i came upon this notice in synagogue this morning. it makes interesting reading – as a piece of satire, of course, which i hoped and prayed it is, but unfortunately, on investigation, it isn’t, although it was, due to its over-the-topness, taken as such by the regulars, which was a relief. i know there are synagogues where it would not occur to anyone to think it might be satire – there is at least one commentator who sympathises, but nevertheless thinks it’s “overstated”!
the state of "yiddishkeit" yesterday
anyway, it appears to be (you can download it from here) from one of the increasingly odd sub-groups of the breslover sect of hasidim, who you may have seen in the recent tv documentary partying at their annual jamboree at the sect founder’s tomb in the town of uman in the ukraine. they are regarded as somewhat odd even by other hasidim (in a kind of sufi high-on-G!D hippy kind of way) but they are rather obsessed with the kabbalistic aspects of correct sexual activity, the piece itself being extremely revealing of the attitudes that filter through in much of the discourse from the haredi world, particularly the hasidic bits, so i thought i’d share it, with some translation and commentary:
Ahmeddiya Muslims, a group viewed as heretical by mainstream Sunni Muslims have been suffering a campaign of terror, murder, intimidation and genocide by Sunni Muslims.
In this video (warning extremely graphic) you can see three men beaten to death by a mob of Muslims and having their heads repeatedly smashed in by poles and sticks even after they are long dead. It is sickening and a terrible crime against humanity for the mere crime of having a belief that mainstream Sunni Muslims find blasphemous to their dogma.
Now this issue has reached the courts and judgment has been handed down as per the following news story:
DENPASAR, Indonesia — An Indonesian man who survived a deadly mob attack by Muslim hard-liners was sentenced Monday to six months in prison, prompting outrage from rights groups over a sentence that was harsher than what some of his assailants received.
On ‘Have I Got News For You’ on Friday night, host Sharon Horgan, who according to her wikipedia entry is an “Irish actress, writer and comedienne”, made a joke which has been picked up on YouTube:
The YouTube channel (DaggersOfTruth) which hosts the video has this message tagged on at the end:
As Muslims, it is our duty to counter this filthy accusation by Sharon Horgan.
And then goes on to say
Sharon Horgan has accused over a Billion Muslims, who have visited Mecca or intend to visit, of being suicide bombers. Read the description, which will inform you of what steps you now need to take against the bbc.
But that’s incorrect. As you can see in the video, Sharon Horgan neither accused nor implied that over a billion Muslims who visit Mecca are suicide bombers. Her joke, in poor taste though it was, works because Mecca is revered by Muslim suicide bombers.
The APPG on Islamophobia has voted by a single vote to retain the Islamist, sectarian, antisemiticanti-Zionist pressure group Engage. Martin Bright reports in the JC:
Concerns about the sectarian politics of iEngage (also known simply as Engage) led to the resignation of the group’s Conservative Chair Kris Hopkins MP and one of its vice-chairs, veteran Jewish Labour peer Greville Janner.
The appointment is a direct challenge to Prime Minister David Cameron, who called for Islamist groups to be given a wide berth in a recent speech to a security conference in Munich.
The group’s acting chair, Lib Dem President Simon Hughes, has consistently argued for keeping the link to iEngage. His position will cause embarrassment to Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg, who has been trying to build bridges with the Jewish community.
The iEngage website claims it is “dedicated to promoting greater media awareness, political participation and civic awareness among British MPs”.
Ken Livingstone was quick to condemn the election lies put out by the supporters of Phil Woolas about his opponent. Woolas was subsequently disbarred. But when the supporters of the extremist-backed, Respect stooge Lutfur Rahman put out worse lies about his opponent, Helal Abbas, Ken behaved completely differently. Ken had no problem with backing Lutfur and denouncing the Labour candidate Helal – the victim of the smear campaign as “not credible or competent”. The usual double standards from Ken Livingstone? You better believe it.
Here is how Andrew Neil put Ken on the spot on the BBC, Daily Politics show. The Lutfur section is 13 minutes 35 seconds into this video. But here is a transcript:
This is a cross-post by Asma Q. Nomani from the Beast
On the plan to burn Qurans this weekend, I say to Muslims: Let’s get over the symbolic insult and deal with the very real issues of literal interpretations of the Quran that are used to sanction domestic violence, terrorism, militancy, and suicide bombings in the name of Islam.
Gen. David Petraeus has weighed in, saying that the planned burnings by the Rev. Terry Jones‘ congregation in Florida will endanger U.S. soldiers fighting in Afghanistan. But I believe that there is something that endangers Americans and American soldiers even more: certain passages that—when read literally—pit Muslims against Americans and the West.
We, as Muslims, need to tear a few pages out of the Quran.
Followers of the Ahmadiyya movement (known as Ahmadis) are often victims of religious bigotry. They have long been popular targets of religious extremists and have suffered a great deal, especially in Pakistan where they have been continuously persecuted. Like most commentators on this site I utterly deplore such actions and I defend the right of Ahmadis to freedom of religion.
I personally spent a number of years studying Ahmadi literature, meeting their leaders and discussing their beliefs. In this article I intend to explain their beliefs, their attitudes towards other faiths and their political views.
i’ve not posted for a while, mostly because of pressure of work, but there are a number of things which are currently causing me to more or less lose sleep.
recently, i gave up posting on pickled politics, partly because of the level of personal animosity i was facing, but mostly just in frustration at my apparent inability to get my point across. now, i suppose i have nobody very much to blame for that apart from myself, but i’ve never felt that was a problem before now. now, i think i’m starting to work out what it is that is bothering me; certainly, it’s not about the denizens of one blog, or even the blogosphere, or even the media. it’s not any one set of views, not any one person, but a set of trends, a collective movement i sense in wider society.
The MCB has earned the wrath of British Shia groups after it gave its unconditional support for Zakir Naik and accused the government of a “Serious Error of Judgement” for banning Naik.
Three British Shia groups, The World Federation of Khoja Shia Ithna Asheri Muslim Communities (KSIMC), The Council of European Jamaats and the Al Khoei Foundations, have issued a joint statement charging the MCB with sectarianism for its total support of the hate-preacher.
“The public proclamations of Dr. Zakir Naik relating to Shi’a and Sufi Muslims should not go unchallenged; his open, and sometimes vile, condemnations of Sufi and Shi’a religious ostentations place him on par with violent and extremist ideologies that sit on the periphery of the dichotomous worldview held by Dr. Zakir Naik which in the view of many runs contrary to the spirit of Islam.”