Collaborate and Live. Fight Each Other and Die.

Dr. Abdullah Badr, an Egyptian Muslim scholar, said during a conference last week (video here) that a true Muslim should love and help fellow Muslims, but that it’s a believer’s duty to hate non-Muslims.

He explained that he is “disgusted” by Christians; so much so that, if a Christian were to touch his cup, he’d refuse to drink from it.

On the nominal Christian side, such scurrilous buffoonery is matched by hotheads like Ann Coulter. The hateful hussy once famously remarked that the West “should invade [Muslim] countries, kill their leaders and convert them to Christianity.”

It’s only fair to point out that one or two prominent atheists advocate similar solutions. Take Ayaan Hirsi Ali, who told a Reason interviewer that Islam must be attacked and crushed, militarily “and in all forms.”

It’s enough to drive a man to exasperation.

I came across this picture today — three drowned deer, their antlers interlocked — and thought I’d share it here; it seemed like a sadly apt metaphor for how militant faith and humanity’s fate are all tangled up together.

Three Ohio Deer Found Drowned With Antlers Interlocked - Imgur

Burka Bicyclists

Women in Saudi Arabia may now ride bicycles, provided they adhere to “modest” dress codes and are in the presence of a male guardian.

Which somehow reminded me of this old NSFW Queen video — a mullah’s nightmare. You’re welcome.

‘The Will of God’: Son Murders Father in Church

Mysterious ways:

Witnesses say the 25-year-old man accused of walking into an Ohio church and fatally shooting his father after an Easter service Sunday was yelling about God and Allah after the killing.

Police say Reshad Riddle killed his father, 52-year-old Richard Riddle, with a single shot from a handgun Sunday afternoon at the Hiawatha Church of God in Christ in Ashtabula, OH.

Reshad Riddle takes a selfie.

Reshad Riddle takes a selfie.

Associate Pator Sean Adams … said that after the shooting, Reshad Riddle continued into the church, still holding the gun, and yelled that the killing was “the will of Allah. This is the will of God.”

[image via CBS News]

Lego: The Muslim Empire Strikes Back

If you want proof that religion and child-like make-belief are indistinguishable, have I got a story for you. No, it’s not an April Fool’s joke. From the U.K. Independent:

Austria’s Turkish community claimed a victory in its fight against Danish toy giant Lego yesterday after the firm agreed to withdraw a Star Wars toy set featuring a mosque-like building inhabited by an obese, hookah–smoking alien, following complaints that it was anti-Muslim.


Lego added the “Jabba’s Palace” playset to its Star Wars collection in 2012. But in January this year the set started to provoke outrage in Austria’s Islamic community after a Muslim father found that his sister had given one to his son as a present.

Outrage, as you’ve probably noticed, is Islamic believers’ perennial state. If Muslim countries ever run out of oil, I’m sure their citizens can learn to fuel their cars just by tapping into that always-boiling subdural fury they carry with them.

The Lego game, which is aimed at children aged from nine to 14, features Jabba the Hutt in his intergalactic lair. Jabba, the slug-like villain who first appeared in the 1983 film Return of the Jedi, lives in a domed, oriental-looking building equipped with rockets and machine guns. He also smokes a water pipe and keeps Princess Leia in chains for use as his personal slave.

Furious Muslim critics complained that the Lego set’s Asian and oriental figures were “deceitful and criminal” characters such as gun-runners, slave masters and terrorists.

Oh, also,

Critics claimed that the palace had an uncanny resemblance to Istanbul’s Hagia Sophia mosque.

Well, so what? Catholics had an unpleasant slug living in their big fancy God-palace for years, and you didn’t hear them complain about it.

A Debt, a Daughter, and an Islamic Solution

Tribal customs, culture, and religion are often inextricably linked, and such is the case here:

Afghan Debt’s Painful Payment - A Daughter, 6 -

Taj Mohammad, a resident of an Afghan refugee camp, where he lives with his wife and eight children, says his six-year-old daughter Naghma is collateral for a loan.

