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Monday, June 23, 2003

OK, we're done here... no more Mr. Niceguy

[note:  this was intentionally buried here in my archives.]


[Warning:  This is not a typical treppenwitz rant.  Not by several orders of magnitude.  I was in a pretty good mood this morning...until I scanned the news.  To say that all my circuit breakers tripped at once would be a gross understatement.]

Truth be told. I sort of gave up trying to be sensitive to Islam a while back... but this is just too much to let pass without comment.

It seems the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem has become just the latest in a long line of Muslim religious and political leaders to sell crazy in an interview... and be taken seriously.  This wouldn't be problematic except for the teensy-weensie little issue of the world's complete and total willingness to believe just about anything from these fanatics... especially if it is repeated often enough.

For those who didn't click over to the JPost article I linked to in the first sentence, let me give you the short version:

The Mufti of Jerusalem has declared (once again) that there was never a Jewish Temple on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem (which he dogmatically insisted the interviewer call 'Al Aksa'), and that the Western wall is simply the remnant of a mosque.

I'll wait for a moment while you absorb all that.  Better?  OK, let's continue.

To be clear, this wasn't some crackpot imam from a backwater mosque in Newark trying to make a name for himself among the young hotheads.  No, this was the Grand Poobah Mufti... the guy in charge of the third holiest shrine in Islam! 

This would be roughly analogous to one of the Cardinals calling a press conference in Rome to declare that Christianity predates Judaism and that the scenes depicted on the Arch of Titus actually show relics from the Vatican being plundered by a bunch of those troublesome, upstart Jew-boys. 

In short, it would require that the listener both believe in time travel, and harbor a fair amount of antipathy for the Jews, in order to let such utter crap pass without comment or reaction.

The only difference is that if one of the top Church officials ever said something that outrageous and offensive, it would provoke an angry outcry around the world.  But because it was a top Muslim official spouting this nonsense, well... we have to understand the colorful hyperbole that is part and parcel of Islam's charming inter-cultural discourse.  You know... boys will be boys.

Well not any more.  Not for me, anyway.

I will no longer sit by and pretend that Islam is an actual religion, deserving of respect, protection and sensitivity.  No, I am calling a spade a spade: 


Here's the deal Virginia:  Islam is a made-up, spiteful hoax perpetrated on an ignorant bunch of desert dwellers some 1400 years ago... a hoax for which most of the civilized world has been paying dearly ever since.  Just because they call it a religion does not mean it retains the right to our deference and respect after centuries of codified intolerance, ethnic cleansing and massacres (which continue to this very day!).

Quite simply, the 'prophet' Mohamed was the L. Ron Hubbard of the 7th century.  No, scratch that... L. Ron Hubbard didn't make up Scientology out of hate or spite.  Actually, I don't think anyone really knows what L. Ron had in mind when he set pen to paper, but aside from driving a few Hollywood celebrities batty and influencing a whole lot of other folks to donate most of their worldly possessions, I don't know of too many people who've actually been murdered by Scientologists.

The Mufti's outrageous comments were not of the 'my god is better than your god' variety.  At least that I could forgive since most religions have some sort of exclusivity clause that instructs adherents to quietly - and sometimes not so quietly - wag a finger at everyone else in the world who is going directly to hell for not signing up.

No, what the Mufti is doing is more insidious;  He is trying to rewrite history.  He is trying to sell a global audience on the idea that, all archaeological evidence to the contrary, the Jews never lived in this part of the world, and are simply a modern phenomenon invented/imported to oppress the peace-loving Muslims of the middle east. 

Oh, and sensitive?  Let me tell you!  Despite being completely intolerant of any religion but its own - a character flaw that has allowed mainstream Islam to subjugate and kill any non-Muslim and desecrate/destroy the holy places of any other religion - they have a bit of a hair-trigger when it comes to real or perceived slights to Islam.


Well, I'm finished being Mr. Sensitive and giving this bunch of murdering lunatics the benefit of the doubt. You want to pretend that Islam is the religion of peace?  Go ahead, but don't blame me when it takes you four hours to get through security at the airport.  That's the price you pay for that particular brand of 'peace'.

Me?  I'm going to treat Muslims like any other bunch of raving, storefront snake-handlers.  They are crazy, dangerous people who merit our disdain and fear... not our respect.


Whew... I feel so much better now.

Note:  I have no idea how to properly credit the cartoons.  I received them from various people and have looked far and wide for someone - anyone - claiming to have created them.  If you know to whom credit belongs, please let me know so I can do the right thing.

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I agree with your thinking. You may want to read the following blog that strongly supports your approach without some of the vitriol.


They have some very interesting articles.

Posted by: Elliot | Oct 25, 2007 12:24:33 PM

Outstanding Post.

Posted by: Dot Co Dot Il | Oct 25, 2007 12:56:39 PM

Wait till the great Grand Mufti of Jerusalem finds the link between Hubal and A..(Looks left and right and then whispers) *Allah*.

