A selection of commentaries from the past 9 years
Dec 25 - Merry Christmas
Allah's antipathy towards those who say Jesus is the Son Of God means that in increasingly large parts of the world, the celebration of His birth must be extremely circumspect so as to avoid a time of joy becoming a time of sorrow.
Have a safe and merry Christmas.
Dec 23 - Found Koran
Dec 10 - Crying Out Loud - Why Good People do Evil
.... for good people to do evil things, that takes religion.
Steven Weinberg, Nobel Laureate, 1979
Last night, a French channel showed an interview with a hacker, whose identity of course was kept hidden, who had intercepted a conversation between a suicide bomber and his handler.
The most pathetic and moving part of the recorded exchange was that the soon to be dead young man was crying while his handler calmly assured him that he would soon be in Paradise where he, in his final words of encouragement, said he would soon be joining him, Allah willing.
The crying voice is now believed to be that of the Tunisian bus bomber.
Another cry (no pun intended) for a dialogue on the Koran,
Dec 6 - San Bernardino Slaughter
News reports now say that both Farook and his wife Malik did what is expected of holy warriors after spending time in Saudi Arabia. They could have been radicalized anywhere, for the reach of the propagators of Wahabism extends well beyond the boundaries of the Peninsula.
Nov 18 - Guys and Gals and Massacres in Allah's Name
Paris suicide bomber blows herself up as police storm suburb in hunt for mastermind
Ottawa Citizen, Nov 18
Guys blowing themselves up and shredding or setting the innocent on fire on a god's promise of an eternity of orgiastic sex with multiple partners including those famous female facsimiles, the houris, makes sense in a ghastly sort of way.
I cannot imagine a more unattractive life than an eternity without challenges, which seems to be most religion's idea of Paradise. Islam does offer the possibility of competitions to see who can fornicate with more houris on a given day, but that can get old real fast, especially for the cerebral types.
And for women, it's not so much a Paradise, but a constant struggle with all those heavenly sexually adept perpetual virgins, the houris, for the attention of their former earth-bound husbands.
Girls, IT'S NOT WORTH IT!
July 20 - It's A Crime!
Cameron warned that “strong, positive Muslim voices” are being drowned out by those who espouse the extremist ideology of ISIL.
Reuters, July 20
If positive voices are bring drowned out, blame the post subway bombings legislation which made discussing the root cause of what is happening in Britain a crime.
July 19 - Depressing!
Chattanooga shooter suffered from depression, family says
The family of the man who authorities say killed four Marines and sailor in Chattanooga said in a statement that their son Muhammad Youssef Abdulazeez suffered from depression and was not the son they knew.
The Associated Press, July 19, 2015
It must be depressing for many Muslim men who aspire to more than a hedonistic lifestyle when they die to know that, in the end, the best that Allah’s afterlife has to offer for killing and dying in His Cause is permanent erections and non-stop, assembly-line sex with perpetual virgins and sexually adept female facsimiles, the infamous houris.
June 30 - Sorcery and Islam
Reuters reports that two Syrian women accused of sorcery were beheaded by Islamic State.
Sorcery is 32nd in the list of 40 Greater Sins (or Grave Sins), sins where the Koran, or a saying of the Prophet explicitly state, or imply that those who commit these sins will go to Hell.
June 13 - From Bulldozing to Bombing Treasured Ancient Relics
UNESCO has condemned the destruction of "'one of the world's oldest jewels' of Islamic culture in an air strike on the old city of Sana'a, a World Heritage Site.
Having bulldozed treasures of both antiquity and Islam's founding within their territory, the Saudis are now sending bombers to destroy what is beyond the reach of their excavators.
What is believed to be an earlier version of the Koran, the Sana'a Manuscripts, was found in 1972 during renovations of the Great Mosque of Sana'a in Yemen.
When Yemeni authorities were informed that this earlier Koran contained minor but significant differences from the version that orthodox Islam maintains is the perfect unchanging Word of God, they restricted access to the more than 40,000 pieces of parchment of which only an estimated 15,000 had been reviewed by Islamic and Western scholars.
