Sorry I haven’t been writing as much on here. Losing the Facebook page dealt a big blow to the site’s readership and I’m still deciding whether or not to continue with this.
Some politicians get far too comfortable (not in the Bill Clinton sense) and don’t realize when their entire career is about to slip out of their hands. That’s what happened to Malay Muslim politician Haji Mohammed Ali bin Mohammed Rustam, whose controversy-riddled career was brought to an abrupt end last May.
Rustam’s political life had seen some turbulence. He had been accused of using public funds to pay for the (halal) food costs of an extravagant wedding for his son Ridhwan. He also made controversial anti-gay remarks, which his Muslim constituents appreciated but the civilized world didn’t: “So many people like to promote human rights, even up to the point they want to allow lesbian activities and homosexuality.” Uhh, that’s the point of human rights, you idiot, they’re called rights. Consensual sex between adults is a right and is none of your business.
Of course, the Muslim didn’t stop there, and continued shoving his foot in his mouth: “In Islam, we cannot do all this. [Homosexuality] is against Islamic law.” If that’s how you want to live in your personal life, OK. But when your fictional beliefs start impacting the rights of others, that’s where we have a problem. Muslims’ insistence on sharia compliance is one of many reasons why Islam and our secular society can never coexist.
What did Rustam suggest should be done with gays? He said they should be jailed, fined, and sent to therapy to rid them of their orientation. Newsflash: homosexuality is biologically determined. It’s not something a person chooses, nor is it a byproduct of jinns (invisible poop-eating spirits) as many Muslims believe.
Of course, that wasn’t the end of this Muslim’s jihad against gays. He even went after their straight supporters – you know, those commonly referred to as fruit flies, fag-hags, etc. “We want to put it in the [anti-LGBT] enactment so that we can enforce it and bring them to our sharia court,” Rustam said. “Then we can charge them for promoting or supporting these illegal activities.” No wonder there aren’t any moderate Muslim voices – they have all been silenced by the oppressive nature of the very religion they love. Well, that and the fact that Islam isn’t exactly moderate in any way.
Rustam’s career came to an end after he made disparaging comments about the Chinese, accusing them of running illegal businesses: “We can’t have casinos, 4D, Toto, gambling, lottery, massage parlors, ah long. These are all illegal. And the Chinese are the ones dabbling with all the illegal businesses…” Illegal as in against national law is different than impermissible under sharia. Though Malaysia has a bizarre dual legal system in which both sharia and secular law exist, the secular law permits people to run gambling establishments. Accusing a group of breaking the only law they care about just because it violates one’s personal beliefs is absurd.