| Hugh Fitzgerald : Pass/Fail in Bangladesh
| Sunday, July 03, 2016
|Why am I not surprised? “The gunmen were doing a background check on religion by asking
everyone to recite from the Quran. Those who could recite a verse or two
were spared. The others were tortured.” This from the jihad attack at the Holey Artisan Bakery, in Dhaka.
In the middle of the nineteenth century, the English naturalist Henry
Bates, a contemporary of Darwin, was studying butterflies in the
Brazilian rainforest. He noticed that certain edible species mimicked the warning signals sent out by other, noxious and
foul-tasting butterflies, often, but not always, involving coloration of
the wings, and fooled predators would avoid the edible mimic as they
did its foul-tasting model.
This form of mimicry entered the scientific literature as
“Batesian mimicry.” And today, reading the accounts of the latest
butchery in Bangladesh, I was put in mind of Henry Bates and
his Brazilian butterflies. At the restaurant in
Dhaka, where ISIS-prompted murderers held a few dozen hostages, they
gave a little exam, as a way to separate the Muslims (to be spared) from
the non-Muslims (to be tortured and then killed).
This sort of macabre
test has been given many times before by Muslim terrorists, in attacks
on buses, in malls, at hotels, in India, Kenya, Mali. Boko Haram, in West Africa, in 2013 offered an echo of the first
notorious modern occurrence of this phenomenon, the Al-Shebaab jihad
massacre at the Westgate Mall in East Africa. Boko Haram killed fifty
students at an agricultural college.
But the former were out to stop all
learning outside “the Islamic sciences,” and so were willing to kill
fellow Muslims who, in their view, are willing to read other texts when
“Book Is Haram.” The latter, on the other hand, tried hard to identify
fellow Muslims so as to spare them torture and death — the fate of
non-Muslims — and to let them go unharmed, for there was no similar
issue about what they were reading outside of the Qur’an.
Continue reading it all here........
Read about it, as you can, for on the Internet no boko is haram, here.
|posted by D.Swami Gwekanandam @ 12:45 PM