Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Egyptian Islamic Cleric Says All Pigs Must Die Because They Descend From Jews

Last month the Egyptian government ordered the slaugher of the roughly 300,000 pigs in the country, out of a misplaced fear of contagion from swine flu. (Public health experts say that there is little or no risk of cross-species infection, and therefore such a mass slaughter is both unnecessary and a waste of resources.) The order led to protests and even attacks on Health Ministry vehicles by Egypt's pig farmers, most of whom are minority Coptic Christians. In Egypt, pigs are raised and consumed mainly by the Christian minority, which some estimates put at 10 percent of the population. They are frequently the target of discrimination or worse by the Islamic majority, and naturally viewed the current order as a prime example of such discrimination.

Now, as reported by Palestinian Media Watch, a prominent Islamic scholar has provided another justification for the swinocide. According to Sheikh Ahmed Ali Othman, supervisor of the Da'awa [Islamic Indoctrination] of the Egyptian Waqf [Islamic Holy places], pigs in our time have their origins in Jews who angered Allah. Allah turned them into monkeys, pigs, and Satan-worshippers, and it is therefore obligatory for faithful Moslems to kill the pigs.

However, the Jordanian newspaper Al-Hakika al-Dawliya notes that there are dissenting opinions on this point. It cites Sheikh Ali Abu Al-Hassan, head of the Fatwa Committee at Al-Azhar [Sunni Islamic university], who believes that all the Jews who were turned into pigs by Allah died out without reproducing, and therefore there is no relationship between today's pigs and Jews.

Thank you for that spirited endorsement, Sheikh Hassan. By the way, I defended you and Sheikh Othman the other day. An infidel said that the two of you were unfit to sleep with a pig, and I said that you were.

Which reminds of another joke going around recently: "I always said that the U.S. would have an African American President when pigs fly; and sure enough, within 100 days of President Obama taking office, swine flu."

Thank you, folks, I've got a million of them. The only problem is that anti-Semitic Islamic clerics such as Sheikh Othman and Sheik Hassan have audiences of millions of faithful Moslems who take them seriously, and that isn't funny.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Very clever writing and well said, Boyd. This effort also put considerable economic pressure on the Coptic community, as many of them subsisted upon these animals, which they fed by collecting cast-off food. The public health threat was zero; political and economic pressure against a minority group won out over science. This reminds me of Rahm Emanuel's comment re: not letting a good crisis go to waste.

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