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Arabs’ Got Talent’s Ahmed Aldousary & his response to Animal Abuse

arabsgottalent1So.. the man finally decides to take initiative and defend himself. Ahmed Aldousary now famous for his controversial audition on Arabs’ Got Talent not only fails to see the problem with what happened last week, but he also went ahead and shoved religion into it. His claims was that he did not eat the scorpion, the snake was “dead” before skinning it and that the show should have issued a warning to the viewers before airing that audition.

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Tweet claiming that he killed the snake before skinning it

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Still insisting that he killed the snake then skinned it so it’s not abuse.

Mr. Ahmed claims that he killed the snake before skinning it which was pretty obvious as most of us saw during that audition. Now we all know that snakes are cold-blooded animals. That means that they depend on external heat sources in order to regulate their body temperature as their internal sources are rarely supply the body with enough heat.

"Infrared images of cold-blooded animals. Notice the difference between these cold-blooded creatures and the warm-blooded humans holding them."

“Infrared images of cold-blooded animals. Notice the difference between these cold-blooded creatures and the warm-blooded humans holding them.” (click for source)

Why the biology lesson? See, Mr. Ahmed here claims that he “killed” the snake before skinning it which is not considered as abuse since it’s dead and can’t feel anything. What he fails to understand is that a cold-blooded animal (e.g.: a snake or perhaps that scorpion) does not just “die” on the spot. Beheading a snake does not simply kill it. If he simply bothered to learn more about those animals he abuses so proudly, he would notice that after beheading a snakes, it doesn’t bleed due to lack of blood circulation which is attributed to its nature as a cold-blooded animal. So what he technically does each and every time he bites off a snake’s head is cause it to die a very slow and agonizing death. Just because you cut the head off does NOT mean that it’s dead. The body is pretty much alive until there is not enough blood for it to function. YOU PRETTY MUCH SKINNED THAT F’ING SNAKE ALIVE. It’s not enough that it’s dying slowly, but also skinned to add to it. And I bet it hurt like hell. (if there’s anyone out there reading this and willing to back me up on it or even correct it, please do) 

Please watch the video below as it is a fine example of how much alive a snake can be even after beheading it.

I will be writing this in Arabic so that I can send this post to Mr. Ahmed in case he does not know English.

الأستاذ أحمد يدعي بأنه قام بسلخ الثعبان بعد قتله. اللي فات الأستاذ أن الثعابيين من ذوات الدم البارد والتي تستمد طاقتها الحرارية من البيئة المحيطة نظراً لكون معدل الأيض منخفض مما يؤثر سلباً على عملية التنظيم الحراري لجسم الكائن لذلك تستمد الحرارة من مصادر خارجية. كون الحيوان من ذوات الدم البارد يتمتع بتنظيم حراري منخفض يعني أن الدورة الدموية تعمل ببطئ. عندما تقوم بقطع رأس الحيوان يلاحظ عدم نزف الحيوان للدماء و هذا دليل على بطء الدورة الدموية. في حين أنك تعتقد بأن قطع الرأس كافي لقتل الحيوان، تظل الحقيقة بأن الحيوان يموت ببطئ شديد نظراً لأن الدم لا يزال ساري في جسده و كون أنك تقوم بسلخ الثعبان بعد قطع الرأس مباشرة يعني بأنك تعرضه لأسوأ أنواع التعذيب بالإضافة الى الموت البطيء. أرجو منك مشاهدة المقطع التالي كدليل على صحة الكلام أعلاه

Let’s shove religion into it!

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Mr. Ahmed thinks that it’s not fair to attack him for abusing an animal and that if we do mind, we should go to slaughterhouses and attack them as well.

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So now he’s shoving the military, the butchers and those who “sacrifice” animals to God.

I for one will NOT discuss religion on this platform as I do not believe that everyone shares the same beliefs but let me discuss the fact that shoving religion into this kind of argument not only gives you a bad image; it also gives Islam a worse image. See, when you link animal abuse to an act of worship you do confirm that your religion supports animal abuse. While you claim to be a God fearing and devoted Muslim, you failed to focus on the fact that Islam DEMANDS YOU to treat animals with utter respect and kindness.

Narrated Ibn ‘Umar (Radi-Allahu ‘anhu):
The Prophet (Sallallahu ‘Alaihi Wa Sallam) said, “A woman entered the
(Hell) Fire because of a cat which she had tied, neither giving it food nor
setting it free to eat from the vermin of the earth.”
Bukhari Vol. 4 : No. 535

If you care to know more about your own religion, you would know that it is not Halal to eat ANY meat and that even in that case you should abide to ethical treatment:

“Forbidden to you (for food) are meat of dead animals, blood, the flesh of swine, and that on which has been invoked the name of other than Allah; and the dead through beating; that which has been killed by strangling, or by a violent blow, or by a headlong fall, or by being gored to death; that which has been (partly) eaten by a wild animal; unless ye are able to slaughter it (in due form); that which is sacrificed on stone (altars); (forbidden) also is the division (of meat) by raffling with arrows: that is impiety.” (5.3)

While you are allowed to eat meat, you must follow strict instructions and if you care to educate yourself, Google Animal rights in Islam.

Also, according to many Fatwas (a legal pronouncement in Islam, issued by a religious law specialist on a specific issue), Islam does not allow you to eat snake meat. So while you are busy gobbling on your fun snacks, you already contradict yourself when it comes to the religion part since you obviously don’t know the very basics.

On a side note, your words imply that eating meat is a default in Islam and that is a huge assumption which means that Islam mandates that we eat meat and anyone who doesn’t support that is somehow deviating from the norm and possibly attacking a “sacred” calling. This is where you -again- fail. Islam allows Muslims to kill animals for food only and you can -in fact- opt out of eating meat under the condition that you do not claim that it is not Halal (unless the animals are abused or killed violently and not according to Islamic practice). Islam does not force you to eat meat. In fact: you CAN be a vegetarian Muslim.

