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Jul. 5th, 2005 12:14 am
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"Southern Spain remained under the Moslem yoke for 781 years, Greece for 381, and pieces of longtime Christian terrain like St. Augustine's North African homeland and the religious and secular capital that eventually eclipsed Rome in power and splendor--Byzantium--are still in Moslem hands today.

Syria, on the other hand, was only under western control for 21 years, Egypt for 67, and Iraq a mere 15.

If one accepts Esposito's reasoning, Westerners--who were bludgeoned by "an expansive imperial" Islam for well over a millennium--have more right to fear an Islamic revival than Moslems have to hate the West."

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May. 29th, 2005 12:20 pm
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To clarify...

I had not written the text of the previous post. I don't believe in burning books. Though I agree with most of the sentiment. At least with regards to the monotheistic faiths...

I consider myself a taoist/pantheist/shamanist (not shaman, wouldn't dare to be so presumptious), so in a sense, I am religious. But yeah... fuck "Holy Books" that are legalistic. Ones that mandate Stoning... (link is to a Realmedia stoning video in Iran.)

Lest you think stoning is a quick procedure, they bury people in a pit (see image behind cut), drape a cloth over them, and take small rocks to pelt the victim with.
via: middle-east-info.org:

The penalty for adultery under Article 83 of the penal code, called the Law of Hodoud is flogging (100 lashes of the whip) for unmarried male and female offenders. Married offenders may be punished by stoning regardless of their gender, but the method laid down for a man involves his burial up to his waist, and for a woman up to her neck (article 102)

Article 104 of the Law of Hodoud provides that the stones should not be so large that a person dies after being hit with two of them, nor so small as to be defined as pebbles, but must cause severe injury. This makes it clear that the purpose of stoning is to inflict grievous pain on the victim, in a process leading to his or her slow death.

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Apr. 27th, 2005 01:13 pm
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fuck this islamic misogyny shit:

A Jordanian man shot dead his divorced sister after seeing her photo on his friend's camera-equipped cellphone in the latest "honour" killing in the kingdom, hospital officials said Monday. The unidentified man shot the 31-year-old mother twice in the head Sunday night and then turned himself in to police saying he committed the murder to "cleanse his family's honour". The incident is the fifth example of a so-called honour killing in Jordan this year. Those found guilty usually face sentences of a maximum of one year in jail under Jordanian law.
i was flipping the radio tonight, and decided to tune into a xian station as i sometimes do, to mock, and maybe learn something (don't worry, not like Jesus or anything)

it was a call in show, and one caller said "please talk about the problems of prescription medication..."

and here's what the fucker said.

"These anti-depressants are bad.  Because the numb the pain...  The pain that we are SUPPOSED to feel."

something to that effect.

yeah.  seriously.  the whole "we're sinners and we need to suffer in this shitty world.  how dare you try to relieve yourself of existential pain through modern chemistry."

now, I'm not a big fan of these drugs, but for me, it's necessary to survive.  and i can think of a thousand reasons to hate Big Pharma.  But to say that we need to suffer a bit more...  And that that's why these drugs are bad, not for example, the way the drug companies push it, the way it's a copout too many times (but yes, there is indeed a need for it)...  But to say that we need to suffer.

The attitude of this man horrifies me.  And I could joke before about how they want us to "bear the stigma of original sin"  Never thinking that this is actually what some of their leaders are teaching. And not just some person way out there, but who has national syndication on this vast network of christian radio...

Influencing so many people.

And I fear our fall from the age of reason.  I fear falling back to the dark ages when xianity ruled the "civilized world" (even though Islam, at that times, was actually more enlightened, had a refined culture and civilization, metropolitan... ) If it weren't for islamic philosophers who kept copies of ancient greek philosophy works, so much would've been lost forever in the fire of the library at Alexandria...  But fortunately, this information was saved by those Muslims of old who had their own period of enlightenment before being destroyed by the invading horde of christians from the north.

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Jan. 13th, 2005 02:10 am
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The names of many stars are still those given them by Muslim astronomers, such as Altair (from al-tair, "the flier"), Deneb (from dhanab, "tail"), and Betelgeuse (from bayt al-jawza, "the house of the twins" or "Gemini"). Other terms still in use today such as zenith, nadir, and azimuth are also derived from Arabic and so reflect the work of the Muslim astronomers of al-Andalus and their impact on the West.


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