July and features him rapping in front of places of worship around Malaysia.
[In the video] the singer makes several religious references, using terms such as "Allah" and "Hallelujah".
Namewee and three others also appear to sing and dance in front of Buddhist and Taoist temples, inside a church and outside a mosque.
Namewee insists that Oh My God was intended to promote religious harmony. But on Monday, Malaysian police remanded the 33-year-old singer in custody for four days to investigate him for "defiling a place of worship with intention to insult religion".
The charge carries a jail term of up to two years.
BBC News, August 22, 2016
Unlike women and girls, men are allowed to dance and sing in public, therefore the offence is dancing in front of a mosque. Like Katy Perry did, when accused of insulting the Prophet in a video, the offending scene has been removed.
It's another made-up petty offence for which Islam is famous; the clerics and scholars taking their cue from a god and a prophet obsessed with controlling every aspect of a believer’s existence.
Of course, what I consider petty preoccupations, a believer might expect no less from a deity, even if such worldly concerns and attention to the minutia of daily life leave very little room for spiritual or intellectual growth.
August 21 - Dancing Too Close To ISIS
The death toll in the attack in the southern city of Gaziantep has now risen to 50, the local governor's office said, with almost 100 wounded.
A suspected suicide bomber targeted guests at a Kurdish wedding as they danced in the street.
Gaziantep, near the Syrian border, is known to have several IS cells.
"The suicide bomber who attacked the party was a child between the ages of 12 and 14," President Tayyip Erdogan said.
BBC News Aug 21
24:31 And tell the believing women to cast down their eyes and guard their private parts and not show their finery, except the outward part of it. And let them drape their bosoms with their veils ...
Let them, also, not stamp their feet, so that what they have concealed of their finery might be known. Repent to Allah, all of you, O believers, that perchance you may prosper.
Witnesses said that women and children were among the dead. If the women among the dancers were moving their feet in a way that would have revealed their finery e.g. breasts, then this is HADD offence and this is without taking into account the not insignificant sin of khalwat.
From a holy warrior's perspective their murder would have been justified even if men and children had to be killed to get to the women sinners.
Do not assume that the boy's age means he was not familiar with the Koran and what is a HADD offence.
There is a very common ceremony practiced throughout most of the Muslim world called Khatmi-Qur’an. It is the ceremony to recognize and celebrate a child’s first full reading of the Koranic text in Arabic.
Most children complete the first full reading of the Holy Book between the age of four and seven*.
(See also Transforming Children into Mass-Murderers, April 13, for another way of transforming children into mass-murderers using sayings of the Prophet.)
The bomber's age may be an indication of desperation for Islamic State to ignore the example of the Prophet who set 15 as the age a boy could participate in hostilities.
As to the killing of the innocent, in one instance, the Koran justifies their murder in the much referenced exploits of Khidr, a holy man who sinks a ship belonging "to some poor fellows" to deprive a king of his prize.
18:79 “As for the ship, it belonged to some poor fellows who worked upon the sea. I wanted to damage it, because, on their trail, there was a king, who was seizing every ship by force.
* Mosques around the world have the equivalent of Sunday school classes for children to assist parents in indoctrinating their progeny into the Koran and getting them ready for the Khatmi-Qur’an.
Unlike children learning what Allah reminds the believers are distortions of what He revealed to the Jews, the reason for sending His final instructions for mankind via the greatest communicator of them all, an illiterate Arab merchant He could trust with telling the truth, children attending classes in Koranic studies are not shielded from the nasty bits.
This is not only because the Bible, the King James version contains ten times the number of words, but what is in the Koran is not meant to be reflected upon, but memorized with the memorizers expected to do or not do what they have committed to memory.
What Were They Thinking?
August 20 - Moderates as Adversaries
In looking to stem the tide of radicalization at home, Western countries must inevitably look to the Muslim community for their miracle worker; non-Muslims, Christians in particular, being mostly clueless or notoriously misinformed about Islamic scriptures.
In any event, why would young men determined on doing God's dirty work listen to perverts.
