Friday, September 10, 2010

quran burning and freedom of expression

quran burning and freedom of expression

quran burning and freedom of expression

Posted: 10 Sep 2010 10:32 AM PDT

Should burning the Quran be protected under 'freedom of expression'?

Pastor Terry Jones has now decided to "suspend" his plan to burn copies of the Quran.

While the whole a distasteful scenario reeks of highly successful attempt to garner cheap publicity for himself, it has also sparked a debate on the boundaries of freedom of expression.

The right to burn books is protected by the US First Amendment under "freedom of expression".

Undoubtedly, freedom of expression does not include arson/property destruction – you cannot freely express yourself by committing a criminal offence. But, what if the books were your own property?

So would it not follow that – as long as you're not breaking any law – protest all you want even one as extreme as burning the Quran?

While I do not endorse burning religious or any texts for that matter, should we not protect everyone's right to freedom of expression even if we strongly disagree with the content and method of such expression? As Voltaire famously said, "I may not agree with what you say, but I am prepared to die defending your right to say it."

Condoning a protest based on whether we ourselves agree with the manner and subject matter is to apply double standards and is therefore dictatorial.

Some have said that there is a difference between "freedom of expression" and "incitement/provocation".

However, "incitement/provocation" is subjective – what may incite/provoke one group may not incite/provoke another – some groups are more self-righteous or sensitive while others take a more laid-back or forgiving attitude. Just because one group is more sensitive, does that mean we should apply a different, softer approach on one and a harder, uncompromising approach to the other?

So where do you draw a line on what would incite/provoke? Self censorship based on the lowest common denominator on what may be 'appropriate' is not the answer.

Furthermore, "incitement" only applies when one is clearly urging others to commit a crime. A violent and criminal reaction to a statement does not fall within the ambit of "incitement", while "provocation" is no defence save in the most limited of circumstances.

Yet others were urging the authorities to clamp down on Pastor Terry's plans on "moral grounds" as his proposed action is seen as "un-Christian", unbecoming of a religious leader or simply abhorrent.

Again, curtailing another's actions on "moral grounds" could lead down a slippery slope – today the authorities stop a pastor, tomorrow they may be allowed to police the actions of laypersons for "irreligious" behaviour.

The same arguments can apply to rebut those who call for the enactment of 'hate crime' laws. When does hating a person, group or institution become a crime? Should rousing a community's feelings of anger be made a crime? If so, should we also outlaw hurting another's feelings?

Perhaps the solution lies not with the perpetrator, but with the audience – we must come to accept that we are never able to control another's actions, but we can control the way we react to it.

When confronted with expressions that revolt us, instead of baying for blood or crying for somebody to stop them, we can turn off the television, turn the page or turn the other cheek.

Better still, when faced with hate and hateful acts, should we not instead, 'love our enemies, do good to those who hate us, bless those who curse us, pray for those who mistreat us' ?

Kungu Fighting – Wau, really?

Posted: 10 Sep 2010 09:24 AM PDT

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corruption has become mainstream; honesty is a rivulet

Posted: 10 Sep 2010 08:45 AM PDT

So Peaceful “Maaf Zahir dan Batin”

Posted: 10 Sep 2010 07:31 AM PDT

Today I feel that Life has more Meaning.Malaysians and Sarawakians from all walks of life living peacefully as one and exchanging pleasantries at Open Houses all over. God has bless us all .Long may it continue for us all in Malaysia. Lets not take it forgranted.

AT Chief Political Secretary to CM's House YB Karim Hamzah(N14Asajaya) with YB Stephan Rundi (Asst.Minister) (N60 Kemena)YB Robert Chuat N32 (Bukit Saban) YB Jerip Susil N16 (Bengoh) together with Sebastain Chen and Michael Ben

AT Minister in CMs Office house YB Datin Hajah Fatimah Abdullah N50 (Dalat) YB Larry Sng Asst.Minister in CM's office N54 (Pelagus) YB Snowdan Lawan N25 (Balai Ringin)



Readers Shun Newspapers For Internet And Scandal Sheets.

Posted: 10 Sep 2010 05:57 AM PDT

Malaysian newspapers are experiencing a fall in circulation as readers turn to the Internet for hard news and tabloid-style scandal sheets for their diet of entertainment and sensationalism.

Circulation at the traditional mainstays of the local media landscape — The Star, New Straits Times, Utusan Malaysia and Berita Harian — has fallen over the past five years, in some cases dramatically so. The only exception is Chinese daily Sin Chew which saw circulation jump.

