Michelle, ma belle

On 14/4/14 a gang of armed thugs known as Boko Haram abducted over 200 young girls from a boarding school in Nigeria. It is another appalling criminal act committed in their decade-old fight to establish the Islamic state ruled by the religious law of sharia.

You see – Boko Haram are Muslims who adhere to a literary understanding of their holy book, Quran. In other words they believe that whatever is in Quran must be accepted as a word of God, conveyed to the humanity via Prophet Muhammad. This incidentally is one of the fundamental tenets of Islam so Boho Haram are simply pious Muslims who do as they believe they have been instructed to. Since there is no centralised source of authority in Islam (like, say, Vatican for Roman Catholics) this interpretation cannot be dismissed as “wrong”. It is simply one of the many possible ways to read Quran. When Boko Haram say that the girls are a war booty and have now become their property there is a good scriptural support for this view. Some passages in Quran indeed instruct warriors of the Prophet how to enslave women captured during a war – when it is appropriate to have sex with them etc. I wrote more on that in a series of posts a while ago.

In any case, the abduction has caused outrage in the West. Recently the US First Lady, Michelle Obama, has joined in the public condemnation. I will reproduce here some excerpts from her TV statement:

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“This unconscionable act was committed by a terrorist group determined to keep these girls from getting an education – grown men attempting to snuff out the aspirations of young girls.”

“What happened in Nigeria was not an isolated incident. It’s a story we see every day as girls around the world risk their lives to pursue their ambitions”

You may have noticed that Ms Obama has failed to mention one crucially important aspect of the story. The grown men attempting to snuff out the aspirations of 200+ Nigerian girls are adherents of one particular religion – which can perhaps more adequately be described as a totalitarian ideology. But to comply with the commandments of another oppressive ideology, political correctness, Ms Obama has decided to ignore this inconvenient truth. In fact her speech does not contain a single reference to Muslims, Islam or Quran. This is strange since the abduction was carried out by devout Muslims attempting to enact their understanding of the holy book of Islam, Quran.

Unfortunately, despite Michelle’s best efforts to fudge the truth, Islam and violence “sont les mots qui vont tres bien ensemble”.

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One Response to “Michelle, ma belle”

  1. Nick Says:

    Where do I put ‘Like’ here? I am currently out of facebook =) Good point about PC.

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