Muslims Protest Against Darwin Day

This news comes from Pakistan Today. We’ve never seen that publication before, but according to Wikipedia, it is:

a Pakistani English-language daily newspaper, published by Nawa Media Corporation from three Pakistani cities – Lahore, Punjab; Karachi, Sindh; and Islamabad, Islamabad Capital Territory.

Here’s the headline that attracted our attention: Muslim protestors present themselves as evidence against evolution on Darwin Day. We’re told:

A group of angry Muslim protestors Wednesday demonstrated in front of London’s British Museum on Darwin Day, Khabaristan Today has learnt. They targeted Charles Darwin and the theory of evolution and claimed it hurts their religious sentiments. …

Speaking on the occasion the leader of the protests said, “Celebrating Darwin Day hurts my sentiments because he claimed my ancestors were monkeys. I am not Ibn-e-baandar, I can assure you that.”

We’re not certain, but we think that means “son of a monkey,” and because of the capital letter it could be a name. He may be saying “I am not Monkeyson.” The news continues:

Another protestor claimed that Darwin hurt his religious sentiments by claiming that the first person on the earth was a monkey. “I will chop Darwin’s head off,” he bellowed angrily.

Egad! That chap seems very upset.

One more protestor is quoted, and we can’t decide if he was serious or being ironic. Here’s what he said:

Another protestor on the occasion claimed that the demonstrators themselves were the evidence against evolution. “I mean if in the year 2014 you have a person who doesn’t believe in evolution, they clearly haven’t evolved and continue to live in antediluvian times. And of course that means that we can be presented as evidence against evolution. We make a pretty strong counter case, of course,” he observed.

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22 responses to “Muslims Protest Against Darwin Day

  1. Right. Not messing around or pushing the line. Check.

    So … Taking Mrs. Addict to the movies today. Should be nice.

  2. Eddie Janssen

    I read the story below the article you discussed.
    Nawaz Sharif reminds wife of Musharraf’s treason after forgetting Valentine’s Day.
    That might be enlightening, I think.

  3. Curmudgeon you may have inadvertently made a comment on the story yourself.

    “Muslims Protest Against Darwin Day | The Sensuous Curmudgeon
    […] the headline that attracted our attention: Muslim protestors present themselves as evidence against evolution on Darwin Day. We’re […] ”

    Considering the words in your last paragraph I thought I should inform you about the automatic link that was generated from word press.

  4. Good to see fundamentalists of all kinds out there and exercising their right [precautionary editing by the Curmudgeon].

  5. Oooh, Curmuj,
    I love it when you talk tough!
    I second Erik Bertel’s comment [precautionary editing by the Curmudgeon].

  6. Banhammer looming or nit, I’ve gotta say this – I have no idea what that third speaker is on about. ‘If evolution were true, then I wouldn’t be here, and since I am, it’s obviously false’ – is that a correct parsing of what they are saying? Not that it makes any sense, mind you.

  7. There are a great number of religious fanatics eager to go to any extreme to eradicate anything they perceive as a threat to their faith beliefs. As this story from Pakistan illustrates, many are located outside the American Christian scriptural literalist fundamentalist community.

  8. Anti science isn’t merely an American problem SC, these are things you should be posting.

  9. Any protests against science and logic offends my sense of what I perceive to be the true nature of reality, and I respectfully request all such protestors to cease, regardless of their motivations.

  10. Every religion has its fundamentalists. If congress actually formalized “Darwin’s Day” in the US, there would be Christian protestors here, no doubt behaving pretty much the same.

  11. Ok — I just read the all the articles on the link above. It is not serious. The clincher is the fourth article:

    “Lashkar-e-Dumbledorvi issues threats against Orya, Abbasi tweets

    Hogwarts/Twitteristan – Witchcraft & Wizardry Correspondent: Dumbledore’s Army, also known as Lashkar-e-Dumbledorvi (LeD), has issued threats against a journalist on Twitter whose tweet the organisation found offensive on Friday. The said tweet read, “Orya M****ol J*n and A***r Abbasi are like Fred and George Weasley. #AlwaysTogether.” It quite blatantly insults the religious sentiments of the Potterheads, LeD claims. (Note: We have censored the tweet as a safety precaution).”

    The last part in parentheses is in the original. Another tip-off is this line under the header:

    “Khabaristan Today
    Telling it like it almost never is.”

    Still not convinced? This paragraph is from the cited article:

    “The theory of evolution has always challenged the tenets of orthodox religion. However, while most religious groups don’t resort to public protests, Muslims seem to be the most vocal about their incompatibility with enlightenment and progression. They call for chopping off heads, quite often, to promote the religion of peace.”

    Now *that* doesn’t sound like anything you would read in an actual Pakistani newspaper.

  12. Speaking on the occasion the leader of the protests said, “Celebrating Darwin Day hurts my sentiments because he claimed my ancestors were monkeys. I am not Ibn-e-baandar, I can assure you that.”

    I beg to differ with that assessment.

  13. Still not convinced the whole article is satire? Google “Khabaristan Today” and read some of the headlines.

  14. retiredsciguy says: “Still not convinced the whole article is satire?”

    Maybe it is, maybe it isn’t. But I’ll still be closely watching the comments.

  15. It’s a Poe. And one that does credit to enlightened Muslims (and I count many such amongst personal friends)

    There have been no demonstrations at the British Museum, or anywhere else in the UK, against Darwin or Darwin Day.

  16. Megalonyx says: “It’s a Poe.”

    That’s good to hear. Nevertheless, I don’t want any provocative comments. Everyone can understand why.

  17. SC: “Nevertheless, I don’t want any provocative comments. Everyone can understand why.”

    Yep — no argument from these quarters. Besides, since the whole “Muslim Protest Against Darwin” story was fictitious in the first place, what’s there to comment about? Evidently Khabaristan Today is akin to The Onion.

  18. retiredsciguy says: “Besides, since the whole “Muslim Protest Against Darwin” story was fictitious in the first place, what’s there to comment about?”

    It seems that I fell for a hoax. That’s what can happen when I visit unknown websites. But considering what we routinely deal with around here, it’s not too embarrassing.

  19. Hoax or not, this would be an excellent time for Our Curmudgeon to enlighten His readers about “Harun Yahya” and the flashy anti-Evolutionary book he distributes far and wide.

  20. “It seems that I fell for a hoax. That’s what can happen when I visit unknown websites. But considering what we routinely deal with around here, it’s not too embarrassing.”

    True indeed. Poe’s Law in action. It really is rather difficult to tell the difference sometimes.

  21. Because the article was apparently a hoax, there’s no need for additional comments here. And because I’m still concerned that someone new might make a possibly inflammatory remark — which we don’t need — I’m going to close the comments.