Showing posts with label islam. Show all posts
Showing posts with label islam. Show all posts

Sunday, 29 November 2015

Sunni Leader: Gender Equality Against Islam!

Hey Muslim ladies! Confused about your place in the world? Maybe you've been misled by those Western feminists and all their ideas about gender equality? Well, Kanthapuram Aboobacker Musliyar is a Sunni scholar who has the answers for you. So relax dears, don't stress your woman-thinky-boxes with concerns about your careers! Go find a man, marry him and get that baby factory pumping. Right now!
Addressing a Sunni students’ camp in Kozhikode, the orthodox Sunni leader said, “Where has man-woman equality taken place? It is not going to happen. Gender equality is against Islam, society and human kindness.”
See, equality is not nice. Why force wimpy women types to be in control of their own destinies or whatever? I mean, you're really setting yourself up for failure.
“Women doctors can do general medicine or manage pediatrics. But they don’t have the courage for big surgical interventions,’’ he said. 
Aboobacker suggests that women are much more suited to pushing babies out of their vaginas - something he doesn't apparently believe takes as much courage. I beg to differ. The thought of pushing a baby out of my body scares the shit out of me and I have no idea how women have enough guts to do it - even if they are the ones with vaginas.
“The world is controlled by men. Women have strength in other areas… They can deliver babies. Only women can nurture babies. Her duty is to rear children and feed the husband,’’ Musliyar said. 
What a fucking insulting thing to say. As a man, I was able to nurture and love my child. It is also my duty to help raise my child and I have been known to feed my wife as well. Of course, this is all part of this evil equality which is anti-Islamic. It's true that women are the only ones who can have babies, but there are plenty of tasks that can be shared.
Referring to a recent controversy over segregation of girls and boys in a Muslim-run college, the orthodox Muslim leader said the demand that girls and boys be allowed to sit together was meant to destroy Islam. 
Could Aboobacker just be a bit squeamish around ladies? I mean, will girls and boys sitting next to each other really destroy Islam? Exactly what's keeping this religion intact if people with different bits sitting within proximity of each other can undermine it?

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Monday, 9 November 2015

Iranian Actresses Forced to Flee Country After Posting Photos of Themselves Without Hijabs

One of the immoral pictures from Sadaf Taherian's Instagram (left) vs an pre-controversy photo (right).
You may have listened to the last episode of My Secret Atheist Podcast, where Aki Muthali gave her very strong opinion on the hijab. This story does really drive home the fact that, regardless of the situation in western secular democracies like Canada, in Muslim theocracies like Iran, women have no choice. They must wear this head covering.

Actress Sadaf Taherian learned this the hard way a couple of weeks ago. She decided to post some pictures of herself not wearing a hijab onto her Facebook and Instagram accounts. In several photos she is wearing workout clothes or midriff showing shirts - but this wasn't what ticked off the Iranian government.
Iran’s regime has joined the campaign against a leading actress who released photographs of herself without a veil, questioning the woman's mental balance and calling her an "offender".

Sadaf Taherian was forced to flee to the United Arab Emirates last week after being criticised for publishing pictures on social media showing her without the traditional Muslim head covering, or hijab.
This prompted another Iranian actress, Chakame Chamanmah, to post this veiless picture in support of Sadaf (among others). Now it is believed that Chakame has also fled Iran.

Chakame Chamanmah
The Iranian government has this to say:
The ministry of culture and lslamic guidance in Tehran announced that neither woman would be allowed to act and both should repent. “As far as this ministry is concerned, these two individuals are no longer considered to be artists any more and do not have any right to act,” said Hossein Noushabadi, a spokesman.

“Both of them have to apologise to the Iranian people and publicly announce that the reason behind publishing their photos on social media is that they suffer from lack of esteem and have psychological and personal complexes.”
Islamic guidance indeed. This is what happens when you live in a theocracy.  The article goes on to say that both women would certainly be prosecuted legally in some fashion should they return to Iran.

In a recent interview with IranWire, Sadaf expressed her dismay with Iranian law and suppression of human rights.
I wish they had more respect for a woman’s choice. Where in the world do you get famous by taking off your headscarf? If you are talking about our own country Iran, then you know that the current system trembles when it sees a few strands of a woman’s hair — and prevents you from working in cinema and achieving fame. Besides, if taking off your headscarf gets you noticed, then why does it not happen to other women who publish similar pictures on their pages?
Posting photographs is one the simplest things you can do online and I give nobody the right to react this way and then expect me to remain silent. Besides me, there are many women, including actresses, who post such pictures. Unfortunately, Iranian law does not permit them to live the way they want to live. I did this in another country, where I have freedom and the right to choose. I pity people who play the role of the Morality Patrol for the Ministry of Guidance. Each person is responsible for her own life. Those who frighten me about Judgment Day better think about themselves and ask God’s forgiveness for the accusations and the libelous comments they make.
Each person has a different way of thinking. You cannot compare them with each other. I want to live in the way I like. As a human being, I want to have my basic rights, such as freedom of expression and the freedom to wear what I want. I want to be free to decide for myself.
The interview is well worth the read.

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Monday, 19 October 2015

Can We Just Try For a Fair Secular Solution?

