Sunday, January 28, 2007

Blair lampoons Islamic (and Jewish) dietary laws

David Hicks was a young Australian who grew up in Adelaide. He converted to Islam some years back, and allegedly adopted the name of Mohammed Dawuood. He fought in a number of war zones including for the very secular Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA). Somehow he ended up also fighting in Afghanistan.

According to evidence of a military prosecutor, Hicks was closely linked to al-Qaida. He continues to languish in Guantanamo Bay, and his plight has become a national concern and a national disgrace for the Howard government.

According to all available sources, Hicks has abandoned his adopted religious faith. Even former British Guantanamo detainee Moazzam Begg acknowledges that Hicks is, at best, a nominal Muslim. He certainly was never referred to as Mohammed Dawood in custody.

There is, however, a tiny core of far-Right types who will never forgive Hicks for joining a religion and community they love to hate. Certainly, blogger and Daily Telegraph Opinion Editor Tim Blair plays to this fringe crowd, if he himself doesn’t belong to them.

In a recent column, Blair adopts his typical style of lampooning Muslim religious rules. Ironically, among the rules he denigrates is one which Islam shares with Judaism.

As gestures go, this is probably as offensive as it gets; Hicks (or Mohammed Dawood, to use his preferred title) converted to Islam seven years ago and his new religion regards pigs as unclean.


Blair’s lampooning of this Jewish and Islamic dietary requirement raises the question of whether his obvious Islamophobia is also coupled with some kind of latent anti-Semitism.

The prohibition against pig meat was an issue which those responsible for the Spanish Inquisition made much of. Jews and Muslims forcibly converted to Catholicism were forced to hang pork outside the front of their houses. Consumption of ham and pork became a litmus test to separate a true converso from a false one.

I encourage Mr Blair to openly express his true sentiments on the prohibition of pig meat as a religious requirement. Perhaps he could address an audience of Jews and Muslims in Sydney and tell them what he really thinks of their religious heritage.

And if Blair doesn’t regard such prohibitions as matters to be lampooned, he might explain to his readers why he poked fun at this Islamic (and Jewish) teaching in the first place.

© Irfan Yusuf 2007

13 comments:

Anonymous said...

Muslim halal slitting the throats of animals is cruel to animals. Muslim halal should be banned for cruelty to animals. If muslims want to eat they will have to go to a muslim country.

wali said...

What about beef? Does he have a problem with Hindus as well? What about fish on Fridays? And if Muslims are suspicious for finding pork unacceptable, what feverish nightmares must the BlairWitch be having about vegans who believe the causing of pain to any animal is morally unacceptable?

BarryS.Rutherford said...

I agree its not about the man its about everyone havig the right to a fair trial. Once eithical,religious, behaviour,etc..shouldnot preclude anyone fromn a fair trialwith proper rules of evidence. etc...if in fact he does in fact have a case to answer..

Irfan said...

Anon @ 1142am, are you also against virtually identical kosher methods? Or are you one of those people who believes in slitting the throats of innocent Jews or throwing them into gas chambers? If so, go back to stormfront or Little Green Footballs where you belong.

Anonymous said...

It wasn't so long ago that white society thought it perfectably reasonable for darkies such as yourself to be flogged for insolence. You have gone beyond insolence to the point of insulting a white gentleman of the Press like Blair. It is insulting to all white people that you are allowed to stay in this country against our will and without our permission. Various governments have a lot to answer for. The day will come when not just governments are voted out but the muslim pigs that have been imported into this country will be voted out as well.

Anonymous said...

I join in the recommendations for the site called littlegreenfootballs.com.
Irfan only hates it because it is decidedly pro-jewish which he is against now that he has become the only black nazi in Australia. I don't know what Irfan's next philosophical position will be but my guess is he can make a shift into being an aboriginal land rights activist. Claiming to be an abo is no more outrageous than his other claims.

wali said...

Anonymous said...
"It wasn't so long ago that white society thought it perfectably reasonable for darkies such as yourself to be flogged for insolence."

You really are a hilarious caricature of a moron. Please keep posting! You're good-value entertainment for your Betters.

"You have gone beyond insolence to the point of insulting a white gentleman of the Press like Blair."

What? The BlairWitch is a gentleman? You've got to be joking. Didn't you read the language the BlairWitch used in its delightful phone conversation with Irfan? Not exactly "gentlemanly" ... more like swine-speak, actually.

"It is insulting to all white people that you are allowed to stay in this country against our will and without our permission."

Who is "our" in this? Are you suggesting that the federal government in the 1960s and 1970s wasn't predominantly 'white'? I assume not (but then again, you are completely disconnected from reality). Is there then a special, secret group of mentally handicapped white people whom non-whites need to get permission from? Who are they? Where do they live? And given their monumental failure to achieve anything, why do they live?

"The day will come when not just governments are voted out but the muslim pigs that have been imported into this country will be voted out as well."

BAAAAAHAHAHAHA! Keep dreeeamin' chipper, keep dreeeamin'.

Irfan said...

OK, kiddies, please calm down. As for LGF being pro-Jewish, I guess soon the far-Right of the blogosphere will be claiming the League of Rights is a Jewish humanitarian organisation ...

Anonymous said...

I wonder if those white racist commenting above know that their dicks are 30% smaller than those of black Africans.

Anonymous said...

All islamists are part of a declared attack upon Judeo-Christian culture. Eventually we will win because every outrage and terrorist action the muslims commit will push us to the point where we just turn around and wade knee-deep in muslim blood until every muslim is dead or converted to either Christianity or atheism.

If the black africans have larger penises then the muslims should suck on them while they can. Our white women are for the most part uninterested in black penises but if they really want one then that is their right. White women seem even less interested in breeding with black africans. Meanwhile with our higher IQs we will continue to build every manner of advanced weapon with which to slaughter the muslims while continuing to grow our economies in such a way that we barely notice the cost of killing muslims.

The typical muslim will be dying admidst his mud bricks and goats while our pilots soar past in jet planes or ride over them in tanks laughing at how pathetic the muslim attempt at civilisation was.

Anonymous said...

The West might as well exterminate the muslims before the muslims get effective weapons of mass destruction such as nukes and biological weapons.

wali said...

Anonymous said...
"The West might as well exterminate the muslims before the muslims get effective weapons of mass destruction such as nukes and biological weapons."

Ummm - a bit behind the times, aren't you? I take it that you've never heard of a country called Pakistan? They have nukes, and yet this amorphous blob you call "The West" hasn't done anything about it whatsoever. In fact, nuclear-Pakistan is backed by the very heart of the WestBlob - i.e. the USA!

It must be terrible when your perceptions are filtered through a sewerage plant in your head. You never seem to get anything right, and everything looks like sh*t.

theHippy said...

"The typical muslim will be dying admidst his mud bricks and goats while our pilots soar past in jet planes or ride over them in tanks laughing at how pathetic the muslim attempt at civilisation was."

When reverse osmosis is good enough the get the crap outta that slop, I'll start advocating recycled sewerage in my tea. Beatty should test his hardware on Blair's site.