Monday, October 31, 2005

Sunday, October 30, 2005

Respect? Come again?

A profound disrespect is demonstrated in the following article:

Police told to respect traditions

POLICE are being advised to treat Muslim domestic violence cases differently out of respect for Islamic traditions and habits.

Officers are also being urged to work with Muslim leaders, who will try to keep the families together.
Women's groups are concerned the politically correct policing could give comfort to wife bashers and keep their victims in a cycle of violence.

The instructions come in a religious diversity handbook given to Victorian police officers that also recommends special treatment for suspects of Aboriginal, Hindu and Buddhist background.

Some police officers have claimed the directives hinder enforcing the law equally.

Police are told: "In incidents such as domestic violence, police need to have an understanding of the traditions, ways of life and habits of Muslims."

They are told it would be appreciated in cases of domestic violence if police consult the local Muslim religious leader who will work against "fragmenting the family unit".

Islamic Women's Welfare Council head Joumanah El Matrah called the guidelines appalling and dangerous.

"The implication is one needs to be more tolerant of violence against Muslim women but they should be entitled to the same protection," Ms El Matrah said.

"Police should not be advising other officers to follow those sorts of protocols.

"It can only lead to harm."

Ms El Matrah said Muslim leaders should be brought into domestic violence investigations only if requested by the abused woman......snip..........

Saturday, October 29, 2005

The importance of cultural linchpins cannot be overstated

The fascinating art exhibit of Islamic women has caused an uproar that far exceeds the innocuous nature of the photos. The exhibit can be viewed here. The following article details the fear involved:

Harper pulls photo exhibit upon Muslim protest
By Michael Puente

An art exhibit that included photographs of nude Muslim women wearing only a head covering was taken down Thursday afternoon just hours after opening for public viewing at Harper College in Palatine.

Muslim students at the college protested to officials
about the pieces on display in Building C.

Several students say the pieces — some showing young Muslim men with machine guns — were downright offensive.

“I think they should rip this down,” student Matt George said.

Another student, Hussein Ali, says a number of Muslim students at Harper now are thinking about leaving.

“The Muslim students are thinking about boycotting Harper because of this,” said Ali, 23, of Schaumburg.

Ahmad Basalat, 21, of Bartlett said the exhibit expressed hatred toward Muslims.

Rich Johnson, co-coordinator of international students at Harper, said the exhibit was an event put on in conjunction with the college’s art department.

The school invited Chicago photographer Amir Normandi to exhibit his works depicting Muslim women in Iran defying the wearing of the jilbab.

Johnson said he thought the exhibit would be an interesting topic because it deals with human rights.

Salma Habed, 20, of Hoffman Estates said some of the pieces continued with the stereotype that Muslim women are oppressed.

“We go to school. We have careers. It’s not like we’re oppressed like some people feel for some reason,” Habed said.

Before the opening of the exhibit, neither Johnson nor other Harper officials had an opportunity to view the images.

Johnson and school officials ordered the removal or covering of the images until further notice because of the uproar.

“It was not the show that we thought we were going to get,” Johnson said, adding that he stands by Normandi’s artistic freedom.

Johnson said the exhibit was to have been included as a part of other events dealing with human rights issues in Iran.

“We struck a reasonable compromise that we will temporarily cover the images,” Johnson said.

College spokesman Phil Burdick said he understands why the students are offended, but freedom of expression comes into play.

“This exhibit is not the type of artwork that the college endorses or advocates,” Burdick said. “If this exhibit offends the sensibilities of any person or ethnic group, we deeply apologize.”

Burdick said the school will convene a meeting with students, the two faculty members involved — including Johnson — the artist and the college staff.

Friday, October 28, 2005

the culture of endless murderers

the culture of endless murderers:

Sleep the Sleep of the Bridegroom The endless murders will either get worse and spiral out of control, or will dwindle to nothing. Linchpins will start the dominos falling.

Faisal al-Mutairi actually wanted to fight in Afghanistan, but was arrested in Iran. He later carried out a suicide attack in Iraq. In between he worked for the jihad through the Internet and distributed audio tapes.

He died with God's permission through a suicide attack against the enemies of God in Baghdad. (...) That was last Saturday. The iternational calling code is 965, Jabir al-Mutairi, 9015xxxx, Walid al-Mutairi 974xxxx (editor's note: Telephone numbers have been deleted).

(...) Faisal Zaid al-Mutairi, also known as Abu al-Bara'a, was of great stature and beautiful character. (...) He was known for his friendliness and befriended the Muslims from Bengal and India. He liked them a great deal and told others to be friendly to them, (...) because there is a bond across all Islam May God take him as a Martyr!
(...) He was a boxing coach and was deeply impressed by Sheik Osama bin Laden. "That is the Islam of today (...)!" he once said. He traveled to Iran at the end of the Afghanistan war in order to join the Arab brothers there. But God would not permit him this joy, and he was arrested in Iran. After he was released, he returned to Kuwait. But the fate of his brothers in jihad worried him and he looked for news of them in the Internet and elsewhere. "Don't stand with bound hands, spur the Muslims on and teach them jihad!" he always said.

That's how he started training young men in a gym. (...) He started passing out tapes to motivate them and did so in the mosques as well.

As the events in Iraq began to unfold, he looked for a way there. God permitted a way to be opened for him, and he joined the informational jihad, filming many attacks in Iraq. Later, he began to fight. He then carried out a suicide attack that, as God allows, will bring him to paradise.

(...) Pray for him brothers. (...) Pray also, that I may join my friend in martyrdom. (...)

Here is an excerpt of a Kuwaiti newspaper article: "It was learned yesterday that a Kuwaiti (Faisal Z.M.) was killed during a fight with US troops twodays ago in Iraq."

Sleep now, Abu al-Bara'a, Sleep the sleep of the bridegroom. (...) I will cry for you.

No sane God would have any part of such nonsense!

cultural ticking time bombs

The culture that encourages this is a doomed culture:

Iranian schoolboys shoot with their toy guns in Tehran

On the spot in Tehran: 'A family day-out ... with flag-burning'

Ramita Navai, Tehran Correspondent for The Times, was among thousands on the streets of the Iranian capital for annual anti-Israel rallies, at which the President continued his inflammatory rhetoric.

"It's a bit like a family day out, but with cursory outbreaks of flag burning. There are picnics, street-vendors and people selling balloons... there's a kind of carnival atmosphere.

"But I walked past one stand where people were writing messages on a flag to send to Palestine. There was a girl there, she can't have been older than 5, and she had just signed her name below a message reading 'Death to Israel, death to America.'

