Friday, February 24, 2006

Making fun or insulting someone is a hate crime.

Syed Soharwardy, president of the Islamic Supreme Council of Canada, said the law must be expanded to outlaw insults against "all prophets and messengers of God, all divine books," including those of Christianity and Judaism.

"If somebody insults them, if somebody makes fun of them, they should be guilty of a hate crime and the law should be changed to reflect that," he said.

Grow the fuck up, throwing people in jail for making fun of you is not the best way to deal with it. It is a good way to make people pissed off with you though. It's like that little kid who always ran to the teacher to tattle when he wasn't getting his way.


The fact is, the Sharia is not a model for Canadian jurisprudence. Even in its most liberal implementation, one that is not the typical implementation is most Islamic countries, it seems, the code still runs counter to the basic tenets of Western liberalism.

And given the wildly different interpretations of Islamic law (which always amazes me, since Islam is supposed to be so straightforward and literal), there is no guarantee that a law to protect Muhammad from ridicule today won't be expanded dramatically over time.

Would naming the prophet without the traditional "peace be upon him" written afterward be considered an act of disrespect?

The government can see the slippery slope, and aren't going anywhere near it. That means that people like Soharwardy are going to be sorely disappointed. Canadians are not going to make special rules for the Prophet, since it is clear that rules like those are potentially dangerous to everyone, Muslim or not.