Figures from the Audit Bureau of Circulations (ABC) show that during the period 2005 to 2009, The Star's circulation dropped from 310,000 to 287,000 (-7.4 per cent), the New Straits Times from 139,000 to 111,000 (-20 per cent), Utusan Malaysia from 213,000 to 169,000 (-21 per cent) and Berita Harian from 204,000 to 155,000 (-24 per cent).

Sin Chew, however, saw circulation rise from 324,000 to 382,000 (+18 per cent).

The downward trend has continued for this year with NST's circulation going below 100,000 copies on several days recently.

Apart from the drop in circulation, mainstream newspapers are also not selling much outside the Klang Valley, which leads to questions about whether they can shape public opinion as hoped for by the Barisan Nasional (BN) government.

The Malaysian Insider understands that senior editors at many newspapers would like to give the opposition and alternative views more airing but control from Putrajaya and Umno remains severe.

A combination of changing tastes and competition from the Internet have contributed to the decline.

Many corporate readers have switched to going online and reduced the number of subscriptions for their offices.

The general public also appear bored with political drama and suspect that mainstream media is controlled by the government and tends to filter the news.

A recent poll by the independent Merdeka Center found that 54 per cent of Malays polled and 55 per cent of Chinese surveyed did not trust reports in the mainstream media.

College students, meanwhile, either feel distrustful of mainstream media or are ignoring it entirely, preferring to get their information and entertainment from multiple sources.

One Malaysian, who heads the local office of an MNC, said he has stopped subscriptions for The Star and New Straits Times at his office and buys one personal copy of The Star for the business coverage and the advertisements.

He also reads The Sun which distributes about 300,000 free copies around the nation daily.

"There seems to be more propaganda than anything else," said the frustrated country manager who spoke on condition of anonymity. "A lot of people buy newspapers just to look at supermarket and job advertisements."

One country manager of an international transportation company said he has stopped reading news in print but has switched instead to accessing the Internet via his mobile phone.

"Getting updates via the mobile phone is so fast," he said. "People prefer to get business and political news from the Internet but buy tabloids to read gossip to pass the time."

One media analyst with a local research house said the Internet is now the "longest running medium" in most people's lives, given that practically all offices have computers that are hooked up to the Internet all day.

"Mainstream publications are also moving towards more lifestyle and sensationalist news because they put their hard news online the day before," said the analyst.

Fortunately for traditional print media, despite the falling circulation, advertising expenditure continues to grow although more slowly than other channels such as free-to-air television (FTV), point of sales (POS) and the Internet.

Figures from market research firm Nielsen show that print media revenue grew 18 per cent during the first six months of this year compared with 55 per cent for the Internet, 29 per cent for FTV and 27 per cent for POS.

The Star alone — which dominates the valuable urban readership market with 178,000 copies sold in the KL/Selangor region, far ahead of No. 2 Harian Metro at 120,000 — sold RM497 million in advertisements in the first half of this year, up 28 per cent.

"The circulation trends don't affect advertising," said Margaret Lim, executive chairman of Carat Media Services.

Bucking the trend, however, are the so-called "light reading" newspapers such as Harian Metro, China Press and Kosmo.

A large chunk of the reading public have been drawn to the "hot" gossip stories, catchy headlines and large sensational photographs in the light reading titles as evidenced by the surge in circulation.

ABC's figures show that from 2005 to 2009, Harian Metro's circulation shot up from 250,000 to 350,000 and Kosmo went from 101,000 in 2006 to 172,000 in 2009.

Jamal, an insurance executive attached to a motor workshop, said he likes Harian Metro due to the "hot news". He is also an occasional reader of Sinar Harian and Kosmo and buys The Star to scan job advertisements.

"There is too much political news and I feel the coverage isn't very neutral," he replied when asked why he doesn't buy Utusan Malaysia or Berita Harian. "Malas nak beli (I don't feel like buying)."

One Utusan reader, who works in the 3D animation industry, said one reason the paper's circulation has dropped is that he has switched to the online version instead of buying a copy.

"I just pick and choose which stories I want and it's easier to go online," he said.

Sin Chew, which saw circulation rise, could be the beneficiary of the move of the majority of Chinese parents to shun national schools in favour of Chinese schools.

Rita Sim, executive director of Sin Chew media, said 85-90 per cent of Malaysian Chinese can now read Chinese.

"The Chinese language has gone mainstream," she said. "And we've got the pulse of the Chinese community."