June 12 - The Koran and Sedition
Boko Haram fighters burnt down six north-east Nigerian villages and killed 37 people near the insurgents’ Sambisa Forest stronghold …
many victims of Wednesday night’s attacks were farmers who had recently returned home after soldiers earlier this year forced the extremists out of the area where they had declared an Islamic caliphate.
Associated Press, June 12.
Holy warriors live, kill and die by the Koran; so, when holy warriors do something exceptional like destroying entire villages I look to the Koran for the verse that gives them the right. Could that be revelation 2:191?
2:191 Kill them wherever you find them and drive them out from wherever they drove you out. Sedition is worse than slaughter. Do not fight them at the Sacred Mosque until they fight you at it. If they fight you there kill them. Such is the reward for the unbelievers.
With the words "sedition is worse than slaughter" Allah reminds the believers that He would rather see the inhabitants of a region, city or community seeking to secede put to death rather than have them abandon Islam.
June 7 - Raef Badawi's Sentence
Saudi Supreme Court upholds verdict against liberal blogger flogged for insulting Islam
Associated Press, Jun. 07, 2015
Badawi, 30, has been sentenced to 1,000 lashes and a 10 year jail sentence for expressing an opinion in a blog which displeased the ruling royal family.
The most severe whipping in the Koran is reserved for adulterers, not bloggers.
24:2 The adulteress and the adulterer, whip each one of them a hundred lashes; and let no pity move you in Allah’s religion, regarding them; if you believe in Allah and the Hereafter. And let a group of believers witness their punishment.
The arrogance of the Saudi Princes and their Sharia Court imposing a sentence that is ten times what Allah recommends, short of death, for an offence that is not even in the top ten.
If Allah says a public whipping is the punishment for adultery, why are women accused of adultery still susceptible to being stoned to death in countries where the Koran is the law?
May 20 - Sex, Drugs and Rock and Roll vs. Sex, Booty and Blood
RCMP intercept 10 at Montreal airport suspected of wanting to join jihadist groups,
Globe and Mail, May 20
'Money, guns, girls' is how ISIS recruits in the West writes Chloe Combi a consultant on youth issues for the Mayor of London.
The struggle for young males as defined by Islam could be summarized as sex (seduction), drugs and rock and roll vs. sex-on-demand, booty and blood with the latter being associated with a higher morality and God's Will.
Most of us, even when we have indulged in too much sex (seduction), drugs and rock and roll as adolescents, grow up to be responsible adults, while retaining a fondness for seduction and rock and roll.
Holy warriors, because God's Will is largely unchanging, should they outgrow their appetite for booty and killing lovers of music and sex as seduction, they too can be hunted down and murdered. That is perhaps the greater tragedy for it perpetuates a vicious circle of rape, killing and cupidity, all in the name of God
That young girls would want to follow their young men is understandable, even without the promise that, should they or the love of their life die a martyr, they will be reunited in Paradise and their love will be a love that will last for an eternity. How romantic is that!
For girls who could not find a boy to love them in this life, Allah promises to find them a suitable match in the Hereafter.
May 5 – Everything You've Ever Wanted to Know about Abrogation
It is with some trepidation that I have made available what will undoubtedly be my last and most controversial book on the Koran. Welcome to Let Me Rephrase That!
May 4 - A consequence of a lack of solidarity in the defence of freedom of expression
Police kill two gunmen outside Prophet Mohammed cartoon contest in Texas
Associated Press, May 4, 2015
If more newspapers had defended freedom of expression by publishing the cartoons when they first appeared, they would not have become a symbol of a struggle between us and them, the cartoonists at Charlie Hebdo would probably still be alive, nobody would care about a silly cartoon competition in Texas, and I would not be worried about a book cover.
May 2 - More Dead Yazidis
Islamic State: Militants 'kill 300 Yazidi captives'
BBC May 2, 2015
April 26 -The Real Meaning of Boko Haram
Boko Haram is a nickname, given to it by Nigerians when it was formed in 2002. In the regional Hausa language, Boko Haram means Western education is forbidden. Its official name Jama'atu Ahlis Sunna Lidda'awati wal-Jihad in Arabic means 'People Committed to the Propagation of the Prophet's Teachings and Jihad'.
