Thursday, November 17, 2005

Five Easy Questions

Juan Cole takes up five questions directed at “Muslims” by [some guy called] Dennis Prager in an op-ed for the LA Times. The questions are:

  1. Why are you so quiet?
  2. Why are none of the Palestinian terrorists Christian?
  3. Why is only one of the 47 Muslim-majority countries a free country?
  4. Why are so many atrocities committed and threatended by Muslims in the name of Islam?
  5. Why do countries governed by religious Muslims persecute other religions?

 Prof Cole not only answers these questons, but highlights Prager’s intentions too:

There is something seriously wrong with the questions themselves. They come out of a weird mindset that lumps Malaysians with Moroccans, Kyrgyz with Sudanese, and Uigurs with Moro Filipinos, all just because they have a common heritage in one of the great world religions; it isn't as if their actual local practices and beliefs are all exactly the same.

In addition, I would add that Prager is guilty of gleefully and, without irony, lumping the large majority of the world’s Muslims in with Islamist fundamentalism. Its ignorant and base stuff. One wonders how the US Press can release that kind of stuff. Luckily there are people in the US who know exactly what kind of stuff that is. Its the kind of commonplace knee-jerk favoured by Right-wingsters and the pseudo-Lefties, which even Harry’s Place is wise to.


At November 17, 2005 6:36 pm, Blogger de said...

Ah, this is the right place to ask:

Where do all the odd socks go?

Why do Muslims not admit that they have missing socks?

In all the Muslim nations, why do none talk openly about missing socks?

Why do Muslims wear less socks than non-Muslims? (I have no figures to support this but it feels right)

Why are socks not underpants?

I think we should be told.

Now these sre truly useful questions.

At November 18, 2005 4:34 pm, Blogger Siddhartha said...

ha ha! Exactly.
Other pertinent questions are:

Why do Muslims sleep soundly after a tiring day?

Why do Muslims eat so much KFC?

Do Muslims have problems with shit sticking to their fur after they take a shit?

At November 20, 2005 5:38 pm, Anonymous jamal said...

Yes, ive come accross these questions recently which is actually a stab at Islam. Im not surprised the press released it as the moral panic surrounding Islam still ensues.


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