Today's election day. Once again, much like the Quebec election, I find myself stuck in the middle of two positions. Both sides likely do not understand me. Both sides likely find me annoying.

It has to do with women swearing an oath of citizenship wearing niqabs. That should be the limits of the debate here in Canada, but of course people have taken things and they've run with it. The issue itself has been distorted all to hell.

Here's the deal. I'm actually fine with women (or men) wearing niqabs, Pastafarian spaghetti strainers, Wiccan ritual outfits, giraffe suits, Storm Trooper costumes or even garbage bags to citizenship ceremonies. I have no ill will towards women wearing niqabs, burkas, hijabs or chadors. I think this point of view is shared by many Canadians.

People who get offended by the above point of view because Jedi and Pastafarianism are not a real religions while they've got a legit one can eat it. That's part of this tolerance I keep hearing about. It works both ways.

In return for allowing all people to wear face concealing head coverings, Muslim women and ultra orthodox Jewish women (coverings for these do exist) will be able to wear their garbs in citizenship ceremonies. As Canadians, we can all get together and figure out what's required to facilitate this new right for all Canadians regardless of religion or lack thereof. Maybe it will involve a special room to the side where a government employee will validate the person's identity. Perhaps it will involve a special notary public. Perhaps retina scanning technology will be used. There are many many options.

This would not be religious accommodation, this would be head garb accommodation.

I'll also stop people right here who say that this will cause too much extra spending and would propose that the government stop funding religious magazines to pay the few extra salaries required. Honestly, we have the money to settle this debate in a permanent and truly secular fashion.

This is my dream: Secular government sees that a significant proportion of their citizenship wants to wear stuff on their heads to citizenship ceremonies. Government says that if one group wants this right then all groups get it. It's like when little Billy brought his chocolate bar into class - all the kids get some. It's only fair, children.

There is also a dark side to this debate though. On the one hand, you have people who are truly xenophobic and bigoted who are against Muslims. On the other, you have ex-Muslims and other progressives who point out, rightly, that in many countries - including Muslim communities within Canada - girls and women are forced to wear these coverings and that is oppressive. On a third hand, you have progressives who seem completely blind to this oppression.

I say, let's take the wind out of the issue by allowing everyone to wear what they like and then concentrate on different ways to combat religiously motivated oppression. Mandatory multi-religion courses and broad social studies in schools is one way, for instance. This includes realistic sex education - which address perfectly healthy realities like homosexuality and trans folk - like what all the hullabaloo is about in Ontario.

Listen, I'd love to see Harper go. I'll take the NDP as first and the Liberals as second. Issues like the TPP, assisted dying, abortion rights, healthcare, not making 15B dollar arms deals with Saudi Arabia, unmuzzling scientists, decriminalisation of cannabis, and secularism are important to me and I hope we see a little more of this.

Sadly, I'm not holding my breath for a fair and reasonable solution to this problem from any of these parties.

Tuesday, 13 October 2015

Saudi Arabia Demands That Completely Different Country Censor 'Satanic Verses'

Illegal Iranian copy of Salman Rushdie's Satanic Verses.
It's been awhile since the announcement that Saudi Arabia will be (be)heading the UN Human Rights Panel, as well as the Saudi Foreign Minister casually informing the UN that his country will reserve the right to disregard any laws giving equal rights to LGBT people - because religion. What else does the Kingdom of Saud have to contribute to the world?

Well, it turns out they're now protesting the printing of books they don't like in other countries - because, naturally, religion.
Saudi Arabia summoned the Czech ambassador to protest against a new translation of Salman Rushdie's book "Satanic Verses", Saudi state media said on Friday, 27 years after the novel triggered mass demonstrations and a death threat against the author.

The kingdom told the ambassador the book insulted both Islam and Muslims and asked him to try and halt its publication, the SPA agency added, citing a source in the Saudi foreign ministry.
Look, the Saudi government would like other countries to get their priorities straight. All these other countries do - along with pesky groups like PEN or Amnesty International - is nag nag nag them about how they jailed bloggers like Raif Badawi and torture him and flog him. Then these other countries whine and moan about how the Kingdom is beheading people at breakneck pace for really important things like being atheist, or being a witch, or saying the wrong thing... or whatever.

So tired of being bothered for trivialities like jailing and torturing people for saying the wrong thing that the Saudis even wrote a letter back to the Quebec government.
While the Kingdom regrets these media outlets' attack against the Kingdom and its Judiciary, it emphasizes that it does not accept any form of interference in its internal affairs, and rejects the encroachment on its sovereign right...
For the Saudi government, though, jailing a guy for having a liberal blog, flogging him and keeping him locked up for it appears to be a minor thing. However, internal affairs of the Czech republic be damned if they're going to publish something that upsets their religious sensibilities.

Surprisingly, (given how much money Saudi Arabia seems to throw around),  the Czech foreign minister apparently came up with some silly excuse about freedom of the press and expression.
But Czech Foreign Minister Lubomir Zaoralek told his country's CTK news agency: "We have no reason to interfere in any way because we have freedom of the press and expression." The first Czech translation of the novel appeared in 1994. Prague's Paseka publishing house issued the latest version.
Well, that's likely to go right over the heads of the Saudi officials.