Moderation means different things to different people as Canada's vaunted police force discovered when it gave its support, then distanced itself from the final product of the Islamic Social Services Association and the National Council of Canadian Muslims.
The RCMP has pulled its support from a handbook aimed at stopping young Canadians from being recruited by extremist groups, saying parts of the booklet have an "adversarial tone."
The police force is listed as a contributor in the handbook, titled United Against Terrorism.
CBC Sept 30, 2014
Based on the RCMP's experience, transparency must be the watchword at The Office of Community Outreach and Counter-radicalization; an open-book policy which includes keeping and making available to the general public transcripts of conversations with prospective holy warriors aimed at dissuading them from their career choice.
August 19 - Reaching a Radical
Following the fatal police shooting of would-be suicide bomber Aaron Driver, Canada’s Public Safety Minister says the Liberals will “up our game” in the fight against terrorism by imminently hiring a deradicalization adviser.
Globe and Mail, August 18, 2016
The best a deradicalization expert can to do to stop a young person bent on death and destruction is to convince them to wait; to convince them that killing a whole bunch of people here or going to Syria or some other god-forsaken place to kill people there on Allah's behalf will, at this time, do more harm than good and hope that they will outgrow their bloodlust.
To demand more from someone who knows their Koran and/or is familiar with the sayings of the Prophet is to ask them to abandon their faith (read The Real Distinction between a Moderate and an Extremist, July 1, 2016).
August 18 - It was never about the religion!
An analysis of thousands of leaked Islamic State documents reveals most of its recruits from its earliest days came only with the most basic knowledge of Islam.
The Associated Press, August 16
It was never about the religion, not then and not now. It is the booty and a licence to kill which makes Islam so attractive to so many young men who answer the call to do God's dirty work.
Can't get a date, join Islamic State and fight and kill for Allah and help yourself to what the Koran says is rightfully yours: the property of the unbelievers you kill including their wives and daughters which you can force to marry you or keep as sex-slaves to rape at your leisure.
When men are put to death en masse, it's up to the leader of the holy warriors who participated in the slaughter, as demonstrated by the Prophet after the massacre of the Jews of the Banu Qurayzah, to ensure everyone gets their fair share of the dead men's wives and children as Islamic State has been doing.
Narrated Ibn Umar:
Bani An-Nadir and Bani Quraiza fought (against the Prophet violating their peace treaty), so the Prophet exiled Bani An-Nadir and allowed Bani Quraiza to remain at their places (in Medina) taking nothing from them till they fought against the Prophet again).
He then killed their men and distributed their women, children and property among the Muslims, but some of them came to the Prophet and he granted them safety, and they embraced Islam.
For the pathetically gullible who are into instant gratification and don't care to put in the effort, the suicide bomber route is just the ticket to a supersized materialistic hedonistic life-style. One second you are here, and the next second you are there with houris and blushing maidens at your beck and call. How cool is that?
Another timely reminder about what some young people are dying for.
August 17 - The Man Who Made the Murder of Priests and Monks a Priority
The Muslim 100 - The Lives, Thoughts and Achievements of the Most Influential Muslims in History by Muhammad Mojlum Khan is a well-written, deceptively amateurish, powerful convincing argument to convert to Islam.
The author, an Imam to Her Majesty’s Prison Service, in the following excerpt from his panegyric lauds Ibn Taymiyyah (b. 1263 - d.1328) as "the Muslim world's greatest thinker, ideologue and warrior... continue
August 16 - Burkini Buzz: Corsica
A village mayor in Corsica has banned full-body swimsuits known as "burkinis" after a beach brawl between families of North African descent and local youths...
Witnesses say hatchets and harpoons were used in the Sisco beach brawl.
Witnesses say the brawl began after the Muslim families objected to photos being taken by a tourist. When a local teenager, with a group of friends on the beach, also took a photo the brawl erupted ....
BBC News, August 15, 2016
A Ferengi-like moment where real-life is stranger than the fiction of extra-terrestrials being turned on by fully-dressed females and therefore insist that they be buck naked at all times unless intimacy is in the offing.
According to Le Figaro newspaper, older men who were herding their burkini clad women and came prepared to defend their dignity attacked the teenagers with hatchets.
