I am a Muslim, a Christian, a Jew and a Buddhist too. If you don't like it, then this place is not for you, but as long as you don't force your beliefs on anyone, you're welcome to join in, it doesn't matter if you're a liberal, a republican or just simply you.
Job Cohen, leader of Dutch Labor Party (PvdA) and former Mayor of
Amsterdam, appeared somewhat riled up in yesterday's televised election debate
with Geert Wilders as his opponent, especially when Wilders dismissed him as
being a "world champ tea-drinking and multi-culti-hugging", clearly aiming to
push his buttons; to which Mr Cohen responded by telling him to stop "generalizing people, especially Muslims" and that he should judge
people based on their actions instead of their religious beliefs, when speaking
in terms of crime in The Netherlands.
Watch this....and remember, "he who laughs last, laughs best".
Don't worry, be happy!
Hey remember that old tune? Ever wonder what happened to the guy who sang it?
Well, apparently he got so tired of hearing that tune, he actually couldn't stand it anymore after hearing about it so much and even started hating it so much that he disappeared into the sunset, not to be heard of for a long long time.
Yes, the hate page is back on Facebook after
being banished for a while, but it's funny how they'd rather lie about what
really happened than admit the simple truth.
Here is the big fat lie:
Well, I just tried to recover a one of my Facebook
pages, which I had deleted recently and found that there is no way you can recover
a page on Facebook after deletion. So unless there is some super secret way to
do so or these people have some mad skills nobody else has, they are
just a bunch of liars and everybody who takes them serious and joins their
petulant games, are a bunch of fools themselves, besides being utterly indecent.
I'm glad the page is back though, because it
serves as a true testament on how it really doesn't take much to intentionally
malign and marginalize certain segments of the population and how ridiculously
easy it is to fool the ignorant masses with a horde mentality.
The Malaysian term for lesbianism is "Pengkid", which is already considered a crime in Malaysia, but now the Malaysian Department of Islamic Development wants to add "tomboy" to its vague and confusing definition of "pengkid".
According to these religious loons, women who dress and behave like men are more inclined to develop sexual desires for other women, therefore they must be stopped immediately to prevent them from committing "homosexual crimes".
Q: What is the actual definition of “pengkid”? A: Pengkid refers to a married woman or maiden whose appearance or image is like that of a man. Although this also includes the dressing of the person and not just the way she behaves, the way of dressing is just one aspect of what makes a pengkid.
A woman may be dressed as a woman, but her behaviour may be like a man, or it might be a combination of this. She might also have a sexual desire for women.
This brings it “hampir” (close) to the practice of les bianism.
Q: Is it close to, or is it actually lesbianism?
A: We can’t say that all people who are pengkid are lesbians. That wouldn’t be right. That’s why I say it is “hampir”.
Hampir means she doesn’t do that act, but she is heading that way. For instance, Islam forbids people from coming close to zina. That means, not only is the act forbidden, but any act that may lead to the actual act is also forbidden.
I believe there is no religion that allows lesbianism or homosexuality. But anything that can drive or lead towards it should also be stopped. So, this is the culture that we are trying to stop.
Actually, we are trying to save these women (from be coming lesbians).
Read the rest of this religious loony acrobatics here.
This silly fatwa has no leg to stand on as long as there is some serious doubt amongst Muslim scholars whether homosexuality is prohibited under Islamic law. Some scholars say that there is no mention of homosexuality or lesbianism, but there is mention of "liwat" (violent sodomy), which is forbidden in Islam. Some even argue that since a homosexual relationship/act isn't necessarily violent by definition, there is no reason to make it illegal.
PRAGUE, Nov 21 (Reuters) - Street battles between far-right protesters and police in a Czech town and the killings of two Roma in Hungary point to old animosities that may worsen as the financial crisis takes hold.
Such violence is rising in parts of central and eastern Europe, disappointing leaders who had hoped the prosperity tied to European Union entry for some countries and economic growth in non-members could help mend nationalist and ethnic divisions.
Rights activists say that although the right wing remains on the fringe of politics and racism does not appear to be rising across society as a whole, small pockets of far-right supporters have become bolder and better organised.
ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — Algeria, Tunisia and Morocco have banned this week's issue of L'Express International, a French newsmagazine, saying its cover story titled "The Jesus-Muhammad Shock" offended Islam.
The title is the same as a book by one of the magazine's chief editors.
The newsweekly L'Express said on its Web site that the series of articles comparing Christianity and Islam was inspired by a meeting this week in Rome between Christian and Muslim scholars, which aims to "help the dialogue between Islam and Christianity."
L'Express said it did not understand the ban on its international edition in North African countries, particularly because of the pains it took to adhere to Islamic norms. The magazine covered the face of Islam's prophet, Muhammad, with a white veil in side-by-side cover portraits of Jesus and Muhammad, in line with Islamic law.
The French edition of the magazine leaves the face uncovered.
In today's Los Angeles Times, human rights professor, Ian Buruma, stipulates that Europe's far right revival should not be confused with Nazism because its practitioners use nonviolent, democratic means to foster their goals. I do not really agree with his assessment. It may not yet be official, in-your-face Nazism, but it sure smells like something is festering; and it won't be content until it does its worst. There is a history all over the world where certain political groups use democratic means to foster undemocratic ideals and policies, and once they get in power, violence often follows. I do not trust groups who go on the march to gain power for themselves while demanding others be stripped of theirs. It is one thing to demand to be integrated into the system. It's another to demand others be disenfranchised from it.