Posted by: Rami | Oct 25, 2007 1:02:51 PM

Me? I'm going to treat Muslims like any other bunch of raving, storefront snake-handlers. They are crazy, dangerous people who merit our disdain and fear... not our respect.

You know, women often go by their stomach. And my stomach just told me that one of my daily reads and blog friends just let himself down to the same level of insane reasoning that too many irreparable f***heads out there are having their irrational parties on.

Please come back up here. The air is much nicer and less polluted, the view much more complete, and the people... oh, the people. A++++. :)

Posted by: a. | Oct 25, 2007 1:12:50 PM

So what....much of the Muslim world already believes his crap and most of the 'Christian' world doesn't....that guy is preaching to the choir. He's more worthy of ridicule than anger.

As for your opinion of Islam, you missed a very important point. Not only is it a false religion, a religion of war and conquest, a religion of lies, but it's founder was a pedophile.

That's right folks, Mohammad had sex with a little girl.

Her name was Aisha, he married her and consummated that marriage when she was nine.

Religion of Peace and all dat.




Posted by: Karl Newman | Oct 25, 2007 1:41:13 PM

WARNING....I just noticed that one of the cartoons at the bottom of the third site I linked is probably not work safe.

Posted by: Karl Newman | Oct 25, 2007 1:46:52 PM

Forget the kleenex alert symbol! You need an oh!oh!-meter alert symbol!

...I'm just sayin'....

Posted by: zahava | Oct 25, 2007 2:19:52 PM

Okay, Dovid, you know, and I know, that that was just venting. Angry spiteful venting.

Which does not mean that it wasn't one-hundred percent justified. One hundred percent.

It's precisely because of such occassional outbursts that we (yes, you) remain sane.
[And I really wish that other people at the bus stop in the morning would realize that, but at least they give me plenty of room, so I can't really .... ( ) ...., you know....., "complain".]

The Mufti is an ass. The previous mufti was an ass. As was his predecessor. It goes with the job. Most unimportant mufti in Christendom (sorry, it's a turn of phrase).

And yes, we really have come to expect ignorant and insane statements from the Islamic world, even outright lies and utter nonsense.
And yes, it is their rhetorical style.

So when at a demonstration I hear them screaming "falastin baladna wa'l Yahud qalabna", I know they don't really mean that. Not really. What they're actually trying to express at that point is "my haemorrhoids itch horribly and I may have failed the math class I'm taking, my cousin says I'm ugly, woe is me!!!".
See, it's just that 'colourful' and 'evocative' way they have of expressing themselves.

It hides the fact that their ass is bleeding.

And that they're failing math.

They're just handicapped.

Posted by: Back of the Hill | Oct 26, 2007 12:12:04 AM

Okay Dovid, you know and I know that you were just venting.

Fully justified, of course, but somewhat startling and uncomfortable in the way it was expressed.
Still, doing so probably keeps you sane. Speaking the truth in a loud angry scream needs to be done sometimes.
[And I just wish the folks at the bus stop in the morning would realize that, darn it, but they do give me plenty of room, so I'm not complaining.]

Two things need to be said:
1. The Mufti is an ass. His predecessor was an ass. As was the mufti before that. Assininity is part of the job. To be expected when the job is 'most unimportant Mufti in the Ottoman Empire'.
2. We have come to expect ridiculous, insane, hateful, and just plain evil statements from "leaders" in the Arab world. It is part of their rhetorical style.

To illustrate that second point, when I hear the crowd at demonstrations roaring "falastin balad'na wa'l Yahud qalab'na", I know that they don't really mean it. They're just 'expressing' themselves. What they are really trying to say is "my haemorrhoids itch painfully, I'm failing my marketing class, and my hot twelve year old cousin despises me, oh woe is me!!!".
Simple, really. You just have to construe. It's a matter of eloquence.

And painful haemorrhoids.

Posted by: Back of the Hill | Oct 26, 2007 12:24:01 AM

Oh crap, the comments are not posting!

Posted by: Back of the Hill | Oct 26, 2007 12:34:33 AM

Good rant. The Mooselims really are pathetic. It must be painful to be so ignorant. They must have horrible dreams.

Posted by: Dick Stanley | Oct 26, 2007 4:27:26 AM

Her name was Aisha, he married her and consummated that marriage when she was nine.

Religion of Peace and all dat.

For the sake of facts ... Americans don't have to dig too deep in history to find that their own country would arse to increase age-of-consent from 10 years of age to a whopping 14 only in 1889. That's right folks, Americans not much more than a century ago were allowed to have sex with little girls!
So theoretically, this Southern cleric's great-grandfather could have had a ten-year-old and not a single person would have cried foul over it, because it would have been perfectly legal.

Modern times and aaaall dat.

Posted by: a. | Oct 26, 2007 3:32:21 PM

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