This is getting so weird that the weirdness may be the straw that breaks the proverbial camel's back; that will see imposing rational limits on accommodating the irrational becoming the norm.
Then again, it could go the other way, especially if pitiless violence is threatened if the irrational is not fully accommodated by the rational.
August 15 - Making It All Worthwhile
We need to step up efforts to stem Muslim youth radicalization
Sheema Khan, Globe and Mail, Aug. 14, 2016
Yes we need to, and it's urgent.
Sheema Khan is a semi-regular columnist and apologist at Canada's newspaper of record and the daily with the largest weekly readership. Unfortunately, Ms. Khan, as she tends to do, even when making observations about which we can all agree, can't resist blaming the West for the "bad things" done in the name of her God and His Messenger.
I am a regular contributor to the comment section of the Globe and Mail. More often than not my remarks about Islam will not make it pass their censor; especially if I offer a relevant, if notorious verse of the Koran and/or a saying of the Prophet.
Perhaps surprisingly, my response to Ms. Khan's accusation that it is mostly our fault if young people are attracted to terrorism, they let pass.
At Boreal, we strive to explain the ostensibly complicated in terms we can all understand. It is our motto. Maybe we are reaching you based on the praise showered on Boreal Books' rebuttal of Sheema Khan. That is encouraging.
August 14 - The New Politics
Western Democracies are undergoing fundamental changes which only those who have read the Book can fully appreciate. One of those changes will impact on how ostensibly secular democracies function, if .... continue
August 13 - The Avoidable Trials of Charlie Hebdo
France investigates threats against Charlie Hebdo newspaper
The Associated Press Aug. 12, 2016
If the Western democracies had told the homicidal protesters to stuff it and published the cartoons in solidarity with Charlie Hebdo and in defence of freedom of expression, we would not still be reading about threats against the magazine and no cartoonists need have died at the hands of extremists.
The worse is yet to come if history is any guide,
August 12 - Burkini Buzz: Cannes
The mayor of Cannes in southern France has banned full-body swimsuits known as "burkinis" from the beach ... women wearing burkinis will be invited to change into a more "respectful" costume.
BBC News, August 12
It's about showing respect, but also about removing a looming ominous presence wearing what mayor David Lisnard said "was a symbol of Islamic extremism" that might take away from your enjoyment of a day at the beach.
August 10 - Volleyball Attire at the Olympics and the Koran
Which of the two players – the hijab wearing Egyptian player on the left or the German player on the right – is dressed according to Koranic standards?
Both, with the German player slightly more so if her visible hair is taken into account. It all has to do with what Allah considers a "woman's finery" ... continue
August 9 - What Michael Phelps and God's Messenger have in common
A number of Olympians - including the most decorated Olympic athlete of all time, Michael Phelps - have been photographed with large red circles on their skin.
What are they, and why is everyone suddenly going dotty over them?
Swimmers and gymnasts, particularly from Team USA, are among those seen sporting the mysterious dots ...
They are the result of a practice known as "cupping"; an ancient therapy where heated cups are placed on the skin.
BBC News, August 8, 2016
Cupping and the Prophet
August 8 - When blowing up hospitals is a good thing, for some people
Suicide bombing at Pakistani hospital kills more than 60
Quetta - The Associated Press. Aug 8, 2016
Hospitals, as we discovered in Syria, are fair targets for holy warriors if within their precinct real and imagined enemies of Allah are being taken care of in defiance of His Decree to "overlook their injury".
33:48 And do not obey the unbelievers and the hypocrites*, overlook their injury and trust in Allah. For Allah suffices as Guardian.
* One definition of hypocrites in Allah's Book is Muslims who find reasons not to kill and die for Him.
3:167 And that He might know the hypocrites. When it was said to them: “Come, fight in the way of Allah or defend yourselves”, they replied: “If only we knew how to fight, we would have followed you.” On that day, they were closer to disbelief than to belief. They say with their tongues what is not in their hearts; and Allah knows best what they concealed!
August 7 - Could the United States be the Satan described by the Prophet?