BBC April 25
This is very much the same mission as Islamic State "which accepted a pledge of allegiance from Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau in March, giving the group its first foothold in sub-Saharan Africa in its efforts to create a global caliphate."
April 18 - A Matter of Interest
A motorcycle-riding suicide bomber attacked a bank branch Saturday in eastern Afghanistan, killing at least 35 people in a deadly attack the country’s president said was claimed by the Islamic State group.
Associated Press, April 18
The bank may not have been the target of Islamic State for, like other terrorist groups with a global or regional reach, it depends on the banking system to funnel funds to where they are most needed to further Allah's Cause.
This valuable service may explain why Western and western-style banks are seldom the targets of holy warriors despite Allah's pathological hatred of money-lenders who charge interest.
The Prophet's own aversion to the charging of interest may have had something to do with his experience as a borrower. Allah's Messenger would extend His Mentor's prohibition against earning interest on loans to the barter of goods.
April 16 - Lebensraum
Italy's migration crisis took on a deadly new twist Thursday as police in Sicily reported that Muslim migrants had thrown 12 Christians overboard during a recent crossing from Libya, and an aid group said another 41 were feared drowned in a separate incident.
Does not bode well for lesser and non-believers sharing the overcrowded fragile craft that is our planet with willing executioners.
April 7 - Doing What He Would Do If He Were Here!
March 24 - Farkhunda, the Hypatia of a New Dark Age
March 18 - Allowing the Veil will not appease the "Bearded Ones"
Tourists killed, others taken hostage in attack on Tunisian parliament,
TUNIS — Reuters, Mar 18, 2015
The women of Tunisia thought that making sure that not a single hair was visible when going out in public (many opting for the full body covering including the oppressive veil) would be enough to get the bearded bullies off their backs. It wasn't!
At a barbecue at our house last summer a good friend despaired of her birthplace becoming a dark, joyless place where women are nowhere to be seen; the type of place that only the men of Islamic State could love.
Imagine her surprise when she returned to Tunisia, as she does every year to visit with her husband who retired to his ancestral home on the idyllic island of Djerba, and heard a voice on the radio advising women venturing out to go to work, to do so in groups to avoid being intimidated by "les barbus" (the bearded ones) into returning home.
In less than a year the "bearded ones" have gravitated from harassing women to killing and kidnapping Islamic State style. It does not bode well for the country that ignited the Arab Spring.
March 17 - What to Wear? Men vs. Women!
The Prophet was not only into telling people what to believe and how to behave but also what they should wear for this or that occasion. For example he mandated that a woman be veiled when answering the call of nature in nature so as to hide her identity from males doing the same thing within close proximity.
God's Messenger was not only concerned how women dressed but men as well. Take for instance his dress code for a Muhrim, a man who is not eligible to wed the females in his presence because of his suckling their breast milk.
Narrated Ibn Umar:
A person asked Allah's Apostle, "What should a Muhrim wear?"
He replied, "He should not wear shirts, trousers, a burnus (a hooded cloak), or clothes which are stained with saffron or Wars (a kind of perfume). Whoever does not find a sandal to wear can wear Khuffs, but these should be cut short so as not to cover the ankles"
Unlike believing women, modern believing men tend to be less concerned about what they wear, except when going on Pilgrimage, when conditions don't call for it or times have changed. It may be this practical less sheepish aspect of the believing male's personality that endeared him to his Maker.
March 11 - Why indeed!
Why did thousands have to die before Boko Haram was taken seriously?
Globe and Mail, Mar 11
Part of the problem, in my opinion, was Amnesty International which, until recently, very much painted the Nigerian military as the villain every time it engaged Boko Haram. The organisation seems to have a problem differentiating between the likes of Boko Haram and opposition from armed groups with legitimate grievances and with whom you can negotiate.
I am not suggesting that they give the military a pass, but they should understand the problems they face fighting what is very much a death cult whose members not only seek to kill you but to be killed (surrender is not an option for them) and thereby gain instant, no questions asked, access to Paradise.