Another debate is that this is common practice in the military. If by any chance soldiers find themselves in a situation where they lack food resources, they can and are trained to eat snakes, insects and pretty much any animal they could lay their hands on. I get it. But tell me something, can you explain the fact that you find showing off that survival skill amusing? You can also drink rancid water or even your own piss if you can’t find water (although it is also technically forbidden in Islam unless it is a matter of survival).. why didn’t you opt for that during your performance? Fact is: it is a disgusting show of skills and even those who practice it during military shows should be ashamed. I’ve seen a man rip a live chicken with his own teeth and believe me: I did not find that amusing and I seriously felt ashamed that this is the kind of people that have the honor of defending our lands and safety. I would probably look the other way if it was a matter of life or death but the fact that it’s just for show is even more disgusting, shameless and unacceptable. It. is. animal abuse. PERIOD.

Switching to Arabic;

للرد على أسئلتك: هل جميع مظلي الصاعقه مرضى نفسيين بنظرك ؟ و الجزارين بالمسالخ ؟ و المتقربين الى الله بالاضاحي ؟

خلينا نبدأ بالمتقربين الى الله بالأضاحي. كونك دخلت الدين في نقاش حول إساءة معاملة الحيوان واللي ظهر للعيان خلال فقرتك في البرنامج أكبر دليل على التباسك في بعض أمور الدين و فتح مجال للبعض للخوض في الدين. الإسلام يحث على حسن معاملة الحيوان و إن التبس عليك الأمر في ما تقوم به فلا داعي للزج بالدين في ذلك. التقرب لله لا يكون من خلال قتل الحيوان فقط دون مراعاة حالة الحيوان و طريقة الذبح السليمة والتي تضمن مراعاة حسن التعامل مع الحيوان. أنت في غنى عن أن اسرد لك أحاديث النبي و مواقف الصحابة من إساءة معاملة الحيوانات ولكن حديث المرأة التي دخلت النار لسوء معاملتها للقطة أكبر شاهد على التزام الدين بحسن التعامل مع الحيوان

أما بالنسبة للمسالخ، فموقفنا من أدائك المثير للجدل لربما يكون سبب من أسباب لفت النظر الى تلك الممارسات والتي تندرج عند البعض تحت مسمى الواجبات الدينية. تحليل أكل اللحوم له شروط عديدة أبسطها يضمن الرأفة بالحيوان عند الذبح. أود أن  أقتبس هذه الآية للتوضيح

” حرمت عليكم الميته و الدم ولحم الخنزير و ما أهل لغير الله به و المنخنقه و الموقوذه و المترديه و النطيحه و ما أكل السبع الإ ما زكيتم و ما ذبح على النصب و أن تستقيموا يا لأزلام ذلكم فسق ” المائده آية 3

بالإضافة الى ذلك، أرجو منك الإطلاع على فتاوى أكل الثعابين والعقارب قبل الدخول في نقاشات عن الدين، المسالخ و ما الى ذلك. زجك بالدين في نقاشنا و عدم إلمامك بأبسط قواعد الدين من حيث تحريم أكل الثعابين هو أكبر دليل على تناقض حججك

أود أن أضيف أن الله قد أحل لنا أكل اللحوم ولكنه لم يفرضه علينا ولم يحرم على البعض عدم تناولها و كونك لا تدرك ذلك جعلك تفترض أننا بموقفنا من أدائك نسيء الى الدين أو نسعى الى ذلك. أرجو منك العلم بأن البعض لديه مطلق الحرية في عدم تناول اللحوم بشرط عدم تحريم تناولها و بأن هناك بالفعل نباتيين مسلمين، عادي جداً

ننتقل الى موضوع الجيش: أنا على علم بأن هذه الممارسات تدرب للمجندين كطريقة من طرق البقاء على قيد الحياة في حال عدم توفر أي موارد عند اللزوم ولكن في بعض  الأحيان، يدرب الجنود على شرب المياه الفاسدة أو حتى البول في حال عدم توافر الماء فلما لا تشجع ذلك أيضاً ولما لم تتضمن هذه المهارات في فقرتك؟ و لما لا تقوم الإستعراضات العسكرية بإستعراض هذه المهارة أيضاُ؟ في الواقع نظرتي الشخصية لمثل تلك الممارسات والتي شهدت أحدها متمثلة في مجند يقوم بتقطيع دجاجة حية بأسنانه هي أنه استعراض مقزز ولا يجعلني أفتخر بكون هؤلاء المجندين -حماة أوطاننا و المسؤولين عن سلامتنا- يستعرضون بقتل حيوان بهذه الطريقة الوحشية والتي قد أتغاضى عنها في حال كانت مسألة حياة أو موت وليس إستعراض للمهارات و القدرات. الواقع هو أن تلك الممارسات المشينة لا تشرفني كونها تعد إيذاء غير مبرر بتاتاً للحيوانات

Explaining that he didn't eat the scorpion and claiming that the producers should have  advised viewer discretion

Explaining that he didn’t eat the scorpion and claiming that the producers should have advised viewer discretion

Since you know your segment could be shocking to some viewers, what makes you still defend your conduct since you don’t see anything wrong with it? MBC group should also answer that question since they chose to air it without the regular “viewer discretion” announcement.

