Friday, January 14, 2005

Allah and the tsunami

MemriTV records some charitable responses to the tsumani from Arabic-language TV stations:

Retired Saudi General Dr. Anwar Ashqi saus US knew about tsunami; committed "Passive Murder," and isn't generous

a Friday Sermon by Sheik Yousuf Al-Qaradhawi on Qatar TV describes the disaster a punishment for sex tourism

Saudi cleric Muhammad Al-Munajjid says much the same thing, adding that it was also punishment for drunkenness at Christmas

Ibrahim Al-Bashar, advisor to Saudi Justice Minister, says the punishment was for lying, sinnning and being infidels, as well as witchcraft, sorcery, deceitfulness, and abomination

And so on.

These may not top the Westboro Baptist Church's thanks to God for the 3000 dead Americans and 5000 dead Swedes. (See their Tsunami faq here.) But they are probably typical of public opinion in their respective nations than the Westboro Baptists are in theirs. Indeed, the imams of hate are on state TV saying this stuff, while the Westboro Baptists are way out in the margins of the public sphere in the US.

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