All that said, I do think Buruma makes a good point that political elitism is a catalyst for social angst. And, although he doesn't say it outright, he basically stipulates that political correctness that does not come in accordance with viable social policies creates backlash and a variety of social problems.
Basically, this is one solid way to create hate, but that is exactly what it is.
From today's LA Times:
Opinion Europe's far-right revival isn't Nazism Much of the support for the right-wing parties springs from a resentment of long-ruling political elites. By Ian Buruma October 3, 2008
Two far-right parties, the Austrian Freedom Party and the Movement for Austria's Future, managed to win 29% of the vote in Sunday's general elections in Austria. This is double what they got in the elections of 2006.
Both parties share the same attitudes toward immigrants, especially Muslims, and the European Union: a mixture of fear and loathing. Because the leaders of the two parties, Heinz-Christian Strache and Jorg Haider, can't stand each other, there is little chance of a far-right coalition actually taking power.
Nonetheless, this is Adolf Hitler's native land, where Jews were once forced to scrub the streets of Vienna with toothbrushes before being deported and killed, so the result is disturbing. The question is: How disturbing?
Twenty-nine percent is about 15% more than populist right-wing parties usually get even in very good (for them) years in other European countries. Strache, leader of the Freedom Party, wants the government to create a new ministry to manage the deportation of immigrants. Muslims are openly disparaged by leaders of both parties. Haider once praised the employment practices of Hitler's Third Reich. Inevitably, the new rightists bring back memories of storm troopers and race laws.
Yet to see the rise of the Austrian right as a revival of Nazism would be a mistake. For one thing, neither party is advocating violence, even if some of their rhetoric might inspire it. For another, it seems to me that voters backing these far-right parties may be motivated less by ideology than by anxieties and resentments that are felt in many European countries, including ones with no Nazi tradition, such as the Netherlands and Denmark.
In Denmark, the hard-right Danish People's Party is the third-largest party in the country, with 25 parliamentary seats. Dutch populists such as Rita Verdonk, or Geert Wilders, who is driven by a paranoid fear of "Islamization," are putting the traditional political elites -- a combination of liberals, social democrats and Christian democrats -- under severe pressure.
And this is precisely the point. The biggest resentment among supporters of the right-wing parties in Europe these days is reserved not so much for immigrants as for political elites that, in the opinion of many, have been governing for too long in cozy coalitions, which appear to exist chiefly to protect vested interests.
AMSTERDAM – The Pakistani Telecommunications Authority (PTA) has told internet providers in the country that access to popular video site YouTube is blocked until further notice because the site broadcasts anti-Islamic videos.
On Sunday an employee of the service cited a trailer for the anti-Koran film expected from Geert Wilders as an example.
I applaud this move by Pakistan. I see it as a good safety precaution....."to protect the children" so to speak.
I don't think people truly realize how dangerous Geert Wilders is.
"Free speech or hate speech? 'I don't create hate. I want to be honest. I don't hate people. I don't hate Muslims. I hate their book and their ideology." Says Geert Wilders
My question to Mr Wilders is: CAN YOU SEPARATE MUSLIMS FROM ISLAM?
Mr Wilders claims he's not a hater, so let's try and take his word for it for a minute and consider that maybe for once he means exactly what he says, and who knows, maybe he's just a little confused and needs a little help from his friends. If that's really case then let me point out that.....
Clearly Mr Wilders does not understand the concept of "incitement to hatred".
Neither does Mr Wilders understand the responsibility and influence that comes with his job as a member of parliament and policy maker.
Nor does he understand the impact his statements have on the general public, let alone the adverse side effects he causes in his multicultural society, especially with regards to the negative manner with which he constantly targets Muslims and immigrants in general.
"Freedom starts with the law and also includes embracing local norms and values," Wilders says, "including to act against a backward culture like that of Islam, an ideology which in my view wants to take our freedom away from us."
"Ultimately many fundamental problems in the Netherlands are directly related to migrants, like infrastructure, traffic jams, housing problems, the welfare state."
OK now imagine if Islam isn't the name of a religion but the family name of a couple that's currently going through a nasty divorce. And lord be praised, this couple was fortunate enough to be blessed with offspring, which is only going to complicate things in the long run.
Each one of their children is significantly different in character and appearance, but people refer to them all as Muslims, not just because of their family name, but also to indicate that they come from a broken home. And just like in most divorce cases, where children end up being trapped between two warring factions, there is usually no easy way out.
The parents are constantly fighting in front of their kids, seizing every opportunity they get to try and make them choose one parent over the other, completely disregarding their own children's wants and needs and how they feel in the midst of all this. But the children don't want to have to choose. They just want everything to go back to the way things were, because no matter how dysfunctional they were as a family, at least they were able to live with it before. Now things have become too unbearable, and even if they do realize they have to do something to help make things right, they don't know how, so they end up staying out of it and leave it up for the court to decide.
But that's not all. While the parents are waging war against one another they're also constantly influencing their family and friends to make them choose sides. Some of these friends and family take matters into their own hands and launch their own vicious campaigns. The situation gets out of hand and before you know it there is no court of law that's either willing or has the backbone to handle the divorce case and reach an amicable agreement. Bureaucracy at its best, or worst, depending how you prefer to look at it.
It gets even worse when lawmakers and policy makers step forward, making things worse for the children by publicly announcing that both their parents are evil and deserve to be hated, ostracized and banished because they are now considered a threat to society.
What will become of these children? How do you think they feel? Do you even care at all?