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Myths surround Islam – leader

The federal government is considering plans for a new-look advisory body to help combat public perceptions of an overly-religious image of Islam.

Dr Ameer Ali, of the Regional Islamic Council, said he agreed with comments by the Parliamentary Secretary for Multicultural Affairs Laurie Ferguson that the idea that all Muslims were religious was a “misconception”.

“Islam has been portrayed as religion of violence, which is not true. Islam has been portrayed as a religion that promotes jihads … that’s not true,” Dr Ali told Sky News.

Misconception…Not true….fine. I don’t think any reasonable person would disagree with Dr Amir Ali. They are not all religious neither do all of them support jihad or violence but some of them do and therein lies the problem.

Dr Ali says; “The Muslim problem is not a religious problem – it is educational, economic, humanitarian, social. It (the problem) needs a wider attack.”

I agree the problem is educational – fix that and the other problems will dissolve.

In the meantime Australian Muslim leaders need to be a bit more proactive.

Heres an idea. The next time some radical idiot blows himself up taking innocents with him condemn the act. Call a press conference and denounce the violence.

The next time a leader is reported as agreeing with jihad or condemning the west for taking action against the radicals call a press conference and tell Australians the person quoted doesn’t represent the vast majority of Muslims. Tell us that you have given his name and the names of his followers to the Australian Federal Police and that you have removed his power to represent Muslims.

Tell us every day that first and foremost you are Australians and have no time for killers, murders or religious zealots.

How do Muslims worldwide think?

Daniel Pipes reports on the dismaying results of a world-wide poll on Muslim attitudes to the west.

A proclivity to conspiracy theories: In not one Muslim population polled does a majority believe that Arabs carried out the attacks of September 11, 2001, on America. The proportions range from a mere 15% in Pakistan holding Arabs responsible, to 48% among French Muslims.

…….In other words, in every one of these 10 Muslim communities, a majority views September 11 as a hoax perpetrated by the American government, Israel, or some other agency.

Conspiracy theories also pertain to larger topics.

Asked, “What is most responsible for Muslim nations’ lack of prosperity?” between 14% (in Pakistan) and 43% (in Jordan) blame the policies of America and other Western states, as opposed to indigenous problems, such as a lack of democracy or education, or the presence of corruption or radical Islam.

Overall, the Pew survey sends an undeniable message of crisis from one end to the other of the Muslim world.

I see no mention of polling done in Australia and wonder what the outcome would be. I’m not optimistic as it will most probably take another generation of Australian education to bring some of the locals out of the 12th century.

Read Daniels take on the poll and the original Pew Poll report here. The Pew Report is a .pdf but worth the read.

Beazley and Downer on cartoons

OPPOSITION Leader Kim Beazley has condemned the publication in Australia of controversial cartoons depicting the Prophet Mohammed.

Mr Beazley said he believed publishing the caricatures was “extremely unwise”.

“It’s an offensive cartoon and it shouldn’t be printed,” he said.

I’m sure he meant to say they are offensive cartoons.

Brisbane’s Courier-Mail newspaper has published one of the 12 cartoons, while political commentator Tim Blair has posted all 12 on his website.The cartoons, which were first published in Denmark, have sparked violent protests around the Muslim world.

Downer says;

“I see the cartoons they produce of me and John Howard and so on and they’re usually incredibly offensive but that is just the nature of our society.”

“I think around the world people have got to learn that not everybody needs to agree with them or have the same interpretations that they have of events or people, and they need to demonstrate a higher degree of tolerance.”

Mr Beazley also has condemned the global violence over the cartoons, as “absurd and disproportionate”.

It might be procative to publish the cartoons but the alternative is to be seen as buckling under fatwas and only printing in our media what these 7th century zealots authorise.

Not this little black duck.

Meanwhile, Al JAzeera reports that Iran is planning a series of Holocaust cartoons in retaliation

Iran’s largest selling newspaper has announced it is holding a contest on cartoons of the Holocaust in response to the publishing in European papers of caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad.

When no Mosques are destroyed, no riots eventuate, no Iranian flags burnt and no threats made they are going to appear stupid.

So stupid in fact that they won’t even realize it.

Funny and sick

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It’s a sign of a very sick and disfunctional society.

Globe win for suicide bomber film

Palestinian film-maker Hany Abu-Assad was perhaps the most surprised man at the Golden Globes on Monday as his drama of suicide bombers crossing into Israel, “Paradise Now,” was named the year’s best foreign language film.

Not surprisingly, no one expects any bookings for the film in Israel

I googled for reviews and considering I am not heavy into alternative movies the first one I looked at will suffice. IMDb provide a generally positive review on the film but I think the reviewers rose coloured spectacles has some sympathy for the Palestinian cause.

I guess if you review films for a living or hobby and seldom touch the real world, like actors, you will have some bias. On the face of it, one might have some sympathy for the Palestinians.

I don’t.

The general subject is one which has become a focus of world attention in the last few years, particularly since 9/11: young Muslims suicide bombers who destroy themselves and others around them based on their warped interpretation of passages in the Koran which guarantee entry to paradise for martyrs who die in the defense of Islam. While many viewers may wonder whether a religion that involves terror, murder, misogyny and repression deserves to be defended, for Palestians in the occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip the issues have a more secular basis. They see Isreal as the occupier of their land and an oppressor which treats them unjustly.