"The conservative hardliners have turned out in force, but it would be a mistake to think that all of Iran is on the streets baying for Israel's blood.

"The majority of ordinary Iranians don't really care about Israel - they have enough to worry about at home with a declining economy and high unemployment.

"Many of the people are wearing bibs or carrying banners which read 'Peaceful Nuclear Energy is Iran's Right.' That is certainly an issue which has united all of Iran - the destruction of Israel is not.

"Nevertheless, Iranians are really quite puzzled by the reaction to the President's comments. To them it's nothing that they don't hear at every Friday prayers. They are quite bemused about it all. Everyone knows that it's what President Ahmadinejad thinks.

"What's being debated here is whether he is just incredibly naiive and inexperienced in international diplomacy or whether this is a change towards a more confrontational approach in Iran's negotiating tactics.

"I have heard that he has just repeated his comments to the crowd, confirmed and repeated them. So it looks as though he is not backing down."

The culture that preaches death to young minds must not be ignored

The young and vulnerable of our society must be protected from the preachers of death and hatred. Every society has a duty to do this. We ignore this at our long term future peril.

Any society that allows the young and vulnerable youth to be brainwashed into hatred and murder is doomed.

By the same token, any religion that promotes the preaching of hatred and murder is doomed.

The vital significance of the cultural war is demonstrated by the following article from the Copenhagen Post:

Suspected suicide terrorists arrested

Four young men were arrested in Copenhagen on Thursday and charged with planning a terrorist attack

Four quiet, well-behaved teenagers were arrested in Copenhagen on Thursday, on suspicion of planning a terrorist attack.

The boys, who are aged between 16 and 20, are all of Mid-Eastern descent and deeply devout Muslims.

The Danish Security Intelligence Service said the arrests came after it had been informed by an unnamed Balkan country that a large quantity of explosives and a number of assassination-type weapons had been found in the country and that there was a possible connection to Denmark.

On 19 October, the intelligence service contacted the country, requesting to see proof of the weapons and their connection to the four men, all between the ages of 16 and 20.

According to the police, telephone records and other correspondence showed that there was a possible connection between the Balkan group and the men, as well as possible signs of a planned terror action.

'I am convinced that there is strong reason to suspect that they were planning an act of terrorism,' said Jørn Bro, police chief in the Copenhagen suburb of Glostrup.

The police say that the action was planned for 'a European target within the near future', and some of the items found indicated that it was likely a suicide bombing that was in the works.

Swedish newspaper Expressen reported on Friday that possible targets were the US or the British embassy in Sarajevo.

Police are still uncertain of the role that the four arrested men were to have played in any action.

In addition to the four men, another 21 people were arrested, primarily family and friends to the jailed, but were later released.

During the arrest, the police confiscated computer equipment, mobile phones, DVDs, CD-ROMs, and pamphlets, as well as Danish and foreign currency for a value of DKK 200,000.

The four arrested are described as inconspicuous and well-behaved young men.

'They are deeply religious and very responsible,' said Bro.

All four are born and bred in Denmark, although only one has Danish citizenship. The police said none of them came from deeply religious families. Their friends and relatives had become bemused in recent weeks as the boys had begun to meet at various mosques to pray, adopting a radical tone that was worrying to some of their relatives.

All four men have been remanded until 16 November. They have appealed their imprisonment.

None of the common causes of criminal behavior are noted. They were quiet, deeply religious young men. The culture that poisoned their minds is the problem, as well as the significant amount of foreign money that was found in their possession.

Thursday, October 27, 2005

banning the headscarf a huge cultural linchpin

Banning the headscarf along with all religious headdress would be a huge cultural linchpin, as shown in the following article: Religious garb has nothing whatsoever to do with God, it is a political statement of power and control.

Non-Muslims 'must wear scarves'

Kuala Lumpur - Malaysia's government has endorsed a university's ruling that requires non-Muslim women to wear headscarves on its campuses, a report said on Wednesday.
The minister in charge of national unity, Maximus Ongkili, said the decision by the International Islamic University earlier this year was not a religious one, but merely part of university procedures.

"As the rule was approved by the university senate, it is not religious in nature but a matter of uniforms that must be followed. It does not breach basic human rights," Ongkili was quoted as saying in the Star daily....

The growing influence of Islam on Malaysian society over the past two decades has seen a major increase in the number of Malay Muslim women wearing headscarves as a sign of religious devotion.


Ongkili told parliament that Malaysians had to respect rules formulated by the government and other institutions to prevent social unrest.

"In a multi-racial country each community must respect one another. But at the same time we must respect the laws of the country, institutions and organisations to ensure there is no disturbance to the community," he said.

He was responding to opposition leader Lim Kit Siang, who had read out an email from a non-Muslim undergraduate from the university complaining she was forced to wear a headscarf to her graduation ceremony.

Lim accused the government of recanting on an April statement that non-Muslims would be "encouraged" but not forced to wear headscarves.

"So why the change now? Is this not disrespectful of a plural society," he said according to the Star.

Wednesday, October 26, 2005

cultural demagoguery of murder and hatred

The demagogery that creates the brainwashed zombies that threaten the world:

'Bush and Blair will lick your boots

Spread over many acres in the heart of I-8 (a posh residential area in Islamabad where the price of a 60' by 90' plot is around 20 million rupees), the Jamia Mosque Quba is run by Jamat-ud Dawa [JD], which is popularly, though wrongly, identified as the Lashkar-e-Taiba -- the largest network of Pakistani militants fighting in Indian Kashmir. A visitor to the mosque on any Friday at 1 pm will see a long queue of brand new vehicles in which the rich of the twin cities [Islamabad and Rawalpindi] come for the Friday sermon. Some come from the adjoining cities.

Why do they take this trouble when there is no dearth of mosques in their vicinity?

Because they get the opportunity of listening to Hafiz Abdur Rehman Makki, the number two in JD's hierarchy who travels every Friday from Lahore to give a sermon and lead the Friday prayers.

An eloquent orator, Makki has the power to draw tears from his listeners. Last Friday [October 21] this correspondent attended his sermon.

Quoting numerous Koranic verses, Makki justified the earthquake as a punishment of Allah on the sinful.

Ridiculed seismologists who rationalized the quake on scientific grounds, he said: 'You are saying that the earthquake has occurred because the plates beneath the earth have dislocated. Oh foolish scientists, don't you know that the plates could have never moved without Allah's order? Human beings' knowledge is nothing before Allah who is the creator of the universe. Whatever knowledge you have today is due to His will. You could have learnt nothing had Allah not wished so!' He urged the scientists to seek Allah's forgiveness instead of being proud of their so-called knowledge.