I wonder which sovereign independent country they will protest for next? Do you think they'll begin requesting that foreign authors be jailed and flogged on their own soil according to Sharia Law?

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Tuesday, 6 October 2015

UK Professor Suggests No Microwaving Bacon in Communal Workplace Kitchens

At my office, there are unwritten rules about what can go into the microwaves in our shared kitchen. No microwave popcorn, a minimal amount of bacon and absolutely no smelly fish. These aren't codified anywhere, they're just there so people do not get unnecessarily distracted by the smell.

Well, Professor Adam Dinham of Goldsmith’s University in London runs the Religious Literacy Leadership program and involved with CoExist House. He released some helpful guidelines about how business communal kitchens ought to work so as to not offend religious sensibilities.
Professor Adam Dinham suggests not microwaving sausage rolls in a shared kitchen space. He also advises that you should not keep bacon, or bacon rolls, in the fridge if it is shared with people whose beliefs prohibit them from eating pork.

The guidelines go on to suggest that employers should serve certified Halal and kosher food at corporate events, and consider whether or not alcohol should be served.
It's cuz we've all become really blind by secularism.
Professor Dinham said: ‘We have lost the ability to talk about religious belief because of a century of secular assumptions, and most religious belief is either highly visible and we don’t recognise it, or it’s invisible and we miss it entirely.’
It's interesting that pork is being singled out, isn't it? I'm wondering why there are no suggestions to not allow warming up your beef cottage pie in the microwave so as to not disturb Hindus. Is Dinham suggesting they become less agitated than Jews or Muslims?

What about the Jain in your office? I would expect no meat all all to be allowed so as to not offend them.

This would make the environment tolerable for vegetarians, for sure. What about vegans though? Ought we also suggest there by no dairy products or eggs at the office? Well, I suppose veganism is not a religion and is therefore not at the same level of importance to Mr. Dinham.

Nevermind that there is considerable controversy around Halal and Kosher slaughtering techniques even among meat eaters. What about their sensibilities? Not religious, I guess.

What about gluten in the office? Celiac disease is not a religious sensibility, this is an actual physical reaction to consumption of gluten, found in many foods. Shouldn't this be right up there on top if we're going to be discussing etiquette?

So what about a pork, beef, meat, eggs, dairy, bread, dairy free kitchen?

Understandably, there was a negative reaction to this on the Internet yesterday. People thought it amounted to a ban - which it wasn't. However, I found this VICE Munchies article by Alex Swerdloff that seems to have utterly missed how the original guidelines are troublesome - a point I made above but would have thought to be obvious to anyone.
It was just a few suggestions: Don’t keep bacon in the office fridge if your colleagues don’t eat bacon. Microwaving a sausage roll might be offensive to your Muslim coworker. That kind of thing.
I think he meant to say this one and only thing apparently for these two specific groups.

Commenter hayleyscomet sums things up over at the Independent.
If you are going to go down that route, the only way to avoid offending anyone is to have offices segregated by religion and dietary preference.  
We've seen this sort of thing before on a much larger scale in India - a so-called secular state. Although guidelines are not laws or bans, the line between them in an office environment can be thin.

How about this for a novel approach at inter-faith (or no faith) co-existence at the office? I'll let you cook and eat what you like so long as you do not attempt to control my own diet by appealing to your wounded religious sensibilities?

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Friday, 2 October 2015

Discussion: "Not Just Another Niqab and Burka Article"

Niqabs, hijabs, chadors, and burkas seem to be in the news again as the election heats up. To be honest, I've tended to avoid this issue. I wish we would just start taxing churches, temples and mosques indiscriminately like any other building.

This said, I'm okay with face revealing chadors and hijabs when government ID is required, but niqabs and burkas would require that either the State hire special female face checkers or else some form of reasonable accommodation by the women themselves to the State by revealing their faces.

And naturally, any judgement here would need to also apply to Pastafarians! They wear headgear more revealing than all four of the above and is worn for religious reasons and yet it is not allowed! Why?

I will soon have Eiynah Nicemangos onto the podcast who has some strong feelings regarding this issue.

Another person with opinions on this is fellow Canadian Atheist blogger Veronica Abbass. She has published an interesting article over at the Atheist Freethinkers blog.

Abbass sent me some background on the blog. Atheist Freethinkers/Libres penseurs athées (AFT/LPA) is a fully bilingual (French & English) organization based in Montreal, Quebec committed to “reason, knowledge and the material, intellectual and moral advancement of humanity.” AFT/LPA’s raisons d'être are to “promote secularism and reject any religious involvement in civil institutions.”

From Abbass’ latest article, “Not Just Another Niqab and Burka Article,”:
Raheel Raza’s Toronto Sun article “Ban niqab, burka in all public places” and reprinted in Huffington Post Canada as “As a Muslim, I Think Canada Should Ban the Niqab and Burka in Public” is extremely annoying.
Go give it a read to find out why Abbass finds Raheel Raza’s article “annoying.” Then let the discussion begin.

Read and sign the Atheist Manifesto and join AFT/LPA.

Be counted: Sign Atheist Census Canada and the Atheist Alliance International Atheist Census.

