Lifestyle? I don’t think so

Thanks but no thanks, Mr. Lawson!

Many of us have fled the Islamic ‘lifestyle’ you advocate for all to adopt in Britain (Re: We should all adopt an Islamic lifestyle, 20 June, The Independent). Calling it a lifestyle may be useful for writing an article to ingratiate oneself with the Muslim Council of Britain, but Islamic laws are anything but lifestyle choices.

They are imposed by brute force wherever possible.

And by the way – just in case you were visiting another planet and hadn’t heard – the penalty for gambling, doing drugs, and drinking alcohol, which you would like done away with courtesy of an Islamic ‘lifestyle’ is actually execution under Sharia law.

Oh, and so is it for many other things, including having an affair, acts incompatible with chastity, apostasy, blasphemy, homosexuality and so on and so forth.

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With the rise of political Islam’s influence in the heart of Europe, I would be very careful for what I wish for.

Arrest him

Press Conference
Palais des Nations, Geneva
Thursday 22 June 2006, 12:00 noon – 1:00 pm

An urgent press conference has been called on Thursday 22 June 2006 during 12:00-1:00pm outside the UN building in Geneva in protest at the participation of the Islamic Republic of Iran’s representatives, and specifically chief prosecutor of Tehran Saeed Mortazavi, at the first meeting of the United Nations’ Human Rights Council.

The press conference is hosted by Mina Ahadi, Co-ordinator of the International Commitee against Stoning and the International Committee against Executions. Mortazavi has played a direct role in murders, executions and stonings, including that of Zahra Kazemi, the Canadian journalist. Moreover numerous newspapers have been closed down as a result of his orders.

For more information, contact 0049 1775692413.

20 June 2006

Open letter to rights organisations and personalities

Re: the Presence of Rights Violators of the Islamic Republic of Iran in the UN Human Rights Council

The presence of Judge Saeed Mortazavi, the Tehran chief prosecutor, along with Jamal Karimirad, the regime’s judiciary spokesperson in the Islamic Republic of Iran’s delegation to the first meeting of the UN Human Rights Council has created shock waves among Iranians in Iran and abroad. Mortazavi is one of the regime’s important pillars of repression. Many of the execution, killing and stoning orders have come directly from him.

Examples are innumerable. The torture and murder of the Canadian journalist Zahra Kazemi in an Iranian prison was under his direct supervision.

He has ordered the arrest and flogging of hundreds of young girls and boys for improper veiling or conduct.

He has overseen the status of many political prisoners, including those of the Tehran bus workers and students.

Many of the authorized press have been closed down as a result of his direct orders.

He is one of the first officials of the Islamic regime of Iran who must in fact be tried for violations of human rights rather than participate in a human rights meeting.

We and the people of Iran condemn the UN Human Rights Council for allowing the presence of these criminals, and unequivocally demand the following:

1. Judge Mortazavi and Jamal Karimirad must be arrested and prosecuted for their crimes against the people of Iran.
2. The Islamic republic of Iran must be expelled from international forums.

We call on all rights defenders to oppose this act of indifference and contempt towards the Iranian people by the UN Human Rights Council and defend our legitimate demands.

Asqar Karimi
On behalf of the Worker-communist Party of Iran

A Muslim Barbie – please!

A journalist recently called to ask what I thought about the Muslim barbie doll, which is properly veiled and covered up in the Islamic tradition. Doesn’t it offer the veiled child something she can relate to?

Please I said:

When a slave child has a slave doll to relate to;

When a child labourer has a doll which comes complete with a sweatshop;

When a girl who has been genitally mutilated has a doll with mutilated genitals;

and when a child ‘bride’ has a baby barbie doll dressed in white to relate to;

Then, I suppose, this veiled doll will also make sense…

That is, of course, if and when we have reverted back to the Middle Ages and full on barbarity.

The doll may help parents, the parasitic imams or Islamic states and groups impose the hejab on some girls but that does not change the undeniable fact that child veiling is nothing but child abuse.

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To find out more on why I think child veiling is child abuse, click here.

To read Mansoor Hekmat’s In Defence of the Prohibition of the Islamic Veil for Children, click here. It is a brilliant defence of the child. You can skip the first few paragraphs and get right into the crux of his argument.

Haditha is the result of your battlefield ethics

I can’t stop thinking about the children executed by US forces in Haditha in November last year.

What were they doing right before they were killed in cold blood? Where they playing or sitting on their doorsteps watching the world go by?

What must they have thought of the world they lived in? How scared they must have been when they saw the marines aim directly at them? How much pain did they feel? How long did it take for them to die? Did they die alone or in their mothers’ arms? And how did their mothers feel – helpless to save the lives of their precious little ones?

News of Haditha has driven me insane with rage. If you have still not felt it – numbed by the daily news of killings in Iraq – just try putting the faces of children you love, maybe your own or those of your siblings or close friends, in the places of those beloved who were murdered that day. Beloveds who will be missed; who will never be kissed or kiss again; who will never be tickled, or cuddled. Who are no more…

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In response to this outrage, attempts at covering it up, along with reports of other such outrages, the US government has ordered troops to undergo a crash course in battlefield ethics.

Please; have some respect for our intelligence.

Haditha is the result of your battlefield ethics – one that similar to Islamic terrorism – indiscriminately targets civilians.

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For those who think that US militarism is more palatable than Islamic terrorism, think Haditha…