'Oh unwise people open Koran. It tells you how so many nations before you were annihilated by Allah through natural disasters when they crossed the limits and refuted His blessings. Don't you learn a lesson from the Jews? They are the worst receiver of Allah's wrath because they flayed His commandments blatantly.'

Declaring natural calamities as Allah's army, Makki said: 'Allah would order His soldiers -- earthquakes, storms, plaques, droughts, and hurricanes -- to invade the disobedient. Thus He would serve a reminder on the survivors i.e. they should abandon vice and adopt virtue.'

'The earthquake is a reprimand to the rulers on their un-Islamic policies e.g. recognition of Israel; maligning jihad and ditching the jihadis; ridiculing jihab; perverting society with obscenity by urging women to work with men in all spheres of life; secularizing the curriculum, etc. Oh foolish rulers, did you ever give it a thought that Islamabad had many towers but only one collapsed? Because Allah did not want all of you to die! He has given you another chance. Avail it and become his obedient beings.'

Criticizing Musharraf's development agenda, Makki said: 'By 2007, Musharraf had to take off veil from women's faces and force them to run with men on road in semi-nude state. He had to put them in dance classes. The quake has perished his plans! Now he has become a beggar. He has to beg continuously for 10 years to rebuild the quake-hit areas!'

Reminding Musharraf that his decision to outlaw jihadi outfits was myopic, Makki said: 'The world has seen that these banned jihadis reached where the army or the US Chinook could not reach and provided relief to thousands of people. Jihadis are not afraid of bans. They are the soldiers of Allah. They will continue to help the people. Nobody can stop them!'

Urging the rulers to reject the aid by the international community and secular NGOs, he said: 'Remember brothers, by accepting their aid, you will lose your honor. You will become their slaves. They will ask you to follow their evil agenda. The UN, the US, and the EU are not the friends of humanity. They are the worst enemies of the Muslims. You should seek help from Allah only.' ........snip...........

Makki reminded his followers that the Muslims' glory was in jihad. As long as they dedicated money and sons for jihad, they ruled the world. They were trapped in the quagmire of humiliation when they abandoned jihad.

'We can rise again. We can rule the world again. I give you a simple recipe. Donate money and sons for jihad and your glorious days will return. The entire world will be under your control. Bush and Blair will become your slaves and lick your boots.'

Friday, October 21, 2005

Wednesday, October 19, 2005

The west is in far more than a military war

The West is in a war far greater than the critical military war. An online Al=Qaeda network believes that it must spread an islamic caliphate worldwide. The following article from shows the thinking behind the threat. How AQ is a cultural threat the likes of which the West has never faced.

An Online "University" for Jihad By Stephen Ulph

In an interesting new development, the al-Qaeda network is making strides to present itself as a permanent cultural--as well as military--phenomenon. An October 7 posting on the al-Farouq jihadi forum ( by Ahmad al-Wathiq bi-Llah, the "deputy general emir" of the Global Islamic Media Front, announced what it referred to as an "al-Qaeda University of Jihad Studies." The accompanying statement explained that "al-Qaeda is an organization, a state and a university, this is a fact which cannot be denied." Readers, it noted, might be amused by the headline, but the writer simply refers them to the experience of al-Qaeda's origins in Afghanistan: "it began with the Bureau of Services, the Bait al-Ansar and the al-Farouq Training Camp--until it reached the present stage."

The author then reflects on al-Qaeda's achievements made on the Internet, "Since the events of the USS Cole and Manhattan, hundreds of Muslims from all corners of the world have joined this global jihadist university, studying all the sciences, rules and methods of jihad." The method of enrollment may differ, as indeed the methods of instruction and application of training, "but it is a tangible reality for the enemies of the Nation and the Faith; a de-centralized university without geographical borders, present in every place."

The author also points to a phenomenon much under-appreciated by Western observers: that the "affiliation" to jihad and its aims is more than a matter of military training, but involves just as much intensive ideological and morale training. "Graduates" of the university, he explains, are specialists in "electronic jihad, media jihad, spiritual and financial jihad," passing through the "faculties" dedicated to both morale and explosive package technology and exploding cars and trucks." He warns that these graduates of al-Qaeda University are still learning, but "shall wreak slaughter upon the enemy in the coming days" and closes with a call for more students in the cause of striving for the Caliphate (

Saturday, October 15, 2005

Sunday's election in Iraq is a cultural linchpin

Sunday's election in Iraq is a monumental cultural linchpin. Even though it will be far from perfect, it pushes many cultural linchpins to the forefront that will ripple throughout the Islamofascist world.

The War in Iraq is the most signifigant cultural war since the cultural war against Nazi Germany that so brilliantly turned Germany into a powerhouse democracy.

Respect for women linchpin, the rule of law linchpin, (rather than the rule of torture and beheading all who disagree) and the number one, the freedom of information linchpin.

The cultural linchpins are critical to the WOT

The following article from the SMH shows why it is critical to legislate against the culture of disrespect of females:

Gang rapist's attacks unavoidable, says lawyer

A violent gang rapist should have been given a lesser sentence partly because he was a "cultural time bomb" whose attacks were inevitable, as he had emigrated from a country with traditional views of women, his barrister has argued.

MSK, who, with his three Pakistani brothers, raped several girls at their Ashfield family home over six months in 2002, was affected by "cultural conditioning … in the context of intoxification", Stephen Odgers, SC, told the NSW Court of Criminal Appeal yesterday.

MSK, 26, MAK, 25 and MMK, 19, are appealing against the severity of their sentences after they were found guilty of nine counts of aggravated sexual assault in company - a crime carrying a maximum penalty of life imprisonment - against two girls, aged 16 and 17, in July 2002.

MSK and MMK were jailed for 22 years, with a non-parole period of 16½ years, and 13 years, respectively, and MAK for 16 years (12 years non-parole).


He also said Justice Brian Sully had made a "clear error" in sentencing them to an extra six years on two counts, rather than one - referring to an act in which MMK withdrew his penis and took off the condom and then continued to rape one of the girls.


Mr Odgers said the new evidence showed that he had a disease, which, combined with alcohol and the cultural conditioning of "a society with very traditional views of women", was "clearly a factor in the commissioning of these offences".

"The applicant was a cultural time bomb," Mr Odgers said. "It was almost inevitable that something like this would happen. His culpability is lessened because of that combination." .....snip.....

He refused to place his hand on the Koran when sworn in because he said he had not washed.

Friday, October 14, 2005

The critical nature of the culture war

The following article from City Journal shows why the cultural war is so critical to stopping the continuing spread of radical Islamofascism.