Iran: Nuclear scientist [Shahram Amiri] executed for spying for 'Great Satan' U.S.
CNN August 7, 2016
God's Messenger on Satan, Devils and the Jinn
August 6 - Old v. Young
“ISIS will come for our women”. That’s how one resident expressed his fears about the proposed settling of refugees in the US state of Montana.
BBC Aug 4, 2016
It is young Muslim men who should worry about their women. Young women and post-pubescent girls are highly prized in Islam, especially by old and middle-age men.
It is mostly young men who kill themselves in Allah's Cause while men with long grey or greying disheveled beards stay home with the females. Why are they not the ones helping with the fight by blowing themselves up? After all, it does not require much physical stamina to walk into a crowd with a bomb under your djellaba or to drive a car full of explosives at an unsuspecting target.
Allah promised all men, not just young men, but all men who die in His Cause an out-of-this-world harem of blushing maidens and houris (sexually adept female-facsimiles).
55:56 Therein (Paradise) are maidens lowering their glances and they have not been touched, before them by any man or jinn.
56:22-24 And wide-eyed houris, Like hidden pearls; As a reward for what they used to do.
What should make middle-age and old men even more keen on killing themselves in Allah's Cause is the Prophet's disclosure that Allah will make the old young again when they enter Paradise.
It was narrated from Mu’aadh ibn Jabal that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said: “The people of Paradise will enter Paradise hairless, beardless with their eyes anointed with kohl*, aged thirty or thirty-three years.”
Could it be that the old don't believe what they are selling to gullible young people and simply want to eliminate the competition for what the apocryphal Maude Barnstone called the hard bodied.
As Judgement Day approaches, old men will do more than send young people to their death.
I heard the Prophet saying, "In the last days (of the world) there will appear young people with foolish thoughts and ideas. They will give good talks, but they will go out of Islam as an arrow goes out of its game, their faith will not exceed their throats. So, wherever you find them, kill them, for there will be a reward for their killers on the Day of Resurrection."
Bukhari 61.577 .
War and Fantasies
August 5 - Burkini Buzz: Marseille
'Burkini-only day' at French waterpark criticised
BBC Aug 4, 2016
The objections raised had less to do with the swimwear then the fact that women who refused to enjoy the public water park covered from their knees to their necks would not be allowed into the park on Burkini-only days.
The two-piece burkini (also spelled burquini) as demonstrated by Nigela Lawson (English journalist, broadcaster, television personality, gourmet, and food writer Wiki):
The two-piece burkini and it's even more modest "veilkini" may not be much of an improvement over the traditional one piece djellaba a "long loose-fitting robe with full sleeves" and a hood worn by both women and men.
Basically, for observant women, you swim, if you can call it that, in the same clothing you wear every day.
Not so for men, of course.
Following is what Dalal Al-Bizri, Lebanese sociologist and columnist for the pan-Arab daily Al-Hayat had to say about swimming fully clothed.
Any woman who has ever tried to swim fully-clothed is aware that she is not swimming; she can only, at best, struggle with the weight of her waterlogged clothing. This, in addition, to the nasty skin abrasions caused by the corrosive combination of salt and sand that gets embedded in clothing that takes forever to dry.
And of course, especially “the long, opaque djellaba” is not an impediment to sex. Quite the opposite.
By clinging to the skin, by hugging the contours of the human body, these soaking-wet garments are much more suggestive than any ordinary swimsuit. The power of seduction of young women draped in this fashion and constrained in their movements is increased tenfold.
Women's forbearance with the limits set by a prudish man and his equally puritanical mentor knows no bounds.
August 4 - Females as Frontmen for the Bad Boys of Islam
Frontman: a person who represents an organization and works to make its image more appealing to the public.
Indonesia’s top court hears case on criminalizing gay sex
Jakarta — The Associated Press, Aug 4, 2016
"Indonesia’s constitutional court is considering whether to make gay sex a crime after accepting a judicial review petition" from Family Love Alliance, an umbrella group of Islamic activists headed by a Ms. Rita Hendrawaty whose views closely parallel Baroness Warsi.