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Sunday, 20 September 2015

Conservative Religions' Obsession With Rainbow Connections

Just coming out of yet another migraine. This one wiped me out pretty good all day long. So this means there will be nothing brilliant exiting this brain of mine. I will however draw a hopefully illuminating parallel.

I'm sure you've probably read about the Rainbow Doritos that sent some conservative writers into the stratosphere of insane over at Hemant Mehta's blog, right? I'll give you a hint: the writer somehow compared multi-coloured corn chips with anal sex. Why does everything have to be about buttsex with these people?

Well it turns out that these US conservatives - usually of the fundamentalist religious type - have problems with gay rainbows just like their Russian counterparts.

You know who else have problems with gay rainbows? Saudi authorities.

It's like all these groups are the same, or something. They're all scared silly of the gay - obsessed, in fact.

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Friday, 14 August 2015

Correction: Dubai 'Honour Drowning' Story Apparently Two Decades Old

Remember that story I posted about on Monday about the father who let his daughter drown rather than let any male lifeguards near her - to guard her honour?

One correction on that. It apparently happened twenty years ago.
Apparently the article – which originated on the website Emirates 24/7 – was from an interview in which lifeguards were asked to recount the strangest things that had happened to them. As someone who bothered to check out where it came from tells Monkey: “They mentioned this case of the Asian man who prevented his daughter’s rescue, but, and here’s the catch – it was from 1996.”
That's enough time past that I was not able to find a trace of the original story on the internet anywhere. However, this should have tipped me off from the original Emirates 24/7 story I trace it down to:
Speaking to Emirates 24|7, Lt. Col Ahmed Burqibah, Deputy Director of Dubai Police’s Search and Rescue Department, recounting some of the worst incidents he had encountered in his tenure, said that this incident took place at a beach in Dubai.
On some level, I was so eager to report that I missed out on this detail - which informs us that this likely happened sometime in the past, during Burqibah's career... maybe.

I wasn't the only one to fall for this.
The Mail, Telegraph, Metro and even Sky News all jumped on the story, which came via Agence France Press.
Still, I should have caught it and will try to be more diligent in the future!

Thanks so much to Facebook user Daniel Lynx Bernard for pointing me out to the story debunking this. I found another story echoing this as well.

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Monday, 10 August 2015

Dubai Father Let Daughter Drown Rather than Allow Male Life Guards Near Her

2015-08-14: CORRECTION: It now appears this story may have actually taken place two decades ago.

My last post was about how the police in Bangladesh seemed more concerned about religious sentiment than the physical safety of freethinkers in the country. Well, here's an extremely infuriating story out of the United Arab Emirates about a father's religious sentiments undermining the very most basic human imperative of protecting one's own children.
A father of a 20-year-old girl let his daughter drown, stopping life guards from rescuing her.

He preferred that his daughter die rather than she be touched by a strange man, according to a top official.
That about sums it up - the rest are details. The only silver lining to the story is that this man has been arrested and charged.
“The father was a tall and strong man. He started pulling and preventing the rescue men and got violent with them. He told them that he prefers his daughter being dead than being touched by a strange man.”
This is religion killing people.

What kills me personally is thinking about what it must have been like for the woman.
“The kids were swimming in the beach when suddenly, the 20-year-old girl started drowning and screaming for help.
How horrendous it must have been in the final seconds - when she may have realized that her own father is actively killing her because she has breasts and ovaries.

Really, are these ideas worth dying for? It's so sad and revolting.

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Sunday, 9 August 2015

Malaysian Cleric Cautions Government Against Using 'Intellect' or 'Logic' When It Comes to Islam

'Use the Force, Luke!'

Well, that's basically what Malaysian Islamic Cleric Tan Sri Harussani Zakaria advised state government officials to do. These crazy politicians have been getting all hung up on logic and intellect and facts and stuff when dealing with Islam. Zakaria set them straight on this one.
In what very well could have been mistaken as either satire or a line from the seventh century, a Southeast Asian Islamic Mufti has warned his fellow government officials that when it comes to Islam, intellect and logic have no place in the conversation. As reported by the Malaysian Insider news portal on Aug. 7, 2015, and also by Front Page magazine on Aug. 6, 2015, Dr. Tan Sri Harussani Zakaria cautioned other public servants in the Malaysian state of Perak to steer clear of reason for fear of inviting Beelzebub into their midst.
More specifically, he said this:
“I advise them not to go overboard. Islam is based on faith… Don’t make any remarks based on the intellect or logic because they are laws of Allah,” Harussani said.

“The intellect is governed by desires and it is influence by shaitan (satan). Don’t be ruled by desires and rudderless comments,” he added, using the name of the Devil in Islamic lore.
Well, duh! These are the Laws of Allah, so no thinky think for anyone about them! Besides, religion has nothing to do with one's desires at all! It's all based on stuff that's written down in a book, which is beyond logic and reason ... or something. So stop thinking so hard, mmmkay?