بما أنك على علم بأن الفقرة ستكون صادمة لبعض المشاهدين، لما لازلت تدافع عن أفعالك خلال الفقرة بما أنك على قناعة بعدم وجود أي إساءة؟ أما بالنسبة للتنبيه والذي كان يجب على القناة أن تذيعه قبل الفقرة، أترك الرد عن سبب عدم عرض ذلك التنبيه لهم

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He claims that he has stopped eating snakes and scorpions 7 years ago and that he was ASKED to do it although he is against it

This is my question to you now: WHO ASKED YOU TO DO IT? Was it the producers? The answer to this question will clear out a lot of things here so kindly do provide us with an answer,

If by any chance you confirm that the producers did ask you to eat those animals, it will only prove my previous assumptions that they knew about what will take place in that audition and that somehow they thought the viewers wouldn’t mind something you have personally stopped doing and all for extra ratings. If that is so, we’re at a new level of human and ethical degradation.

بناءاً على ما قمت بكتابته، أود أن أعلم من أجبرك على فعل ذلك مع العلم أنك بناءاَ على ما قلت توقفت منذ 7 سنوات و معارض لتلك الأفعال؟ هل قام منتجي البرنامج على  إجبارك؟ أرجو الإجابة لأن تلك الإجابة ستوضح العديد من الأمور

إذا تم تأكيد أن منتجي البرنامج طلبوا منك القيام بذلك، ستثبت صحة إدعائي بأنهم كانوا على علم بكل ما سيجرى خلال الفقرة و بأنهم افترضوا بأن الجمهور لن يعارض تلك الممارسات التي أنت شخصياً توقفت عن فعلها و الدافع هو زيادة نسبة المشاهدة فقط. تأكيد ذلك يعد مستوى آخر من الإنحدار الأخلاقي والإنساني

NOTE: This is not a religious debate so refrain from providing us with your religious opinions

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#30June: I’m busy going back in time!

Back in 2010, Mohamed Bouazizi ignited the first spark of the Arab spring when he set himself on fire in protest of police corruption and ill treatment.

Mohamed Bouazizi

I remember watching the news and then noticing how some fellow Egyptians decided that enough was enough. See, Egypt has been going through a lot for the past 30 years and the recent murder of Khaled Said due to police brutality was the breaking point. Followed by the bombing of the Saints Church in Alexandria on new years eve which was obviously an inside job by the government. Nonetheless, the Egyptians were determined to say “enough”! Calls for peaceful demonstrations were spread all over with the aid of Facebook and Twitter and the rest is what we all know as the 25th of January: the Egyptian revolution. I must say that 2011 was one of the best years of my life. Regardless of the amount of pain I went through watching and spreading news of martyrs in Egypt, Libya, Yemen, Syria and Bahrain; I learned a lot. I met a lot of wonderful people, fought along with many revolutionaries, organised protests, signed petitions, been on BBC (phone call.. I’m still not THAT famous!), and even a couple of years later, I still have people tell me that I was pretty known for my online activism during the revolutions and that everyone knew where to head for news. A couple of friends and I wanted to help and we set a crisis map to spread urgent calls for help and reports about missing people, needed and available aid and such. The spirit was high and it was my calling. I lived for the revolutions and the people and any dictator was my target.

Today, 2 and a half years later, things seemed pretty bad. Syria is dying, Bahrain’s revolution was smothered by false claims and the people were silenced (watch this wonderful documentary) and Egypt was still struggling.. my efforts were going in vain and the people who once feared to take a stand are now struggling with their past decisions and wishing they stood up for the people. Most of my Syrian friends who once asked me to keep my mouth shut are now activists! I was shunned for standing up for others’ rights and the reason was “stability”. But when the same person accusing me of being the reason behind all the rumors lost their homes and even their loved ones, I was finally right. But I lost my drive and preferred to defend individuals one at a time. This was still my calling and I wouldn’t ever fail a fellow human being regardless.

Throughout the past couple of years, Egypt was struggling as I said. SCAF and the police and now the Muslim brotherhood. All the promises of reform and justice to the fallen martyrs were demolished. Egypt was becoming more corrupt and now, anyone opposing the president is an infidel. Everything the people fought for during 25Jan was not being accomplished and Egypt is now heading to the dark ages!

But not today. Today marks the new Egyptian revolution and I.. I am living it and loving it. 🙂 The people are finally united against injustice and tyranny. Those who yesterday accused the 25Jan revolutionaries of being traitors and agents of Israel and Hamas are now hand in hand with the rest of the people. Even the police are in! People finally realized that you can’t be neutral towards injustice and sooner or later, your turn will come and you will have to take a stand.

I am however skeptical. Those who yesterday killed their brothers are now with them. Nonetheless, I have faith. I have faith that this will be a lesson to many of those and hopefully, Egypt will get what it truly deserves. The people will always make sure of that. 🙂 I’ll leave you with some pics of the Egyptian revolution, take 2!

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Protests in Alexandria

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A panorama of Tahrir square

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With Islam, against the Muslim Brotherhood

Egyptian flag

Egyptian flag

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Tahrir square

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Protesters in Minya, upper Egypt

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March to Etihadiya palace

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Protest in Alexandria

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Tahrir square

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Egyptians in Australia

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Egyptians in Paris

Port Said

Port Said

Leave, Morsi!

Leave, Morsi!

Egyptians in front of The White House

Egyptians in front of The White House

Doctors in Egypt are in

Doctors in Egypt are in

Egyptians in Washington

Egyptians in Washington

Egyptians in London

Egyptians in London

Heliopolis revolting!

Heliopolis revolting!

Beautiful pic from Tahrir

Beautiful pic from Tahrir

Egyptian ladies holding shoes!

Egyptian ladies holding shoes!

Egyptians in Vienna

Egyptians in Vienna

Old lady marching

Old lady marching

Protesters on their way

Protesters on their way

Etihadya palace!

Etihadya palace!

Power to the women of Egypt!

Power to the women of Egypt!

