Saturday, July 07, 2007

Muslim-born woman seeks life as Hindu

San Jose Mercury News reported A Muslim-born woman who was forced to spend six months in an Islamic rehabilitation center because she wants to live as a Hindu said Friday after her release that she will never return to her original faith.
And yet the Quran says (Surah 2:256) “There is no compulsion in religion…”
Revathi Masoosai, 29, said officials at the center tried to make her pray as a Muslim, wear a head scarf and eat beef, a practice sacrilege to Hindus.
How would the Muslims have reacted if they had been required to eat pork.
"Because of their behavior, I loathe Islam even more now," she told reporters. "They say it's a school, but it's actually a prison."

Her case is one of a growing number of conflicts in Malaysia between religious freedom and state policies that favor Islam, the official faith of this southeast Asian nation. The battles have strained ethnic relations in the multicultural nation. Malaysia is considered one of the world's most relaxed Muslim countries, having enjoyed racial peace for nearly four decades. But it follows a dual justice system. Islamic, Shariah, courts administer the personal affairs of Muslims, while civil courts govern Hindus, Christians, Buddhists and other religious minorities.
And they don't let you say which faith you follow.
Under Islamic law, a person who is born Muslim cannot convert to another religion.... Revathi was born to Indian Muslim parents who gave her a Muslim name, Siti Fatimah. She was raised as a Hindu by her grandmother and changed her name in 2001, but her official papers still say she is Muslim. Revathi married Suresh Veerappan in 2004 according to Hindu rites and gave birth to a daughter in December 2005. But the marriage was not legally registered because under Malaysian law Suresh would have had to convert to Islam first.
So she was not a Muslim. Then why could she not leave Islam?
Islamic officials seized the couple's 18-month-old daughter from her Hindu father in March and handed the child to Revathi's Muslim mother.


NYT maggots

Daily Intelligencer reported The soaring new New York Times tower — already known for its weird toilets (when flushed, they apparently sound like a kitten being strangled), its weirder elevators (no buttons, and no indication of what floor they're on), a leak problem (editor Bill Keller's office got soggy in a recent rainstorm), and a mouse problem (reported by Gawker) — still has a few more surprises between the floorboards: maggots.
Could this explain why the NYT is so left wing? Just imagine what things must be like across the "pond" in the BBC.


Friday, July 06, 2007

I bet the Brits are not laughing

I bet the Brits are not laughing but Iowahawk has a VERY funny satirical post on the aborted jihadist attacks in Britain and Glasgow.


Thursday, July 05, 2007

Insanity from the UK

This Is Aberdeen reported Communities Secretary Hazel Blears said the incidents this week should not prompt revenge attacks on Britain's Muslim community.
I agree, but they should certainly be scrutinized.
"These terrorists don't care who their victims are. They can come from any background, any race, any faith," she said.
Including Church of England????
She said Muslim leaders had told her they wanted to stand up against terrorism.
Tell them to go ahead.
"Islam is a religion that is about peace, tolerance and justice," she added.
And if you believe that, I have a bridge to sell you.


Don't "play" with Islamic law

Iran Focus reported Activists should not try to change Islamic laws relating to women's rights, Iran's supreme leader said on Wednesday, two days after one campaigner was reportedly sentenced to 34 months in jail and ten lashes.
That is one way to deal with lobbyist. I wonder if we could do it Washington.
Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, also lambasted the West for using women as a tool to advertise products, make money and to satisfy "disorderly and unlawful sexual needs," state television said.
Is it ok to use them for orderly and lawful sexual needs, and if so what are they?
He was addressing a group of women, most dressed conservatively in head-to-toe black chadors, in Tehran ahead of Thursday's anniversary of the birth of Prophet Mohammad's daughter, Fatima, when Iran honors mothers and women. Campaigners say Iranian women face difficulties in getting a divorce and criticize inheritance laws they say are unjust and the fact their court testimony is worth half that of a man's. The Islamic Republic rejects allegations it is discriminating against women, saying it follows sharia law.
OK, then sharia law discriminates against women.
"We are witnessing in our country that some women activists and some men are trying to play with Islamic laws
How does one "play with a law." Is it a board game, or do you do it on a playing field?
... in order to harmonize them with international conventions related to women," Khamenei said. "This is wrong."


45 Muslim doctors planned US terror raids

Telegraph reported A group of 45 Muslim doctors threatened to use car bombs and rocket grenades in terrorist attacks in the United States during discussions on an extremist internet chat site. Police found details of the discussions on a site run by one of a three-strong "cyber-terrorist" gang.
That's what Britain gets for being so desperate for doctors that they don't properly vet those they let in.
They were discovered at the home of Younis Tsouli, 23, Woolwich Crown Court in south-east London heard. One message read: "We are 45 doctors and we are determined to undertake jihad and take the battle inside America.
We need to look at the H1B Visas we have issued.


Wednesday, July 04, 2007

McCain fundraising

TheHill reported Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) would not be allowed to spend more than a few million dollars in crucial Republican primary states if he accepted public funding to supplement his disappointing fund raising.
Not as limiting as only having $2 Million in the bank.
McCain campaign officials said this week that they are considering accepting public funds for the primary campaign. McCain has raised $24 million for his presidential bid and has only $2 million in the bank.


Libby clemency

CNN reported Former President Bill Clinton blasted his successor’s decision to spare ex-White House aide Lewis “Scooter” Libby from prison, telling Iowa radio listeners that Libby’s case differed from his own administration’s pardon controversy.
True. Clintons were to get money for his libray, or support for his wife's candidacy. Bush's was because he thought the jail term was not deserved.
... But the former president said, “I think the facts were different.” “It’s wrong to out that CIA agent,
Who was responsible for an attempted coup against the President.

and wrong to try to cover it up — and wrong that no one was ever fired from the White House for doing it,” he said.
Maye the reason is she was outed by someone in the State Department, and he was never charged, even though his name was known to the prosecutor.


Tuesday, July 03, 2007

Could you pass the U.S. citizenship test?

MSNBC asks Do you have what it takes to become a citizen?

Try it, and leave your results in the comments. I got 95% (I missed one question).