Happy Ashoura Charlie Brown!February 8th, 2006 at 12:52 pm by Preston Taylor Holmes
(via Aaron’s CC)
From the religion that brought you people trampling other people to death while they throw small rocks at other rocks…
From the religion that riots, rampages and murders over cartoons…
From the religion that brought you honor killings…
Now comes the religion of flogging yourself and cutting your infants until the streets run with blood…
CNN reports that – *GASP* – violence marred the Ashura festival in Pakistan as a suicide bomber killed 22 people. Admittedly, it was hard to tell which blood-covered people were bomb victims and which were just celebrating the holiday.
The suicide bomb attack in the northwestern city of Hangu took place during the Ashura holiday that mourns the death of Imam Hussein, a grandson of the Prophet Mohammed.
Interior Minister Aftab Khan Sherpao told CNN army and paramilitary troops were sent to the area to quell riots that broke out after the attack. A mob burned shops and government offices.
In Afghanistan, hundreds of minority Shiite Muslims marking the Islamic festival clashed on Thursday with Sunnis in a western city, burning cars, mosques, officials and witnesses said.
At least four people were reported dead.
Just another “holy day” in the middle east. By the way – NO CAMERAS AT ASHURA. It might “distort” the image of radical islam by actually letting people see its rituals.
A CNN camera crew was told the ban was ordered out of fear that the news media would use the ritual to distort the image of Islam.