This is EGYPT!

This is EGYPT!

This should be the next cover of Time!

And it’s time to GO.

ارحــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــل

 

PS: many thanks to the lovely people of planet Twitter for the images. 🙂

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If I ruled the world..

If I ruled the world, I’d remove borders and flags. No more national anthems and religions. We would all get along.
Music and dancing will replace prayers and the only crime would be a bad dance! Prisons will be dancing schools and schools will only teach you how to sing, play instruments and dance even more.
Children will be taught according to the best dance and music curricula. Every famous artist, singer, DJ and dancer will be a teacher. No one will be “a bad dancer” forever! No more weapons, no more tanks.. guitars, drums and disco balls will be everywhere! Pens and papers will be replaced by art supplies and more music instruments.. and dancing shoes! We will breathe, eat and pray music, dance and art. There will be no hate because there will be only love for art, music and dance. There will be no money.. only confetti. You will dance for confetti and pay in confetti.. or dance! No cars, ships or planes.. we will commute by dance! And everyone will sing all day, all night and sleep to the sounds of Elvis Presley, Michael Jackson, and all those awesome mentors! Religions will be music genres and sports will be dance styles. You just have to find whichever one suites you. And everyone will revert to art for communication.
If I ruled the world, I would use music, art and dance to make this world a better place.
Come join our party, see how we play! 🙂

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A message from Gramaha to the people of Earth

The transmission occurred on 26 Nov 77 at 5:12 p.m. when a strange unknown voice overrode, took over, or super-modulated the TV signals from five transmitters that were monitored by the Independent Broadcasting Authority (IBA) in England. IBA did not detect the intrusion. The 5:30 minute message overrode a scheduled newscast read by Ivor Mills on Southern ITV, England.

The voice spoke slowly and deliberately, with a strange inward authority, calm, serene, never scolding. It said:

For many years now you have seen us as lights in the skies. We speak to you now in peace and wisdom as we have done to your brothers and sisters all over this, your planet earth. We come to warn you of the destiny of your race and your worlds so that you may communicate to your fellow beings the course you must take to avoid the disasters which threaten your worlds and the beings on our worlds around you.

This is in order that you may share in the great awakening, as the planet passes into the New Age of Aquarius. The new age can be a time of great peace and evolution for your race, but only if your rulers are made aware of the evil forces that can overshadow their judgments.

Be still now and listen, for your chance may not come again. For many years your scientists, governments and generals have not heeded our warnings; they have continued to experiment with the evil forces of what you call nuclear energy. Atomic bombs can destroy the earth and the beings of your sister worlds, in a moment.

The wastes from atomic power systems will poison your planet for many thousands of your years to come. We, who have followed the path of evolution for far longer than you, have long since realized this — that atomic energy is always directed against life. It has no peaceful application. Its use, and research into its use, must be ceased at once, or you all risk destruction. All weapons of evil must be removed.

The time of conflict is now past and the race of which you are a part may proceed to the highest planes of evolution if you show yourselves worthy to do this.

You have but a short time to learn to live together in peace and goodwill. Small groups all over the planet are learning this, and exist to pass on the light of the dawning new age to you all. You are free to accept or reject their teachings, but only those who learn to live in peace will pass to the higher realms of spiritual evolution.

Hear now the voice of Gramaha, the representative of the Asta Galactic Command speaking to you. Be aware also that there are many false prophets and guides operating on your world. They will suck your energy from you — the energy you call money and will put it to evil ends giving you worthless dross in return.

Your inner divine self will protect you from this. You must learn to be sensitive to the voice within, that can tell you what is truth, and what is confusion, chaos and untruth. Learn to listen to the voice of truth which is within you, and you will lead yourselves on to the path of evolution.


This is our message to you our dear friends. We have watched you growing for many years as you too have watched our lights in your skies. You know that we are here, and that there are more beings on and around your earth than your scientists admit. We are deeply concerned about you and your path towards the light, and will do all we can to help you.
Have no fears, seek only to know yourselves and live in harmony with the ways of your planet earth.

We of the Asta Galactic Command thank you for your attention. We are now leaving the planes of your existence.

May you be blessed by the supreme love and truth of the Cosmos.

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Killing in the name of God – The “Religions are like farts.” sequel

If you haven’t read Religions are like farts, I urge you to do so to understand the reason why I am writing this post.

I was planning to write this at my own convenience but what happened today in a small village in Giza, Egypt called Abu Muslam was my sign to start typing ASAP.

As I was going through my twitter feed, I noticed some disturbing tweets coming from a young man named Hazem (Twitter account @7azem122) regarding some incident in Abu Muslam.

According to Hazem, the villagers set fire on some houses in and that there were casualties. Reading those tweets was something I was used to since things are quite unstable in Egypt and every other day we hear about crazy and unfortunate incidents taking place.

But the story doesn’t end. The houses belonged to one man named Hassan Shehata and several others. Shehata and several other men were beaten up and stabbed then dragged around the village by around 3000 men while most of them cheered and a very few tried to prevent this tragedy by either asking others to stop or even shielding some of those who were attacked. The security forces were even there watching this massacre unfold without even shooting a bullet in the air to separate the crowd or perhaps one of those tear gas canisters they so willingly used during the many protests throughout the past 2 and a half years.

They just waited for those hooligans to finish their business with the victims, enjoy their little victory dance (more like dragging the body while chanting Allahu Akbar!) and then drop those bodies by their vehicles to later be stacked like trash.

The reason why this happened? Those men were Shiites.

Let’s go back to the times when religion was first tainted by politics. When the whole argument about “who deserves to lead the Muslim nation” after the departure of prophet Mohammed sparked what seems to be the main reason why Muslims don’t mind blowing up each other in the name of religion nowadays. They all agree on the essence of Islam but disagree on who should have lead them after that.

