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Monday, February 05, 2007

Ashura: Approved For All Ages

I found a few cool pics from this article on Ashura. Ashura is that lovely Muslim holiday where people mutilate themselves to mourn some joker who was supposed to be the successor to Muhammad. It's a family oriented celebration, and parents enjoy placing their children directly in the action. Specifically, the act of cutting their foreheads and making them bleed all over themselves!

Look at me, mommy!

If I had a baby, nothing would bring me more joy than to cut his or her forehead open and make them bleed everywhere in tribute to some long-dead ancestor or prophet. Yessir.

Seriously though, I happen to have a very opposite-oriented sense of humor. To me, the funniest shit in the world is when sentiments are expressed that are completely inappropriate or the exact opposite of what they should be for a given situation.

Accordingly, when I saw these pictures, I imagined myself in the midst of all the self-mutilation in the bloody streets of some random Muslim city, with little children having their mommies help them cut their foreheads open. Loudspeakers in the city were blaring a song during the festivities. And that song was "Celebration" by Kool and the Gang:

Celebrate good times, come on! (Let's celebrate)
Celebrate good times, come on! (Let's celebrate)

There's a party goin' on right here
A celebration to last throughout the years
So bring your good times, and your laughter too
We gonna celebrate your party with you

Come on now

Celebration
Let's all celebrate and have a good time
Celebration
We gonna celebrate and have a good time

It's time to come together
It's up to you, what's your pleasure

Everyone around the world
Come on!


What a crazy world we live in. I guess that I shouldn't be so shocked about this whole Ashura forehead cutting thing, since Muslims tend to believe for example that naked women are worse than bombs.

Everyone around the world, come on!

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5 Comments:

At 2/05/2007 3:10 PM, Blogger Mark Cote declaimed...

Hey, doesn't this almost want to make you say "fuck-it"? I love to imagine a world without goof ball religious superstition, but it's just doesn’t seem likely.

It's not just religion either, it's fake physics, spoon benders, homeopathic medicine advertised on FOX news, and CNN (head-on),
"long distance locators" to find gold and silver from miles away, jars of rocks to put in the corner of your room to make your 10 thousand dollar stereo sound better, dowsers, palmist's, horoscopes, tarot, chiropractors, acupuncture, reflexology, phrenology, iridology, magnet collars that make wine taste better, markers that you see clerks use on big bills to make sure they're real (they don't work!).

I think we are fighting a far greater problem that Christianity, or even religion, we are fighting bullshit, in all its forms.

Has anyone heard of James Randi?
He's the guy who debunked Syvlia Browne on CNN anderson cooper 360, after she told the Hornbrooks Shawn was dead.

James Randi Educational Foundation

 
At 2/05/2007 3:20 PM, Blogger Aaron Kinney declaimed...

Hey Mark,

While I do enjoy ridiculing idiots such as these, I dont think I would mind a world where the only self-mutilating idiots to ridicule were ones that lived ages ago. I dont think it needs to still be happening in the present day.

And yes, us materialists here are very failiar with James Randi. JREF is one awesome organization.

 
At 2/07/2007 4:18 AM, Blogger Mark declaimed...

Truly insane , but in all fairness to the Muslims...

"Lebanon's top Shiite cleric, Ayatollah Mohammed Hussein Fadlallah, has banned bloodletting during Ashura, even for adults.

Clerics in mainly Shiite Iran forbid it as well, saying the practice is un-Islamic because it harms the body."

 
At 2/07/2007 1:20 PM, Blogger Aaron Kinney declaimed...

Its good to see some disagreement within the Islamic community. Hopefully the anti-face-cutting trend will gain more traction in Muslim societies in the near future.

 
At 2/07/2007 6:16 PM, Blogger Francois Tremblay declaimed...

They need to cut much, much deeper...

 

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