Friday, 7 August 2015

Another Atheist Blogger Hacked to Death in Bangladesh

Niloy Neel
It sickens me to write that yet another - the fourth this year - atheist blogger was hacked to death - decapitated by a bunch of insane and inhuman religious nuts.
Niloy Chowdhury Neel, an online activist and secularist protester, has been found dead in his home, according to early reports. He was decapitated and his hands had been cut off. The four or five assailants had apparently gained access to his building by posing as a tenant, shortly after Juma prayers this afternoon.
It's really that easy for people to get away with murder in Bangladesh - when the victim is an atheist, at least. This is the fourth since the year has begun and there are over 80 bloggers on a list of blasphemers which was presented to the government previously.
All four men killed were on a list of 84 "atheist bloggers" drawn up by Islamic groups in 2013 and widely circulated.

It was originally submitted to the government with the aim of having the bloggers arrested and tried for blasphemy. The groups which wanted bloggers arrested told us they have no knowledge of who is behind the killings.
The BBC article quoted above points out that not all of the 84 are actually atheist. Some are religious secularists. However, it's this branding as an atheist that apparently makes it okay to be butchered to death in the street or your home.

I've said it before and I'll say it again: Canada needs to work to get these people OUT of Bangladesh or they will all be murdered.

It's only a matter of time, and Bangladeshi society is apparently already trivializing this brutal act in the media. Bob Churchill, Director of Communications at IHEU:
Already some Bangla media is downplaying this killing, in some cases not linking it to the spate of gruesome machete murders of atheist bloggers, writers, and secularist activists that has killed three men already this year.
We need our Office of Religious Freedom and Department of Foreign Affairs to not only strongly condemn this barbarism but also offer amnesty for all of these bloggers. Then, we all need to work with organizations interested in human rights to get these people out of Bangladesh.

This is a horrendous tragedy and my heart goes out to Neel's family and friends.

I hope other bloggers can get out in time.

Monday, 3 August 2015

Bleached Part of Bathroom Wall Cannot Be Pee! It's a Sign From God! Duh!

There's this white mark on the wall of a bathroom in Mali and some genius(!!!!!!) has managed to convince people it's actually a mystical picture of a praying man - a message from God.
Thousands of people in Mali's capital, Bamako, are flocking to see what it believed to a religious sign on a wall that suddenly appeared last weekend.

Many believe the white image on the outside wall of a toilet shows a man praying, interpreting it as a message from God.

Riot police have been deployed to keep an eye on the crowd as people queue day and night to see the mark.
That's right, riot police. Politicians and dignitaries along with pilgrims from neighboring countries have all paid visits to this holy shrine.
The BBC's Alex Duval Smith in Bamako says people do not have to pay to see the mark but are leaving money in a bucket, which the Traore family say they will give to the local mosque.

Naturally, a naysayer like me would look at the position of the spot - say, relative to the guy pointing at it on the right - and wonder if someone's just been peeing on the wall.
The trick to using urine for bleaching is allowing it to stand, encouraging the development of ammonia by allowing the urine to react to the air. The resulting ammonia is the cleaning agent, rather than the urine itself. Once ammonia has developed, garments can be dipped in the urine, or small amounts of the liquid can be used to treat spots and stains. To full wool, people traditionally poured stale urine over wool in a large vat, and people walked on the wool, agitating it and allowing the urine to penetrate to clean it.
What would I know though? It's obviously a message from God. The supreme creator of the entire universe is communicating with mankind via a spot on a bathroom wall in Mali.

I suppose it's better than the usual public washroom communications I run into...

This is, of course, both hilarious and deeply tragic. The fact that people are so willing to see a miracle in a spot on the loo wall points out just how desperate many in Mali must be. Skeptic Leo Igwe points this out in a piece he wrote over at the Malawian Maravi Post.
Obviously the conflict in Mali has worsened living conditions in the country deepening situations of poverty and misery. Many people across Mali are in dire situation and are desperately looking out for signs of Allah's presence or at least some covert intervention. Under such circumstances, patches of paint or cement can easily translate into 'true signs' of Allah's manifestation and protection.

I mean, Skeptics in Mali, where are you?
In the piece, he also asks how this stain could possibly be seen as a religious sign and why it must be an Islamic one rather than a Christian one.

Why indeed.

These are things to contemplate on the loo.

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Tuesday, 21 July 2015

Valiant Saudi Officials Save Children From Evil "Gay Rainbow" Painted on Outside of School

Our good friends and allies, the Saudis, don't only protect their citizens from bloggers, Valentines cards, Twitter witchcraft, and women drivers! You under estimate them! They also protect little children from rainbows - Satan's evil portal to total gayification!

Listen up, here's what I mean. There's this school, Talee al-Noor International School. It had gay-inducing rainbows all over it. So it was fined $25,000 and forced to paint over the rainbow which once decorated the building gayly. Take that, Satan!

Remember, Arabic is written right-to-left, so right is before and left is after.
You can check out the original tweets over at Buzzfeed, but I'll just quote their English translations here.
“They sent the school administrator responsible for the emblem to jail in preparation to refer the case to the Bureau of Investigation and the general prosecutor.”
“This is a Saudi school painted normally. They said it is marketing for homosexuality, and then formed a committee and erased the colors. My question is: did the colors come first or did homosexuality?”
Great question. Some believe the first rainbow didn't show up until after God had murdered everyone with a big flood - including gay people. So hey, maybe gay people have been around longer, right?

Take a look at this Sports Day picture from the school's website!

Saudi officials should take note of the gay rainbow at the back and the super uber gay - as far as Jerry Falwell was concerned - Teletubbies right near the rainbow!