Warsi, a former chairman of the Conservative Party and senior minister in David Cameron’s government would like to see less separation of church and state in Britain and campaigns against what she calls “militant secularization.”
In Canada you had the Hérouxville Fourteen, and more recently the hijab promoters at city hall.
Margaret Wente may have an explanation for why it is women who have become the face and voice of radical Islam.
August 3 -The Death of an Extraordinary Exception
First Arab Nobel science winner Ahmed Zewail dies. The Egyptian-born Nobel-winning scientist Ahmed Zewail has died in the US, aged 70.
Mr Zewail won the Nobel chemistry prize in 1999 for his pioneering work in femtochemistry, the study of chemical reactions in ultra-short time scales.
A professor at the California Institute of Technology, he was a science advisor to President Obama and the first Arab scientist to win the Nobel Prize.
BBC Aug 3, 2016
In Allah’s Universe, you may not even speculate about what He tells you is the absolute truth, which you must believe "with certainty", no matter the incongruity.
Mr. Zewail's accomplishment is that much more extraordinary considering the disincentive that is Allah’s blanket embargo against seeking knowledge that might contradict what He has revealed in His Koran.
This impediment to the pursuit of empirical knowledge, which Al-Qaeda condemns as the whispering of Satan, may be largely responsible for the Muslims world, which constitutes 21 percent of the world’s population (2011), having produced only 10 Nobel Prize laureates, with only two in the physical sciences, Pakistani Abdus Salam 1979 laureate in physics and Ahmed Zewail 1999 chemistry.
Not to be overlooked is the requirements of an Islamic education where priority is given to learning Arabic and attempting to memorize the Koran in its entirety; the negative impact on critical thinking just as damaging, if not more, than the time not available to non-religious subjects.
August 2 - Papal Political Correctness Pilloried
Speaking onboard the papal plane as he returned to Rome from Poland, the Pope told reporters why he doesn't uses the word "Islam'' when discussing terrorism.
"It's not right to identify Islam with violence. It's not right and it's not true,'' he said. "I believe that in every religion there is always a little fundamentalist group.''
And referring to organised crime in Italy, he added: "These are baptised Catholics. If I speak of Islamic violence, then I have to speak of Catholic violence.''
... It inspired @HaussmannParis to create the hashtag #PasMonPape which translates as "not my Pope". A hashtag which within hours became the number one trend in France, which has suffered several Jihadist terror attacks in recent weeks.
As the hashtag gained traction it became clear that @HaussmannParis was not alone in thinking that the pontiff had betrayed the Catholic faith.
BBC News, August 2
Equating Islamic terrorism with ordinary non-sectarian murders committed by the mafia is a bit of an apple and oranges comparison unless it is about two criminal organisations. If that was not the Pope's intention, he might as well have brought up The Inquisition for which the Figaro has a ready answer.
July 30 - Birds of a Feather
The world’s at war, but not a war of religions, Pope Francis says
Krakow, Poland - The Associated Press, Jul 29
Of course he would say that!
Reads well, but shops would be very reluctant to stock something on this subject that isn't by a scholar or authority of some kind or other. If you could get some endorsements.
In looking to satisfy a publisher’s requirement that I obtain the endorsement of a religious scholar or authority of some type before they would consider publishing Pain, Pleasure and Prejudice, my wife's cousin, who was then Rector of Saint Paul University in Ottawa arranged for me to meet with an eminent European theologian and guest lecturer at the university who had written extensively on Islam and the Koran.
He asked if my book presented the Koran or the Prophet in a positive light. I said "no, not always". He refused to even read it and handed me back my manuscript.
His concern was that the Bible also contained questionable passages, and for him to endorse a book that contained even mild criticisms of the Koranic text was to invite retaliation in kind which would only benefit the enemies of religion.
The Pope, the archbishops*, the ayatollahs, the mullahs, the rabbis ... all birds of a feather.
* This us against them cronyism was evident in Archbishop Rowan Douglas Williams' chastisement of the British government for urging Muslims to discard the niqab (a face covering veil with a narrow slit for the eyes), warning "it would advance the cause of secularism in British society.”