March 9 - Ivana Hoffman and the Women of Sumer
German national Ivana Hoffman, 19, died Saturday while fighting with the Kurds against Islamic State. More women like her will be needed to save the civilization smart women invented and which stupid women would destroy
Feb 15 - Copenhagen Attacks
There is a brutal logic in Islamists attacks on freedom of speech and expression for it leaves their religion vulnerable to ridicule more than any other mainstream religion e.g. abrogation.
Feb 12 - For Whom the Muezzin Tolls
About a month ago, a strange controversy broke out at Duke. The university had planned to allow Muslim students to broadcast the call to prayer from the chapel bell tower once a week. After a flood of complaints, threats from donors and security concerns, the school backed down.
For some Muslim American students, it was a small but telling indignity – a reminder that a significant portion of their neighbours considered a core portion of their identity, if not malicious, at least alien.
Omar El Akkad, Globe and Mail, Feb 12, 2014,
Islam is the proselytizing religion par-excellence and the brazen, loud call to prayer is central to that effort of getting converts. Is it any wonder there was opposition.
Feb 3 - Lessons in Cruelty
ISIS ... releases lavish video of Jordanian pilot being TORCHED to death in a cage,
Daily Mail, Feb 3
Jan 11 - The Meaning of Silence and the New York Times
In Nigeria, new Boko Haram suicide bomber tactic: ‘It’s a little girl’
The New York Times News Service, Jan 10, 2015
Far be it for me to criticize the New York Times' reporting, but in suggesting that a ten year old girl may not have consented to blowing herself up and killing at least twenty people at an outdoor market is beside the point.
Under Sharia law, the legal age a female can make an informed choice is nine years old. If she said nothing because she did not know what was being asked of her, under Islamic law she is deemed to have given her approval. This is based on a response by the Prophet to a question about a virgin consenting to a marriage by remaining silent.
Narrated Abu Huraira:
The Prophet said, "A matron should not be given in marriage except after consulting her; and a virgin should not be given in marriage except after her permission."
The people asked, "O Allah's Apostle! How can we know her permission?"
He said, "Her silence (indicates her permission)."
Jan 10 - Another Faustian bargain in the offing?
French Prime Minister declares 'war' against radical Islam
The New York Times Jan. 10 2015
Will France's war against extremism be like the one conducted in Britain after the subway bombings, a phony war to disguise a Faustian bargain?
Jan 7 - Charlie Hebdo Slaughter
Today, gunmen shouting Allahu Akbar! (Arabic for “God is great”) shot dead 12 people at the Paris offices of the magazine Charlie Hebdo for satirizing God's self-proclaimed last and greatest spokesperson, the Prophet Muhammad, and his fanatical followers.
Dec 27 - Self-Radicalization: Middleman Not Required
The Koran is a short book by holy book standards, 300 hundred pages of clear, precise unambiguous instructions, give or take a page depending on the font and the... more
Dec 16 - The Koran and the murder of Children
Scores of children dead in Taliban school attack in Pakistan At least 126 people, most of them children, were killed on Tuesday when Taliban gunmen stormed a school in the Pakistani city of Peshawar,
Reuters and Associated Press, Dec 16
Suicide bomber disguised in school uniform kills 48 students at Nigerian school,
Associated Press, Nov. 10
The Koran, with the story of Moses and a journey he undertook with a fellow by the name of Khidr legitimizes the slaughter of children if their murder is in Allah's Cause.
Nov 22 - Knowledge To Save Your Life
Al Shabaab executes 28 non-Muslims on Kenyan bus ... three of the group led out to be killed saved their lives by reciting verses of the Koran for the militants
Reuters, Nairobi November 22
Sooner or later in may be in all our interest to heed Boom-Boom's advice and commit a few of Allah's revelations to memory.
Boom-Boom: What is your favourite verse of the Koran?
Johnny: I don’t have one.
Boom-Boom: Sure you do. In this day and age everybody does. Your life may depend on it. One day you will be walking down a dark, deserted street and a man will approach you, not to ask you for money, but to ask you to recite a verse from the Koran and your ability to correctly recite a verse from that book will determine whether you live or die. Tell me you at least know the Shahadah?