When Islam Breaks Down
Theodore Dalrymple


How often have I been consulted by young Muslim women patients, driven to despair by enforced marriages to close relatives (usually first cousins) back “home” in India and Pakistan, who have made such an unavailing appeal to their mothers, followed by an attempt at suicide!

In fact the situation of Muslim girls in my city is even worse than Juliet’s. Every Muslim girl in my city has heard of the killing of such as she back in Pakistan, on refusal to marry her first cousin, betrothed to her by her father, all unknown to her, in the earliest years of her childhood. The girl is killed because she has impugned family honor by breaking her father’s word, and any halfhearted official inquiry into the death by the Pakistani authorities is easily and cheaply bought off. And even if she is not killed, she is expelled from the household—O sweet my mother, cast me not away!—and regarded by her “community” as virtually a prostitute, fair game for any man who wants her.

This pattern of betrothal causes suffering as intense as any I know of. It has terrible consequences. One father prevented his daughter, highly intelligent and ambitious to be a journalist, from attending school, precisely to ensure her lack of Westernization and economic independence. He then took her, aged 16, to Pakistan for the traditional forced marriage (silence, or a lack of open objection, amounts to consent in these circumstances, according to Islamic law) to a first cousin whom she disliked from the first and who forced his attentions on her. Granted a visa to come to Britain, as if the marriage were a bona fide one—the British authorities having turned a cowardly blind eye to the real nature of such marriages in order to avoid the charge of racial discrimination—he was violent toward her.

She had two children in quick succession, both of whom were so severely handicapped that they would be bedridden for the rest of their short lives and would require nursing 24 hours a day. (For fear of giving offense, the press almost never alludes to the extremely high rate of genetic illnesses among the offspring of consanguineous marriages.) Her husband, deciding that the blame for the illnesses was entirely hers, and not wishing to devote himself to looking after such useless creatures, left her, divorcing her after Islamic custom. Her family ostracized her, having concluded that a woman whose husband had left her must have been to blame and was the next thing to a whore. She threw herself off a cliff, but was saved by a ledge....snip

Wednesday, October 12, 2005

The at-risk young and vulnerable

The at-risk young and vulnerable must be protected from the predators who would use them as detailed in the following article:

Israelis Arrest 14-year-old 'Suicide Attack Boy'

The Israeli army today said it had arrested a 14-year-old Palestinian boy who allegedly was to be forced by militants to carry out a suicide bombing.

The boy, a resident of the West Bank city in Nablus, told interrogators that militants pressured him to carry out the attack after the youth quarrelled with his father.

He said the militants threatened to kill him and distribute a statement claiming he was a collaborator with Israel if he didn’t carry out their orders.

It was not immediately clear how the attack was thwarted.

The attacker would have been one of the youngest suicide bombers during five years of conflict.

Militant groups have increasingly turned to youths to carry out attacks in recent years because teenagers are likely to raise less suspicion with the army.

The media wars: the importance to terrorism

The media wars are critical to the terrorists, as the following article demonstrates:

Al Qaeda letter called 'chilling'(Al-Zawahiri to al-Zarqawi: Prepare for U.S. to leave Iraq soon)

Senior U.S. intelligence officials call a letter from al Qaeda's No. 2 man to its leader in Iraq "chilling" because of how "calm, clear and well argued" it is in urging preparation for a U.S. departure from Iraq.

According to a translation of the 6,300-word letter provided by the U.S. government, Ayman al-Zawahiri predicts "the Americans will exit soon" from Iraq and says "things may develop faster than we imagine."

U.S. leaders have refused to set a timetable for troop withdrawals, saying such a move would embolden insurgents. Military leaders have suggested a reduction in 2006 is possible, depending on the preparedness of Iraqi security forces.

But in the letter, al-Zawahiri is clearly worried that Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, with his televised beheadings of hostages and attacks on Shiites, could lose what he calls a "media battle" for the "hearts and minds" of Muslims. (Full textexternal link)

"I say to you: that we are in a battle, and that more than half of this battle is taking place in the battlefield of the media," al-Zawahiri writes.

"The Muslim populace who love and support you will never find palatable ... the scenes of slaughtering the hostages," he warns al-Zarqawi, self-proclaimed leader of al Qaeda in Iraq.

A Relatively Bloodless Nomination

Does historic opportunity hang within reach of the Republican Party?. The party could seize power for decades, and relegate the Democrats to minority status.

Is it good politics to whine and threaten to stay home in the next elections and work to defeat Republicans who don't toe the dogma line? Chase all who disagree out of the party?

Hugh Hewitt has stressed once again on his great show this week that he supports the most conservative candidate that can win!

Politics are about winning not whining. The out of power party is impotent and unable to do anything but attack those in power.

It is useless to nominate a Supreme Court judge that has such a long paper trail that the filibusters would go on and on, and the candidate may not get appointed. Although there's no way of knowing, Harriet Miers may be the only candidate that will not run into problems.

I trust the President and his able warriors to find an able candidate that can win and win bloodlessly.

Tuesday, October 11, 2005

The cultural war: Teachers under death threat

Sadly, teachers are increasingly under attack from Islamofascists throughout the third world. Teachers have traditionally been the most peaceful of all citizens, but they hold the minds of the young and vulnerable in their hands. The minds of the young and vulnerable are exactly those who Islamofascism needs for their deeds as the following article from Reuters indicates:

Liberal Liberal Bangladeshis fear rise of Islamists (Jamaat-e-Islami subverting democracy with violence)

By Simon Denyer

RAJSHAHI, Bangladesh (Reuters) - Economics professor Sanat Kumar Saha was relaxing at home when three men burst in. They tied him down and began stabbing him.

Saha blames the attack on Islamist radicals opposed to his liberal views, and says he only escaped with his life because his nephew raised an alarm.

"They want to create a fear psychosis, so that the whole perspective of the state of Bangladesh can be transformed," he said at Rajshahi University in the north of the country. "They are transforming society and making it religious orientated."

Saha's accusation is echoed by many liberal Bangladeshis. The secular Bengali nation they love is being steadily undermined by religious forces bent on establishing an Islamic republic.

They say that ever since the country's main Islamist party came to power as a junior partner in the coalition government in 2001, it has used its influence to change Bangladeshi society.

Jamaat-e-Islami (the Party of Islam) says it is a peaceful organization determined to come to power by the ballot box, to create "a welfare state based on Islamic ideology."

"Jamaat is an Islamic party working to establish an Islamic society through the democratic process, through education and motivation," said Jamaat's white bearded leader and Industries Minister Motiur Rahman Nizami. "Without the spontaneous support of the people, Islam can't be established."

