Muslim academics and students are turning against Darwin’s theory

Evolution or any scientific consensus that challenges established conventions and dogmas is bound to face resistance in any society. In the US for example, there is a raging war of words between creationists or intelligent design proponents on the one side and the overwhelming majority of the scientific community, who argue for evolution; on the other side. In Europe  evolution, as a scientific explanation of how we and other living beings got to where we are and how life got its complexity, is very much understood and widely accepted. Even prominent Anglicans and Catholics such as Father George Coyne voiced their acceptance of Evolution.

While in the Middle East and the rest of Islam dominated countries Evolution is widely regarded as a western conspiracy to damage and destroy the “divine” teachings of Islam. Where it is taught in Biology classes, the involvement of a heavenly hand is emphasized upon alongside. Outside academia, Darwin is devil reincarnated, evolution is ‘just a theory’ and conclusions are drawn towards evolution being a variant understanding of sinners turned into apes for breaking the Sabbath. And so on…

TimesOnline carries an interesting report about how as many as 62% of professors and students in the Islamic countries consider evolution to be an “unproven theory”. It would be correct to assume that a high majority of these people would consider creationism as very much proven and flawless.

More here.

Then there are nutjobs led by Zakir Naik, an MBBS  no less, who have made the efforts to take the job of promoting all dogmas online. An example,

The sad truth is that while “Doctor” Zakir Naik receives a wide audience and is a popular online celebrity amongst Islamic creationists, little to no pro-science or pro-evolution arguments have come about from Muslim scientists or academics.

Democracy is a problem (?), Islam a solution (!?)

One of the many views rampant in Afghanistan's educational institutions

Islam provides Afghans, specially the disillusioned and somewhat conspiracy minded youth, with the perfect placebo effect. Not that Islam has had any admirable track record in providing solutions to problems or at the very least bringing people together, but what is important to these people is the superficial notion of heavenly power – He casts better votes and organises better elections

More from Boston.com here

“How am I supposed to feel?”

Not in a long, long time have I been so disgusted at a common practice in Afghanistan. This is more disturbing that the suicide bombings, beheadings and ear and nose choppings.

For most of the world, this is a news story out of the “godforsaken” country that is Afghanistan, but for many of us, especially the abused and the powerless, it is a fact of life, a miserable routine that we have all witnessed in our day to day life without ever daring to raise questions, without ever doubting that perhaps, just perhaps THIS IS NOT RIGHT!

Questioning matters that follow the sunnah is considered “immoral” in a society that has deadly obsession with its shamefully low moral standards!

Of marital rape and other laws – Part 2

This in from havingdeadcats.com:

Another abhorrent law has passed in Afghanistan, showing the barbarism of Islam.

  • It is now legal for shia men to deny food and sustenance to their wives if they refuse to obey their husband’s sexual demands.
  • Fathers and grandfathers have full guardianship over the children
  • Women must ask permission from their husbands to work.
  • A rapist can avoid prosecution by paying ‘blood money’ to a girl who was injured when he raped her.
  • “Tamkeen is the readiness of the wife to submit to her husband’s reasonable sexual enjoyment, and her prohibition from going out of the house, except in extreme circumstances, without her husband’s permission. If any of the above provisions are not followed by the wife she is considered disobedient.

According to abcnews:

“Karzai had promised to send the bill to parliament before it was published, but this week women’s rights advocates learned it had already become an enforceable law despite heavy international and national criticism.

Yes, this new and improved version of the rape law is an attempt by the Karzai administration to improve his chances of gaining enough votes in the first round of the August 20 elections by gaining the blessing of the Hazara religious elders as well as that of this guy:

The grand Ayatollah Asif Mohsini aka Ayatollah Kandahari. One must admit that the removal of a few clauses might have caused him a lot of sleep since he initially stated that “no power on Earth” could bring any changes to the initial form of the law. It is worth mentioning that this legislation had also been blessed by his excellency Ayatollah Mohaqiq Kabuli, the Hazara Ayatollah from Kabul.

So, Kudos to Mr. Karzai for playing it safe and smart while everyone else is busy with the selection/election.

Afghan Elections: In Support of the Candidate Mr Islam

Supporters of Afghan presidential candidate and former foreign minister Abdullah Abdullah carries a banner reading, Long Life Islam, as they arrive at an election campaign rally in Kabul

Supporters of Afghan presidential candidate and former foreign minister Abdullah Abdullah carries a banner reading, "Long Life Islam," as they arrive at an election campaign rally in Kabul

Supporters of Afghan presidential candidate and former foreign minister Abdullah Abdullah carries a banner reading, “Long Live Islam,” as they arrive at an election campaign rally in Kabul.

– Kansascity.com

Stalemate in Korengal

“… These are experienced fighters and, well, they have weaknesses. They are not particularly good shots, they are not particularly heavily equipped. They sometimes, don’t seem to have a great deal of ammunition. While they have all of these weaknesses, they also have a variety of strengths. They know the local terrain better than the Americans ever will.They are fully acclimated. They know exactly where they can move without being seen by the Americans…”

That’s right. The stalemate in the Korengal valley in Kunar more or less sums up the nature of the battles being fought in Afghanistan. The villagers will shake your hands, face you with a promising smile and tell you stories but at the end of the day, they have more interests in common with the Taliban than they will ever have with the “uncommitted” kaapir foreigners from the other side of the planet.

Ajmal Naqshbandi hasn’t been forgotten

Ajmal Naqshbandi worked as a guide, translator and a fixer for visiting foreign reporters, arranging meetings with government officials as well as with the members of the Taliban. He was  kidnapped, held for ransom, betrayed and then beheaded by the Taliban.  His client, the Italian reporter Daniele Mastrogiacomo was freed in exchange for the release of Taliban prisoners but Ajmal was perhaps considered unworthy of any prisoner exchange deals by the Karzai administration. The Italians did little to secure his release and once he was dead, barely came up with a statement of condemnation.

The Fixer | The Taking of Ajmal Naqshbandi
The Fixer | The Taking of Ajmal Naqshbandi

In line with their tradition of showing quality documentaries, HBO has acquired Fixer: The Taking of Ajmal Naqshbandi which follows Ajmal’s assignment with an American journalist six months before his abduction.It premiers on HBO on Monday, August 17.

I have so far been unable to find a good quality trailer of the documentary. The following one on YouTube may hurt your eyes. Also, it has no sound.

Here is a link to the film’s official website.