For the 79 victims (including 29-year-old Canadian diplomat Annemarie Desloges) of al-Shabab (The Youths) at Nairobi's Westgate Mall, knowing the name of the Prophet’s mother was the difference between life and death. Anyone who said Amina was spared.
Oct 16 - The Brave and the Cowardly
Pakistan’s first woman sentenced to death for blasphemy loses appeal … two top Pakistani politicians who sought to intervene on her behalf were gunned down.
Lahore, Reuters, Oct 16
Oct 12 - Plagues and The Prophet
If it's any comfort, believers who die from plagues such as Ebola, if they stayed put, will be considered martyrs with all the extras that entails.
I asked Allah's Apostle about the plague.
He said, "That was a means of torture which Allah used to send upon whom-so-ever He wished, but He made it a source of mercy for the believers, for anyone who is residing in a town in which this disease is present, and remains there and does not leave that town, but has patience and hopes for Allah's reward, and knows that nothing will befall him except what Allah has written for him, then he will get such reward as that of a martyr."
Not travelling, if you have symptoms of a contagious deadly disease is definitely uncharacteristic good advice that should be heeded by believers and unbelievers alike.
Oct 2 - A Primordial Fear and Discrimination
Australian Parliament’s ban on veiled visitors insulting, critics charge. Visitors who wear face veils to Australia’s Parliament House have been restricted to enclosed galleries.
The Associated Press, Oct 2.
If someone rang my door bell wearing a mask, I wouldn't open the door.
Canadian Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs Josée Verner, March 2010.
Sept 7 - Confronting the Horrible Truth
Aug 16 - Secularism, the Saudis and the Tunisian Experience
Secularism came to us on the back of a tank, and it has remained under its protection ever since.
The Saudis are very much to blame for needing tanks to protect secularism in the Muslim word. From Trofimov's interview with Tunisian writer and former diplomat Abdallah Amami:
In the twilight of the Bourguida era (first President of the Republic of Tunisia. In office from July 25, 1957 to 7 November 1987) Saudi Arabia's Wahhabi religious establishment flooded libraries in Tunisia—as in the rest of the Muslim world—with Qurans and books propagating its particular [virulent] brand of Islam.
Before the Saudis, there was Zeitouna
Aug 15 - Why advisers on religion should be atheists
You may remember Baroness Sayeeda Warsi from a posting about her and women like her who seek to change a society which considers them equal by giving a larger role in public affairs to a religion which does not.
The Baroness has resigned as Minister of Faith in David Cameron’s Cabinet because of what she says is a “morally indefensible responses” to the crisis in Gaza, going as far as suggesting (if not encouraging), that it could trigger more terrorist attacks on British soil.
I believe, that if you are going to have a Minister of Faith in the Cabinet, he or she should be an atheist so that every religion gets the respect it deserves and the Prime Minister impartial advice on religious matters.
Aug 14 - Crucifixions Compared
The reported Crucifixions carried out by IS holy warriors may not have been only of Christians but of apostates.
How can you tell if it was a Christian or an apostate who was crucified?
If the apostate was crucified in Allah's recommended manner, he or she would first have had a hand and foot, on alternate sides, chopped off. This gruesome punishment which is part, in one form or another, of all mainstream schools of Sharia law is based on a number of revelations including what Pharaoh said He would do to his apostate magicians in the here-and-now.
June 29 - The Indecent Silence
Libya in shock after murder of human rights activist Salwa Bugaighis
Salwa Bugaighis was stabbed and shot through the head by gunmen who broke into her house in the eastern city of Benghazi, wounding a security guard and abducting her husband, who remains missing.
The Guardian, June 26, 2013
June 28 - Honour Killings!
May 23 - Rocks from heaven
On late Friday night into Saturday morning, North America will likely see a brand new meteor shower called the Camelopardalids – with a compelling chance that these gentle shooting stars could become a torrential meteor storm and provide quite a light show.
Tonight could see the greatest confrontation between angels and jinns in decades. In the Koran (37:10) meteors are rocks thrown by the angel at jinns flying up to heaven to eavesdrop on Allah's conversations with them.