She also said English titles had suffered as English is the language of the Internet.

"It is easier for English readers to switch to the Internet," she said.

Courtesy of The Malaysian Insider

The Quran Burning

Posted: 10 Sep 2010 01:11 AM PDT


I don't get why Muslims are up in arms about the planned/postponed Quran burning event. First, I don't get what kind of stupid god they believe in who gets offended every two seconds. And second, wasn't it their own caliph that started the practice of burning Qurans? Why aren't they burning his grave down or attacking Saudi Arabia where he's buried?

One of the authoritative Sunni hadiths from Sahih Bukhari enlightens us thus:

"Narrated Anas bin Malik:

Hudhaifa bin Al-Yaman came to Uthman at the time when the people of Sham and the people of Iraq were Waging war to conquer Arminya and Adharbijan. Hudhaifa was afraid of their (the people of Sham and Iraq) differences in the recitation of the Qur'an, so he said to 'Uthman, "O chief of the Believers! Save this nation before they differ about the Book (Quran) as Jews and the Christians did before." So 'Uthman sent a message to Hafsa saying, "Send us the manuscripts of the Qur'an so that we may compile the Qur'anic materials in perfect copies and return the manuscripts to you." Hafsa sent it to 'Uthman. 'Uthman then ordered Zaid bin Thabit, 'Abdullah bin AzZubair, Said bin Al-As and 'AbdurRahman bin Harith bin Hisham to rewrite the manuscripts in perfect copies. 'Uthman said to the three Quraishi men, "In case you disagree with Zaid bin Thabit on any point in the Qur'an, then write it in the dialect of Quraish, the Qur'an was revealed in their tongue." They did so, and when they had written many copies, 'Uthman returned the original manuscripts to Hafsa. 'Uthman sent to every Muslim province one copy of what they had copied, and ordered that all the other Qur'anic materials, whether written in fragmentary manuscripts or whole copies, be burnt. Said bin Thabit added, "A Verse from Surat Ahzab was missed by me when we copied the Qur'an and I used to hear Allah's Apostle reciting it. So we searched for it and found it with Khuzaima bin Thabit Al-Ansari. (That Verse was): 'Among the Believers are men who have been true in their covenant with Allah.' (33.23)" Sahih Bukhari.

Now, it is well known that Muslims are hypocrites. This is just another example of hypocrisy on their part. As noted on this blog before and elsewhere, they are alright with their governments burning the Holy Bible and other books of non Islamic religious nature but when it comes to the Quran they just want to kill anyone who even thought about touching it with hands deemed unclean by Muslims.

What the above mentioned hadith shows is that burning a Quran, which is considered by Muslims of today as blasphemous, was employed as state policy by their dear caliph. He started it, go deal with him first!

I expect this from Muslims anyway. Yes, they will probably go out on the streets and endanger the lives of non Muslims all over and yes, burning a Quran would hurt their sensibilities…blah, blah, blah. What I don't get is, where the hell's the media when not just Bibles but Christians, human beings, are locked inside churches and then churches set on fire? Where are these so called "loving" Christians when in Indonesia, India, Pakistan, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Nigeria, Sudan, Somalia, Egypt etc their Christian brothers and sisters are burned alive every day? Where is their love when their brethren are calling for help and they turn a blind eye?

You know, the Quran burning event is probably a stupid little idea but at the end of the day, it is what the people of that church know how to stand up to the idiocy of Islam. We can sit here and criticize that church as bigots and a cult but at least they are doing something…unlike millions upon millions of other Christians/infidels that just sit on their sorry butts and switch the channel whenever the news, if ever reported, comes on about Christians being killed.

I am neither in favor of nor against the Quran burning event. I am in favor of that church's right to express what they want and I am also in favor of us not bending over backwards for the barbarians that call themselves Muslims. If I had to pick a side today, I would definitely back the church against Muslims. And if that comes at a cost, well I am ready to pay it. And finally my message to General Petraeus: Instead of being worried about your enemy getting ticked off, you might want to let your soldiers patrol the streets with their rifles loaded and maybe, just maybe, let them shoot the bastards that are trying to kill them and grow a pair of balls and order them to shoot to kill!

A traditional Raya song that trickles your mind..

Posted: 09 Sep 2010 10:37 PM PDT

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A Fresh and Youthful Raya Greetings!

Posted: 09 Sep 2010 10:33 PM PDT

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Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri!

