Wednesday, October 31, 2007
What does "forced homosexuality" mean?
So a male can't rape another male but can force him to be a homosexual which also means that the forced one will be prosecuted for "being/becoming" homosexual.
This is as bad as Pakistan's notorious rape laws regarding women.
In other words, the wall has the same effect on Palestinian Christians as on all Palestinians.
Although The Jerusalem Post wanted to blame it all on the Palestinians, the Archbishop didn't budge.
Tuesday, October 30, 2007
when evil-doing comes like falling rainBy Betolt Brecht
Like one who brings an important
letter to the counter after
office hours: the counter is already closed.
Like one who seeks to warn the
city of an impending flood,
but speaks another language. They do not understand him.
Like a beggar who knocks for the
fifth time at the door where he has four times been given
something: the fifth time he is hungry.
Like one whose blood flows from
a wound and who awaits
the doctor: his blood goes on flowing.
So do we come forward and report that evil has been done us.
The first time it was reported that our friends were being
butchered there was a cry of horror. Then a hundred
were butched. But when a thousand were butchered
and there was no end to the butchery, a blanket of
When evil-doing comes like falling rain, no body calls out
When crimes begin to pile up they become invisible. When
sufferings become unendurable the cries are no longerheard. The cries, too, fall like rain in summer.
Friday, October 26, 2007
What do these people want? Ban the Koran and outlaw the religion of 1.2 billion people? They are insane.
But I really pity that panel on diversity! Do they have an uphill battle or what?
Wednesday, October 24, 2007
"Even today many women in Afghanistan still wear burkas, or are almost completely covered."
Oh, "Even Today"!!! how disappointing. We told them several times to stop wearing that thing but they insist on it! Hopeless creatures! They just don't listen. We give up!
"Israel really brings hope to the region."
"My greatest fear for Israel is that it will lose the will to fight. Its founders are dying off, and now the same liberalism that is making the West weak is here too. I'm afraid Israel will give away too much, and the country will become too small to defend. Because the more you give, the more the Arabs want; it's part of the Arab culture."
You can see why she is so beloved by Palestinian bashers. David Horowitz had her narrate his ugly u tube film against women in Islam. So much is made of her Palestinianness--to authenticate her and give her words authority. Like Hirsi Ali and Wafa Sultan, she is an "escapee" of her culture, which, paradoxically, makes her a spokeswoman "for" it, representing it in every Palestinian and Islam bashing forum.
Tuesday, October 23, 2007
Friday, October 12, 2007
But there is some good news:
"n Bangladesh, a massive decrease in maternal deaths has occurred because women now have access to safe abortion services and emergency obstetric care, another study by Dr Carine Ronsmans from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine showed."
And of course the other good news is that although little progress has been on let's save women's lives front, much progress has been made on the Viagra front!
Thursday, October 11, 2007
Wednesday, October 10, 2007
I spent 25 Ramadans in Ramallah and nobody felt the need then to police people's behavior. Surveillance by the Israeli occupation and its spies was more than enough. But I guess when you don't have anything of substance to offer your people, you unleash a moral police on them to give the impression that you rule.
In sum, when you can't liberate Palestine (or even the Irsal street), bully the women.
Tuesday, October 09, 2007
The land is slated to be used for a new Palestinian road that would connect East Jerusalem with Jericho. That in turn would "free up" the E-1 area between Jerusalem and Ma'aleh Adumim - through which the current Jerusalem-Jericho road runs - for a long-planned Jewish development consisting of 3,500 apartments and an industrial park....The land is being confiscated from the villages of Abu Dis, Arab al-Sawahra, Nebi Musa and Talhin Alhamar....The plan also noted that the proposed housing development in E-1 would create an uninterrupted urban expanse between Jerusalem and Ma'aleh Adumim. Such an expanse would effectively sever the territorial contiguity between the northern and southern West Bank."
Sunday, October 07, 2007
Are Muslims nowadays so dazed and confused, so hapless, that they need a fatwa for everything, from how long to brush their teeth to how much wallnuts to put into Ramadan's quatayef?
I don't think so.
But some people seem to find much comfort in letting others think for them.
I sometimes wonder how could my grandmother live her entire life, all 88 years of it, without the need for fatwas? When she was troubled that Payton Place, broadcast then on Jordanian TV, had too much mouth-to-mouth kissing, she didn't head to the local sheikh for a fatwa. She just mumbled something under her breath about my grandfather and left to water her lemon tree before evening prayer.
"The concern Israel demonstrates for the fate of one Palestinian boy touches the heart: Again, note what a fuss is being made about the case of the killing of Mohammed al-Dura. Our heart is impervious to the fate of other children who have been killed. Just little Mohammed continues to haunt us. But the question of who killed al-Dura is not important. And maybe he is even alive, as some eccentrics claim. Perhaps he committed suicide, as the strange investigations are liable to suggest.
All of these are tasteless questions designed to divert attention from the truly important issues: According to data collected by human rights group B'Tselem, Israel is responsible for killing more than 850 Palestinian children and teenagers since al-Dura was killed, including 92 in the past year alone."