April 19 - Good Friday
My wife and I, and another couple, on Good Friday, were dinner guests of a delightful Muslim hostess. She made us her country's national dish, couscous. Thinking we were observant of the old customs, she made it with fish. How thoughtful.
April 8 - Preventing Another Holocaust
Tradition has it that it was an attempt on their Prophet's life which caused his death four years later.
The Church, by blaming the Jews for the death of Jesus made it easier for those who perpetrated the holocaust to go about their business with a clear conscience. The Christian churches have learned their lessons, and the Romans of antiquity are now correctly identified as those who caused the death of the Christians' Jewish Messiah.
Islam should do the same and admit, based on more credible hadith evidence, that their Messiah's death was an accident and not a Jewish woman's fault. It might even prevent another holocaust.
March 16 - Limiting Brainwashing to the Sanctity of the Home
March 9 - A Special Madness
Hollywood blockbuster 'Noah' faces ban in Arab world … Islam frowns upon representing holy figures in art …
Cairo, Reuters March 8, 2014
Actually, Islam, the Sunni variety, frowns on any type of art form where humans or animals are depicted, but you already knew that.
Noah, in the Koran is quite the power-hungry buffoon, and like most of the important people from the Hebrew Bible whom Allah invited to strut their stuff in his Koran, a mass-murderer who calls on Allah to bring death and destruction to his people for thinking him a fraud, and which the author of the Koran was more than happy to oblige.
There may be more than meets the eye in Islamic scholars not wanting to give Noah and other interlopers from the Bible too much exposure; it might get people interested in what Allah revealed they actually said and did, and who knows where that will lead.
The depiction of a life-like Noah in a movie is not expected to provoke the massive hysterical reaction witnessed after the publication of cartoons of another of god's self-proclaimed spokesperson.
March 5 - Terrorists' Trouble with Truces
Pakistani Taliban announces one-month cease-fire
Associated Press, March 1, 2014
At least 11 killed in brazen attack on Pakistani court
Reuters, March 3, 2014
One reason Islamic terrorist groups have difficulty in enforcing a truce is the Prophet granting every Muslim the equivalent of a licence to kill other Muslims at his discretion. It all has to do with your interpretation of God's Will, and a feeling that Judgement Day is at hand.
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."
The Prophet's invitation to murder young people who would think outside the box he and Allah constructed for the believers, is in keeping with his Patron's invectives against would-be-reformers.
Feb 22 - Those damn, smarter-than-asses, American college girls!
Aisha said [to Muhammad]: "You have made us equal to the dogs and the asses."
I do not envy the angel who has to, again, inform the Prophet in his grave, after he preached during his lifetime that women were as dumb asses, if not dumber, that another young women, a sophomore of all people, won the Jeopardy College Tournament, bettering two seniors of the gender his Patron in His Koran said were superior to females in everything by at least one degree.
You go girl, and don't let anything that hateful man said stop you!
Jan 30 - Reaping what you sow!
About a million people in the Central African Republic - 20% of the population - have fled their homes during months of communal violence after Seleka (Muslims) rebels seized power last March.
BBC News January 30, 2014
And the killing started, and now Christians are killing Muslims. How did we come to this?
In the beginning, a man came along preaching that his father loved everyone and we should all love each other unconditionally.
600 years later, another man came along and said that the first man had not only lied about his relationship with God, but misinterpreted His message; that God only loves those who submit to His Will and hates everyone else, and so should those who submit to His Will, the most accepted meaning of Muslim.
Hate, it would seem, triumphs over love. It could not be any other way, for hate today comes well-armed and ready to kill and terrorize.
Christians are learning that in order to survive to love another day, they must adopt some of the haters' tactics, and that is unfortunate.
Jan 14 - Women, why do you even bother?
Dec 29 - The most harmful affliction known to man
Female suicide bomber kills 14 at Russian rail station.
