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03-08-2003, 03:56 PM
I thought I will share with you this interesting article:

Written by : Kathleen Parker

Our Islamic enemies hate dogs
as passionately as they hate us

IN TRYING TO understand why our enemies hate us so much, perhaps were making things too complicated. Maybe were trying too hard in our quaintly American way to rationalize the irrational. Maybe theyre just crazy.
Its a possibility. To my mind its a certainty. Let me sum up my thinking in a word: Snoopy.
We Westerners are passionate dog lovers; our enemies are passionate dog haters. We are the nation of Benji, Rin Tin Tin, Lassie, Lady and the Tramp and Snoopy. Those who despise and wish to destroy us are the nations of: Oh, boy, theres a cute little doggy. Lets kill it!
Unfortunately, I do not exaggerate. In Iran, for instance, a cleric whose name youll want to memorize to amaze your friends Gholamreza Hassani recently urged a canine crackdown.
I call on the judiciary to arrest all long-legged, medium-legged, and short-legged dogs along with their long-legged owners, Hassani told worshippers. Otherwise Ill do it myself.
The Iranian newspaper that reported Hassanis remarks made no mention of whether short-legged dog owners would be exempt under the new order.
Justification for the governments opposition to the creatures we revere is apparently found in youll never believe this Islamic teachings. Not specifically the Koran, which only makes a few references to dogs, but in the Hadith, the collection of sayings by companions and followers of Muhammad that largely informs Islamic law.
One Hadith says that dogs are unclean and offers advice in case of canine contamination of eating implements: When the dog licks the utensil, wash it seven times, and rub it with earth the eighth time.
Another states that angels wont enter a house where a dog dwells. This could explain the notable absence of angels consorting at our house, where three dogs routinely occupy our couches, lick our breakfast plates and otherwise wallow in the kind of human adoration that fills dogs dreams.
Other Islamic countries are equally anti-dog. No one needs to replay the Talibans not-for-Disney dog-gassing video. Or to review the charming spectacle of the Taliban dousing dogs with gasoline and setting them afire. The point of this latter episode escapes me at the moment.
In Saudi Arabia, it is illegal to bring in pooches without documentation proving the animals credentials as a Seeing Eye, guard or hunting dog. Would that American immigration officials were as careful with Saudi Arabians entering our country.
And, yes, our pets probably would fare poorly in Iraq. One sentence in Kenneth Pollacks book, The Threatening Storm: The Case for Invading Iraq, offers a telling portrait of little Saddam Hussein.
Saddam was something of a loner, famous for carrying an iron bar wherever he went that he would heat until it was white hot and then use to impale unwary animals dogs, cats, whatever made the mistake of coming within his reach.
Interesting that in this country weve been able to connect the dots between loners who lean toward animal mutilation and mass murderers, yet were still baffled by Saddam. What makes Saddam click? Um, maybe hes just crazy?
It is of course unfashionable to criticize Islam. Still one cant help noting that a culture that hates and mistreats dogs isnt likely to find much common ground with Americans and other Westerners who love and treat dogs as family members. Indeed, part of Islams contempt for dogs is rooted in the view that canine pets are a manifestation of Western moral corruption.
One could argue that we overindulge our pets. We do. But one could also argue that the domestication of animals is a signpost of civilization. Thousands of years ago, Stone Age men were breeding and caring for dogs. Does logic permit one to question the moral equivalence of a civilization that makes cave men seem progressive?
I should confess that my own template for judging people is largely dog-informed. Lets put it this way: A man who doesnt like dogs isnt likely to park his shoes anywhere near mine. Indeed, in my little community of humans, certain young men have learned that walking a large fluffy white dog (aka chick magnet) on a leash across a school campus is an effective mating strategy.
What do you suppose young lads in Baghdad do when they see a cute girl approaching impale a poodle with a white-hot poker?
Possibly the best explanation for Islamic countries contempt of dogs comes from Artin Zaman, a founder of the Iranian Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, who suggested that demonizing others distracts the natives from their own miseries.
Sometimes they go after satellite dishes, sometimes they go after the way women are dressed on the street, and sometimes they go after dogs, Zaman told The New York Times.
And sometimes they go after Americans. Crazy.

18-09-2003, 12:26 AM
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why did u use the word enemies when u talk about Muslims?!
Although all the time u r saying that christianity and Bible talking about love other pple and dont say enemies about them.!!!!!!(bay:))

18-09-2003, 01:21 AM

what is wrong in using the word enemy?

It seems that you don't understand the difference between "an enemy for a reason" and "a hater for no reason"

Do you think that we as christians better than God himself who has an enemy called Satan?
Our enemies are all those who follow Satan.......

By the way, the author of the article is an American writer who could be an athiest.

anyway, we welcome you to the forum.