Brilliant.

Yup.

As the hate and sectarian divide grew between Sunnis and Shiites throughout the years, millions were brought up to believe that “the other” deserves to go to hell for not choosing their way. Insults were thrown back and forth. Many other things that I choose not to include in my post as my purpose is not to discuss those views in particular rather than the fact that it is truly a big shame to see such division and such hatred between people who are eventually called Muslim.

But let’s not forget that behind all the ignorance are more ignorant and highly influential individuals. Many of the so-called “Sheikhs” and “Imams” in Egypt are willing to label anyone “infidel” for going against the regime. Protesters are being called infidels. Reporters are also called infidels for expressing their opinions which are clearly in no favor to the ruling party. Women are regarded as whores and infidels if they decide to voice out their concerns regarding sexual harassment, rape or even female circumcision. It is somehow “Halal” to kill those who “stand in the path of Islam and and an Islamic nation”.

It’s no wonder when the Muslim Brotherhood and most “Islamic” political parties use those sheikhs to impose their political agendas by influencing the poor and naive masses. Shiites would automatically be infidel #1 on the list of those to be killed even though President Morsi made it clear that he is willing to sell his mother to the devil for the MB. Morsi who a couple of weeks back announced he’s cutting ties with the Syrian regime in an attempt to polish his tarnished and almost non existing popularity check here, ironically forgot that a few months back, he actually got down and funky with Assad’s BFF click for steamy photo!

The Sheikhs were always there to lead by example. On many occasions, they would be around quoting out of context verses of Quraan, asking people to denounce the infidels as well as threaten to abolish whoever stands in the way. National TV was now a podium to men with shaggy beards and poor communication skills calling the opposition infidels, asking people to take action against them as well as sucking up to the president and the rest of the “Islamists”. They are shameless and disgusting yet never too shy to lie or even say complete nonsense on national TV. They had their fans and it was sad but no one could do anything about it.

Those Sheikhs tried the “Christian VS Muslim” game to keep the people distracted but a country of old history and solid ties between its people crushed all attempts. Well, not all. Some people fell for it but the majority of the people stood against it and sooner than later, it wasn’t going to work anymore. The Copts were not a minority as they -the “Islamists”- tried to insist and the Muslims (moderate, normal, HUMAN ones) made it pretty clear that there will be no such rubbish in 25Jan-Egypt. This trick was once used by the Mubarak regime on new years eve of 2011 when they decided to play the “religion” card to maintain some control over the exploding situation since the neighbors in Tunisia were working on their freedom. (Check here). As the anger and resentment towards Morsi’s failure to comply to what this position demands grew bigger and bigger, the regime will no doubt resort to any trick to distract people from the 30th of June. Nonetheless, those attempts are clear enough and the extremists are being shunned by everyone and they all thought they lived happily ever after until today.

The dirty tricks are on a whole new level. They managed to shock a whole nation when they turned a somewhat quiet village into a scene from a horror movie. The men were attacked for stating their beliefs which obviously insulted some people. 3000 of them.

In a normal situation, away from the killing and the dragging, I would have included this man in the list of people I’d verbally bash but since this guy got more than a bashing, I will refrain from doing so. I only support verbal bashing and killing someone for saying something you might not agree with is NOT OK.

The extremists stepped their game up by directing the spotlight on the Shiites of Egypt instead of the Copts. Considered a minority to a majority of Sunnis, it was about time. Last month, the hate speech towards Shiites started to spread. Posters and signs in villages, streets and even malls stating “Shiites are infidels” were everywhere. There was no shame in it since they made it very clear to add their logos.

Together against Shiites
They insult Sahaba
They alter the Quraan
They kill Sunnis
Please note Al Nour party’s logo (an ultra-conservative Islamist political party)

So-called sheikhs were also in whether on national TV or even in the presence of a president who is supposedly from the people and for the people. The campaigns by the MBs & Salafists were “in the name of” supporting Syria.

The brilliant Bassem Youssif was somehow looking into the future when he pointed out the obvious threats of such acts which took place right in front of the president of Egypt on this week’s episode of El Bernameg.

I wish there were English subtitles but for those of you who don’t understand Arabic, it is pretty apparent that all the filth was being said in the presence of a man in charge of 80+ million individuals with different religious beliefs. (Skip to minute 17).

If you decide to search youtube for videos, there is an abundance of hate filled videos of old and bitter men in beards and turbans (or not) yelling at infidel Shiites/Sunnis. It’s just pathetic.

There were also reports that groups of men roamed around some villages telling people through speakers to announce Jihad on Shiites and that it’s time to get them out and clean the country once and for all.

And there was it. The attack and murder of 4 Shiites in Abu Muslam. The videos I’ve seen are so graphic, it left my stomach in knots. The fact that 3000 men just stood there watching and cheering others beating helpless men to death was beyond barbaric. The fact that anyone justifies this shameless act just for the fact that those men have different beliefs or even insult the Sahaba is even more sickening.

And believe me, the responses on Twitter were more sickening. Some actually went to the extent of congratulating the Umma on that achievement and wishing the rest would join the victims. I wonder how Muslims denounce Islamophobia while THAT is what they present to the world. And the funny thing is that each “Muslim” separately will proudly announce that Islam taught them how to respect all religions. Well, how about respecting your OWN religion first!?

As far as I know, prophet Mohammed and the Sahaba endured far worse than a couple of bad words and they managed to deliver their divine message very well. No one was instructed to kill someone even when things like throwing stool and trash on the prophet was a daily routine that the prophet learned to tolerate to deliver his message in peace. The Quraan never stated that it’s OK to kill people for having different beliefs. The Quraan was also very clear about the fact that two Muslims fighting each other would go to hell regardless of the reason. The fact that Islam has been tainted by all those extremists is the reason why I wrote this post.