But critics such as the opposition Awami League brand them "fanatics" whose cadres, they say, have systemically infiltrated the army, police and bureaucracy, and now control most of the country's mosques and religious schools.

Politics in universities like Rajshahi and Chittagong is now dominated by Jamaat's student wing, and theater, dance and poetry recitals on campus have either been stopped or curtailed.


Bangladesh was born in 1971 after a brutal war of separation from Pakistan. Although more than 85 percent Muslim, it stood for secular Bengali nationalism.

Jamaat-e-Islami sided with Pakistan's army, something for which many Bangladeshis have never forgiven them.

Today, the party is probably the country's most well organized and disciplined political force. It only got just over 5 percent of the votes in the last election, but its influence tipped the balance in favor of the Bangladesh National Party (BNP) in many constituencies, analysts say.

As a result, Jamaat was rewarded with the powerful industries and social welfare portfolios in the cabinet.

Alongside Jamaat's rise has come a worrying increase in Islamic extremism in Bangladesh, analysts say.

Human rights group accuse the government of bowing to pressure from the Islamists by turning a blind eye to a campaign of violence, harassment and intimidation against minority Ahmadi Muslims, who some orthodox Muslims view as heretics.

"It's a dangerous moment in Bangladesh when the government becomes complicit in religious violence," said Brad Adams, of Human Rights Watch in a June statement.

Liberals were shocked in 1999 when the country's most famous poet, Shamsur Rahman, was attacked by three Islamic radicals, who threatened to cut off his head with an axe. Concerns mounted after a series of bomb attacks on cinemas, theaters and secular opposition party meetings in the past three years.

But it was in August that Islamic militants really showed their destructive capability when they detonated 500 small bombs all around the country within half an hour.

They struck again on Monday, bombing courthouses in three towns.


The Awami League accuses Jamaat of being behind the attacks and of providing political cover for extremists.

Politically motivated nonsense, says the government.

"Those who have done this are enemies of Bangladesh, enemies of democracy, enemies of our religion Islam," said Nizami, calling the attacks "heinous, inhuman and barbaric."

Police say roughly a third of the 400 suspects they have arrested since August 17 have some kind of link to Jamaat, either as former members or relatives of members, but they say that does not prove the party itself was involved.

In the southeastern town of Chittagong, liberal journalists are convinced they have seen the true face of Jamaat. Samaresh Baidya, Zubair Siddiqi and Sumi Khan all wrote articles accusing Jamaat and its student wing Islami Chhatra Shibir of violence and intimidation.

In response, all three received threatening letters this year.

"Prepare your funeral dress, because you will be murdered if you continue to write false reports against Jammat-Shibir," one of the letters says.

"On the one hand they (Jamaat) follow political democracy," said Baidya. "On the other hand, under other names, they are strengthening their militant forces."

Saturday, October 08, 2005

All three wars are equally important

The following article from Barron's has it all wrong. We are winning the military wars and totally ignoring the cultural wars and the media wars. All three are equally essential to ending the brainwashing of the young and vulnerable.

Is It Still Sept. 10 in America?

"We have the right to kill four million Americans -- two million of them children -- and to exile twice as many and wound and cripple hundreds of thousands. America can be kept at bay by blood alone."

-- al Qaeda spokesman Suleiman Abu Gheith, June 2002

EVERY YEAR ON THE ANNIVERSARY of the Sept. 11 attacks, I've taken stock of how well we're doing in protecting the homeland and preparing for the next terrorist assault, which most Americans believe likely.

And every year my conclusions have been pretty much the same, as the headlines of those columns reflect (see Fighting the Tape, "A Year Later, We're Still Not Ready," Sept. 11, 2002; "9/11/03: Progress, But Still a Long Way to Go," Sept. 11. 2003; "Three Years Later and Miles to Go," Sept. 9, 2004).....-snip-...

Cultural wars are just as important as the military wars

The following article from the Sun demonstrates that the cultural wars are just as important as the military wars:

Muslims win toy pigs ban
The Sun (UK)

Novelty pig calendars and toys have been banned from a council office — in case they offend Muslim staff.

Workers in the benefits department at Dudley Council, West Midlands, were told to remove or cover up all pig-related items, including toys, porcelain figures, calendars and even a tissue box featuring Winnie the Pooh and Piglet.

Bosses acted after a Muslim complained about pig-shaped stress relievers delivered to the council in the run-up to the Islamic festival of Ramadan.

Muslims are barred from eating pork in the Koran and consider pigs unclean.

Councillor Mahbubur Rahman, a practising Muslim, backed the ban. He said: “It’s a tolerance of people’s beliefs.”

Friday, October 07, 2005

Institutionalized religious disrespect for women in Islam.

Exerpts from the following article details the institutionalized disrespect for women in Islam.

Indian media have been publishing exposés documenting the foul behavior of Gulf Arabs in the southern Indian town of Hyderabad “Fly-by-night bridegrooms,” by R Akhileshwari in the Deccan Herald and “One minor girl, many Arabs,” by Mohammed Wajihuddin in the Times of India are two important examples. Wajihuddin sets the stage:

They are old predators with new vigour. Often bearded, invariably in flowing robes and expensive turbans. The rich, middle-aged Arabs increasingly stalk the deprived streets of Hyderabad like medieval monarchs would stalk their harems in days that we wrongly think are history. These Viagra-enabled Arabs are perpetrating a blatant crime under the veneer of nikaah, the Islamic rules of marriage.

Wajihuddin then specifies the problem:

Misusing the sanctioned provision which allows a Muslim man to have four wives at a time, many old Arabs are not just marrying minors in Hyderabad, but marrying more than one minor in a single sitting. “The Arabs prefer teenage, virgin brides,” says Jameela Nishat, who counsels and sensitises young women against the malaise.

The Arabs usually “marry” the girls for short periods, sometimes just a single night. In fact, Wajihuddin reports, marriage and divorce formalities are often prepared at the same time, thereby expediting the process for all involved. Akhileshwari notes that “their girl children are available for as little as 5,000 rupees to satisfy the lust of doddering old Arab men.” Five thousand rupees, by the way, equals just a bit over US$100.

An Indian television program recently reported on a show-casing of eight prospective brides, most of them minors, at which they were offered up to their Arab suitors. “It resembled a brothel. The girls were paraded before the Arab who would lift the girls’ burqa, run his fingers through their hair, gaze at their figures and converse through an interpreter,” recalls one of Nishat’s assistants.