Gay Tinky WinkyBetter buy more paint! Think of the children!

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Monday, 20 July 2015

BREAKING: Another Turkish Islamic Scholar Clarifies His Stand On 'Advanced Oral Sex'

I've already brought you important information about how licking someone else's (and perhaps your own) genitalia - oral sex in extra dimensions - is definitely not okay in Islam according to respected Islamic scholar Ali Riza Demircan.

Well, Muslim televangelist, Ahmet Mahmut Ünlü, has entered into this important debate. It's a matter of national security! For the love of God, blowjobs are on the line here!
Do not invent a lie on behalf of Allah,” said Ahmet Mahmut Ünlü, popularly known as “Cübbeli Ahmet Hoca” (Robed Ahmet Hoca) among his followers, during his latest televised sermon.
Those are pretty strong words against someone who is apparently a very eminent theologian - who I'm guessing is either not getting his penis sucked or else is horribly (or delightfully) guilty when it is occurring.

The pro-blowjob televangelist lays out his reasoning.
Contradicting Demircan, Ünlü said the Quran does not stipulate such a ban. “Brothers, let’s speak frankly: [Islam’s] Shafi’i sect allows this act, as it considers human semen a clean substance. On the other hand, the Hanafi sect considers semen as dirty, but adds that a dress can be cleaned by simply rubbing the semen off when it dries.”
Ain't nothing wrong with a little cum in your mouth, apparently. Also, if it happens to get onto the young lady's dress it can be flaked off when it dries out. I'm so happy he's not shy to really explore this issue on television for all Turkish couples to consider. These guys apparently know all about this stuff.

Ahmet Mahmut Ünlü is standing up to protect blowjobs.
I did notice something, though. The above reasoning only seems to apply to penises in mouths, and I'm pretty sure that men sucking men is probably not okay for the good preacher. Islam has problems with male homosexual sex acts in general and I'd be surprised if he was okay with two dudes in the act - besides, in Turkey, they couldn't get married first.

By similar reasoning, this doesn't apply to woman on woman action either. I'm uncertain where either scholar would stand on this, but it's interesting how it doesn't seem to really ever fall onto the radar.

What about considerate husbands who wish to perform the noble act of cunninglingus within the holy confines of matrimony? Well, the above reasoning doesn't really seem to consider that either.

He only really seems to be considering women blowing men. Coincidentally, he's a man. Why do the women always get stuck with the short end of the stick?

At this point, I am thoroughly hot and bothered waiting, with bated breath, for the next Turkish Islamic expert to weigh in on whether Turks are allowed to party like it's 1969.

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Friday, 17 July 2015

Five Moroccans Arrested For Buying Juice During Ramadan

Moroccan soup for Ramadan (source)
Ramadan is done today, which means people - including non Muslims and atheists - in many Muslim majority countries are now free to eat during the day in public -- without risk of jail.

In 2013, I reported about Algerians who were protesting against enforced fasting laws. This was in response to police harassment of three youth who were eating during the day in a closed cafeteria.

Last year around this time, we saw how some Moroccan atheists cope with Ramadan.

Well, it turns out that in Morocco five people were arrested earlier this month for doing what comes perfectly naturally - eating when they're hungry. A group of travellers were arrested by a rather Orwellian sounding religious police force called the Marrakech Tourism Brigade.
Arbib said that the young men could not bear the rising temperatures in Marrakech and therefore bought a glass of juice from the orange juice vendors in Jamaa El Fna.
They were also found to have some weed in their possession. I'm sure this is also not legal. However, it seems like their primary offence was breaking their fast -- as far as the article goes at least. They bought the juice.
Article 222 of Morocco’s penal code states that anyone “breaking the fast in a public place during Ramadan, without a reason accepted” in Islam, can be imprisoned for up to six months and fined.
The article doesn't mention anyone in the group not being Muslim, so I assume they all were. I honestly wonder what value at all, symbolically speaking, fasting has if it's enforced by the state. Surely any god would know this. Who do they think they're fooling?

Sunday, 12 July 2015

Turkish TV Interviewer LOLs When Theologian Forbids 'Oral Sex In Advanced Dimensions'

In Turkey, when secular bloggers need a good laugh, they turn on their televisions to hear the latest sex advice from theologians - who are all very keen to share tips on what will get you off without sending you to Hell. A few weeks ago, we heard about the theologian who warned us all that masturbation would make your hands full of babies.

Well, just today, some more fine sex advice came from renowned Turkish theologian  Ali Riza Demircan, who kindly reminded us all that butt sex and BDSM would get you thrown into the everlasting fires of hell. Thanks, Ali, we already knew that.

Demircan wasn't done with just that though. He wanted to make it very clear that licking and sucking your beloved's naughty bits was also expressly forbidden! In fact, he felt the need to tell everyone that no matter how much of a cunninglingus god you are, you're still damned for eternity.

This caused his interviewer, seasoned television personality Pelin Cift to completely lose it.
But already trying not to laugh, she could no longer restrain herself when Demircan went on to declare in the same monotone that “oral sex in advanced dimensions” between couples was also “haram.”

