Thursday, November 29, 2007

Time to kick out the fundamentalists

In the Sudan a UK teacher has been jailed in a silly row over a teddy. (UK teacher jailed over teddy row )

Sudan is not unique in having controversial judges. Scottish judges sent a Libyan to jail for the Lockerbie Bombing. Reportedly the trial was unfair and the Moslem was innocent. (aangirfan: Lockerbie - who were the key players in the trial?)

Quite rightly, Bloggers condemn Sudan , just as they sometimes condemn the Scottish criminal justice system.

The teddy incident may be a turning point.

In the past, many bloggers, including this one, have shown sympathy for Moslems; there has been a belief that Moslems have been unfairly blamed for terrorism.

However, when it comes to cruel, ungodly, fascist behaviour, it seems that fundamentalist 'Moslems' can be just as wicked as fundamentalist 'Christians', 'Jews', 'Hindus' and 'Budhists'.

We should remember that when it comes to Terrorism: Moslems are apparently in it up to their necks

We still believe that the vast majority of Moslems are friendly, moderate people. (Kids getting exercise)
We base this belief on extensive visits to at least five 'Moslem' countries in recent years.
But the fascist fundamentalist Moslems must be denounced and opposed.
As Johann Hari points out, fundamentalist Moslems are as dangerous as the Christian fundamentalists who used to cause misery in Europe (Maryam Namazie: Johann Hari: Why do we ignore the plight of ex ...)
Martin Luther was a fascist. Luther declared that a possessed child should be thrown into the river to be killed or cured. (Robertson, History of Christianity: p208 Rejection of Pascal's Wager: Martin Luther)

Luther encouraged the nobles to suppress the 1525 Peasant's Revolt in Germany by violent means. And in fact the nobles tortured and then killed over 100,000 peasants.
Luther wrote: "Let all who are able, cut them down, slaughter and stab them, openly or in secret, and remember that there is nothing more poisonous, noxious and utterly devilish than a rebel." (Rejection of Pascal's Wager: Martin Luther)
We do not want mad religious extremists in positions of power.


Sunday, November 18, 2007

The Persian Vice

In the early 17th century, Thomas Herbert was secretary to the English ambassador to Persia (Iran).

Herbert reported that at the court of Shah Abbas he saw, "Ganymede boys in vests of gold, rich bespangled turbans, and choice sandals, their curled hair dangling about their shoulders, with rolling eyes and vermilion cheeks." (Pederasty in the Middle East and Central Asia - Wikipedia, the ...)

John Chardin travelled through Persia at this time.

He reported that there were many boys available for sex, but no women.

John Fryer, who traveled to Persia in the late seventeenth century, was of the opinion that "The Persians, when they let go their modesty... covet boys as much as women."

In the late nineteenth century Richard Francis Burton referred to Central Asian pederasty as "the Persian vice."

According to Burton, Persian boys used each other for sexual pleasure, in a game known as alish-takish. Later in life, after marrying and begetting children, "Paterfamilias returns to the Ganymede," according to Burton.

The late shah of Iran was rumoured to be bisexual. 'There were reports that a close male friend of the shah from Switzerland, a man who knew him from their student days in that country, routinely visited him.' Prime minister Amir Abbas Hoveyda was said to have been a homosexual. (Cached)

Taxi drivers in Teheran will tell you that Ayatollah Khomeini was an MI6 agent and that Britain toppled the Shah. (aangirfan: 'The overthrow of the Shah of Iran by the CIA and MI6')
And then there are the stories about the Ayatollah and .....

The Koran (Qur'an) appears to see nothing wrong with men finding boys attractive. "And there shall wait on them (the Muslim men) youths of their own, as fair as virgin pearls." (Qur’an 52:24; 56:17; 76:19).

The Moslem jurist Ibn al-Jawzi (d. 1200) reportedly said that "He who claims that he feels no desire when looking at beautiful boys or youths is a liar, and if we could believe him he would be an animal, and not a human being." (James T. Monroe, in Homoeroticism in Classical Arabic Literature, p. 117)

There is no law against homosexuality in Egypt,Indonesia, Turkey....

"In 1885 Richard Burton came up with what he termed a 'Sotadic Zone' in which, he claimed, homosexuality was more prevalent than in other parts of the world.

The homo- erogenous zone supposedly covered most of the Mediterranean and the Middle East, stretching all the way to the Punjab and Kashmir." ( "Cultures od Denial"; article on the book Unspeakable Love: Gay and Lesbian Life in the Middle East in Al-Ahram, )

During the early years of Islam, homosexuality was seemingly not regarded as a crime. (Islam and Ottoman Times ).

In the Moslem world, deep friendships between men were common and were seen as being acceptable. Ali, one of the members of Prophet Mohammed's family, had a deep friendship with Mohammed.

In 1001 Arabian Nights, there are stories about homosexual relationships.

In the Moslem Ottoman Empire, 1299- 1923, sleeping with boys 'was very common'.

In the hamams (baths) the tellaks (young boys who helped men to have a bath) would have sex with men.

In Ottoman Literature there are many poems written by male poets about boys. Sex with boys was not illegal and the sultans were engaged in sex with boys. There was a palace for boys in Bursa. In this palace the sultan kept many young boys who served the men in the army. (Islam and Ottoman Times )

The Wounded Heart is an old Peshtun song:

"There is a boy across the river

With a bottom like a peach!

But alas! I cannot swim!"

"Women for breeding, boys for pleasure, but melons for sheer delight." [38]


Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Strategic Mistake

"Several senior active and retired miltary officers told the FT that the Pentagon believes striking Iran at this point would be a strategic mistake, as even a limited air strike could spark a broader conflict." - US strike on Iran ‘not being prepared’

"An attack by the United States on Iran could 'open Pandora's box' and worsen the situation considerably in neighbouring Iraq." - The battlefield remains Iraq