Monday, October 20, 2008

21 Tishir 5769: Hosha‘na’ Rabba’

Greetings.

Worthy cause of the day: “Don't Repeal the Stream Buffer Zone Rule”.

Relevant to Divine Misconceptions:
  1. “Link between child porn and Muslim terrorists discovered in police raids” and “Dangerous and depraved: paedophiles unite with terrorists online”: I cannot make something like this up. I am not clear why such a connection exists or even if there really is a true association. The data in these arguments could be “cherry-picked” and most Islamic terrorists completely uninvolved with and abominating child pornography. So far as the terrorists discussed in the article are concerned, I would like to note that humans are frequently inconsistent in their behavior, so one may be both a jihadist and commit serious transgressions to Islam. In fact, it is possible that Muslims that enjoy child pornography might engage in jihad in an effort to compensate for their sins.
  2. “Woman to lead UK Muslim prayers” Wherein a woman leading prayers is thusly justified:
    "We believe Islam is a gender-equal religion," he said.

    "There is a record that the Prophet Mohammed allowed a woman to lead a mixed-gender congregation, but this precedent has been ignored.

    "Women have led prayers in South Africa, Canada and the US and this is a first time here - it is a celebration."
    And I really dislike the fact that this article does not reference a specific tradition, which would be very interesting, considering how misogynistic the Qur’an is.
  3. “Kyrgyzstan to restrict religious freedom”: Isn’t this illegal under international law?
Today’s news and commentary:Today’s weird thing is “Search for Spock”.

Enjoy and share the weirdness.

Aaron
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