A Mischief Of Magpies

If the Sun were the size of a beach ball then Jupiter would be the size of a golf ball and a Mischief of Magpies would be as small as a pea.

Sunday, January 22, 2006

The Crazy Antics Of The BNP

The Master race at play

I was just having a bit of an old swish round yon internet when I came across a discussion on Pickled Politics about the ongoing trial of Nick Griffin for inciting racial hatred/talking shite in a built up area. I don't know why but every time I see Nick Griffin I burst out laughing, perhaps to stop myself from crying. I feel a bit ambivalent about prosecuting these people as I think the last thing they need is their martyr complexes feeding. Personally I'd have dragged him on to a live TV show, handed him a Qu'ran and asked him to read out the bits which condone rape and child molestation.

I've only had a quick scan of my own copy of the Qu'ran but I haven't been able to turn up anything condoning rape. The quote I believe Mr Griffin was referring to does not in fact condone rape as far as I can tell. My own interpretation of it is that it appears condemn extra-marital sex. The 'except those whom your right hands possess' bit that got Nick so annoyed is not normally interpreted as an invitation to molest any female you can fit under your right arm. I've reproduced the verse I believe Griffin was referring to along with one that precedes it in the same Surah.

From Surah 4

24. Also (prohibited are) women already married, except those whom your right hands possess: Thus hath Allah ordained (Prohibitions) against you: Except for these, all others are lawful, provided ye seek (them in marriage) with gifts from your property,- desiring chastity, not lust, seeing that ye derive benefit from them, give them their dowers (at least) as prescribed; but if, after a dower is prescribed, agree Mutually (to vary it), there is no blame on you, and Allah is All-knowing, All-wise.

19. O ye who believe! Ye are forbidden to inherit women against their will. Nor should ye treat them with harshness, that ye may Take away part of the dower ye have given them,-except where they have been guilty of open lewdness; on the contrary live with them on a footing of kindness and equity. If ye take a dislike to them it may be that ye dislike a thing, and Allah brings about through it a great deal of good.

It may just be me but if a religion condemns extra marital sex and instructs it's male followers to live with women 'on a footing of kindness and equity' then I think it's safe to assume it takes a pretty dim view of rape. Then again I'm not some tedious hate monger trying to stir up a race war am I?

Anyway I swished about the net a bit more a discovered that the BNP are amongst those that are alleged to have attacked an Irish Republican march in Glasgow yesterday. In fairness they have denied any involvement but then the BNP and their far right chums have been known to deny all sorts of things haven't they? For example the Holocaust. This is something of a puzzle to me, as you may know the BNP do not like the Jews at all and seem to be under the impression that we are all at the mercy of a gigantic worldwide Jewish conspiracy, so why deny the Holocaust? Surely they should be proud of it, arguing that the Nazis were striking a blow against this gigantic Jewish conspiracy that no one can find any credible evidence of. Then again is there really any point trying to apply logic to the rantings of the far right?