Wajihuddin also offers a specific case history:

On the first of August, forty-five-year-old Al Rahman Ismail Mirza Abdul Jabbar, a sheikh from the UAE, approached a broker in these matters, seventy-year-old Zainab Bi, in the walled city, near the historic Char Minar. The broker procured Farheen Sultana and Hina Sultana, aged between thirteen and fifteen, for twenty thousand rupees [DP comment: that equals US$450]. Then he hired Qazi [DP comment: an Islamic judge, usually spelled qadi in English] Mohammed Abdul Waheed Qureshi to solemnise the marriage. The qazi, taking advantage of an Islamic provision, married the girls off to the Arab. After the wedding night with the girls, the Arab left at dawn.

So much for that “marriage.”

Sunita Krishnan, head of an anti human-trafficking organization, Prajwala, makes the only too-obvious point that girl children are not valued. “If a girl child is sold or her life ruined, it is not a national loss, that’s why this is a non-issue, both for community and to society.” With the exception of Maulana Hameeduddin Aqil, the head of Millat-e-Islamia (a local organization, apparently not connected the notorious Pakistani terrorist group), who speaks out against these sham marriages (“They are committing a sin. It’s not nikaah, it’s prostitution by another name”), the Islamic authorities in India are almost all silent about this travesty of the Shari’a.

For their part, Muslim politicians in the city of Hyderabad apparently could care less. “It’s not on the poll agenda of any politician,” says Mazhar Hussain, director of a social welfare organization, the Confederation of Voluntary Associations. The Majlis-e-Ittihadul Muslameen, the main party of Hyderabad’s Muslims, is blissfully unconcerned: “You cannot deny that the fortunes of many families have changed through such marriages,” MIM’s president, Sultan Salahuddin Owaisi, cheerfully points out.


(1) Ironically, the girls thus proffered appear all to be Muslim – no Hindus or others need apply.....


(5) Concubinage, forced labor, indentured servitude, slavery – these deep problems are nowhere near being addressed in the Gulf region, much less solved. Indeed, one prominent Saudi theologian has gone so far as to state that “Slavery is a part of Islam” and whoever says it should be abolished “is an infidel.” So long as such attitudes can be articulated publicly, without censure, abuses are certain to continue.

80% of the mosques in America are Saudi Wahabbi funded and are teaching forms of this belief systems, some more radical

(6) The hypocrisy of this trade is perhaps its vilest aspect. Better prostitution, frankly acknowledged, than religiously-sanctioned fake marriages, for the former is understood to be a vice while the latter parades as a virtue.

(7) Wajihuddin compares the Arabian men to “medieval monarchs” and the analogy is apt. These transactions, involving Muslim minors and conducted under the auspices of Islamic law, point yet again to the dominance of premodern ways in the Muslim world and the urgent need to modernize the Islamic religion.

Thursday, October 06, 2005

Another reason why cultural linchpins would be so effective

The following article from the Copenhagen Post reiterates why legislating cultural linchpins would be so effective:

Imam demands apology for Mohammed cartoons

A Muslim cleric in Århus demands that daily newspaper Jyllands-Posten apologises for publishing cartoons featuring the prophet Mohammed

Daily newspaper Jyllands-Posten is facing accusations that it deliberately provoked and insulted Muslims by publishing twelve cartoons featuring the prophet Mohammed.

The newspaper urged cartoonists to send in drawings of the prophet, after an author complained that nobody dared to illustrate his book on Mohammed. The author claimed that illustrators feared that extremist Muslims would find it sacrilegious to break the Islamic ban on depicting Mohammed.

Twelve illustrators heeded the newspaper's call, and sent in cartoons of the prophet, which were published in the newspaper one week ago.

Daily newspaper Kristeligt Dagblad said one Muslim, at least, had taken offence.

'This type of democracy is worthless for Muslims,' Imam Raed Hlayhel wrote in a statement. 'Muslims will never accept this kind of humiliation. The article has insulted every Muslim in the world. We demand an apology!'

Jyllands-Posten described the cartoons as a defence for 'secular democracy and right to expression'.

Hlayhel, however, said the newspaper had abused democracy with the single intention of humiliating Muslims.

Lars Refn, one of the cartoonists who participated in the newspaper's call to arms, said he actually agreed with Hlayhel. Therefore, his cartoon did not feature the prophet Mohammed, but a normal Danish schoolboy Mohammed, who had written a Persian text on his schoolroom's blackboard.

'On the blackboard it says in Persian with Arabic letters that 'Jyllands-Posten's journalists are a bunch of reactionary provocateurs',' Refn said. 'Of course we shouldn't let ourselves be censored by a few extremist Muslims, but Jyllands-Posten's only goal is to vent the fires as soon as they get the opportunity. There's nothing constructive in that.'

Flemming Rose, cultural editor at the newspaper, denied that the purpose had been to provoke Muslim. It was simply a reaction to the rising number of situations where artists and writers censured themselves out of fear of radical Islamists, he said.

'Religious feelings cannot demand special treatment in a secular society,' he added. 'In a democracy one must from time to time accept criticism or becoming a laughingstock.'.............

Why cultural linchpins would be so effective

The following article from demonstrates why rigid social control is so important to extremism. Intolerant extremist views always crave validation.

Britain's War on Pigs
By Robert Spencer

Pigs are disappearing all over England, but not because of some porcine variant of Mad Cow Disease: rather, the most implacable foe of the swine is turning out to be multiculturalism.

The latest assault came in the benefits department at Dudley Council, West Midlands, where employees were told that they were no longer allowed to have any representations of pigs at their desks. Some had little porcine porcelain figurines. Others had toys or calendars of cute little pigs. One had a tissue box depicting Winnie the Pooh and Piglet. All of this had to go, not because of new some new anti-kitsch ordinance, but because Muslims might be offended — particularly now, what with Ramadan beginning. How could a pious Muslim in the Dudley Council, West Midlands benefits department redouble his efforts to conform his life to the will of Allah with all these…pigs staring him in the face? It was an insult!

This was not the first anti-pig initiative in Britain. In Derby, Muslims took offense at plans to restore the statue of the Florentine Boar, which had stood in the Derby Park for over a hundred years before it was decapitated by a German bomb in 1942. Recent plans to rebuild the Boar’s head ran into resistance from local Muslims. Suman Gupta, a local Council member, warned: “If the statue of the boar is put back at the Arboretum I have been told that it will not be there the next day, or at least it won’t be in the same condition the next day at least. We should not have the boar because it is offensive to some of the groups in the immediate area.” However, after more than 2,000 locals signed petitions in favor of the Boar, local authorities decided to bend to public opinion and go ahead with their original plans to restore the statue.

