* Ramming Islamic propaganda down your throat, while your government makes you pay in more ways than one:
* Â Why does the Australian print this infantile bullshit?
* Â Nothing to laugh about: written by the daughter of Catmeat sheikh Hilali’s ‘out of context’ spokesman, Keyzar Trad who holds Australians in high esteem: “the criminal dregs of white society colonised this country, and now, they only take the select choice of other societies, and the descendants of these criminal dregs tell us that they are better than us…”
Sanna Trad | May 17, 2008Â
* Smell the coffee: when Keyzars daughter cooks the news you’re roasted…
“GO home, Osama,” was not a particularly clever insult. “Go to hell, you educated pigs,” wasÂ much better, although a little unexpected.Â
Call for a new conversation conversionÂ … Waleed Aly with his wife, Susan Carland, and children, Aisha, 4, and Zayd, four months.
Waleed Aly, a counter-terrorism expert (if Waleed Aly is a counter-terrorism expert’ you just go ahead and call me Elvis) Â and founding member of the new SBS comedy Salam Cafe, reckons thereÂ came a point where the racist insults (which race is Islam again?) he received in the street stopped offending him and started making himÂ laugh.Â
“The funniest thing is the one-liners you get,” he said. “How can you compete with comedy like that? After aÂ while it stops being offensive and just starts being funny.”Â
Salam Cafe, the brainchild of the show’s regular panel members Mr Aly, Ahmed Imam and Susan Carland, takesÂ a rare look at the funnier side of the issues that affect Muslims.Â
The show includes regular comedy skits, panel discussions and, disturbingly for Australia’s international image,Â vox pops providing viewers with an insight into some of the inaccurate perceptions of Islam.Â
* Just what are these “inaccurate perceptions of Islam?’ Why don’t they tell us? And why is nobody asking the obvious: why there are so many ‘inaccurate perceptions’ about Islam?Â But perhaps its not at all the case, because we understand much better what’s at stake while our politicians diddle and fail us every day…
A visit to Adelaide by the show’s roaming reporter and stand-up comedian Nazeem Hussein revealed some ofÂ the misconceptions.Â One respondent thought Islam was a country “somewhere in Iraq”, while another wasn’t sure what MuslimsÂ were, asking if they “eat people?”Â
Ms Carland, a politics academic and a convert to Islam, said she believed the show would appeal to a widerÂ audience because it took the Australian approach of self-deprecation.Â “People like the fact that we are willing to laugh at ourselves and our situations,” she said.Â ( Muslims are the funniest people on the globe, hahahaha!)
“You either reclaim what can be a really grim situation with humour or you get frustrated, mad and dejected.”Â
She said the panellists drew on real situations they had faced because of their faith.Â
“The show isn’t about Islam but Muslims,” Ms Carland said. “We are trying to show people the human side ofÂ the religion because they seem to think we’re not human. There’s so much ignorance and fear.”Â
* Tell your co-religionists to stop blowing shit up and beheading people, Susan. Perhaps someone might start listening to you, after that…Or do something about clit-cutting…
With characters such as Uncle Sam, a wildly boisterous tunic-wearing Muslim uncle, and Fatima “Teems”, aÂ teenybopper who has frequent clashes with her father, and with segments such as “Where’s Osama?” andÂ “Extremist Makeover”, the show was bound to ruffle a few feathers.Â
* why would anybody Â give a *%$#???
Although most of the feedback on the show’s website was positive, some viewers did not hide their distaste. OneÂ comment read: “ur guys just destroying the religion. allah should burn ur guys in hell fire. u bastards.”Â
Another read: “I can’t believe SBS are wasting taxpayer dollars on this religious propaganda.”Â
Ms Carland said she was surprised that so much of the feedback was positive. “I expected it to be a lot more 50-Â 50,” she said. “We do get emails like, ‘I can’t believe you Muslims are laughing’ but most of what we hear is a lotÂ more positive.”Â
* Promoting Islam. Because nothing else matters:
Mr Aly, too, was pleased by the response. “There are a lot of people who are just happy to see Muslims on TVÂ that are not terrorists.”Â
* Great. So the ones we see on TV are not terrorists. They only sell snake oil. Â Now lets look at the rest of the 5 gazillion…
Salam Cafe debuted with 165,000 viewers, slightly more than Newstopia, which previously occupied theÂ Wednesday night timeslot.Â
Want fun? Here’s fun:
Terrorism and terrorists
The Grey Eminence of the Islamic ‘Revolution’ Ayatollah Khomeini
An Islamic regime must be serious in every field,”
“There are no jokes in Islam.
There is no humour in Islam.
There is no fun in Islam.”
A man can have sex with animals such as sheeps, cows, camels and so on. However, he should kill the animal after he has his orgasm. He should not sell the meat to the people in his own village; however, selling the meat to the next door village should be fine.”
Funny, right? Real funny…