Something that really freaks me out… Hoax emails purporting to offer real “evidence” that certain “practices” are commonplace.
Such as the Nonie Darwish hoax just sent to me this morning. As the email states: “Author and lecturer Nonie Darwish says the goal of radical Islamists is to impose Shariah law on the world, ripping Western law and liberty in two…In twenty years there will be enough Muslim voters in the U.K. to elect the Prime Minister by themselves! Rest assured they will do so… You can look at how they have taken over several towns in the USA .. Dearborn Mich. is one… and there are others… “.
Probably, there are already enough Muslims in the Uk to elect a Muslim PM, and it hasn’t happened yet. The same for South Africa.
The email is concluded with pictures, and a link to www.thelastcrusade.org. (More about that site later)… The pictures apparently show a Hamas sponsored mass wedding in Gaza of young Muslim “brides” with their alledgedly much older “husbands”. The pictures are captioned with the comment that Hamas sponsors paedophilia. Some girls appear to be as young as five or six years old. Their “husbands” are grown men.
So I clicked over to www.hoax-slayer.com – one of my favourite truth sites.
http://www.hoax-slayer.com/mass-muslim-marriage.shtml explains that the girls pictured are family of the brides. Bloody hell, they are brides’ maids accompanied by their fathers and male relatives FFS!
A Mass ceremony sponsored by Hamas did take place in Gaza, (as it happens every year) for couples who could not afford their own weddings, but the brides are not even pictured in the reports picked up by Western media!
Further trawls through the huge amount of evidence of sick, sick people offering these sorts of mails as “truth”, reveals that in response to a public outcry there was an investigation into these rumours. http://www.wnd.com/index.php?fa=PAGE.view&pageId=106002 is a link to an article written by Aaron Klein (jewish?) who was the only person brave enough to actually interview Hamas regarding the allegations. A fine example of real reporting, where both sides are investigated. Should be commonplace really…
The article states: “the minors seen in the video were family of the bride or groom. He (the person interviewed) said it was tradition for little girls to dress in gowns similar to the bride. He said the little girls walking down the aisle with the grooms are family members of either the bride or groom.
A WND review of the video found some of the little girls, speaking in Arabic, state they are at the wedding of a family member. The girls interviewed do not say anything about themselves getting married.”
Is this a mistake? Are we so anti-muslim that we look for evidence to support our crap theories? Kind of like assuming the flies on the dead animal must have been the murderers that killed it…
So what’s the real story here? Perhaps the real issue is that folks just hit the “forward” button and don’t stop to think about what they are contributing to. Their brains don’t even register. We are so “stuck” in this stuffed up way of thinking that we simply accept that this crud must be true. How many of us even bother to check these so-called “facts”?
So here is where I tell you all about a fearful man named Paul Williams PhD and his “Last Crusade”. He is alleged to be responsible for some rather sick emails doing the rounds. Mails that purport to be the words and expressed thoughts of respected people. Mails that ruin reputations and perpetuate hatred. And most of them have links to his site, an upgraded blog “powered by WordPress”.
A quick click through his posts reveal a Christian Fundamentalist with an attitude. Well, if all Crusaders had his attitude no wonder they weren’t too succesful. Let’s hope this really is his Last Crusade!
Covering an inter-faith event he cries: “Anglicans now embrace Allah!”, His caption of a picture showing a group of Muslim and Anglican clerics states: “Muslim conquest of Britain nearing completion”.
And South Africa has been no stranger to his rants either. He was rather quick to pick up on the controversy surrounding Khayalitsha’s Pastor Skolana’s intention to de-stigmatise AIDS in his community church with his controversial statement that “Jesus was HIV Positive”. After reporting this story on his site, Paul Williams PhD states that: “AIDs is predominantly transmitted through homosexual encounters but can also be spread by the transfer of contaminated blood into the system through needle-sharing”.
Was he intending to imply that the pastor was suggesting that Jesus was gay or just a heroin junkie? In a country where 5.7 million people are believed to be living with the virus, it would be supremely lacking in empathy not to preach about Jesus’ teachings about having empathy and sympathy for the sick.
His own president is not immune, and his tirades against Barack Obama are lengthy. Take this post excerpt for example, regarding the US Army’s decision to drop its National Day of Prayer key-note speaker after his decidedly uneducated statements about Islam:
“The U.S. Army rescinded its invitation to evangelist Franklin Graham for the upcoming National Day of Prayer at the Pentagon over controversial remarks he made about Islam. “True Islam cannot be practiced in this country,” he told CNN’s Campbell Brown last December. “You can’t beat your wife. You cannot murder your children if you think they’ve committed adultery or something like that, which they do practice in these other countries.” The Last Crusade reminds our readers: The Commander-in-Chief of the United States Military is President Barack Hussein Obama.”
Well, it’s obvious the man is not just a little twisted. No wonder he is being sued. This from Wikipedia:
“Williams is currently being sued by McMaster University for upwards of $2-Million, as a result of his claims that Islamic terrorists managed to steal 180 lbs of unspecified nuclear material from the McMaster Nuclear Reactor. The University has extracted an apology from the publisher of Dunces of Doomsday, WND Books/Cumberland House Publishing, who now say that statements made in Williams’ book about the theft are “without basis in fact.” Williams himself is standing behind his claims.”
If the originator of these hoax emails is this nutter with a PhD, then why are we passing them forward? It appears from his site that his views are seriously far right and very fundamentalist christian. Even dangerously so. And while I have nothing against people believing what they like, my God said: “Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself”.
As a person who has lived through a period governed by a dangerously far right regime who justified their violence and hatred with selected texts from the Bible, I have to say that this is a world I am not keen to revisit. South Africans, you should know better than to forward hate speech. Defeat them – just delete them!!!