White girl pretends to be Muslim, suposedly learns how bigoted 4-year-olds can be

I read about this absurd tale on Reddit and thought it was interesting for a whole host of reasons. A 17-year-old white girl pretends to be Muslim by wrapping a scarf around her head and then she goes to the local mall to lean about religious prejudice. Or something.

From Imperfect Writing, said girl’s Tumbler blog:

My name is Ela. I am seventeen years old. I am not Muslim, but my friend told me about her friend being discriminated against for wearing a hijab. So I decided to see the discrimination firsthand to get a better understanding of what Muslim women go through.

My friend and I pinned scarves around our heads, and then we went to the mall. Normally, vendors try to get us to buy things and ask us to sample a snack. Clerks usually ask us if we need help, tell us about sales, and smile at us. Not today. People, including vendors, clerks, and other shoppers, wouldn’t look at us. They didn’t talk to us. They acted like we didn’t exist. They didn’t want to be caught staring at us, so they didn’t look at all.

And then, in one store, a girl (who looked about four years old) asked her mom if my friend and I were terrorists. She wasn’t trying to be mean or anything. I don’t even think she could have grasped the idea of prejudice. However, her mother’s response is one I can never forgive or forget. The mother hushed her child, glared at me, and then took her daughter by the hand and led her out of the store.

I’m having a hard time believing that any of this actually happened. Not that I have a hard time believing this girl would be silly enough to walk around the mall pretending to be Muslim. Doing silly, stupid things at the mall is fairly normal for most teenagers. It’s one of the things teenage kids excel at. What I have a hard time believing was that a 4-year-old girl could first identify someone as Muslim because of their headgear, then be able to make the connection between Islam and terrorism. Who is this 4-year-old girl, Carrie Mathison from Homeland? I think a child needs to be a lot older to notice the indisputable correlation between terrorism and Islam.

I’m not even sure the average 4-year-old American kid knows what terrorism or Islam is.

First Ela’s offended because nobody in the mall will look at her, then she’s offended because the 4-year-old’s mother “glared” at her. In fact, she was so offended, that it’s something she will never forgive or forget. What exactly does she want? First she’s upset because nobody seemed to notice her, then she’s outraged because someone glared at her.

I just don’t believe any of this took place. I think she made the whole thing up. If I believed Ela’s story, if I thought any of this was true, I’d start wearing a hijab at the mall. The idea that I wouldn’t be asked to try a stick with some kind of funky meat on it in front of the food court Chinese eatery is very appealing to me, especially if all I have to do is wear a scarf on my head.

Pretending to be a Muslim woman seems like a small price to pay to be left alone at the mall.

Lone gunman kills seven people in Wisconsin Sikh temple

A lone gunman went into an Oak Creek, Wisconsin Sikh temple yesterday and began shooting people. He killed six and critically wounded three others. One of the wounded is a police officer. The shooter, a bald white man approximately 40 years old, was shot and killed by the police. Because of the shooter’s tattoos, authorities are treating the attack as an act of domestic terrorism. Evidently the tattoos were white supremacist in nature.

People who practice the Sikh religion are often mistaken for Muslims, especially by stupid people. Sikh men wear turbans and grow beards. The woman wear head scarfs. The religion was founded in the 15th century in India. There are around 30 million people worldwide who practice the faith, most living in India.

Authorities recovered a single semiautomatic handgun at the scene which is believed to have belonged to the shooter.

It was only two weeks ago that James Holmes opened fire in a packed Aurora, Colorado movie theater and killed 12 people and wounded dozens more. He too was armed with semiautomatic weaponry. Could this become the new normal? Every couple of weeks, some weirdo is just going to start shooting people? I understand that the United States Constitution affords people like Holmes and this Wisconsin shooter the right to semiautomatic weaponry, even though weapons like this didn’t exist when the Constitution was written, but what about the rest of us? The Declaration of Independence states that we have a right to “Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” How can a person enjoy life and liberty and pursue happiness when violent asshats like Holmes or this Wisconsin terrorist are shooting them?

They can’t.

UPDATE: Authorities have identified the gunman as 40-year-old Wade Michael Page. May he rot in Hell.

Nigeria sounds like a wonderful place

Radical Muslims (not to be confused with the other kind) bombed two Catholic churches in the Nigeria city of Jos this morning. The death toll is at least 25 dead.

Nigeria is roughly fifty percent Muslim and forty percent Catholic.

Last year, radical Muslims attacked Catholics on Christmas Eve. I guess this year they wanted to change it up a bit by unleashing bombs on Christmas Day. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: good thing Islam is a religion of peace.

To get an idea on just how awful a country Nigeria is, read this quote from one of the survivors:

“We were in the church with my family when we heard the explosion. I just ran out,” Timothy Onyekwere told Reuters. “Now I don’t even know where my children or my wife are. I don’t know how many were killed but there were many dead.”

The guy hears a bomb go off in church and he pulls a George Costanza on his own wife and kids. Then, after the attack, instead of looking for them, he’s talking to reporters.

Timothy Onyekwere sounds like a wonderful guy. Nigeria sounds line a super-terrific place to live.

Saudi Arabia treats women worse than how Michael Vick treats dogs

This is just disgusting:

A Saudi Arabian court has sentenced a 75-year-old Syrian woman to 40 lashes, four months imprisonment and deportation from the kingdom for having two unrelated men in her house, according to local media reports.

According to the Saudi daily newspaper Al-Watan, troubles for the woman, Khamisa Mohammed Sawadi, began last year when a member of the religious police entered her house in the city of Al-Chamli and found her with two unrelated men, “Fahd” and “Hadian.”

Fahd told the policeman he had the right to be there, because Sawadi had breast-fed him as a baby and was therefore considered to be a son to her in Islam, according to Al-Watan. Fahd, 24, added that his friend Hadian was escorting him as he delivered bread for the elderly woman. The policeman then arrested both men.

Saudi Arabia follows a strict interpretation of Islam called Wahhabism and punishes unrelated men and women who are caught mingling.

The Saudis can blame their religion, but no matter what they do to justify it, there is never a valid reason to beat a 75-year old woman. They treat women worse than people in this county treat animals.

This is just ridiculous. And to think we support this country with our addiction to oil.

Is this a Muslim woman or a Ninja?

Like a lot of people, I sometimes have a hard time telling the difference between Ninjas and Muslim women. In this case, I feel fairly confident that this is a good Muslim woman and not a Ninja.

How did I arrive at this conclusion? First of all, she is not holding a Chinese throwing star. Second of all, she doesn’t appear to be killing this bearded Arab looking man. In fact, she appears to be affectionately embracing the bearded Arab looking man.

That is something no good Ninja would ever do.