Tuesday, May 31, 2005

Sean's Golden Showers vs Saudi Shredding, Pulping and Burning

The last edition of the Weekly Standard had a very interesting story on the world’s worst desecrator of the Koran. And the villain is not who you might think. Guantanamo (even if the Newsweek story hadn’t been a crock) is pathetically small potatoes compared to Saudi Arabia:

While Islamist fanatics and ignorant Westerners sow panic over the alleged desecration of a Koran at Guantanamo Bay, no one mentions a startling fact: When it comes to destruction of the Koran, there's no question who the world champion is--the government of Saudi Arabia.

The Saudi state religion is the primitive and austere Wahhabi version of Islam, which defines many traditional Islamic practices as idolatrous. Notably, the state bans the importation of Korans published elsewhere. When foreign pilgrims arrive at the Saudi border by the millions for the annual journey to Mecca, what happens to the non-Saudi Korans they are carrying? The border guards confiscate them, to be shredded, pulped, or burned. Beautiful bindings and fine paper are viewed as a particular provocation--all are destroyed.

Why hasn’t anyone else pointed this out?

Also, Scrappleface really put the Koran Flushing story into perspective with this funny bit of satire.

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