LA Times, Dec 29, 2013
Female suicide bombers kill dozens in suicide blasts on Moscow subway
Globe and Mail, March 29, 2010
[Female] Suicide bomber kills 46 in Baghdad
Globe and Mail, Feb. 01, 2010
The Prophet said, "After me I have not left any affliction more harmful to men than women." Bukhari 62.33
Allah may also be of that opinion considering women's status in Paradise. Even females who commit mass-murder on His behalf will find living in heaven not that much different from the daily existence of the vast majority of women of Saudi Arabia. I hope the girls and women who kill and die for a better life there are not too disappointed.
Dec 20 - Winging It!
Angels don’t have wings, Catholic Church expert says.
Globe and Mail Dec 20, 2013
Both Allah and His Messenger would beg to disagree:
35:1 Praise be to Allah, Originator of the heavens and the earth, Who appointed the angels as messengers, having wings twofold, threefold and fourfold. He increases the creation as He wills. Allah, indeed, has power over everything.
The Prophet said: "When Allah has ordained some affair in the Heaven, the angels beat with their wings in obedience to His statement, which sounds like a chain dragged over a rock."
Sept 29 - Weekend Massacres
At least 42 students killed, 18 injured in Nigeria college attack
Associated Press Sept 29
An explosion has ripped through a market in the north-western Pakistani city of Peshawar, leaving at least 33 dead and dozens wounded.
BBC Sept 29
At least 26 killed in blast in Shia mosque south of Baghdad, just hours after suicide car bombing kills 11 in Erbil.
Al-Jazeera Sept 29
Friday is Islam’s Koran heavy day of worship and exhortation to persevere in bringing about Allah's Kingdom on earth. This may explain why holy warriors tend to commit their acts of terrorisms and mass-murder the next day, or the day after.
Sept 22 - From Heretics to Christians
A pair of suicide bombers blew themselves up outside a 130-year-old church in Pakistan after Sunday Mass, killing at least 78 people in the deadliest attack on Christians in the predominantly Muslim South Asian country ...
Explosions struck the historic white-stone All Saints Church in the city of Peshawar as hundreds of parishioners, many of them women and children, streamed out of the building.
Reuters, Sept 22, 2013
At least 68 people have been killed and 175 injured in an attack by militants on a shopping centre in Kenya's capital, Nairobi.
BBC Sept 22
Since the Iraq invasion al-Qaeda’s primary focus has been on killing heretics e.g. Shias. This week, it is Kenyan and Pakistani Christians that have borne the brunt of Allah’s murderous rage. Has there been a shift in strategy by al-Qaeda and its affiliates?
Most likely, it is meant to attract followers who will not kill other Muslims, but are willing to slaughter those whom Allah considers perverts for insisting He shares power with a son.
July 24 - Vesicovaginal Fistula
Nigeria: Islamic and secular laws clash; senator married to child obstructs vote on age
“By Islamic law any woman that is married, she is of age, so if you now say she is not of age then it means that you are going against Islamic law,” declared [senator] Yerima.
Washington Post, July 23, 2013
"Every Nigerian should bow his or her head in shame because instead of crushing the head of the lustful beast that seeks to fornicate with our children, to steal their virtues and to destroy their future, what the Senate did the other day was to compromise with and cater for the filthy appetites and godless fantasies of a bunch of child molesters and sexual predators,”
Femi Fani-Kayode, chief and former Cabinet Minister, in a letter to The Vanguard, a Nigerian newspaper:
Pedophilia is more than a moral or religious issue.
July 14 - Thinking of Women with Guns
The most senior female police officer in Afghanistan’s Helmand province, and a symbol of improving women’s rights in the face of Taliban hostility, [Lt Islam Bibi, 37] has been shot dead [outside her home].
Her death came as four girls were also killed in a roadside blast in Helmand … the four girls, said to be aged between seven and twelve, were attending a wedding in Lashkar Gah and had gone to collect water from a stream when the explosives detonated.
BBC New, July 4, 2013
A more visible and orderly way will be found to execute, as was done the last time around, boisterous girls and females of all ages who dared to leave the home to work and attend classes, once the Taliban has murdered or negotiated its way back into power.