Elsewhere in England pigs did not fare so well. In March 2003, Barbara Harris, head teacher at Park Road Junior Infant and Nursery School in Batley, West Yorkshire, banned stories mentioning pigs. “Recently,” Harris explained, “I have been aware of an occasion where young Muslim children in class were read stories about pigs. We try to be sensitive to the fact that for Muslims talk of pigs is offensive.” Harris didn’t mention whether or not she intended to allow Muslim students to possess copies of the Qur’an at the school, despite its repeated mention of how Allah cursed Jews and turned them into apes and pigs (2:62-65; 5:59-60; 7:166).

Why have pigs become so unpopular in Britain? Mahbubur Rahman, a Muslim Councillor in West Midlands, summed it up in explaining why the toy pigs had to go: “It’s a tolerance,” he said, “of people’s beliefs.”

How’s that again? It’s “a tolerance of people’s beliefs” to deny to others the right to display harmless pictures and figurines? Mahbubur Rahman seems unacquainted with the dictum, widely attributed to Voltaire, that “I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it.” Yet this is what tolerance really is: the acceptance of the fact that in a free society, some will do and say things of which one may disapprove, and that one has no consequent right to command or force them to stop. If this is not recognized in any given society, that society is not in fact free at all — any more than Henry Ford’s offer that “You can have a car in any color you want, as long as it’s black” represented a genuine choice........

Why rigid social control is so important to terrorists

The following article from the Norweigan aftenposten demonstrates why the cultural linchpins would be so effective and why rigid social control is so important to terrorists:

Tensions running high at asylum center
Police in the southeastern county of Østfold have been spending lots of time at an asylum center in Våler, where a group of refugees from Chechnya have demanded that strict Muslim laws be followed. Police worry that center administrators have lost control.
Both residents at the center at Nordbybråten in Våler and employees working there have been frightened by the group of around a dozen Chechen refugees, reports local newspaper Moss Avis. The Chechens allegedly are demanding that everyone must pray to Allah, that no one can wear shorts and that they must be allowed to be the first to take their meals.

Employees filed a police report about conditions at the center, which is prompting emergency meetings with the national immigration agency UDI (Utlendingsdirektoratet) and management at the Våler.

"We have conditions at Nordbybråten that can raise questions about whether the management at the asylum center has lost control," Våler sheriff Per Tore Fremstad told Moss Avis.

Police were called to the center yet again over the weekend, when an employee asked a resident refugee to show identification. The employee ended up being physically assaulted.

Fremstad said police have been summoned to the center eight times in the past two months. Police officers responding have described conditions there as "scandalous" and "lawless." Most of the calls require at least 10 police officers to restore order at the center.

'Not acceptable'
Ole Morten Lyng, leader of the center, admitted to Moss Avis that conditions "aren't acceptable" and that he's been trying to beef up staffing. He said the Chechen refugees now say they'll cooperate, and admit they've been "impulsive."

He allowed that some of them demand to eat first, but repeated "that's not acceptable." He said center staff will also get more training in dealing with traumatized refugees.

Fremstad said UDI needs to take a stronger role at the center, and that residents who cause trouble should be moved to other centers quickly. Many of the refugees can be deported, he said, "but it can take weeks before they can be sent back where they came from," because of bureaucracy in other countries.

Wednesday, October 05, 2005

Primers Of Hate

The following article from Outlook India demonstrates the hatred being taught to the young and vulnerable of Islam:

Primers Of Hate : History or biology, Pakistani students get anti-India lessons in all their textbooks


When Mohammad Qasim stepped out to participate in the declamation contest held to celebrate Pakistan's Independence Day, the topic he was to speak on was: 'Why Islam and Pakistan are integral to each other'. Instead, this Class XI student of Lahore's Government Central Model School lashed out against the Hindus, giving vent to inexplicable anger and hatred. This was particularly shocking because the Hindu community, constituting an infinitesimal percentage of Pakistan's population, hasn't been an aspect of Qasim's life. Asked to explain his outpouring in the contest, the 14-year-old boy said, "We hate Hindus because they are Hindustanis and the number one enemies of both Islam and Pakistan.

How is it that no one asks why jehad and references to Quran should find mention in bio textbooks?

We know it all through our history and Pakistan Studies books. We learn what happened years ago all the time at school."

Qasim's explanation illustrates vividly the inimical impact of school textbooks, where history is manipulated to foster national

chauvinism, where knowledge becomes a vital tool in the construction of national identity, where the sense of nation is promoted through veritable lessons in bigotry, hatred and gross misrepresentation of history. The extracts (see box) culled out from textbooks taught in government schools demonstrates how the ruling establishment, under the aegis of President Pervez Musharraf, is misusing books to develop an anti-India, anti-Hindu mindset—and also fan sentiments against Christians, Jews and the West. The regime's control over the education system is exercised through Lt Gen (retd) Javed Ashraf Qazi, who heads the federal education ministry.

Head of the ISI between 1993 and 1995, Qazi supervised the recruitment of students from Pakistan's madrassas for constituting the extremist Taliban militia.

These textbooks came under the scanner following a story in the Los Angeles Times highlighting the tilt against non-Muslims. "Thousands of Pakistani children learn from

LA Times expressed surprise that such lessons were being taught in schools of a country whose leader was an ally of the US.

history books each year that Jews are tight-fisted moneylenders and Christians are vengeful conquerors," the newspaper said. It expressed astonishment that such lessons are taught not in madrassas but in government schools of a country whose leader (Musharraf) is an ally of the US in the war against terror. The LA Times report prompted the US administration to voice its grave concern over the textbooks to Islamabad. US State Department spokesman Sean McCormack told a news briefing last August, "The issue is a matter of serious concern for Washington and the Bush administration would like the Pakistani leadership to effectively address it."

Minister Qazi subsequently claimed efforts were afoot to revise and reform the public school curriculum. But the gargantuan nature of the task can be illustrated through the mindset dominant in the Islamabad-based National Curriculum Wing (NCW). Functioning directly under Qazi's ministry, the NCW sets the guidelines for the four provincial textbook boards which publish course material for government schools. The NCW issued a directive in 2002 laying out the following objectives: nurture in children a sense of Islamic identity and pride in being a Pakistani and regard Pakistan as an Islamic country and acquire deep love for it. Ignored was the possibility that a child in school could be non-Muslim and might feel alienated because textbooks equate the Pakistani with Muslim. Although the subject of Islam, or Islamiat, is compulsory only for Muslims, the directive awarded an extra 25 per cent marks to a non-Muslim student should he or she opt for the course. The 2002 directive was issued a month after then education minister Zubaida Jalal had directed the NCW to revise history books taught in public schools.