Why is it that we must -as human beings- have someone dictate what’s right and wrong and follow it blindly? When someone claims to be a scholar of Islam and starts spreading hate and ignorance that only reflect his upbringing and lack of knowledge and tolerance towards anything defined as the other whether it was a different religious belief, gender, race or even political views. It is pretty evident that people still don’t understand the purpose of religion since some clearly miss out on the fact that we are “allegedly” superior beings and that piece of shit on our shoulders covered with hair (if you’re lucky enough) and other vital organs also harbors a tool that separates us from animals. It’s called a BRAIN. And yes, you need to use it to be qualified as a superior being.

You don’t need someone to point out that someone else insulting your mother is not enough reason to kill them although it might be considered a major no-no. What happened to turning the other cheek? Insulting any religious figure is a no-no but you don’t necessarily have to kill people for it. Why don’t Muslims get offended when Jesus is mocked in cartoons, movies and youtube videos? Where is it mentioned in any holy book that it’s OK to kill in the name of God? And if religion was supposed to be your guide through life, why do you choose a dark and bloody path to go to heaven? God gave you many ways, choose the nice and pleasant one for a change?

How people choose to portray their faith in God and their means to heaven are so twisted.

And those who choose to look the other way just because “well, their leaders provoke such actions and they’re also murdering our people somewhere else!” have a special place awaiting..

And to those who don’t even bother:

The darkest places in hell are reserved for those who maintain their neutrality in times of moral crisis. – Dante Alighieri

This.. is a moral crisis.

***DISCLAIMER: This post is neither in favor of Shiites, nor Sunnis. I am HUMAN. Something you should consider being if you choose to misinterpret the above. If you favor butthurt over common sense, SELF EDUCATE!

PS: Stay tuned for part three. 😉
 
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Religions are like farts.

Religion is an organized collection of beliefs, cultural systems, and world views that relate humanity to the supernatural, to spirituality and, sometimes, to moral values. source

So, religions are there to impose rules and moral values.. a sense of right and wrong.. a way to deal with others on a daily basis within what each religion specifies is right.

The word religion is sometimes used interchangeably with faith or belief system; however, in the words of Émile Durkheim, religion differs from private belief in that it is “something eminently social”. A global 2012 poll reports that 59% of the world’s population is religious, 23% are not religious, and 13% are atheists. source

Oh you’re going to hell!

Émile Durkheim is the father of sociology . One of his aims was to analyze how societies could maintain their integrity and coherence in the modern era, when things such as shared religious and ethnic background could no longer be assumed; to that end he wrote much about the effect of laws, religion, education and similar forces on society and social integration.

In the year 2013, it is almost inevitable that you will come across an individual with a different belief system. A different race.. someone who believes in marriage equality while you don’t necessarily find it very appropriate for two same-gender adults to maintain such sacramental relationships. You may or may not like pork. May or may not agree to consuming it.. or alcohol. You may believe you worship the right God while others worship another god with a lowercase G.

I’m pretty sure of that too…

We all agree that good people go to heaven and bad people go to hell.. but who gets to decide what is good or bad?

According to Islam, only Muslims go to Heaven.

According to Christianity, only Christians go to Heaven.

According to Judaism, only Jews go to Heaven.

According to [place religious belief system here], only [followers] go to Heaven.

So, which Heaven is it do you go to if you don’t believe in all?

And again, if by default, you go to Heaven for following what you believe is the right religion, does that exempt you from bothering about being good or bad?

This post was sparked by a little war of keyboards I conducted with a fellow earthling.. honestly, I was bored and as I went through my newsfeed, saw a post on an American page claiming that Islam is an angry, hate filled religion. Now, I love trouble. So I decided to enjoy..

I had to..

After a dozen of back and forth responses, it was clear enough that my “opponent” took pride in being a good, believing Christian which is something I totally understand and respect. Assuming that I am Muslim (which is none of anyone’s concern, really), he started copying verses of the Quraan, demanding my interpretation. My words were not even close to religion. I was discussing their political system and policies in the Middle East. It suddenly turned into the war of religions from most of the comments while I simply asked if they agree with their political system.

I will leave you with some screenshots.. very amusing..

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I’m guessing insulting a religious figure is a display of love and peace..

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I’m ok with stopping the spread of a cult, too.. The -I’m a loving warrior of God and I will kill you in the name of his love- cult.

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Jesus is NOT proud..

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Isn’t it ironic?

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I honestly don’t know what it is that they taught this poor man.. but no matter how hard I tried dragging him back into politics, he kept on repeating the same thing over and over..

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Those sound like a bunch of happy, hate-free people..

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Did Jesus teach you that?

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I love the analytical skills of those people.. you don’t seem angry at ALL!

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Which God are we talking about here..?

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Yes.. they hate themselves.. and the other nonbelievers.. oh, wait…

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What about going to church on Sundays..? or meditation? :/

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WE MUST NOT LET THEM WIN!!!

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I heard Buddhism is a really peaceful religion.. it’s funny that they don’t follow the true God..

Another thing that caught my attention was the fact that most of those people can’t tell the difference between a Muslim, an Arab and a Middle Eastern.. It’s a shame that this is not only evident in their comments but also in their daily lives.. their rampage seems to hit anyone who MIGHT just look like one of those.. even this dude:

Sorry, A-man! You had that coming.

And although the Boston bombers were Muslim but not Arab, it didn’t stop those who attacked poor ol’ Abdullah from calling him an Arab as opposed to “Muslim”..?