If, as seems likely, Mr. Mohammad cannot repay his debt to a fellow camp resident a year from now, his daughter, a smiling, slender child with a tiny gold stud in her nose, will be forced to leave her family’s home forever — to be married to the lender’s 17-year-old son. …

Because Naghma, whose name means melody, was not chosen by the groom, she will most likely be treated more like a family servant than a spouse — and at worst as a captive slave. Her presence may help the groom attract a more desirable second wife because the family, although poor, will have someone working for it, insulating the chosen wife from some of the hardest tasks.

Taj Mohammad and his wife do not want their daughter to leave them.

“We call her ‘Peshaka,’ ” he said, using the Pashto word for kitten. “She is a very lovely girl. Everybody in our family loves her, and even if she fights with her older brothers, we don’t say anything, we give her all possible happiness.”

He added: “I believe that when she goes to that house, she will die soon. She will not receive all the love she receives from us, and I am afraid she will lose her life. A 6-year-old girl doesn’t know about having a mother-in-law, a father-in-law, or having a husband or being a wife.”

Perhaps Naghma can stay with her own family after all: The day the Times published the story, a group led by an American lawyer offered to pay Taj Mohammad’s debt. That’s wonderful — a story of rescue and redemption, a Disney movie in the making. I’m genuinely happy for Naghma. But, as one Times commenter pointed out,

When Westerners intervene with money to buy slaves, all it does is create a new industry — the taking of slaves specifically to be redeemed with Western donations. This is why some governments forbid or refuse to pay ransoms for hostages or captured soldiers. Once outside money enters the picture, the game is on. Like most readers. I am disgusted, horrified and saddened by this story, but what monster will we create by interfering?

I don’t have the answers either. Religion plays a villainous role in this cultural clusterfuck, but that’s nothing new.

Let’s just affirm that Naghma got another chance at a decent life; surely, that’s worth a muted celebration. One down, millions of Muslim girls to go.

Nigerian Believers Perpetrate Attacks, Reprisals

Nigeria’s people of faith just can’t stop spreading divine love.

At least 36 people have died and dozens of houses have been burned in religious clashes central Nigeria over the past week. The military said on Saturday that the latest casualties were in addition to at least 23 people killed in attacks in the volatile region on March 20 and 21.

Scores killed in Nigeria religious violence - Africa - Al Jazeera English

Violence since Monday has seen ethnic Fulani Muslims raid Christian villages in Plateau state, an area where thousands have been killed or displaced in recent years in a cycle of attacks and reprisalsPlateau is in the so-called Middle Belt region which divides the mainly Christian south and mostly Muslim north of Africa’s most populous nation. The latest attack occurred late on Thursday in the Barkin Ladi area, Lieutenant Jude Akpa, a security task force spokesman, said. “Unknown gunmen suspected to be Fulanis attacked and killed nine persons there and three were injured,” he said. …

[T]he assailants, armed with assault rifles, struck a village called Ratas and opened fire in the night while many there were sleeping. Witnesses said that the shooting lasted for almost two hours before the attackers fled.

[image via Al Jazeera]

Oz Orthodox Jews Rocked By Sex Scandal

A former vice president of the Executive Council of Australian Jews has begun dedicating much of his time to calling out Jewish child sex abuse that he claims was (or perhaps is) pervasive in his country.

“It’s been endemic within the ultra-Orthodox Jewish community — both the abuses and the cover-ups. There’s enough evidence to support that,” [Menachem] Waks says. “There are so many cases, so many allegations, so many perpetrators, so many victims and so many more allegations yet to be revealed.”


Waks (photo) says that he himself was molested as a student at Chabad’s Yeshivah College in the 1980s,

…not once, but several times, and not by one person, but by two: a security guard and the son of a venerated Chabad emissary. Waks said he was molested in a synagogue and in a ritual bath, where he was lured to bathe in the nude by his alleged assailant. …

In August, Yeshivah Center, the college’s parent body, apologized “unreservedly” for “any historical wrongs that may have occurred.”

That feeble, non-specific apology does nothing to help kids who were sexually assaulted by the pious adults who were supposed to take care of them. And happily enough, it doesn’t mean much in terms of the justice system either: pretty words notwithstanding, this year, three cases of Yeshiva College abuse will be examined in Australian courts, and Waks says he has only just begun.

[image by Tony Fink via Times of Israel]