Monday, June 28, 2010

Interesting Articles

While digging around the Internet for the previous post, I stumbled upon two articles at The Religion of Peace. Here is a disturbing piece on the popularity of kiddie porn in Pakistan.
Google, the world’s most popular Internet search engine, has found in a survey that mostly Muslim states seek access to sex-related websites and Pakistan tops the list. Google found that of the top 10 countries - searching for sex-related sites - six were Muslim, with Pakistan on the top. The other Muslim countries are Egypt at number 2, Iran at 4, Morocco at 5, Saudi Arabia at 7 and Turkey at 8. Non-Muslim states are Vietnam at 3, India at 6, Philippines at 9 and Poland at 10.
Just in case anyone argues that the data could refer to innocent searches made by developmental psychology students, Google Trends shows that when the term “child f***ing” is examined, across all years from 2004 until now, the highest amount of searches for this term came from Pakistan. Similarly, of all global Google searches for “naked child” from 2004 till now, Pakistan still tops the list. Google Trends reveals that of all global Google searches, from 2006 to 2010, for the term “child sex video” Pakistan was second in the world, only being outdone by Bangladesh (a country that was once officially part of Pakistan).
If you insist on reading the whole article, feel free, but be warned, it gets more disturbing.

Our second article should be a firm reminder to those of us who only associate Islam with terrorism. Islam is also clearly associated with obsessive repression of any human activity that can be seen as enjoyable by any living human being. I will try not to forget that when discussing Islam from now on.
Hizbul Islam had previously banned all forms of entertainment considered un-Islamic under a strict interpretation of shariah law. There was to be no video gaming or watching sports in public. They shuttered movie theatres that showed major sporting events to residents, most of whom are too poor to own their own televisions, let alone a satellite dish that permits them to get around Hizbul Islam's control of local broadcast television.

These extremists also have ordered aid agencies out of the regions of Somalia they control. Their official rationale was that the aid groups were raising millions from around the world without providing Somalis with any benefits. The charitable agencies believe, though, that what Hizbul Islam truly feared was ordinary Somalis seeing the kindness of the mostly Western relief workers and ceasing to believe the anti-Western propaganda their political masters spew.
Like any fascist dictatorial system, the Islamists fear anyone going "off message" and engaging in any activity that would detract from total obedience to the official tyrant in charge. They have to have total control of the populace right down to people's own thoughts. But like fascist dictators, they are also complete hypocrites.
In the July/August issue of The Atlantic, David Byman, a Middle East expert at the Brookings Institute, and Christine Fair, an assistant professor in peace and security studies at Georgetown University, say that porn is amongst the most common content on laptops seized from al Qaeda operatives and other extremists. U.S. officials claim also to have video of would-be terrorists having it on with barnyard animals and one another.
Now, one could say that people (I don't want to say "men", that would be stereotyping, wouldn't it?) of all religions view pornography and even some who condemn its insidious nature are drawn to it and thus, are hypocrites. But then, one must ask, as one must always ask when pointing out the pathologies of Islam, how many members of other religions are murdering their followers for watching a soccer game, and and how many are telling their members how long their beards must be to avoid punishment?

Yep, none. That's right. Only among the "pure" Islamic societies is this sort of barbarism tolerated by those who fancy themselves as "progressive."

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At 11:07 PM, Blogger MightyMom said...

There goes luch.......


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