Posted: 09 Sep 2010 10:11 PM PDT

On this aupicious day for all practising Muslims and followers of the Islam faith, Desi send best wishes for a Happy Hari Raya, eat, drink and be merry n a aresponsible and fun way. Just keep your two feet planted firmly on Mother GOoD Earth, and things be be alright for everybody.

Cheers, dink one more tehtarik on Desi's good health, rut bir on YL's pampered capitalistic wickedend from tomorrow,but report back to the office on Monday, will ya!
~~ Desi,knottyaSsusual

From cometh a sombre but sane voice of REASON from the Vatican against that bastard of a priest calling for burning of the Koran: Desi seldom uses harsh words like bastard, but what the Hell, even Buddha is said to have a limit to his tolerance!

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Friday, September 10, 2010
Vatican calls proposed Koran burning `Outrageous and Grave'
Rev. Terry Jones' disgraceful plan
(Bloomberg) - The Vatican condemned a Florida pastor's plan to burn Korans on the anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks, and U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said burning the Islamic holy book is a "disgraceful plan."

The terrorist attacks "cannot be counteracted by an outrageous and grave gesture against a book considered sacred by a religious community," the Vatican's Pontifical Council for Inter-Religious Dialogue said today in an e-mailed statement. Every religion "has the right to respect and protection."

Terry Jones, pastor of the Dove World Outreach Center in Gainesville, told CNN yesterday that he's "weighing" what to do after U.S. General David Petraeus, commander of international coalition forces in Afghanistan, warned the event would endanger U.S. troops. White House spokesman Robert Gibbs yesterday echoed the general's warning, saying the Koran burning would put U.S. troops "in harm's way."

In a video posted on the church's website, Jones said the event was in response to anti-American sentiment expressed by some Muslims abroad. Sept. 11 is the ninth anniversary of the terrorist attacks in New York City and the Pentagon that killed almost 3,000 people.


The anniversary calls for "deep sentiments of solidarity" with the victims of the attacks and their families, according to today's statement from the Vatican.

"We are hoping that the pastor decides not to do this," Clinton told an audience at the Council on Foreign Relations in Washington today.

Pope Benedict XVI sparked criticism from the Muslim world after delivering a lecture at the University of Regensburg in Germany on Sept. 12, 2006. He cited a 14th-century text that described Mohamed as a prophet who brought "evil and inhuman" things, "such as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached."

Benedict hadn't intended to offend Islam, Vatican spokesman Federico Lombardi said after the lecture. The pope expressed regret twice for his comments, saying he had quoted "a medieval text" that did not "express in any way my personal opinion."

What Now?

Posted: 09 Sep 2010 09:24 PM PDT

First in The Star Paper: "Umno rejects Perkasa".

Then in the Malaysia Insider: "Perkasa severs ties with Umno"

A perceptive friend then commented: "Does this confirm the ties Perkasa had with UMNO earlier?"

Duit raya - Selamat hari raya

Posted: 09 Sep 2010 09:21 PM PDT

Gambar atas bukan Aji Isam dan cucunya Amir tapi blogger Mahaguru58 dan cucunya Aiman dan Irdina

"Amir nak duit raya, pergi salam Atok," Roslan bisik pada anaknya yang berumur 6 tahun. Amir sudah masuk kindergarten. Dah mula belajar puasa.

"Kalau Atok tanya berapa hari Amir puasa, beritahu Amir puasa 20 hari."

Amir angguk.

"Mai sini, Amir!" *Aji Isam memanggil cucu pertamanya. Nak sebut nama Aji Isam perlu dengan telo jawa baru betul bunyinya.

"Amir puasa tak tahun ini?"

Inilah kegemaran Aji Isam bila anak dan cucu datang melawat pagi raya. Kerja dia bersembang dan melayan cucu.

Bila mereka senyap sepi, disakat budak-budak. Budak-budak diam-diam, di ajak main atau naik moto cabuknya. Langsung hegar begar rumah dengan suara budak ketawa dan berlari-lari.

"Puasa Atok," Amir jawab.

"Berapa hari Amir dapat puasa?"

"Ayah cakap 20 hari," jawab Amir.

"Apa pulak ayah ajar jawapan. Ini sudah soalan bocor."

Dah mula Cikgu dan Imam pencen ini nak sakat.

"Takpa, Atok ada duit raya untuk Amir. Dua puloh ringgit. Setiap hari Amir puasa, atok kasi seringgit.

"Sebelum Atok kasi, Atok nak tanya. Amir dah niat raya belum?" Aji Isam nak temberang budak ini.

