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June 07, 2007

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IanCroydon

That has got to be tongue in cheek.

Dom

Does TO sometimes print satire? At least one of the commenters called it a "thinly-disguised" spoof. The only Michael Hodges I can find is a very conservative American Blogger.

Mick H

I don't know. I'd be tempted to think it was tongue-in-cheek if there wasn't that bit at the beginning where he outlines this nightmare scenario of London under sharia rule (with even - can you believe it? - the statue of Alison Lapper removed from Trafalgar Square) only to reveal that it's a joke, and that's what right-wing Islamophobes want you to think - "a hysterical, right-wing nightmare of a future Muslim London: where an cruel alien creed is forced on a liberal city". As it is, I think it's straight - a kind of feel-good fantasy. I could be wrong, I suppose. I'll admit I don't read TO nowadays, so I don't have a feel for their style any more. Can't have changed that much though.

Noga

About the "potential health benefits", we have Debra Orr's eye-witness account that this is quite true:

"There he [Tariq Ramadan] sits, all slight, toned physical perfection, all fastidious grooming, all glowing with non-drinking, non-smoking, body-is-a-temple spiritual health."

http://news.independent.co.uk/people/profiles/article2342952.ece

But as for more green parks, we have this from Saudi author and journalist Wajeha Al-Huwaider:

"When you cannot find a single garden in your city, but there is a mosque on every corner - you know that you are in an Arab country… "

http://memri.org/bin/articles.cgi?Page=countries&Area=saudiarabia&ID=SP147907

DaninVan

Noqa; you beat me to it, sort of. I was going to mention that the only real "green" area in the ME is Israel...GoogleEarth it! ;)
Maybe a slight exaggeration, but not by much. Farmers work loooong days and can't afford to stop for prayer breaks.

I'd suggest that the article in question was more sarcastic than satirical, along the lines of 'stay out of cars and you'll avoid being in a car accident.'

Al

It is time to really worry. I think we are heading for civil war.

Imagine a london without any pubs, and the queen as head of state would have to find a different job. Charles as king would do OK, he would have managed to get both Camila and Lady Di at the same time, still living 2 more slots free.

Gay pride would replace the hunts.

The hindus and buddhist would have to go into hiding, those idol worshipper would have to either be killed or forced to convert.

As for the Christian and Jews we would have special taxes!

Any answers to save us from this primed bombed. The fuse has been light only we do not know who fast it will burn to denote.

Mick, any ideas? You seem to be atheist and hence we would have to also put you to death with all our gay brothers.

Noga

I'm watching "The message", 1976 movie which tells the story of the beginning of Islam. I'm sort of plodding through the movie because it is so badly made (and it was nominated for Oscar, believe it or not!).

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0074896/

Anyway, according to movie, Muhammed (who is never shown, out of respect for Islamic sensibilities) whose message became so popular, advocated early on equal rights for women, slaves, Christians and Jews. In the movie version, it's a Christian who jeers at the idea of womem being equal.

Yet there is this exchange as well:

"Abu Sofyan: Mohammed, there is still doubt in my heart.
Khalid: If we were to cut off your head, it would remove all your doubts."

Intimations of things to come?

I can easily see Muslims, having been reared on this uncritical narrative feeling that it is the most just of religions.

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