Tuesday, December 14, 2004

Joke of the day

Q: What did the mentally-retarded rape victim get for Christmas?
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A: The Death Penalty.

A teenage girl with a mental age of eight is facing the death penalty for prostitution in Iran. The trial comes only four months after the hanging of another mentally ill girl for sex before marriage in a case that has prompted a human rights lawyer to prepare a charge of wrongful execution against the presiding judge.

The girl, known as Leyla M, is in prison while the Supreme Court decides on her "acts contrary to chastity", among the most serious charges under Iranian law. Under the penal code, girls as young as nine and boys as young as 15 can be executed.

In an interview on a Persian-language website, the 19-year-old says she was forced into prostitution by her mother at the age of eight. Amnesty International refers to reports that say she was repeatedly raped, bore her first child aged nine and was passed from pimp to pimp before having another three children.

Gotta love that shariah law. But, you know, whatever you do, don’t say anything bad about Islam, at least if you’re British (of which, my condolences, but hey, Jesus loves everyone):

Nick Griffin, the leader of the British National Party, has been released on bail after his arrest in connection with an investigation into inciting racial hatred.

It follows a television documentary exposing the extent of alleged racism in the organisation.

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The documentary, screened in July, featured covertly-filmed footage showing BNP activists allegedly confessing to race-hate crimes and party leader Mr Griffin condemning Islam as a "vicious, wicked faith".

So now Islam is a “race”? I don’t agree that Islam is an intrinsically “vicious, wicked faith” (although I do believe that it has some intrinsic flaws), but it’s obvious this man has some ground to stand on with his accusations when Iran, governed as it is by an Islamic theocracy, commits such horrendous deed.

I usually avoid criticizing Islam directly, simply because I'm way out of my depth in that area[and not being informed has stopped you from commenting... when else? -ed], but, obviously, someone should be free to criticize a belief (which I'm quite sure Islam is) as long as they stay away from arbitrary characteristics like race (which I'm quite sure Islam isn't). Yeah, even if they're British, because, Gawdon Bennet, that is just da Isle ov Wight way ter do it, innit?

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