The more than 10,430 (International Crisis Group) religious fanatic factories that are the madrassas (Islamic religious schools) of Pakistan alone are sufficient to ensure that the supply of Students of the Koran (the meaning of Taliban) will always exceed the capacity of the forces sent to eradicate them. So how do we give the women Afghanistan a fighting a chance to save their lives?
Perhaps it’s time to think about arming the free women of Afghanistan so that they will be able to fight for their lives once the Students of the Koran reimpose the authority of the most vengeful of gods on that forsaken country.
May 14 - Women ...
Female fans flock to Tsarnaev
CNN May 14
The Prophet said, "Isn’t the witness of a woman equal half that of a man?"
The women said, "Yes."
He said: "This is because of the deficiency of the woman’s mind."
March 12 - Making a non-relative huggable
Iran's Ahmadinejad draws ire for taboo hug
Senior Iranian clerics have scolded President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad for consoling Hugo Chavez’s mother with a hug – a physical contact considered a sin under Iran’s strict Islamic codes.
“Touching a non-mahram [a woman who is not a close relative] is forbidden under any circumstances, whether shaking hands or touching by the cheek,” said one of the clerics,”
The Globe and Mail. March 12
Not "under any circumstances". Under another quirky disposition of Sharia Law, if the mother of the deceased Venezuelan President had, during Ahmadinejad’s friendship with her son, suckled him, as unlikely as that seems, the hug would not have been a sin.
A tearful Ahmadinejad comforts a grieving mother with a hug and clerics from another world are all over him. Almost makes you feel sorry for the guy.
November 11 - Return of the Slavers
When radical Islamists in northern Mali began chopping off the hands of accused thieves and stoning unwed couples to death, the world was shocked by the brutality...
The first to be persecuted were Mali’s most vulnerable people: the descendants of slaves. As northern Mali falls under the control of Islamist and separatist rebels, traditional forms of discrimination and slavery are making a disturbing return...
Globe and Mail, November 11, 2012
March 4 - No Resting Place
British war graves in Libya desecrated by Islamist militants
The Observer, March 4, 2012
Today, it’s a cemetery containing the remains of British soldiers who died fighting in a foreign land and were buried where they fell; tomorrow it may be a cemetery closer to home.
December 26 - Christians at Risk!
12 killed in attacks on two churches in Nigeria.
They were the latest strikes against Christians in the region ... More than 30 people died in a wave of Christmas Day attacks in the north last year, blamed on Boko Haram.
CNN, December 26, 2012
October 25 - The Ties That Bind
Afghanistan would support Pakistan in war with U.S., Karzai says
Globe and Mail, October 23, 2011
There are no stronger bonds than those that bind co-religionists. Not even family:
9:23 O believers, do not take your fathers and brothers as friends, if they prefer disbelief to belief. Those who take them as friends are the wrongdoers.
Dec 30 - A happy, safe and prosperous New Year
As we celebrate the end, and the beginning of the Julian year, a reminder that measuring the length of a year based on the time it takes the earth to complete a full orbit of its sun does not have the Koran's approval. When it comes to measuring the macro passage of time, Allah is somewhat old-fashion. If His calendar, with its 354 days year was good enough for Stone Age man, then it should be good enough for us.
Dec 14 - Where Sweden's first suicide bomber became radicalized
Dec 7 - "In retaliation there is life for you..."
April 3 - Taliban suicide bombers kill 42 (Sufis) at Pakistan shrine AP
Sufis also worship Allah through song and dance.
September 20 - Men and Women 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
The Root of Wild Madder was a gift from Sohrab.
Nov 17 - Teenage Girls Doused With Acid
Kandahar: Afghan girl, 18, blinded in acid attack -- A girl was blinded yesterday morning when six teenage girls were doused with acid on their way to school [by men on motorcycles]. In hospital, the girl shook with pain when medicine was dripped into her eyes in a vain attempt to save her sight...
Ottawa Citizen, November 13, 2008.
Can we leave Afghanistan before men who would do such a thing have been defeated?
December 14 -Women as Flowers
Some have called for the outspoken Egyptian Minister of Culture Farouk Hosni's head for suggesting that a women’s hair, like beautiful flowers, makes the world a more attractive place and should not be covered by what he calls "a symbol of backwardness."