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Friday, May 09, 2008 

What Muslims don't like - new feature by Michelle Malkin

Michelle Malkin presents a new feature on her blog - listing things that Muslims don't like. For example, we have the subject of bikinis, one of the things they dislike, and look at what's happened recently in Birmingham in England:
Matalan posters outrage Muslims
Apr 30 2008 By Paul Suart

A COUNCILLOR today called for more control over advertising posters in “culturally sensitive” areas of Birmingham.

Coun Talib Hussain made his plea after a billboard on the corner of Sydenham Road and Golden Hillock Road, in predominantly Muslim Sparkbrook, was defaced.

The hoarding, close to mosques in Anderton Road and Golden Hillock Road and visible to parents and children walking to Montgomery Primary School, promotes Matalan’s new swimwear range and features three scantily-clad models.

The models have been covered in thick white paint to conceal bare flesh.

Coun Talib Hussain (Ind, Sparkbrook) criticised the vandalism but said it was a result of the lack of action from city council bosses. He said: “I condemn the people that did this but at the same time it’s wrong for companies to put that kind of advert in sensitive wards.

“I have received complaints on a number of occasions not to put adverts like that in Sparkbrook. “The city council should not give permission to advertising like that in these wards. "Having families seeing naked pictures does not bring the community together, it provokes things."

The vandalism is similar to a spate of attacks in 2005 and 2006 by a group called Muslims Against Advertising.
If one feels that gratuitous porn-like ads are a problem, that's okay to criticize. But these are very decent, tasteful bikinis made a family-clothing company called Matalan. And these Islamists have the gall to attack that? Geez. And why does it "provoke"? Because no proper steps are taken to teach why it's wrong to disrespect others' right to freedom of speech, stuff like that.

Another thing Islamofascists don't like is divorce that isn't managed according to their beliefs, and fortunately, the Supreme Court of Maryland wouldn't recognize one Muslim's attempt to do things this way:
Saying "I divorce thee" three times, as men in Muslim countries have been able to do for centuries when leaving their wives, is not enough if you're a resident of Maryland, the state's highest court ruled yesterday.

Yesterday, the Court of Appeals rejected a Pakistani man's argument that his invocation of the Islamic talaq, under which a marriage is dissolved simply by the husband's say-so, allowed him to part with his wife of more than 20 years and deny her a share of his $2 million estate.

The justices affirmed a lower court's decision overturning a divorce decree obtained in Pakistan by Irfan Aleem, a World Bank economist who moved from London to Maryland with his wife, Farah Aleem, in 1985.

Both of their children were born in the United States.

In 2003, Aleem's wife filed for divorce in Montgomery County Circuit Court.

When he filed a counterclaim, he did not object to the court's jurisdiction over the case, according to the ruling. But before the legal process could be completed - and without telling his wife - Aleem went to the Pakistani Embassy in Washington and invoked the talaq, in effect attempting to turn jurisdiction of the case over to a Pakistani court that later granted him a divorce.

When they were married in Karachi in 1980, Farah Aleem was 18 and had just graduated from high school. Irfan Aleem was 29, a doctoral candidate at Oxford University in England. As is customary, the couple signed a marriage contract. It obligated Aleem to give his wife the equivalent of $2,500 in the event of their divorce. When they split, he did so, and claimed he owed her nothing more.

Maryland's highest court disagreed.

"If we were to affirm the use of talaq, controlled as it is by the husband, a wife, a resident of this state, would never be able to consummate a divorce action filed by her in which she seeks a division of marital property," the judges wrote in their decision.

They said the talaq "directly deprives the wife of the due process she is entitled to when she initiates divorce litigation."
Should something like talaq be recognized by any sane legal system and in any sane country? Absolutely not.

Others on the subject include Snapped Shot, Ivy League Conservatives, Ed Driscoll, Free Mark Steyn, Right Voices, The Hot Joints, The Thomas Chronicles, The Jawa Report, Pirates' Cove.

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