Saturday, November 04, 2006

I was appalled, as one would imagine, at the statements of Sheik Taj al-Din al Hilali down in Australia regarding women, "uncovered meat" and rape. Some of his well reported statements are as follows from The Australian as reported by Islam Watch:

"In a sermon during the Islamic holy month of Ramadan, Australia's highest cleric and Egyptian‑born Mufti, Sheik Taj al‑Din al‑Hilali, raised an international media stir culminating in waves of condemnation over his claim that immodestly dressed women attract rapes and the fault lies squarely with the women themselves. In the September 27th sermon, delivered in Arabic in Australia's largest mosque in Sydney, attended by 500 worshippers, he said, "If you take out uncovered meat and place it outside on the street, or in the garden or in the park, or in the backyard without a cover, and the cats come and eat it...whose fault is it, the cats or the uncovered meat? The uncovered meat is the problem." He added, "If she was in her room, in her home, in her hijab, no problem would have occurred." He added women were "weapons" used by "Satan" to control men. "It is said in the state of zina (adultery), the responsibility falls 90 per cent of the time on the woman. Why? Because she possesses the weapon of enticement (igraa)", said the Mufti. [The Australian, 26 Oct., 2006]"

Much writing has been done on this speech, or rather its translation into English and the questions about translation, but even the Sheik hasn't been able to cover his tracks on this issue. Maybe this is because what he says is insulting to both sexes and so far beyond the pale of being compatible with Western values that it raises again the question of possibilities of integration.

Let us be clear on this, he has effectively let men off the hook by declaring them basically unable to control themselves. He has also insulted women who have been victimized by what is seen conventionally in the West as a crime of power and victimization rather than one of uncontrolled lust. His further statement that women are weapons used by satan is perhaps the most appalling, though the most absurd and over the top. Personally, I am simply outraged that anyone would dare to, in a Western country (in which he doesn't even speak the language of his "host" culture), even assert that women should be in their homes fully covered lest crimes be committed.

This horrific statement is compounded by the news that a VICTIM of gang rape has been sentenced to ninety lashes in our dearly allied Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Please. Now this is why I am a constant critic of many in the feminist movement here in the US and in the West in general. Veering off into aspects of vegetarianism and abstract notions of linear thinking versus circular helps no one save academics, and certainly doesn't help any women trying to combat these very real abuses of women by outdated notions of sexuality in society.

I'm not known for wearing racy clothing in my personal life. If anything, I could basically throw something on my head and be accepted in Muslim circles, or at least by people fond of wool tweed blazers. However, I am also rather into protesting anything that offends me, and Mr. Uncovered Meat has definitely offended me. I am therefore protesting this speech personally, and urge others to follow, by posting pictures of my own uncovered flesh for "incitement" and as my own "weapon" to use in offending these inhuman cretans such as Sheik Uncovered Meat. I have also played a part in starting a contest in this vein at the Infidel Bloggers Alliance.

So tell me folks, are you all riled up and ready to abuse women yet?

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Thursday, November 02, 2006

November 02, 2006

Islamic teaching could resolve world problems -- Prince Charles

Dhimmi Prince Charlie prescribes Islam for what ails the world. Apparently he thinks it's a positive thing to come out publicly for the same thing for which Osama bin Laden, Omar Bakri, and others of like mind are striving. From the Kuwaiti News Agency (KUNA), with thanks to Voltaire:
ISLAMABAD, Oct 31 (KUNA) -- Prince Charles Tuesday said that the world problems could be resolve by following Islamic teachings, as Islam is a religion of peace and brotherhood.
Prince Charles while addressing a ceremony during his visit to Fatima Jinnah Women University (FJWU) stressed on better relations between Islam and other religions.
He said that clash of civilizations could be averted by following the teaching of Islam and Quraan.
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Tuesday, October 31, 2006

French news channel to challenge 'Anglo-Saxon' CNN, BBC:

A round-the-clock international news channel France is to launch in December will challenge the "Anglo-Saxon" views spread by market leaders BBC and CNN by relying on "French values", the network's chief said.
France 24, as the network is called, will start broadcasting in English and French on the Internet on December 6 and then via satellite two days later, its chairman and chief executive, Alain de Pouzilhac, told Le Figaro newspaper.

Like its British and US rivals, it is homing in on "opinion leaders" around the world by dishing up a diet of news, features and discussion.
But those viewers, Pouzilhac claimed, have become increasingly "sceptical of the world vision offered by the Anglo-Saxons like BBC World and CNN International."
Instead, he asserted, they "are looking for contradictory opinions -- which is what France 24 is proposing by relying on French values."
He did not define what those values were in the interview, beyond saying that the channel would highlight "diversity (and)... confrontation, without forgetting the culture and French art of living."
Financed to the tune of 80 million euros (100 million dollars) a year by the state and run as a joint operation between France's top commercial and top public national TV networks, France 24 will start out as a minnow to the BBC or CNN, both of which have built up global networks and enjoy established reputations.
BBC World, the privately financed international arm of Britain's public broadcaster, has 250 staff and an undisclosed budget. CNN's US and international divisions employ 4,000 people and revenues of 860 million dollars (730 million euros).
Additionally, other players are entering the market, most notably the Arab network Al-Jazeera, which is to start broadcasting an English-language service from mid-November.
But Pouzilhac insisted there was room for the French channel.
"From its launch, France 24 will potentially reach 250 million individuals," and will be pumped into 500 hotels in 64 countries, he said.
It will be offered throughout Europe, Africa and the Middle East and in the US cities of New York and Washington. Later, it plans to extend its broadcasts to all of North and South America and to Asia.
Staffed by 380 people -- including 170 bilingual journalists -- it will be relying in part on video footage and reporting provided by its managing companies, the TF1 private network and the state-owned France Televisions, as well as from partner organisations such as AFP and Radio France Internationale.
France 24 was conceived years ago as a pet project of President Jacques Chirac, who in February 2002 called for a "big international news channel in French able to rival the BBC and CNN."
The US-led invasion of Iraq pushed the project forward, because Chirac was reportedly miffed by the way CNN and the BBC presented France's opposition to the war.
Some reports in US media inaccurately stating that "Paris is burning" during the 2005 riots around France also nettled his government.
Chirac has said he hoped the channel would place France "at the forefront of the global battle of images".
The European Commission gave the green light to the French channel in June, but media commentators have highlighted internal problems in the company caused by forcing TF1 and France Televisions -- aggressive competitors in the national market -- to work together.
The head of France Televisions, Patrick de Carolis, had unsuccessfully lobbied to have TF1 jettisoned from the project, and relations between the two remain frosty.