Cift collapsed into laughter with her hand pressed to her face, much to the astonishment of Demircan who said: “Pelin, sister, you had been talking so comfortably. But now you can’t even ask a question!”
You probably don't understand Turkish, but I recommend watching it just because Cift tries valiantly to keep it together but ultimately loses it.

What's sort of shocking is that these old theologians don't seem to think twice about how ridiculous it is to sit there are tell people what they can do in bed together. For a group that has a problem with sadism, they all seem to have no problem whatsoever with using the theology of their religion to be tops with everyone else being bottoms.
The baffled Islam expert asked the presenter: “What’s your problem with me?”

By now almost unable to speak for laughing, Cift, one of Turkey’s best known presenters, asked the theologian: “What’s your problem, my dear hoca!” using an Islamic term of respect for a teacher.

The incident from the show called the “Other Agenda” went viral on social media, with one Twitter user posting a picture of himself in a locked iron mask to protect himself, he said, from “advanced oral sex.”
Beware of advanced oral sex.

Thursday, 9 July 2015

Egypt's Highest Islamic Institution Freaks Out Over SCOTUS Marriage Equality Ruling

Go 'East' (source)
Oh no! The Americans are all getting gay-married and are going to force Egyptians to all become newly wed homosexuals!
Egypt’s highest Islamic institution, Al-Azhar, has slammed what it called “a campaign by international powers and organisations,” as well public figures in Egypt, to promote and legalise homosexuality.
It's an international conspiracy, I tell you. It must be the work of KAOS!
In a statement released on Thursday, Al-Azhar rejected same-sex marriage, stating that marriage in Islam is only between a man and woman, and that Islam prohibits all “sinful” extramarital affairs, referring to the recent decision of the US Supreme Court to end the same-sex ban.

The Islamic institution also said it rejected all campaigns to spread and legalise homosexuality and same-sex marriage in the Muslim world.  Social media users worldwide have declared support for same-sex marriage, launching “Rainbow avatars” and "#Lovewins” online campaigns.
First the Americans bring down the scourge which is Twitter and their Facebook with their Internet porn! Now, according to the Orthodox Church in Egypt all this gayness and atheism -- all acts of rebellion -- are a huge moral and religious crisis for ALL OF HUMANITY!
“Humanity already is having a huge moral and religious crisis, as well rebellion, which is an entry to atheism and all forms of extremism, including same-sex marriage," said Pope Tawadros II at his meeting with Orthodox Coptic churches in Alexandria earlier this week.
Americans, look at these groups which are so so very disappointed with you legalizing marriage equality! They're all losing their minds. With reactions like this from these people, I think y'all have something to be proud about.

Meanwhile, US evangelical nut jobs are sort of suggesting another civil war over this. Yes, the gays really are that icky for these people.

Wednesday, 8 July 2015

Egyptian Belly Dancer Sentenced to One Year of Jail and Hard Labor for Making a Music Video

Still from the probably NSFW Hands Off. (source)
Egyptian belly dancer, Reda el-Fouly, made this breast-ful and probably NSFW music video with her boyfriend, Wael Elsedeki. It's pretty awful...
An Egyptian belly dancer has been jailed for a year for posting a raunchy music video in which she sings about enjoying being groped on the bus.
... but does it warrant a jail sentence and hard labor?

The Egyptian government sure thinks so.
Ahmed Bakly of the Giza prosecution said in a statement that the clip “disrupted morality.” He also ordered the arrest of Wael Elsedeki, whom he described as el-Fouly’s boyfriend who had left the country for Tunisia after some social media users called the video scandalous, as well as a third person involved in the video.

Egypt is one of several Islamic countries that enforce modest-dress laws in the Middle East. Last year, Qatar’s state-run Islamic Culture Center launched the “Reflect your Respect” campaign to encourage tourists to adhere to the country’s dress codes and to dress modestly.
In fact, Egyptian clerics have already declared belly dancing to be dangerous - just like homosexuality and atheism! So this is no surprise.

I've already covered the rampant censorship in Egypt when it comes to movies with sex, nudity and atheism.

Saturday, 4 July 2015

Ultra Conservative Muslim 'Faceless' Dolls Are Scary As Hell

Aisha dolls. (source)
Call me old fashioned, but I really prefer my dolls to have eyes, a nose and a mouth. So did Tom Hanks' character in the movie Castaway. He painted a crude face on a soccer ball and called it Wilson.

Some months ago, I came across the website Aisha Dolls. Aisha is the little 9 (or 10!) year old girl, with whom a 53 year old Mohammed consummated their marriage. The Hadith apparently makes a point of specifying that the marriage actually took place when she was 6 or 7, but Mohammed patiently waited until she was nine or ten before doing the deed. What a considerate guy.
Aisha Dolls was the first of its kind on the market. Aisha Dolls are faceless, wearing modest/Islamic clothing, soft to cuddle and play friendly. Aisha Dolls cater for Islamic values, and are made with quality and imaginative play in mind, all very important aspects of every Muslim child’s life and upbringing. Aisha Dolls also offer multicultural dolls with different skin colours, reflecting our Muslim community.
The name of Aisha Dolls says it all. I was inspired by the hadith describing how Aisha (may Allaah be pleased with her) used to play with dolls which had no facial features in the presence of the Prophet (Salla Allahu ‘alayhi wa salam). Having children of my own, I noticed that there was no company offering faceless dolls specifically for the Muslims. To begin with I made dolls for my own children, thereafter I saw other Muslim families’ need for this toy. I decided to create my own models and the idea for Aisha Dolls was born, the first company offering dolls of this kind to the Muslim community.
There's something deeply odd to me about giving a child a doll with no recognizably human facial features. I just can't put my finger on it. Happily, a Professor of Muslim Societies, Fawaz Gerges, has pointed out that the majority of Muslims out there are just as creeped out by this as me.
‘The doll is a gimmick, an ultra-conservative interpretation,’ he told Mail Online.

