Thursday, September 29, 2005

Culture Wars

For those multiculturalists who are forever trashing Western Civilization in favor of just about everything else, this article might - but probably won't - give them secomd thoughts:

An Islamic guide on how to beat your wife

By Isambard Wilkinson
September 29, 2005

MADRID -- An imam who wrote a book on how to beat your wife without leaving marks on her body has been ordered by a judge in Spain to study the country's constitution. The judge told Mohamed Kamal Mustafa, imam of a mosque in the southern resort of Fuengirola, to spend six months studying three articles of the constitution and the universal declaration of human rights.

Mr. Mustafa was sentenced to 15 months in jail and fined about $2,600 last year after being found guilty of inciting violence against women. A judge released him after 22 days in jail on the condition that he undertake a re-education course. The Spanish government has set up a commission to find ways for the Muslim community to regulate itself. A central recommendation is that imams speak Spanish and have a basic knowledge of human rights and Spanish law.

In his book "Women in Islam," published four years ago, Mr. Mustafa wrote that verbal warnings followed by a period of sexual inactivity could be used to discipline a disobedient wife. If that failed, he argued that, according to Islamic law, beatings could be judiciously administered.

"The blows should be concentrated on the hands and feet using a rod that is thin and light so that it does not leave scars or bruises on the body," he wrote.

Thanks for the info, Mustafa!

Also, our friends the French are finding out that being opposed to the Iraq war won't protect them from Islamic extremists:

Nine Islamic militants arrested outside Paris on Monday were plotting a terrorist attack on the Paris subway system, an airport or France's intelligence headquarters, an intelligence official said Tuesday, raising fears that the capital could face bombings similar to those that killed more than 50 people in London in July.

"The moment that there is a verbal threat, we have to act," the intelligence official said, adding that the nine suspects had been under surveillance since the beginning of the year. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because the official's organization requires it.

France has stepped up surveillance of its subway system in the wake of the London attacks and updated its emergency response plans to take into account multiple bombings.

On Monday, the Interior Ministry warned that France was facing a "high level threat" of attack.

Courtesy of The Belgravia Dispatch. H/T - Instapundit.

UPDATE #1: Incoming FDNY chaplain questions 9/11 story:

An imam slated to be sworn in Friday as the second Muslim chaplain in Fire Department history said he questioned whether 19 hijackers were responsible for the Sept. 11 terror attacks, and suggested a broader conspiracy may have brought down the Twin Towers and killed more than 2,700 people.

In a telephone interview Thursday, Imam Intikab Habib, 30, a native of Guyana who studied Islam in Saudi Arabia, said he doubted the United States government's official story blaming 19 hijackers associated with al-Quaida and Osama bin Laden.

"I as an individual don't know who did the attacks," said Habib, 30, a soft-spoken man who immigrated to New York in July 2000 after spending six years in Saudi Arabia getting a degree in Islamic theology and law. "There are so many conflicting reports about it. I don't believe it was 19 ... hijackers who did those attacks."

Asked to elaborate on his reasons for doubting that story, he talked about video and news reports widely disseminated in the Muslim community.

Emphasis mine.

If this individual is confirmed as a chaplin for an organization that lost 343 members on 9/11, it is proof positive that political correctness is the law of the land.

Stephen Cassidy, president of the Uniformed Firefighters Association, could not be reached for comment.

I for one would be interested in what Cassidy has to say about this. Will he get past the censors? Time will tell.

UPDATE #2: FDNY Chaplain Resigns From Department Over 9/11 Remark:

The imam told NY1 in an exclusive interview Friday that he did not want to resign but felt it was the best thing for the department.

"I was given a choice of whether to resign or not," said Habib. "Unfortunately, I did not want to, but it was best for the department."

"In view of of his expressed views on 9/11 and what happened on 9/11, [it was determined] that he would not be able to adequately perform his function as an FDNY chaplain," said Fire Commissioner Nicholas Scoppetta.

The firefighters union says the fire commissioner personally hired the imam and should take responsibility for his words.

Emphasis mine.

Scoppetta's rocky relationship with the firefighters union certainly wasn't helped by this. Mayor Bloomberg should make finding a replacement for Scoppetta a top priority if and when he is re-elected.

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