Monday, November 26, 2007

What the hell is wrong with Muslims anyway?

No religion in the world seems to lend itself to organized mob psychopathy more than the "religion of peace." When they aren't flogging women for being impure enough to allow themselves to be gang-raped, they're doing even crazier shit. The latest tempest in a teapot has erupted over a British schoolteacher in the Sudan letting her students name a teddy bear Mohammed. I was under the impression that, in addition to being Islam's "prophet," Mohammed was a fairly common Arab name. When I lived in Dubai, at least two of our houseboys were named Mohammed. So why this should be a big deal is a mystery to those of us with rationally functioning brains. But it appears a lot of Sudanese Muslims don't possess those. For her "crime" of "blasphemy," 54-year-old Gillian Gibbons in currently in jail facing a possible punishment of six months behind bars or even a public lashing. It gets even more insane.

"We tried to reason with them but we felt they were coming under strong pressure from Islamic courts," said [school director Robert] Boulus. "There were men with big beards asking where she was and saying they wanted to kill her."

Kill her. Over a fucking teddy bear!? What the fuck is wrong with these maniacs? They're quite simply mentally ill — there's no other word for it. And you can't reason with people whose brains have been short-circuited by a religious scourge as omnidestructive as Islamic extremism. I'm starting to wonder if Hitchens has got the right idea about these people. And I speak as someone who's lived in the Middle East, and knew many moderate Muslims and Arabs back in the day when America had no greater friends in the world. Moderate Muslims are among the finest people I've ever met. But the sanity gulf between Islam's moderates and their radicals is so much wider than that you find in any other religion, that I'm wondering if the only way to pacify these people is just to make them stop breathing before they do it to you (which they'll do if they can, rest assured). But then, as we're seeing now in Iraq, follow that course and you just end up radicalizing more and more of them. There's just no easy way to deal with such faith-based barbarism, especially that which takes such excessively violent forms as Islam.


  1. Unity [High School], founded early in the last century, is one of several British schools run along Christian lines in an overwhelmingly Muslim country.

    Ah, there's the rub. It's a power play between religions. Now it makes sense.

  2. Doesn't surprise me. Of course, in an overwhelmingly Muslim country, you wouldn't be able to open a Christian school without their permission. Which does raise the question of whether or not this teacher was intentionally trying to offend the Muslim majority. Thing is, even if she was (which I doubt), the very fact that there are such things as "blasphemy" laws in the first place, and that people can be sentenced to brutal punishments for offending someone's superstitions, is appalling in this day and age. Just more proof that what we need less of is religion (particularly those that gleefully embrace such ideas as "kill the infidel!"), and more secularism. Let schools be run along the lines of teaching kids facts rather than this or that religious ideology.

  3. As far as I can tell the answer to the title question is....everything.

  4. On this we can definitely agree. :-)

  5. No need for violence! We can put chemicals into their water supply to make them mellow.

  6. I (and some of my friends) have just started a religion that if you don't wash your feet before you enter our homes, you are insulting our God. Punishment is cutting a man's balls off or removing a woman's ovaries. We plan to invite as many Muslims as possible to our homes, so that we can do our small bit to reduce the Muslim population.

  7. Make that whole area a big parking lot. Do unto them first!


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