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January 30, 2007

Muslim Kids Celebrate Ashura

Today is Ashura, a day on which Shiite Muslims pay homage to their bloodthirsty god by — how else? — shedding blood. The idea is to commemorate the martyrdom of Hussein ibn Ali, grandson of Mohammad, whose death marked the split between the Sunni and Shia sects.

Ashura is celebrated by publicly beating, cutting, and/or flagellating yourself. Children are expected to participate. It's a quaint multicultural practice that we'll be seeing more of as Islam supplants Christianity in the West.

Something… And Half of Something offers a fascinating collection of Ashura photos. A few samples:

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Religion of Peaceniks really know how to throw a holiday party. Isn't it great the way they involve the whole family?

Posted by Van Helsing at January 30, 2007 6:20 PM

Comments

why are mothers around the world not standing up to this blatant abuse?

Posted by: nanc at January 30, 2007 9:34 PM

That was one of the most disturbing photos I've ever seen anywhere. Was this in the US? Why can't people say NO MORE MUSLIM IMMIGRATION?

Posted by: Chris at January 30, 2007 10:25 PM

Hey nanc,

I suppose that is because mothers that live in countries like Iran, Lebanon, and other garden spots would probably end up a good deal more bloody than their little boys if they said anything. When it happens that their half of the population gets equal footing in how things are done, it might change. Until then, keeping quiet beats being the target at a stoning.

Posted by: tfhr at January 30, 2007 10:46 PM

And since we're all asking questions here, mine is this: Do you think that last kid's parents buckle him into a car seat when they hit the road to go to one of these blood-fests? Just wondering.

Posted by: tfhr at January 30, 2007 10:49 PM

Here we go again with egalitarianism. While I disagree with the harsh treatment of women under these barbaric societies, I don't agree that our quest for perfect equality is wise. It isn't wise because it isn't possible. The only path to equality is tyranny. A lot of what we have done in the West in this area has been unwise. Ann Coulter recently stated that our "rash" experiment with women's sufferage was a bad choice. It is a shame that real conservatism has died and you can't say these things because modern people think they are so much wiser than those of the past. But they aren't.

Posted by: Chris at January 30, 2007 11:24 PM

Chris,

"The only path to equality is tyranny." I couldn't disagree more. Do the gains made by minorities in the US qualify as a product of tyranny? I'd allow that one country's version of democracy doesn't have to follow in lock-step with the US model, but when I see Iraqi or Afghan women holding up the color purple as an indicator that they were the first of their kind to cast a vote in their respective countries, I don't see a vote for tyranny, in fact it's quite the opposite.

Posted by: tfhr at January 31, 2007 4:57 AM

Is there any doubt left that we are dealing with some sick SOBs?

Posted by: Jimbo at January 31, 2007 7:18 AM

Chris, Ann Coulter may have said it, but that doesn't make it any more right than all the spouting of male feminists about gender inequality.

Posted by: Archonix at January 31, 2007 2:15 PM

"Do the gains made by minorities in the US qualify as a product of tyranny?"

You have it wrong, buddy. The United States promotes EQUAL OPPORTUNITY and EQUALITY IN THE EYES OF THE LAW, not some spurious "equality". It is a Socialist/Communist ideal to obtain "social and economic equality", which is the pipe dream of fools.

Posted by: KHarn at January 31, 2007 2:34 PM

KHarn,

So you're saying that the Constitutional rights enjoyed by all Americans are a product of tyranny? What are you saying? And furthermore, why are we talking about all of this in a perfectly good thread about blood-soaked Jihadi spawn?

Posted by: tfhr at January 31, 2007 8:52 PM

(Huge sigh)
tfhr, did you even bother to read my reply to your post? I was saying that the United States does not promote GUARENTEED equality IN ALL THINGS. Tell me, are you physicly (or finacialy) EQUAL to the typical NFL player? Of course not.
America was once promoted as "the land of OPPORTUNITY", not "equality". We have God-given RIGHTS in this country, not government-alowed PRIVLEGES and garentees of "equality", the latter is an idea promoted since the Sixties by socialists.

Don't feel bad, a lot of people make that mistake.

Posted by: KHarn at February 1, 2007 2:18 PM