Reasons for the sense of injustice are both given in the dialogue as well as shown: third world conditions in the Palestian area where even water needs filtering contrasts with the glitzy tall buildings in Tel Aviv where beautiful girls in bikinis walk along the beachfront promenade. However, the viewer isn’t preached to, the issues get presented and contemplated thoroughly. The two recruits in the film are equipped with plastic explosives around their waists under suits and get to cross the Isreali border but things don’t go as planned. They both grapple with the ethical, moral and religious implications of what they are doing and change their minds more than once. Finally one of the two seems to have decided that even if, as his female friend tells him, there is no paradise, he is dead anyway and may as well extract revenge on the Isrealis. There is plenty of tension from the start to the finish and the script, directing, acting and cinematography are all superb. I rarely give scores of 10/10 but there is nothing I can fault about this.

One attempt at rationalization of their suicide;

….third world conditions in the Palestian area where even water needs filtering contrasts with the glitzy tall buildings in Tel Aviv where beautiful girls in bikinis walk along the beachfront promenade.

And for that we blow ourselves up. Could I suggest a better path to paradise; ignore the local Hamas and Mulah advocates, seek some education, get rid of your victim mentality and do something with your life. Maybe, after you became acceptable to civilized society, you might be able to go over and chat up the Israeli bikini clad girls.

I note they see Israel as the occupier of their land and an oppressor that treats them unjustly. Given that if the Palestinians, Syrians, Iranians and a few other were disarmed the Middle East would be a little more peaceful. Unfortunately it is also a given that if Israel alone was disarmed she would cease to exist.

One says oppressed, the other; defending my right to exist.

I wonder if this viewpoint was presented in the film.

If you listen to the Arabs; from Palestine east to Iran, it’s all about Israel and/or the US support of Israel.

In VIEW OF THE ARAB WORLD BY AN ARAB by Haim Harari, he says;

Yes, there is a 100 year-old Israeli-Arab conflict, but it is not where the main show is.■ The millions who died in the Iran-Iraq war had nothing to do with Israel.

■ The mass murder happening right now in Sudan, where the Arab Moslem regime
is massacring its black Christian citizens, has nothing to do with Israel.

■ The frequent reports from Algeria about the murders of hundreds of civilian in
one village or another by other Algerians have nothing to do with Israel.

■ Saddam Hussein did not invade Kuwait, endangered Saudi Arabia and butchered
his own people because of Israel.

■ Egypt did not use poison gas against Yemen in the 60′s because of Israel.

■ Assad the Father did not kill tens of thousands of his own citizens in one week in
El Hamma in Syria because of Israel.

■ The Taliban control of Afghanistan and the civil war there had nothing to do with
Israel.

■ The Libyan blowing up of the Pan-Am flight had nothing to do with Israel, and I
could go on and on and on.

The root of the trouble is that this entire Moslem region is totally dysfunctional, by any standard of the word, and would have been so even if Israel had joined the Arab league and an independent Palestine had existed for 100 years.

The 22 member countries of the Arab league, from Mauritania to the Gulf States, have a total population of 300 millions, larger than the US and almost as large as the EU before its expansion.

They have a land area larger than either the US or all of Europe. These 22 countries, with all their oil and natural resources, have a combined GDP smaller than that of Netherlands plus Belgium and equal to half of the GDP of California alone.

Within this meager GDP, the gaps between rich and poor are beyond belief and too many of the rich made their money not by succeeding in business, but by being corrupt rulers.

We don’t need to ‘understand’ the suicide bomber anymore than we need to understand any other weapon of war. We need to understand the societies that produces them…and we do.

They are, simply put, disfunctional and Israel is only a part of their problem.

I wont go and see the movie should it be released in Australia. It will not teach me anything I don’t know already and, I suspect, will only reinforce my opinion that Hollywood has lost some balance.

No-nudes Playboy for Indonesia

The Weekend Australian (no link) reports that Indonesian Muslims reacted angrily to a purported plan by Playboy to launch a version of it’s magazine in Indonesia.

Indonesian businessman Avianto Nugroho said the magazine would be launched in March and would not contain nude photos

What’s the point?

Predictably, Irfan Awas from hardline Muslim group Majelis Mujahidin Indonesia said;

Different or not, Playboy is Playboy. It is a porn magazine.


Well this blog is a blog, but without the text it isn’t anything.

Sort of lends credibility to the old “I only buy Playboy for the articles” line that young men use, or used to.

You can leave your hat on

Cairo: An Egyptian cleric’s controversial fatwa claiming that nudity during sexual intercourse invalidates a marriage has uncovered a rift among Islamic scholars.


According to the religious edict issued by Rashad Hassan Khalil, a former dean of Al-Azhar University’s faculty of Sharia, “being completely naked during the act of coitus annuls the marriage”.

But wait, all is not lost for the Egyptian Lothario.


Al-Azhar’s fatwa committee chairman Abdullah Megawar argued that married couples could see each other naked but should not look at each other’s genitalia and suggested they cover up with a blanket during sex.

Raises the old arguement I had on this site as to whether the Muslims are stuck in the 7th century or the 12th.

Via reader HRT

Another reason not to encourage veils

AN Egyptian man discovered on his wedding day that his fiancee of three years was a man who had been concealing his identity behind a veil.

You’d think in three years of being betrothed the guy would’ve got to first base at least once.

Talk about buying a pig in a poke.