Scientist and educationist Dr Pervez Hoodbhoy feels the ongoing redefinition of education, first initiated under President Zia-ul-Haq, will have profound illiberal implications for Pakistan

"A new concept of education now prevails, the full impact of which will probably be felt when the present generation of schoolchildren attains maturity."

Not only have the Pakistan rulers divorced education from liberal and secular ideals, they also view it as essential for Islamising society and forging a new national identity. Hoodbhoy explains, "Important steps have already been taken in this direction: enforcement of chador in educational institutions; organisation of congregational afternoon prayers during school hours; compulsory teaching of Arabic as a second language from Class VI onwards; introduction of reading the Quran as a matriculation requirement; alteration of the definition of literacy to include religious knowledge; establishment of an Islamic university in Islamabad; introduction of religious knowledge as a criterion for selecting teachers; and the revision of conventional subjects to emphasise Islamic values."

Renowned historian Dr Mubarak Ali says the westernised liberal elite, which had inherited power from the British, had given to education a basically secular and modern character.

The NCW under Qazi ignores that a non-Muslim student could feel alienated.

"However, the self-seeking and opportunistic elite in independent Pakistan simply abandoned liberal values because of political and economic exigencies," explains Dr Ali, adding that this trend has impacted adversely on the education system.

The debilitating role of the political class in Islamising

the education system can best be illustrated through an example. In March 2004, the Muttahida Majlis-e-Amal (MMA), the fundamentalist alliance of five religious parties, disrupted the National Assembly proceedings and staged a walkout claiming that a certain reference to jehad as well as other Quranic verses had been excluded from the new edition of a state-prescribed biology textbook. The MMA threatened to launch a protest movement if the Quranic verses were not reinstated. However, then education minister Zubaida Jalal clarified that no chapter or verses relating to jehad (holy war) or shahadat (martyrdom) had been deleted from textbooks, and that the particular verse referring to jehad had only been shifted from the biology textbook for intermediate students (Classes XI and XII, that is) to the matriculation level course (Class X).

The education ministry never bothered to inquire—as most people familiar with the discipline of biology logically would—why there were references to jehad in the biology textbook in the first place.

The illiberal nature of Pakistan's education system

American math for Pak kids: 'If a man has 5 bullets and 2 go into heads of Russians, how many are left?'

was brought out in pitiless detail by the Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI), Islamabad, in its report 'The Subtle Subversion: The State of Curricula and Textbooks in Pakistan'. Authored jointly by A.H. Nayyar and Ahmed Salim, the 140-page SDPI report illustrates, through examples, how the education system is contributing to the culture of sectarianism, religious intolerance and violence.

Some of the important findings of the SDPI are: the current curriculum and textbooks are "impregnating young and impressionable minds with seeds of hatred" to serve a self-styled ideological straitjacket; substantial distortion of the nature and significance of actual events in Pakistan's history; insensitivity to the existing religious diversity of the nation; promotion of perspectives that encourage prejudice, bigotry and discrimination towards fellow citizens, especially women and religious minorities and other nations; a glorification of war and the use of force; and incitement to militancy and violence, including encouragement of loaded concepts like jehad and martyrdom.

The SDPI report, however, also exposes America's hypocrisy.Claiming that the concepts of jehad and martyrdom were incorporated into the Pakistani curricula after the start of the so-called Afghan jehad against the Soviet occupation troops, the SDPI report says, "At that point, it suited the US and its most allied of allies, Pakistan, to encourage and glorify the so-called mujahideen, or holy warriors, in the war against the Russians. An American institution of higher education was asked to formulate textbooks for Pakistani schools accordingly. The University of Nebraska at Omaha, which has a center for Afghan Studies, was subsequently tasked by the Central Intelligence Agency in the early eighties to rewrite textbooks for Afghan refugee children. The new textbooks included hate material even in arithmetic books. One question asked, 'If a man has five bullets and two go into the heads of Russian soldiers, how many are left'?" .........

Subjugation and apartheid of women linchpin

The following article from the Daily Times in Pakistan demonstrates the essential need to protect young and vulnerable young women and the daily danger they face:

Honour killings and abduction of Christian girls

According to a recent report, there are special graveyards in Sindh where only women killed for honour are buried. The cult of “karo-kari” in Sindh brings Pakistan a bad name. Many documentaries on the topic have gone around the world, arousing curiosity and shock, but no one is to blame for it but us, no matter how President Pervez Musharraf tries to cover it up. The woman killed for honour is not allowed the Islamic last rites and no one is allowed to visit the unnamed grave where she is dumped. Despite the fact that our parliament passed a law against honour killing, the murder of women continues. Our politicians in parliament actually allowed honour killing in the legislation by making the crime “compoundable”: Honour killings and abduction of Christian girls

According to a recent report, there are special graveyards in Sindh where only women killed for honour are buried. The cult of “karo-kari” in Sindh brings Pakistan a bad name. Many documentaries on the topic have gone around the world, arousing curiosity and shock, but no one is to blame for it but us, no matter how President Pervez Musharraf tries to cover it up. The woman killed for honour is not allowed the Islamic last rites and no one is allowed to visit the unnamed grave where she is dumped. Despite the fact that our parliament passed a law against honour killing, the murder of women continues. Our politicians in parliament actually allowed honour killing in the legislation by making the crime “compoundable”: if your honour is provoked you get mitigation.

A Christain member has now brought up another most dishonourable issue in the National Assembly. He complained that the trend of Muslim boys abducting Christian girls, and raping them after forcibly converting them and marrying them, has not died down. Nothing has changed since the Bishop of Lahore invited the then prime minister Nawaz Sharif to his congregation in 1998 and told him gory details of how Christian girls were being preyed upon by Muslim thugs. Needless to say, the plaint will move no MNAs. So much for our “soft image” abroad. When will President Musharraf do something about these crimes instead of sputtering in indignation whenever such things are mentioned?

The subjugation, intimidation, apartheid and brutalization of women is part of the radical culture that must not be allowed to continue in the West. The subjugation, intimidation, apartheid and brutalization of women have nothing whatsoever to do with any valid religion. The subjugation, intimidation, apartheid and brutalization of women are all about power and control.

A Christain member has now brought up another most dishonourable issue in the National Assembly. He complained that the trend of Muslim boys abducting Christian girls, and raping them after forcibly converting them and marrying them, has not died down. Nothing has changed since the Bishop of Lahore invited the then prime minister Nawaz Sharif to his congregation in 1998 and told him gory details of how Christian girls were being preyed upon by Muslim thugs. Needless to say, the plaint will move no MNAs. So much for our “soft image” abroad. When will President Musharraf do something about these crimes instead of sputtering in indignation whenever such things are mentioned?

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