Friday, August 17, 2007

We respect what you're saying - so shut up!

I've often mocked the so-called religion of peace in here. Too often, these peaceniks want to kill and maim for the grievous sin of not being just like them.

Case in point, a recent attack against Bangladeshi author Taslima Nasreen. On August 9, 2007, she was attacked during the launch of her latest book. What it amounted to, was a group of Muslim men got together and decided to pelt her with bouquets, flower pots, shoes, chairs and pretty much anything else that wasn't tied down. Luckily for her, she wasn't family to these men, because then they would be 'honor-bound' to have actually killed her.

Of more interest is that three of her attackers where Members of Legislative Assembly of the All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen, which is a Muslim political party over in India. One of these three is quoted as saying, "We are not bothered about our MLA status. We are Muslims first. And its our responsibility to test those who have said anything against Islam in which ever way possible."

Yeah, that's reasonable behavior for you. We don't like what she says, so forget the fact that we're supposed to be leaders in our country, let's go lynch this girl!

Sadly, that alone wouldn't have gotten me ranting. After all, Muslim treatment of women as chattel is well documented. Muslim violence against non-Muslims is well documented. No, what got me ranting this morning, was this statement by Delhi Minorities Commission chairperson Kamal Farooqui:
The government should immediately cancel her visa and make her go out of the country, she should realise that this is not Bangladesh or Pakistan, but India where the sentiments of all communities are respected.
Does Kamal Farooqui even realize the utter stupidity, and non-logic of that statement? In two sentences, he totally contradicts himself. First he says that she needs to get out of India because of what she writes, and in the very next breath he says that the reason for this is because, hey, this is India, we respect the sentiments of all communities here.

Apparently, all communities doesn't include Taslima Nasreen.

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