Monday, June 18, 2007

Islam irony: "We are not extremists or terrorists. It's ok to explode a bomb on your body"

Muslims, especially in Pakistan, are fuming and inflamed over England's latest knight, Sir Salman Rushdie. England is accusing them of being extremists and terrorists, Muslim claimed as they lit British flags afire and burned effigies of Rushdie and the Queen. England is shocked. Some citizens may have responded to news of the uproar with comments such as "as long as it isn't Beckham" while others, most likely in London's immigrant neighborhoods, gathered in large groups while yelling "more lighter fluid" and "I love these burnings!"

Look at the guy on the left. He's cracking a huge smile.

Actually, the real tidbit is this passage from the Daily Mail story.

"This is an occasion for the world's 1.5billion Muslims to look at the seriousness of this decision," said Mohammed Ijaz ul-Haq, Pakistan's religious affairs minister.

"The West is accusing Muslims of extremism and terrorism," he told his country's parliament.

"If someone exploded a bomb on his body he would be right to do so, unless the British government apologises and withdraws the 'sir' title."

The parliament in Islamabad - supposedly a key ally in the war on terror - then backed a government-sponsored motion demanding an apology and the withdrawal of the honour from the The Satanic Verses author.

So, according to the ul-Haq, the west is accusing Muslims of extremism and terrorism--which he wants us to know is incorrect and insulting--therefore "if someone exploded a bomb on his body he would be right to do so." One assumes this person exploding "a bomb on his body" isn't doing this at home when no one else is around but rather would be in a public area so many people could witness this act of protest. Isn't suicide bombing synonymous with extremism and terrorism? Maybe ul-Haq didn't think about what he was saying....

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