Wednesday, September 20, 2006

Bombs Not Boobs

An Indonesian Muslim cleric briefly imprisoned for his role in the 2002 Bali resort bombings demonstrates just why there can be no rational dialogue with Islam, even on the supposedly common ground of moral philosophy:

INDONESIAN TV shows that feature scantily dressed women are more dangerous than bombs, a militant Muslim cleric who served a jail term for links to the Bali bombings was quoted as saying today.

Abu Bakar Bashir said local television stations should offer more religious programs instead of showing half-naked women.

"If you ask which are more dangerous, half-naked women or the Bali bombs? The answer is of course women who bare their bodies," Bashir was quoted as saying by Antara news agency.

He said such shows could shake the faith of men and invite God's curse.

Bashir can't tell the difference between something good being used for evil, and an act that is intrinsically evil. And neither can a good many other Islamic clerics and thinkers.

But then, if good and evil are determined entirely by the capricious will of Allah and not in accordance with natural law discoverable and knowable by reason, there is simply no place to begin to debate.

More evidence that Islam is little different from post-modernism: for both, truth is what the powerful decide it is.

(An attitude shared with our liberal judiciary, but that is a topic for another day.)


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