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Wednesday, February 22, 2006

A good sign

Remember the Fatwa issued by an indian court against the cartoonists, condemning them all to death? Well, it has no muslim support in India at all and people are speaking out against it. The ideological war rages on!


At 2/22/2006 02:36:00 AM, Anonymous Khalidah said...

You are right, that IS a good sign!

At 2/22/2006 03:18:00 AM, Blogger scandiwoman said...

Good to hear that the average Indian does not agree with this lunacy. This whole cartoon thing has really just resulted in me becoming severly allergic to religion. I used to be able to listen politely to people quoting their books and was usually merely mildly amused at their hypocricy but now I break out in a rash, my eyes start itching...I just can't bear to listen to this nonsense anymore. I think muslims should bring their views forth -that's imperative- but on the fatwas: cartoons are cartoons and nobody was inspired by them to attack and injure a muslim. A religious leader publicly advertising for a contract killer is a slightly different matter. Is this legal in India, by the way? Can someone really publicly attempt to hire an assassin? Or are religious leaders exempt from following the law? If the archbishop here offered money for someone to kill a cartoonist -or anyone for anything- he would be in jail. Just odd.

At 2/22/2006 06:54:00 AM, Blogger Anonybreeze said...

Peking Duck has posted Thomas Friedman's "Empty Pockets, Empty Minds" in which India is described as "the second-largest Muslim country in the world, but the cartoon protests here, unlike those in Pakistan, have been largely peaceful. One reason for the difference is surely that Indian Muslims are empowered and live in a flourishing democracy. India's richest man is a Muslim software entrepreneur. But so many young Arabs and Muslims live in nations that have deprived them of any chance to realize their full potential." Very interesting.

At 2/22/2006 07:34:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

People who listen to or are influenced by religious edict from a pope or a fatwa from a muslim cleric are the reason we need separation of church and state, especially when it comes to the muslim crowd. They are fools who can't think for themselves, that they have to be told what to do , and what to think. Pathetic creatures, they are.


At 2/22/2006 07:36:00 AM, Blogger programmer craig said...

Sorry, Sandmonkey, that doesn't make me feel any better. These are legally recognized Shariat courts in India, which means those are real and legitimate Fatwas - whether they found "support" in the Indian muslim community or not. The judges who issued those Fatwas must be indicted on charges of conspiracy to commit murder.

Then I'll feel better. Not until.

I'm really tempted to call those Shariat courts "Evil" - because this ruling is evil. No other word for it. Just plain fucking evil. Islam better get out of the "justice" business if this is the best it can do.

At 2/22/2006 07:53:00 AM, Blogger programmer craig said...

AIMPLB legal adviser Zararyab Jilani said: "The board has nothing to do with these fatwas; but even if we consider that the Shariat does prescribe death penalty for anyone committing blasphemy with the name of the Prophet, such a fatwa would have legal sanctity only in a country governed by Islamic law.

Aren't these supposedly reassuring words a statement that the death sentence that has been put on those danish nationals can and probably WILL be carried out on them if they ever find themselves in a muslim country?

India should be brought before the UN security council if it doesn't take action against these Islamic courts. Those courts are governmental agencies, and they presumably speak with the sanction of the Indian government.

At 2/22/2006 08:25:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey, for the Danes out there, I bought furniture made in Denmark today - too bad I have to put it together myself.


At 2/22/2006 08:45:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I find this quote from the article to be quite charming:

"While one fatwa was issued by the Irada-e-Sharia Darul Qaza on Monday, another was issued by the equally unknown Ifta Firangimahli Taksal on Tuesday."



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