Archive for May, 2008

Conspiracy update

Right, of course: The Ahmadiyah Islamic sect was REALLY an attempt by the British to rule India, and continues to be aimed at undermining Islam from within. At least, so says the head of the Majelis Ulama Indonesia, MUI in West Sumatra, Buya Masoed Abidin. Unfortunately this is not a suprising stance of Abidin.

At the same time, the president of LBH Political and Legal Struggle, Aldian Pinem, states that the Geert Wilders movie “Fitna” was an attempt to create the impression that all violence in the world was caused by Muslims. Yes, I suppose that was the purpose of Wilders’s film, and yes he should be criticised for this. Shall we leave it there, then? According to Mr. Aldian, no. As Patung reports at IndonesiaMatters, Aldian recommends that Wilders ‘be put to death for his lies’!

Patung, whom I copied the material from, has the full report here. Sigh.


“Anti-Muslim, yes… but not fanatically so”

Birthe Rønn Hornbech, the Danish Minister for Integration has taken a commendable stance against attempts to legislate about people’s private use of religious symbols while executing public office. The backdrop of her argument is that the Danish People’s Party has made a campaign against judges wearing the Muslim veil, and in particular the burqa. Social Democrats have made similar calls, though they have been quick to uncall the calls. Instead they have wimpishly called for a ‘debate’ on the matter. The government – oh, ever so efficient – called for a ‘fast-working group’ to come up with suggestions on the matter.

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The Anatomical Drawing

I was talking to Christina, my partner, the other night about donation of organs and other remains for the common good. Should I donate my organs? This would mean that in case of brain death, doctors would ‘terminate’ me slowly, while transferring organs to needy people. It might mean that my death would be somewhat less solemn and devoted for my loved ones. But my answer is Yes.

Should doctors also be allowed to take not only organs, but also other parts; say the cornea. Hm. Well. Yes, again. But then, should I donate all the rest of bodily remains to science. I don’t know. I really don’t know. But the question reminded me of a beautiful little story by the Danish author Peter Seeberg, The Anatomical Drawing. I tried to translate it, so here goes:

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A dull file…

"Politics is a dull file which cuts gradually and slowly arrives at its end.” (Montesquieu)

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