There is no fun in Islam….
Some have joined more than 500 people in signing a petition “against racism and Islamophobia” in the Engineering Society (Ensoc) RoUndie 500. The event caused a stir with feminists last month because some cars and costumes poked fun at women and minority groups. Ensoc encouraged themes “the more inappropriate the better”.
One car was called “Taliband”, with musicians in Taliban dress with ammunition strapped around their waists, and another was the Gaza Strip-ers, featuring ladies in mini-skirt burqas and men without pants wearing teatowels on their heads.
Sounds like fun.
Nine Egyptian, Palestinian and Syrian students last week posted a public letter on the Ensoc Facebook page saying “insensitivity and racism are not laughing matters”.
Islam is not a race. There is no need to be sensitive towards head choppers. We should laugh them out of business.
“The event not only offended us but also made us feel isolated.
Ridiculing Mohammedans is an impediment to the da’awa. That’s what they findÂ objectionable.
“I would like everyone who has somewhat enjoyed the student’s (sic) sense of humour to consider the way members of society, associated with these beliefs, feel as well as the impacts on their daily lives and the way they are viewed.”
I would like to see Mohammedans with a sense of humour instead of their constant whining and wingeing….
When the letter was deleted soon after, its main author, Egyptian student Sandra Iskander, had “no words” and said it was a “perfect illustration of our point”.
Hers was one of more than 600 signatures from all over the world on a “Take action against racism and Islamophobia at Ensoc’s RoUndie 500” petition onÂ change.orgÂ yesterday.
An attached open letter to university vice-chancellor Rod Carr said: “While these costumes may have been intended as ‘just a joke’ or ‘a bit of fun’, they portray stereotypes that are damaging to Muslims and people of colour, and further perpetuate racism and Islamophobia in our community, and alienate Muslim students and students of colour at Canterbury University.”
These students are victims of stereotypical Mohammedan grievance theatre.
Carr said the university took seriously its desire to create an inclusive environment, and was working with students to promote better understanding of the “obligations and self restraint that come with the rights to freely express opinions”.
Ensoc president Guy Wilson, who with his executive committee last week told The Press it was working on improving its public image, said procedures were put in place to prevent the event from offending again.
Stop the brain police!
A university spokesman said the statement from the Middle Eastern students “express clearly the impacts on some of our students from this issue”, and it welcomed the discussion.
It had fielded 99 complaints following the Ensoc event, and was preparing a final report to be released to the clubs concerned in the next few days.
– The Press