Saturday, October 06, 2007
Friday, October 05, 2007
As far as I know, I have not heard about any gay Muslim or non-Muslim who is asking for the right to have sex with cows. Or Giraffes. Muslim gays are asking to be recognized as full human beings with the right to love and desire adults of the same sex, without stigma or punishment.
So what do cows have to do with it!
I racked my brain trying to see a connection. And failed.
Someone must have felt sorry for me in my dumbfounded state and offered the "missing link": "where do you draw the line?" they said. If you approve of homosexuality, why not approve of bestiality and incest and sex with amoeba. Checkmate! We win, you lose. Perverts, perverts, perverts!!
Ah, the slippery slope argument.
Which is a logical fallacy, isn't it? Remember it. We had it in Freshman Composition 101. It seems either people sleep through that class or skip it altogether because lots of them are slipping on the logical fallacy slope these days: I'm thinking here of those who say if you allow Muslims to build mosques in Europe, they will take over and Switzerland will become Switzabad before you can say Allahu Akbar. Where do you draw the line? And there's those who say if you allow a man four wives, why not allow him 7 or 20, or 200. Where do you draw the line on MULTIPLE PARTNERS! Let us not forget those who say if you allow a woman to drive a car, she will give birth to three-headed monsters which would spell the end of the Umma as we know it. Where do you draw the line? And who can forget those who say if you treat one single Palestinian with respect, the State of Israel will wither and die and Palestinian cows will be all over Marj Bani Amer. Where do you draw the line?
The slippery slope argument is slippery indeed. Now, imagine a cow going down this slippery slope. It's hilarious and perverted.
In South Africa the struggle against apartheid went hand in hand with struggle for gay rights. As a result, in the post-apartheid state, gay rights are protected by law. Mandela and his friends didn't do that because the West said it's best. They just did what's best for their people. They've been so busy fighting for justice for all that they missed the cows altogether.
And thank god for that!
Wednesday, October 03, 2007
Tuesday, October 02, 2007
Indifferent. The landlady swore she lived
Off premises. Nothing remained
But self-confession. "Madame," I warned,
"I hate a wasted journey—I am African."
Silence. Silenced transmission of
Pressurized good breeding. Voice, when it came,
Lipstick coated, long gold-rolled
Cigarette-holder pipped. Caught I was, foully.
"HOW DARK?"... I had not misheard... "ARE YOU LIGHT
OR VERY DARK?" Button B. Button A. Stench
Of rancid breath of public hide-and-speak.
Red booth. Red pillar box. Red double-tiered
Omnibus squelching tar. It was real! Shamed
By ill-mannered silence, surrender
Pushed dumbfoundment to beg simplification.
Considerate she was, varying the emphasis —
"ARE YOU DARK? OR VERY LIGHT?" Revelation came.
"You mean — like plain or milk chocolate?"
Her assent was clinical, crushing in its light
Impersonality. Rapidly, wave-length adjusted,
I chose. "West African Sepia" — and as afterthought,
"Down in my passport." Silence for spectroscopic
Flight of fancy, till truthfulness clanged her accent
Hard on the mouthpiece. "WHAT’S THAT?" conceding
"DON’T KNOW WHAT THAT IS." "Like brunette."
"THAT’S DARK, ISN'T IT?" "Not altogether.
Facially, I am brunette, but madam, you should see
The rest of me. Palm of my hand, soles of my feet
Are a peroxide blonde. Friction, caused —
Foolishly madam — by sitting down, has turned
My bottom raven black — One moment madam!" — sensing
Her receiver rearing on the thunderclap
About my ears — "Madam," I pleaded, "wouldn’t you rather
See for yourself?"
Monday, October 01, 2007
The new sitcom "Aliens in America" premiered tonight. It features a Muslim exchange student from Pakistan living with an American family and befriending their unpopular teenage son. Read a review here and and a relevant article here. You can watch a preview below. (Thanks MP)
I just watched the first episode. The classroom scene with the clueless teacher was the best part. I hope Raja is not going to be too good, though. That would be boring.
Beliefnet.com regularly writes about religious issues of almost every religion and denomination. In this interview Sen. McCain was asked about a Muslim running for President he replied, "I just have to say in all candor that since this Nation was founded primarily on Christian principles…I prefer someone who I know has a solid grounding in my faith." After the interview was posted McCain clarified his remarks saying he would, "vote for a Muslim if he or she was the candidate best able to lead the country and defend our political values."
ADC National Executive Director Kareem Shora said, "Senator McCain has clearly forgotten that our nation's Founding Fathers created a government based on the separation of church and state. They based the US on democracy and pluralism, not on theocracy and religion.""
It turns out that the video is of the murder of Du'a, the Yazidi girl stoned in public for wanting to marry a Muslim man. I posted it a while back on this blog.
The same video, according to the report, "was feverishly sent around by e-mail and cell phone last month in Syria. Only the Syrians were telling each other this was an honor killing perpetrated by the Druse minority in southern Syria."
Honor killing is not monopolized by one political, religious, or ethnic group. To use the Du'a brutal murder to demonize political opponents is really disturbing. For those Fateh guys to go to an Israeli paper to peddle their lies is way way beyond disturbing.