First this, from DPA, Oct. 25:
Police protection given to German MP in headscarf row
BERLIN – A female member of parliament from the Greens party has been given police protection after calling on Muslim women in Germany to give up wearing headscarves, a parliamentary spokesman said Wednesday. Turkish-born Ekin Deligoz has been subject to attacks in fundamentalist media in Turkey and Germany for her views and has also received a death threat.
Norbert Lammert, president of the lower house of parliament, said such action was completely unacceptable and represented a direct attack on the central values of the German constitution.
“Regardelss of her political office or functions, Ms Deligoz had the same right as everyone else to express her opinion,” Lammert said.
Next this, from Australia’s Perth Now, Oct. 27 (emphasis added–the incriminating quote is not that in the headline):
“We must clean world of the US”
Australia’s leading Muslim cleric, Sheik Taj al-Din al-Hilaly, says he will only resign when the world is “clean of the White House”.
After emerging from Friday prayers at Lakemba Mosque today, Sheik Hilaly was asked by a media pack whether he would quit over a speech in which he said scantily-dressed women invited rape.
“After we clean the world of the White House first,” the sheik said.
Supporters of the sheik cheered and applauded loudly at the comments, which were directed firmly at US President George W Bush.
The sheik has previously described Mr Bush, UK Prime Minister Tony Blair and Prime Minister John Howard as the axis of evil.
Despite calls from within the Islamic community for his resignation, Sheik Hilaly has been assured he has the support of grass-roots Muslims, a supporter said.
Other Muslim figures have called for him to stand down over a sermon last month in which he likened immodestly dressed women to uncovered meat…
Sheik Hilaly’s remarks were made during a Ramadan sermon to 500 worshippers last month.
“If you take out uncovered meat and place it outside on the street… and the cats come and eat it… whose fault is it, the cats’ or the uncovered meat?” he asked.
“The uncovered meat is the problem.
“If she was in her room, in her home, in her hijab (head scarf), no problem would have occurred.”
Do you think maybe the idiot left is starting to catch on that not everybody who hates George Bush is necessarily worthy of support?
See our last post on the struggle within Islam.
Clash of bigotries
From Australia’s Sunday Herald Sun, Nov. 2:
Things are getting pretty damn ugly Down Under. But we knew that.