"Ehhh ... mana ada?" Amir menjawab. Tahulah budak-budak sekarang. Cepat aje menjawab.

"Mestilah. Masa puasa bulan Ramadhan, malam-malam niat untuk puasa besuk. Nak raya, malam tadi kena niat dulu."

Fatwa mana Aji Isam reka nak temberang cucunya.

"Macam mana niat raya itu, Tok," Amir tanya sambil melihat pada muka ayah yang kelip mata sebelah.

Dia tahu Atok temberang.

"Niatnya. Saja aku raya esok hari bulan Syawal kerana Allah Taala." Macam real aje bunyinya.

"Bunyi Arabnya macam mana?" Amir tanya.

"Ah ... tak payah Arab. Cakap Melayu pun takpa."

"Ha tu. Atok tak tahu. Atok tipu. Eeee tak malu. Amir tangkap Atok tipu, Mak."

Amir seronok dapat ajuk Atoknya. Aji Isam terus peluk cucunya dan diberi ciuman ke pipinya.

"Nah duit raya Amir ... pandai cucu Atuk."

"Terima kasih Atok," Amir menyambut hadiah Atoknya.

Sambil Amir menerima, Aji Isam beri nasihat.

"Belajar rajin-rajin. Jadi budak baik selalu. Mintak ayah ajar sembahyang.

"Besar nanti, jangan tipu orang dan jangan kena tipu. Amir besar nak jadi apa?"

"Atok, Amir nak masuk politik. Nak jadi Perdana Menteri. Mula-mula Amir nak beli kereta dan langgar kereta anak pompuan Dato Najib ..."

"Lah kok gitu ... Ini kau ajar juga ke Lan?"

Atak ketawa sambil tepuk dahi. Satu rumah sama-sama ketawa.

Dengan ini ana saudagar unta dari Cairo yang lagi untung jual orang dari jual unta


Selamat Hari Raya serta Maaf Zahir Batin ...

kepada semua pembaca setia. Muga bergembira dihari mulia ini dan ...

Berbanyak sabar dan berhati-hati di jalanraya.

* Karakter Aji Isam bersempena arwah bapa ana. Mohon fatihah untuknya

Marina Mahathir Sokong Amalan Homoseks

Posted: 09 Sep 2010 07:44 PM PDT

Di dalam bapa Marina memecat Anwar Ibrahim atas alasan akhlak Anwar buruk kerana kesukaannya dengan amalan meliwat, tiba-tiba anak Mahathir sendiri menyokong amalan homoseks secara terbuka.

Malaysiakini melaporkan:

During a speech at The Annexe Gallery in Kuala Lumpur last year, Marina Mahathir questioned the logic behind the popular assertion that homosexuality causes societal collapse.

She said that if families accepted their children for who they are, there won't be any breaking up of families. They go on being a family. And since families make up the fundamental units of society, if society consists of loving healthy families, how will it collapse?

Ucapan MArina Mahathir jelas menampakkan sokongan terbuka beliau kepada amalan homoseks dan peliwatan. Pada masa yang sama bapanya memecat dan memfitnah Anwar atas tuduhan kononnya Anwar mengamalkan amalan seks luar tabiie.

Hairan saya mengapa masih wujud manusia dalam dunia ini yang masih tidak mengerti hakikat bahawa tuhan menjadikan manusia itu berpasang-pasangan yakni lelaki dan perempuan.

Kiranya hubungan seks sesama lelaki dibenarkan oleh Tuhan, nescaya Tuhan tidak akan mencipta kaum hawa.

What it means to Malaysian

Posted: 09 Sep 2010 07:15 PM PDT

Hannah at a forum on what it means to be Malaysian. 53 years of Independence and we're still asking the question ... (Shuf says, we should have remained part of the British empire ... at least we'll have no qualms about calling ourselves 'British')
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Posted: 09 Sep 2010 07:05 PM PDT

Selamat Hari Raya to all my Muslim friends. Let this Raya be a happy and memorable one to all. Salam 1Malaysia: Menjana Transformasi !

To those who are traveling, please do so safely and patiently in the midst of the crowd and rush.

Have a good Raya and holiday, everyone!


The Only Way To Handle Rabid Dogs Is To Put Them Down

Posted: 09 Sep 2010 08:14 PM PDT

Two headlines yesterday.

First in The Star Paper: "Umno rejects Perkasa".

Then in the Malaysia Insider: "Perkasa severs ties with Umno"

A perceptive friend then commented: "Does this confirm the ties Perkasa had with UMNO earlier?"

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