Another heartbreaking incident:

Gurmej Atwal and Surinder Singh were strolling near their Elk Grove homes when they were shot, police said. Singh died at the scene while Atwal lasted a bit longer before resting in peace.

The assault on Singh and Atwal came just months after a Sikh cabdriver was attacked in West Sacramento by two men. Harbhajan Singh picked up two men and two women. Upon informing him that they wanted to change their destination, the male passengers began to attack Singh and demanded his money. Even after giving them his money, they continued to attack him, leading Singh to believe the attack was motivated by his turban. One of the attackers shouted expletives and called him Osama bin Laden.One of the female passengers put herself in between the attackers and Singh to protect him, which allowed Singh to get away.  Singh banged on the doors of an apartment complex until he found someone to call 9-1-1. Singh received several stitches on his head and other parts of his body and sustained bruising along his rib cage and bone chips in his nose.

Harbhajan Singh, Pedro Ramirez, and Johnny Morales

Another incident was when Jamie W. Larson attacked a Sikh cab driver during a ride after commenting on the man’s turban. According to charging documents, Larson tore out chunks of the man’s beard during the assault, which also loosened one of the driver’s teeth. When police arrived, Larson allegedly continued on his anti-Muslim tirade.

Smile, Jamie!

Everyone in a turban is suddenly Muslim?!

OMG!! Beyonce is Muslim!?

I’ll save you the embarrassment.. the RedEye way 😉

Gotta learn the difference!

and while we’re at it..

We don’t like to discriminate!

Damn!

I contribute the above incidents to the obvious lack of education.. and this:

Well well.. Egypt..

Back to our battle..

This fellow here was a piece! I tell you.. even those on the page did not find his level of stupidity amusing enough..

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Yes.. I heard the same exact thing too.. from Fox News 😀

I had to stop here and do some research on the prior comment’s allegations.. turns out he was RIGHT. Women in the Middle East have absolutely no rights. They are not allowed to even have the very basics.

To avoid going through the same misunderstanding of Arab VS Muslim VS Middle Eastern, I will let you know that the below images are of women from the Middle East. Some are Muslim, some are Christian and so on.

This should further stress on the fact that the Middle East with all its “nasty Muslims” does not allow women to excel in life..

Here’s a link, if you care to know how -unfortunately- unhappy those women are.. WARNING: GRAPHIC CONTENT

And to make things worse, they make them cover themselves from head to toe..

Princess Ameerah Al Taweel

Princess Ameerah Al Taweel, Vice Chair of Alwaleed Bin Talal Foundation. The wife of HRH Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal. Number 4 on the list of 100 most powerful Arab women in 2012 according to Arabian Business.
Not bad, either. 😉
PS: She’s Saudi (too bad she’s not allowed to drive)!

Nadine Labaki, the Lebanese actress and director is often credited for bringing new artists onto the burgeoning Arab pop scene. You’ve been naughty, Nadine! Cover up your flesh, woman!

Hotness! (I couldn’t resist, Nadine!)

Suzanne Al Houby, she’s covered up, alright! But NOT in the kitchen?!

Lina Ben Mhenni, Tunisian blogger, activist and journalist. Never knew they were allowed to speak!

Susan Youssef, Palestinian director.. she seems so unhappy.

Yup. That should serve you well for not covering up.

Meet Nisreen Shocair, President of Virgin Megastore Middle East. ROCK ON!

http://www.elhamalqasimi.com/

Elham Al Qasim is an Emirati woman, who embarked on a successful skiing expedition to the North Pole “unsupported and unassisted”. On April 23, 2010, she became the first Arab woman and the first UAE national to reach the North Pole. I didn’t know they had ice in the UAE?!

More covered up dogs? OK!

Nancy Ajram is rocking her head to toe cover.. she’s only allowed to sing in the bathroom, though..

Elissa, however.. only wears those dresses in her DREAMS (pretty obvious she was dreaming here.. or that is just one lame excuse of a Photoshop session!)
PS: #41 on this list of 100 most powerful Arab women in 2012.

http://www.arabianbusiness.com/100-most-powerful-arab-women-2012-448295.html?view=profile&itemid=448178#.UaW1DrXfB50

As for Haifa Wehbe, she’s out of the question. I mean, how safe would you be if you were the Marilyn Monroe of the Middle East? PS: #69 on the list of 100 most powerful Arab women in 2012. (oh baby!)

Not only is Muna AbuSulayman at the helm of the Alwaleed Bin Talal Foundation, but she is also one of HRH Prince Alwaleed’s most trusted advisors, and the co-host of one of MBC TV’s most popular social programmes. Charged with spending up to $100m a year on good causes, she has also spoken and written about issues related to society, such as women rights and community development. In 2004, she was named a Young Leader by the World Economic Forum.
#46 among 100 most powerful Arab women in 2012

Samira Ibrahim is regarded as the woman who has put an end to virginity testing for female prisoners in Egypt.
She’s our #47. Talk about having a voice!

And I’m pretty sure most of those are familiar with this lady..

Here’s my final proof that women in the Middle East are forced to cover up, have no brain and are ugly as dogs!

Antigone Costanda winner of the Miss World beauty pageant in 1954, representing Egypt. Winning Miss World further helped her to reach the top of her profession, becoming a successful model in the Middle East, France, Italy and Greece. Her career in later years moved into interior design; she ran a company designing the interior of business buildings. She was one of the judges at the Miss Egypt 2006 contests.
(I CAN’T BELIEVE THEY ALLOWED THAT BACK THEN!!)

Elham Wagdi, Miss Egypt 2009. She represented Egypt in a number of International beauty pageants and contests including Miss Intercontinental, Miss Earth, Miss Universe.

