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Friday, December 31, 2004

Is Democracy Un-Islamic?

A boy rides his bicycle past billboards advertising elections. In a months time the Iraqi people will go to the polls to vote in the first elected government following the ousting of President Saddam Hussein. (AFP)

Well, according to this AP report, it is:

"Three extremist groups warned Iraqis against voting in next month's elections, saying Thursday that people participating in the “dirty farce” risked attack."

"The radical Ansar al-Sunnah Army and two other insurgent groups issued a statement Thursday warning that democracy was un-Islamic. Democracy could lead to passing un-Islamic laws, such as permitting homosexual marriage, if the majority or people agreed to it, the statement said."

“'Democracy is a Greek word meaning the rule of the people, which means that the people do what they see fit,' the statement said. 'This concept is considered apostasy and defies the belief in one God — Muslims' doctrine.'”

Let us all hope that people of a more moderate and enlightened temperment prevail.

The Father Of Modern Terrorism To Be Honored

In this photo released by the Municipality of Paraiba do Sul, Brazilian Sculptor Ivan Pinto poses next to the cast of a statue of the late Yasser Arafat at his studio in Paraiba do Sul, 400 kilometers (250 miles) northeast of Sao Paulo in Rio de Janeiro state, Thursday, Dec. 20, 2004. On Dec. 31, moments before the clock strikes midnight, town residents will watch a fireworks and light show that will serve as a backdrop to the unveiling of a life-sized statue of the Palestinian leader holding the traditional symbol of peace, the olive branch. (AP Photo/Muncipality of Paraiba do Sul, Gustavo Leal da Silva, HO)

A little irony alert here. On a scale of 1 to 10, I have got to give this one at least an 11! I particularly like the holding of an olive branch. Yeah, an olive branch in one hand and a suicide bomber belt in the other! What a crock of caca!