Last week I read an article which rattled the old thinking cap a bit, it’s a bugger to get a snug fit at the best of times… However, as I’m not in the pub I’ll take a stab at a couple of subjects that you never discuss over a beer, or at least you shouldn’t. It’s also Sunday (as I write this) so what better day to post on these topics?
Immediately there will be some who question why I use ’Sunday’ as a reference point, and probably want to consign me to the bigoted Christian waste basket. So to appease those concerned people; for ‘Sunday’ read ‘Friday’ (or Jumu’ah – The day of assembly), failing that, please substitute whichever Sabbath day (day of rest) is applicable to your own personal beliefs. There will of course be some who see every day as a ‘day of rest’, so that also undermines my reference but so be it. Now that diversity and multicultural issues have been addressed, I’ll continue…
BBC: British gay Muslims are joining the global fight for equality and seeking gay Islamic marriage. The BBCs 5 live Investigates speaks to one couple about their nikah – a Muslim matrimonial contract – and asks how they balance their sexuality with the Islamic faith… (Read more)
By their very nature, the topics of religion and sexuality often lead to heated debate and strong viewpoints, vociferous opinion from all sides is usually born out of the deep passions and personal beliefs involved. Juxtaposing religion with sexuality is always destined to be a difficult comparison. After all, many of wars that have been fought over the years have been born out of differences of religious opinion.
I’ve often wondered why can’t we just live and let live, except people for who they are and what they believe, even if it doesn’t fit your own personal set of ethics? After all, you don’t have to believe what someone else believes and, it would be a strange and scary world if we were all the same!
- Muslim and gay (bbc.co.uk)
- Common misconceptions about Islam (babybubu.wordpress.com)
- Islamic same-sex marriage? A contradiction in terms or an emerging reality? (pinkbananaworld.com)
This morning I got one of those emails (reproduced below in full) that ordinarily you would probably delete however, I had five minutes spare whilst finishing my coffee so decided to read it.
The message, which I suspect originated in the USA began with advice to suggest its content was; “required reading for every man, woman and child in the UK , United States of America , Canada , Australia and New Zealand.”
It was obviously aimed at a readership in what could loosely be called, the civilised and free western world. And, as it also originated from a country in that world, not always noted for its tolerance of non caucasian people so, I was immediately suspicious of its motive. Although the content appears somewhat anti-islamic, it also addresses many other social issues that tend to be irksome in today’s world…
“I’m 63 and I’m Tired” By Robert A. Hall
I’m 63. Except for one semester in college when jobs were scarce and a six-month period when I was between jobs, but job-hunting every day, I’ve worked, hard, since I was 18. Despite some health challenges, I still put in 50-hour weeks, and haven’t called in sick in seven or eight years. I make a good salary, but I didn’t inherit my job or my income, and I worked to get where I am. Given the economy, there’s no retirement in sight, and I’m tired. Very tired.
I’m tired of being told that I have to “spread the wealth” to people who don’t have my work ethic. I’m tired of being told the government will take the money I earned, by force if necessary, and give it to people too lazy to earn it.
I’m tired of being told that Islam is a “Religion of Peace,” when every day I can read dozens of stories of Muslim men killing their sisters, wives and daughters for their family “honour”; of Muslims rioting over some slight offense; of Muslims murdering Christian and Jews because they aren’t “believers”; of Muslims burning schools for girls; of Muslims stoning teenage rape victims to death for “adultery”; of Muslims mutilating the genitals of little girls; all in the name of Allah, because the Qur’an and Shari’a law tells them to.
I’m tired of being told that out of “tolerance for other cultures” we must let Saudi Arabia use our oil money to fund mosques and mandrassa Islamic schools to preach hate in America and Canada , while no American nor Canadian group is allowed to fund a church, synagogue or religious school in Saudi Arabia to teach love and tolerance.
I’m tired of being told I must lower my living standard to fight global warming, which no one is allowed to debate.
I’m tired of being told that drug addicts have a disease, and I must help support and treat them, and pay for the damage they do. Did a giant germ rush out of a dark alley, grab them, and stuff white powder up their noses while they tried to fight it off?
I’m tired of hearing wealthy athletes, entertainers and politicians of both parties talking about innocent mistakes, stupid mistakes or youthful mistakes, when we all know they think their only mistake was getting caught. I’m tired of people with a sense of entitlement, rich or poor.
I’m real tired of people who don’t take responsibility for their lives and actions. I’m tired of hearing them blame the government, or discrimination or big-whatever for their problems.
Yes, I’m damn tired. But I’m also glad to be 63. Because, mostly, I’m not going to have to see the world these people are making. I’m just sorry for my granddaughter.
And all this on the day the BBC News report: Terror watchdog says UK is ‘safe haven’ for suspects. In his sixth and last annual report Lord Carlile QC highlighted that the UK had failed to persuade the European Court about the required balance between the rights of an individual and those of a nation. He said, the risk of ill-treatment faced by a detainee in his home country had to be balanced with the threat posed to the UK’s national security.
The effect is to make the UK a safe haven for some individuals whose determination is to damage the UK and its citizens, hardly a satisfactory situation” (Lord Carlile QC)
In my opinion, much of the politics and methodology of today’s society is actually perpetuating not eradicating intolerance, what’s your view? Whatever it may be, it’s a strange, somewhat dangerous (and tiresome) world we live in!
Note: Robert A. Hall is a Marine Vietnam veteran who served five terms in the Massachusetts State Senate. “Never complain about growing old, far too many people have been denied that privilege”.
- UK terror suspects’ ‘safe haven’ (bbc.co.uk)
- Rights rulings ‘made UK safe haven’ (mirror.co.uk)
- Human rights makes UK a ‘safe haven’ for suspected terrorists (dailymail.co.uk)
- America’s Naivete About Egypt (thedailybeast.com)
- Control orders replacement does much the same job, says Lord Carlile (guardian.co.uk)