Let's play Guess That Religion

Discussion in 'Religion and Spirituality' started by TGregg, Mar 3, 2009.

  1. TGregg


    Gunmen attack Sri Lankan cricket team in Pakistan

    LAHORE, Pakistan – At least a dozen men ambushed Sri Lanka's cricket team with rifles, grenades and rocket launchers Tuesday, converging on the squad's convoy as it drove through a traffic circle near an eastern Pakistani stadium.

    Seven players, an umpire and a coach were wounded, none with life-threatening injuries, but six policemen and a driver died.

    The attackers struck as a convoy carrying the squad and match officials reached a traffic circle 300 yards (meters) from the main sports stadium in the eastern city of Lahore, triggering a 15-minute gunbattle with police guarding the vehicles.

    The assault, just ahead of a match, was one of the worst terrorist attacks on a sports team since Palestinian militants killed 11 Israeli athletes at the 1972 Munich Olympics.


    Whattaya think? Celts? Pagans? Wiccans? Them Buddists are always mowing down civilians, maybe them? Boy, it's a tough call.

    <p><a href="http://www.thereligionofpeace.com/">
    <img border="0" alt="Thousands of Deadly Islamic Terror Attacks Since 9/11" src="http://www.thereligionofpeace.com/TROP.jpg"> </a></p>
  2. So then you are on side with Obama's military focus on Afghanistan and Pakistan as the appropriate principal theater for the war on terror?
  3. Saudi court sentences 75-year-old woman to lashes

    Mar 9 03:44 PM US/Eastern
    Associated Press Writer
    CAIRO (AP) - A 75-year-old widow in Saudi Arabia has been sentenced to 40 lashes and four months in jail for mingling with two young men who are not close relatives, drawing new criticism for the kingdom's ultraconservative religious police and judiciary.

    The woman's lawyer told The Associated Press on Monday that he would appeal the verdict against Khamisa Sawadi, who is Syrian but was married to a Saudi. The attorney, Abdel Rahman al-Lahem, said the verdict issued March 3 also demands that Sawadi be deported after serving her sentence.

    He said his client, who is not serving her sentence yet, was not speaking with the media, and he declined to provide more details about the case.

    The newspaper Al-Watan said the woman met with the two 24-year-old men last April after she asked them to bring her five loaves of bread at her home in al-Chamil, a city north of the capital, Riyadh.

    Al-Watan identified one man as Fahd al-Anzi, the nephew of Sawadi's late husband, and the other as his friend and business partner Hadiyan bin Zein. It said they were arrested by the religious police after delivering the bread. The men also were convicted and sentenced to lashes and prison.

    The court said it based its ruling on "citizen information" and testimony from al-Anzi's father, who accused Sawadi of corruption.

    "Because she said she doesn't have a husband and because she is not a Saudi, conviction of the defendants of illegal mingling has been confirmed," the court verdict read.

    Saudi Arabia's strict interpretation of Islam prohibits men and women who are not immediate relatives from mingling. It also bars women from driving, and the playing of music, dancing and many movies also are a concern for hard-liners who believe they violate religious and moral values.

    Complaints from Saudis have been growing that the religious police and courts are overstepping their broad mandate and interfering in people's lives, and critics lambasted the handling of Sawadi's case.

    "How can a verdict be issued based on suspicion?" Laila Ahmed al-Ahdab, a physician who also is a columnist for Al-Watan, wrote Monday. "A group of people are misusing religion to serve their own interests."

    Sawadi told the court she considered al-Anzi as her son, because she breast-fed him when he was a baby. But the court denied her claim, saying she didn't provide evidence. In Islamic tradition, breast-feeding establishes a degree of maternal relation, even if a woman nurses a child who is not biologically hers.

    Sawadi commonly asked her neighbors for help after her husband died, said journalist Bandar al-Ammar, who reported the story for Al-Watan. In a recent article, he wrote that he felt the need to report the case "so everybody knows to what degree we have reached."

    The woman's conviction came a few weeks after King Abdullah fired the chief of the religious police and a cleric who condoned killing owners of TV networks that broadcast "immoral content." The move was seen as part of an effort to weaken the hard-line Sunni Muslim establishment.


  4. Dude's name is al-Anzi???

    My Arabic may be rustier than the last Nobel prize won by a Muslim scientist, but I'm still positive that <i>"al-Anzi"</i> is Arabic for <i>"the goat"</i> (seriously). :p
  5. Lucrum


    UHhhhhh...Fanatic, islamofascist, camel shit for brains, child rapist, wife abusing Muslims?

    Just a guess.
  6. Barbaric.

    So let's summarize: The interpretation of Islam in many parts of the world allows for the:

    Raping of kids.

    Whipping old ladies for "mingling" with delivery men.

    Stoning to death or hanging of young girls who were raped.

    Stoning to death and/or hanging young girls caught kissing boys.

    Beheading of one's wife if she threatens to divorce you (especially if you're the head of a Muslim advocacy group in America trying to change the image of Islams as violent animals who, well, go around decapitating people and flying planes into buildings).

    Burning down schools for girls and those that do not follow a fundamentalist Islamic curriculum.

    I'm sure I've forgotten a few....
  7. <b>Minister beaten after clashing with Muslims on his TV show</b>

    15th March 2009
    A Christian minister who has had heated arguments with Muslims on his TV Gospel show has been brutally attacked by three men who ripped off his cross and warned: ‘If you go back to the studio, we’ll break your legs.’

    The Reverend Noble Samuel was driving to the studio when a car pulled over in front of him. A man got out and came over to ask him directions in Urdu.
    Mr Samuel, based at Heston United Reformed Church, West London, said: ‘He put his hand into my window, which was half open, and grabbed my hair and opened the door.
    He started slapping my face and punching my neck. He was trying to smash my head on the steering wheel.

    Then he grabbed my cross and pulled it off and it fell on the floor. He was swearing. The other two men came from the car and took my laptop and Bible.’
    The Metropolitan Police are treating it as a ‘faith hate’ assault and are hunting three Asian men.

    In spite of the attack, Mr Samuel went ahead with his hour-long live Asian Gospel Show on the Venus satellite channel from studios in Wembley, North London. During the show the Muslim station owner Tahir Ali came on air to condemn the attack.
    Pakistan-born Mr Samuel, 48, who was educated by Christian missionaries and moved to Britain 15 years ago, said that over the past few weeks he has received phone-in calls from people identifying themselves as Muslims who challenged his views.
    ‘They were having an argument with me,’ he said. ‘They were very aggressive in saying they did not agree with me. I said those are your views and these are my views.’

    He said that he, his wife Louisa, 48, and his son Naveed, 19, now fear for their safety, and police have given them panic alarms. ‘I am frightened and depressed,’ he said. ‘My show is not confrontational.’

  8. Pretty Good list, hap. Here's one you didn't mention -
    surgically breaking the hands of a young musician who was caught playing a Beatles song on his hammered dulcimer, an instrument that apparently can only be used for religious songs.

    Yes, you read that right - surgically breaking his hands for the crime of playing a Beatles song
  9. The funny thing, they carried rocket launchers and grenades in manual rikshaws. Using rocket launchers in Pak is like throwing stones in India.
    #10     Mar 16, 2009