He added: ‘It is a very isolated phenomenon and with all due respect I imagine it would only appeal to a very tiny group.’
A similar project, the Deeni Doll -- which Gerges is above referencing -- was launched in the UK last year by a former Muslim school teacher, after some parents were expressing concern that their daughters' dolls looked human.
"I came up with the idea from scratch after speaking to some parents who were a little concerned about dolls with facial features," she said.

"Some parents won't leave the doll with their children at night because you are not allowed to have any eyes in the room.
Isn't it amazing? Eyeless, faceless dolls would scare the bejeebies out of me in a dark bedroom.

This all boils down to aniconism where you're not allowed to have any depiction of animals (humans or otherwise) in sculpture, art, etc. So much for the Venus de Milo. So much for GI Joe.

The Aisha Dolls website was actually sent to me by Toronto Pakistani sex and religion blogger, Eiynah Nice Mangos. I had originally found these cartoon depictions of people on Jamaican-born Canadian Muslim television personality Bilal Philips Facebook page. She sent me the page to point out that they're faceless for a reason and that it's the real deal for some Muslims out there.

Look ma! No eyes!

2015-07-05: Correction, Hadith not Quran mention Aisha's age.

Friday, 3 July 2015

Bangladeshi Politician Jailed For Hurting Religious Sentiment, Branded 'Atheist' & Life Threatened

Abdul Latif Siddiqui
Atheist bloggers aren't the only ones in Bangladesh who need to be very careful about what they say. Politicians also risk being murdered for expressing any opinion which could inflame the rage of Islamic terrorists.
“He will be killed wherever he is found. No atheist has been spared since the independence of Bangladesh,” the Dhaka Tribune quoted Maulana Junayed Al Habib as saying at an Iftar gathering at Jamia Madania Madrassa in Dhaka.
Apparently, Al Habib is a representative of an organization which represents some 70,000 religious schools - Islamic madrassas. The fact that he has the gall to speak this threat in public and that he's not immediately hauled off to jail for it, says a lot about the current state of human rights in Bangladesh.

In fact, Bangladesh is an excellent study case of what happens to a so-called secular nation in which religion has assumed such primacy that it has now effectively become a terrifying theocracy.
Slandering religion and “hurting religious sentiment” are illegal in Bangladesh. Vigilantes have also taken the law into their own hands. This year alone, suspected fundamentalists have killed three secular bloggers in separate machete attacks.
Murdering politicians who happened to say something impious is perfectly okay, though.

Siddiqui was fired by the Prime Minister while he was abroad in New York. He made the fatal mistake of pointing out that perhaps the Muslim Pilgrimage to Saudi Arabia, the Hajj, might be a bit of a waste of money.
“It is sheer waste of manpower. Some 20 lakh [two million] people have gone to Saudi Arabia. They have no work to do. It is deduction, rather than production. They are spending and consuming. They are taking the country’s money to Saudi Arabia,” he said in alleged footage of the event posted on YouTube. 
They are taking the money of a rather poor country and transferring it en masse to Saudi Arabia - a mind-numbingly rich human rights abuser.

For this comment, he got seven months in prison. He is now on bail. Apparently, he lives in a secular country. His lawyer had this to say.
“Atheism is not illegal in our country and we do not have Sharia Law to demand [the] death sentence [for] atheists. The government should take stern action against all irrespective of their political or other identities in such cases,” Barua told the Dhaka Tribune. 
Keep repeating this and perhaps someone might believe you. It's been clearly demonstrated that atheism will get you murdered in Bangladesh by mouth frothing, machete wielding religious lunatics. The government appears to be taking stern action by apparently being scared shitless of the terrorists and making mealy mouthed excuses.
They say “it is a sensitive matter” and that they plan to persuade the groups not to stage confrontations during the holy month.

“The government is monitoring the situation carefully and nobody would be allowed to create any law and order situation during Ramadan,” a minister told BenarNews, requesting anonymity.
Sounds like they're handling this situation like a boss! Laying down the law in Bangladesh!

Meanwhile, protesters appear to still be in need of some delicate persuasion not to slice this politician - who is not even necessarily an atheist - to ribbons.
Members of Islami Oikyo Jote – also a part of Hefazat – marched in Dhaka’s Lalbagh area on Tuesday to protest his release.

“The atrocious atheists and murtads (infidel) are being patronized by granting Latif Siddiqui bail. They will not be allowed to live in this country,” Mufti Faizullah, secretary general of the Jote, said, according to the Dhaka Tribune.
Why are the authorities not throwing this man into jail? I guess jail time might further offend his delicate religious sensitivities. 

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