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The Muslims’ War Against Fun Is Killing Them

May 24th, 2014 - 12:06 pm

We all know the Muslim world is a political and cultural disaster zone.

All you need to know is the spectacularly low level of book sales in the Arab world, and a similarly miserable record in winning Nobel prizes, whether in literature or hard science.  A dozen years ago, a group of Arab scholars did a report for the United Nations that ascribed the failure of Arab society to a lack of freedom, knowledge and womenpower.  And things have gotten considerably worse since 2002;  the authors could write that there were no ethnic conflicts then.  That’s long gone.

Never mind a failed state;  we’re talking about a failed civilization, even in the most culturally advanced Muslim domain, the Islamic Republic of Iran.  The root of their failure is the War Against Fun.  They’re not only failures, but grim, humorless failures.  This is the miserable common denominator of the Muslim world.  As Jonathan Schanzer recently tweeted, “Saudi blocks Youtube. Iran blocks Instagram. We knew they could eventually find common ground.”

They know it themselves, and talk about it a lot. Several writers in the Saudi press, for example, unloaded on the ban on celebrating Valentine’s Day, as here:

[The answer] to most of our daily needs comes from the West, from the Christian world, of [the culture] we created in previous eras only a pittance remains… the prohibition on Valentine’s Day bears no relation to faith or belief, but [only] to desert thinking that lacks subtlety, targets women specifically and prevents a social encounter between men and women and normal life as in other societies. The guardians of values and customs went overboard in pressuring our society…it has become desiccated and coarse and adopted the thinking and behavior of the desert..

Or in this tirade, quoted in the same article linked above:

What grabs attention is that those who ban imitating the West on Valentine’s Day see nothing amiss in imitating the West in other ways, and are completely immersed in [Western] consumer culture and in devouring new Western products…

They know we’re better.  Some of them, seemingly more with the passage of time, are desperate and brave enough to risk life and limb to fight back on behalf of fun.

The War Against Fun is deadly because it stultifies and suffocates creative enterprise.  If the regime wins, and fun is killed, it would mark the death of playfulness, which is the heart of creativity.  The Iranians are (falsely, I think) credited with the invention of chess, but there are no brilliant Persian chess grandmasters nowadays.  Iranian humor is nasty, misogynistic and often sadistic, like the unhappy country’s ruling tyrants.

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They made their Bedouin, now they must lie for him.
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He who lives by the sword will die by the sword. There is not one instance in history when a backward civilization depending on its enemy's technology defeated said enemy and master the technology of the defeated. They are not "going to go" because THEY ARE GONE. Their suicide bombers are the proof that they are desperate. In my humble opinion, technology and abundance of information will eventually wipe out Liberalism and Islam. They are now natural allies --although they have conflicting teachings-- and they will go into the toilet of history suddenly and thoroughly flushed by truth. The Liberal newspapers & other lib media in the US are going fast, once they are out of the way the web of lies shall collapse and the two pests will dissolve as a bad dream. Until then we must resist but not with force but with accurate and truthful life-affirming information presented convincingly. I am convinced that is the key.
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This hideous cult of death is what happens when the 9th century cult hero
held as the epitome of Human perfection to be emulated was a savage murderer, rapist
of pre-teen girls ( and boys ) , advocated slavery and murder of non- cult
Followers, Subjugation of women as chattel, and who advocated against secular education
And for drinking camel urine. Anyone surprised?
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"We all know the Muslim world is a political and cultural disaster zone."

It is not only a political and cultural disaster, but it has become a real threat to Western civilization and culture! It's a tragic and nasty world, indeed.
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Don't give the Persians credit for chess. It is usually thought to have originated in India and spread *through* Persia to the Islamic world. The European crusaders brought it back with them, and eventually changed the rules considerably.
16 weeks ago
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A thing that makes you go hmm.... Wendy Davis seems to be FUNDRAISING on all my morning stops. Yeah Wendy, I'm sure The Daily Caller audience across the nation is eager to send you their milk money. Keep those banners flying!
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I wouldn't rely too much on Muslim women to overthrow Islam. As long as the mullahs have power, most women will support them, especially old women. And in every society, the old women are the actual rulers.
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A war on fun and a war on sanity.

Never forget this turkey's impossible to conceal glee in the immediate aftermath of 911

http://dailycaller.com/2014/05/25/irans-supreme-leader-jihad-will-continue-until-america-is-no-more/
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The Muslim world has given a lot to the rest of us: hate, violence, delayed civilization. I cannot think of any great contributions. I can't understand why the rest of the world doesn't tell them off.
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When they run out of oil it'll be all over for them. oil is the reason.
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Slaves were the previous reason.
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An American redneck, who had worked the Libyan oilfields in 1970, said the Muslims were grabbing everything American they could get their hands on. The girls would wear Levi's under their burka, toss the tent when they got to the club, and dance, dance, dance.

I think that's part of their government's pet mullah's reaction-
Barbie and Cinderella really were conquering the world.
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Islamism is a political construct by Mohammed to take over the pilgrim trade in Mecca.
It is not a religion at all with all its calls for death and sex slaves and such.
Read the book--it is a mish mash from the Bible and other religions of the time, including pagan worship, much of which he incorporated into his new belief of faith and conquering.
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Nailed it, you just spot on nailed it.
A political construct, a mish-mash for whatever audience that day,
exactly like our Left (and not a few of the hankering Right).
16 weeks ago
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Allah was the pagan Moon God before Mohammed adopted him.
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"...ascribed the failure of Arab society to a lack of freedom, knowledge and womenpower."

Thanks to the body of repressive, inhibitory rules that discourages exploration & expression.

"...music, especially Western music, is forbidden in Iran,"

Recall the videos of the Iranian mullahs doing 2 verboten things, listening to music and dancing, rather wildly in fact.

Something else they have in common with America's totalitarian sociopaths, abject hypocrisy.
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Your link under "as here" in this paragraph doesn't seem to be working properly:

"They know it themselves, and talk about it a lot. Several writers in the Saudi press, for example, unloaded on the ban on celebrating Valentine’s Day, as here:"
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