January 7, 2011
Iberia and the Muslims -- Down a Deadly PathBy Eileen F. Toplansky
Spain has become a major battlefield between the forces of tyranny and the forces of freedom. In September 2010, La Meca, a popular discotheque in Aguilas (Murcia), southern Spain had to "change its name and architectural design because of pressure from Islamic extremists who found the name and design offensive and insulting to their religion." As a consequence, the Muslims "posted a video on the Internet calling for a boycott of Spanish goods." They also planned "jihad against those who 'blaspheme the name of Allah.'"
The disco's owners capitulated and changed the discotheque's name to La Isla; in addition, the owners modified certain "features of the club's architecture by changing the minaret tower into a lighthouse-like tower."
Currently, at the Instituto Menendez Tolosa, a secondary school in the town of La Linea de la Concepción in Andalusia, a high school teacher is being sued by the "parents of a Muslim student who claims that the teacher 'defamed Islam' by talking about Spanish ham in class." The instructor was discussing the proper conditions for curing Spanish ham.
Oink! Just think of the changes the world will have to make: no more piggy banks; no more pig-outs at parties; no more piggy songs about newborn's toes; no more discussion about trichinosis and pigs; no more fairy tales!
This case is not isolated; it reflects the "increasing assertiveness of Muslims in Spain." In 1990, only 100,000 Muslims lived in Spain. Two decades later, they number around 1.5 million.
Thus, teachers have to watch their very words, the stories they choose to read, and the pictures and puppets that they may use in a classroom discussion. The Islamic world keeps tying the noose tighter around freedom of speech, all under the guise of religious tolerance.
The parents who are suing are "citing Article 525 of the Spanish Penal Code[,] which makes it a crime to offend the feelings of the members of a religious confession." It is an ongoing saga of how the Islamic world continues to blackmail the West by perverting the intent of Western laws in order to advance Islamic ideology.
More Muslim intimidation comes from the Islamic Association of Malaga, which has demanded that a Spanish-language television series called El Clon be banned because it is "not only anti-Muslim, but also [attacks] the basic principles of coexistence and integration guaranteed by all democratic societies." The Islamic Association accuses the television series of "violating the Spanish Constitution for airing a program that criticizes certain aspects of Islam, such as forced marriages and the lack of women's rights in Muslim countries."
Basic principles of coexistence! The Islamic world works against this notion at every opportunity.
Speaking of forced marriages, this month, the "Spanish police raided an apartment in Logrono to free a 25-year old [sic] Pakistani woman who was forced to marry her cousin and was then held captive by her family and sexually assaulted for more than a month." There are many such cases of forced marriages in Spain according to Human Jamshed, president of the Association of Pakistani Women in Spain. And under sharia law, they are perfectly acceptable.
In December 2009, a woman barely escaped with her life when, under sharia law, she was condemned to death for adultery. She was able to flee "to a local [Spanish] police station just before she was to be executed by the Islamists."
In Granada, "some Muslims want traditional sharia law to be applied there instead of Spanish law." This echoes what has already happened in Great Britain, where "the existence of a parallel legal system is denying a large section of the British population their fundamental human rights."
An imam in "Tarragona, Spain ... was sentenced to one year in prison for forcing a 31-year old [sic] Moroccan woman to wear a hijab head covering. The imam had threatened to burn down the woman's house for being an 'infidel.' The Spanish Socialist mayor tried to get the case dismissed to prevent a 'social conflict.'"
However, some Spanish towns have begun to resist Muslim demands. Lleida became the "first municipality in Spain to ban the burqa head covering in all public spaces."
In April 2009, a "Muslim lawyer was ejected from Spain's high court in Madrid, where she was defending a client, because the lawyer refused to remove her headscarf."
In April 2010, "a 16-year-old schoolgirl was banned from a school in Madrid after refusing to remove her hijab, a face covering, in violation of the school dress code."
Ever-savvy, though, the Muslims "also want an equal share in the money made with ticket sales for the fabled Alhambra palace, which they regard as part of the cultural heritage of their Muslim ancestors." Furthermore, they are demanding that the Spanish government "provide mosques for Muslim worshippers."
Repeatedly, the members of the Muslim world show that they will go to any length to impose their beliefs with no regard to anyone else's. Like the wolf in "The Three Little Pigs," they will huff and they will puff until they blow the house down.
Eileen can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.