Martine Andraos, Miss Lebanon 2009. She graduated with a BS in Marketing in 2011. She is currently pursuing an MA degree in Political Sciences and International Affairs at the Lebanese American University. She represented Lebanon in Miss Universe 2009.

Sara El-Khouly, second runner -up in Miss Egypt 2010, Miss Egypt World 2010, and represented Egypt at the Miss World 2010 beauty pageant. Sara represented Egypt at the 2011 Miss Mediterranean pageant held in Nicosia, Cyprus and won. 2011 Miss Universe pageant representing Egypt. Needless to say, she’s an American University of Sharjah student. Not just a pretty face..

You see, the list goes on and on.. and honestly speaking, I don’t think the above women are the only representatives of women in the Middle East.. I just choose those women to further stress on how ugly they are. 😛

Enough with the feminism here.. but I bet you did enjoy those dogs there.. 😉

And last but not least…

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They even attack their own kind.. *SMH*

There. I solved it.

Another example? Sure.

Here’s an interesting part of a thread I came across on one of those “God fearing, peaceful, loving” websites:

Sheesh!

That escalated quickly!!

So, what caused this kind of response? Here:

William's response was to one Muslim guy spilling his guts out, apologizing for how those extremists portray Islam and how he is ashamed of those people.. I found his response quite decent.

William’s response was to one Muslim guy spilling his guts out, apologizing for how those extremists portray Islam and how he is ashamed of those people.. I found his response quite decent.

The fact that this man is well-read restored my faith in humanity..

The fact that this man is a well-read compared to the others there blasting insults restored my faith in humanity..

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Respect is all that needs to be given and this man couldn’t have said it better.

But what happened when the moderator didn’t like the words of a fellow believer? back to that first image.

William did not just ignore his public shaming for stating something any mature individual would have stated.. his response to the moderator:

As stated, I never said that I agreed with its teachings. As a Christian, I follow only those of the Holy Bible. For that is a lantern unto my feet, which guides my way. If I feel convicted even to stand up for some one of a faith that is not my own–Then I am mature. If I feel convicted to share my empathies towards one, whom my faith sees as ‘lost’ because they worship differently than you can certainly count me amongst the sheep which Christ baptizes, saves and guides.
Your hatred, your bigotry and feelings of revenge towards a fellow man betray you. For judgment is only one–God. It is never truly up to man’s decision to take life. If God wants him to live, he shall live. Because that the miracles of God. We all should seek to love and understand one another. Maybe instead of fighting disputes over land–we can put more effort into clothing the homeless, or mending the sick–how about feeding the starving kids?
No, I don’t agree with Islam, but there ARE similarities between the Judo-Christian religion and the monotheistic and Abrahamic religion articulated by the Qur’an, a text considered by its adherents to be the verbatim word of God. You’re so blind, spewing the filth of hate, you care for little else about a person. I’m not about throw away for my Bible for a Quran. But God comes to us at different times in our life–if we force submission or tell someone to convert or die then we can claim ourselves no better than the fanatics who blow IEDs in streets where young children play.
You want to talk about shame? Look at this country. We’re not ‘united’ as we should be. We bicker, bitch, moan and complain just because something doesn’t go the way we like or the way we had expected. Then what do we do? We point the finger at someone, or something and say “That’s the bad guy–lets blame that!” Rather than stop and look at what at we’re doing, or what we say and we slander everything with such melancholic attitude like you’ve done.
Yeah, you’re the representation of freedom, democracy, and morally up right astute citizen aren’t you? You should know because–by all means you’re my Lord and savior made flesh and blood and you know everything. I don’t know about you but I fought, bled and cried for my stars and stripes. I had many friends killed in Iraq and Afghanistan during Operation Freedom. I pulled my share of broken bodies from the carnage of a burning military vehicle. Been shot at so many times even now when I am home I can’t sleep without looking around my duplex first.
Yeah, I bled for my country. A country where they kill children because it isn’t convenient for them, or because they just wanted a good time was all. A country where–if you don’t go when the interchange light turns green right away, someone may just pull a gun and blast you’re a$$ or how about the fact more and more of our youth are gang affiliated–they become as much a terrorist as anyone else.
I love my country. I love my brothers and sisters that carry on while I am not there to lead them. Nothing you can ever say could prove it any less. I didn’t say the “enemy” was like us–I said people like Dini were. Rather they are Christians or not–my hand is out to people like them. The enemy is fanatics that hate other beings and wear the garbs of religion falsely. Read the Quran–even if you don’t believe it in a spiritual context–doesn’t give you the the right to ignore the truth right in front of you.

Gosh, Willy! :’)

What was the moderator’s response??

Faith in humanity demolished.

Faith in humanity demolished.

MERDEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!

So William here is going to hell.

Honestly, it pains me to see this kind of hate.. hate drenched in fear of what we think we know while we obviously are too afraid to even approach.

Religion was supposed to bring people together as we all want to do good to others.. to teach a sense of ownership when mistakes are made.. you repent and do your best to be a better man/woman. You do not judge or condemn. But lately, I don’t see any of that. Not among all people, not among Muslims, Christians or Jews. When you claim you are God loving and that others will go to hell if they don’t follow your God, I don’t see what is the use of having religion. Religion has merely become another category by which people choose to affiliate with in order to gang up against the others. Religion has become a competition and the trophy? The prize? A pass to Heaven.

And since we’re in the process of giving out passes to heaven, I think I have lived long enough and endured so much bullshit to gain my Ticket to Heaven..

Certificate to heaven

What I have concluded from all the bickering and arguing was that religions are like farts. Yours is good, but everyone else’s stinks.

It’s a shame some people choose to portray such a spiritual experience like that..

***DISCLAIMER: This post is not intended to insult any religion, race, ethnicity or nation. I am not responsible of how you interpret the above. PEACE!