Our World of Fanatics

By Joe White

Three bright, young, university students, all Muslims, are killed by an apparently fanatic, angry atheist. Deah Shaddy Barakat, 23, his new wife, Yusor Abu-Salha, 21, and her sister Raza Abu-Salha, 19, were shot to death by Craig Stephen Hicks in Raleigh, North Carolina this week. It was reported that on Hicks’ Facebook page he described his anti-theism beliefs that organized religions were superstitious being both ignorant and dangerous. Bottom-line, to quote Hicks, he “hated faith.” Another resident of the neighborhood where the murders took place described Hicks’ hostility as “equal-opportunity anger.” However, it was apparently a conflict over a parking space that finally propelled Hicks’ into his murderous rage. So, yet another, fanatically angry person, has cost humanity, this time, two bright, newly married, dental school students and a 19 year-old university student.

Before a glimpse at just one of this week’s disgusting ISIS’s horrors, can the anachronistic ISISs fanatics learn anything from this tragedy in North Carolina involving their Muslim brother and sisters? Probably not as ISIS seems uneducable, but Mohammad Abu-Sulha, father of Yusor and Raza, stated that he had no doubt that this was a hate crime but “our children are so much more valuable than any revenge… I trust law enforcement to do their duty.” From Nouman Siddiqui, the outreach director of the Islamic Association of Raleigh, “These are heavy, heavy times…Let God remove from our hearts hate and ill will.” So, ISIS can you show compassion?

That appears to be a very loud NO! Seems this week, as ISIS continues its bizarre, rigid interpretation of Islamic Law, it needed to decapitate a local police chief who could not stop smoking tobacco. The officer’s head was found near his body and in his mouth was stuck a cigarette. Seems ISIS views tobacco smoking as a slow form of suicide and suicide is condemned in the Koran. Is there a lack of consistency in US law since suicide is illegal in the US but smoking, that slow form of suicide, is not illegal except in restaurants and other public places? However, it should be noted, that decapitation for smoking is the last in a line of ISIS’s punishments, which start with first smoking offenders facing 40 lashes with a whip.

From India, it appears that this week’s celebration of Valentine’s Day brings the arrival, again, of an indecent Western festival. Conservative Hindu groups are spreading out to ensure that those couples, who express their amour publicly by carrying roses or showing public displays of affection, will indeed be getting married. In the city of Lucknow, ironically given the city’s name, there will be no luck now, if you show such public displays, as the right-wing Bajrang Dal plans to have such couples married on the spot with priests at the ready. “Roaming around in public without marriage does not fit Indian culture. If we find such young couples, we will get them married off,” said Ashok Sharma, vice president of Hindu Mhasabha. From parking spots to cigarette smoking to displays of affection, the fanatics amongst us can finds ways of venting their tiny mind anger.

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