A Bad Week for Popes and Pakistani Bikini Contestants
Mariyah Moten “invited God’s wrath upon herself” for entering a bikini contest representing Pakistan.
For a swimwear competitor who “just wanted something that would help me represent my culture and community in a positive way,” Mariyah Moten, 23, Miss Bikini of the Universe beauty pageant, is still taking heat in her homeland of Pakistan.
The Pakistani Newspaper reports:
While her fellow citizens at home and abroad might have different opinions about her representation, the Musharraf-led Pakistan government whose utter motto and slogan happens to be ‘enlightened moderation’ has expressed its disapproval of a Pakistani girl “going against the social and cultural values of Pakistan”. A cultural ministry spokesman said the government has approached the authorities in Beijing to disown Mariyah as a Pakistani national.
The clergy believes the affair to be outrageous and extremely despicable. “Such girls who do not know the value of their honour are a threat to the honour of our women living in the four walls. This girl has not only invited God’s wrath upon herself but has also blemished the honour of Pakistani women who can never think of getting involved in such a shameless event,” states a very annoyed youth belonging to the student wing of the Jamaat-e-Islami, sharing the government’s stance.
“Although she is no one to decide that she is the representative of Pakistan in a beauty pageant yet the point of relief is that finally someone made it. If the girl is bringing home a trophy and a title and that too without any official help, she deserves cheer,” opines top Pakistani model Zainab Qayyum. “We had heard about Anita Ayub, Atiqa Odho and Neelam Noorani planning to become beauty queens but couldn’t due to government’s restraint,” she added.
Meanwhile, the Religion of Peace is getting violent over the Pope’s violence accusations.
Activists of pro-Pakistani Muslim League Jammu Kashmir party shout slogans against Pope Benedict XVI as they scuffle with Indian police during a protest in Srinagar. (AFP)
The Muslim world is now saying that the Pope’s remarks have started a war…
Even though Osama bin Laden declared war on the West a century ago.
YNET has this:
The recent remarks made by Pope Benedict XVI on Islam are threatening to ignite the entire Muslim world.
Op-Eds published in the Arab newspapers slammed the pope even after the Vatican’s apology.
The most extreme opinion was voiced by Hani Pahas in the London-based Arabic-language daily newspaper Al-Hayat, who wrote “the pope’s comments may lead to war; we fear that the pope’s statements may lead to a war that we, Muslims and Christians alike, are trying to prevent through dialogue between East and West.
A Palestinian from the al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigade attends a rally in Gaza to protest against remarks regarding Islam made by Pope Benedict XVI September 15, 2006. (REUTERS)
For Popes and Presidents its like 1981 out there.
Uh-Oh, here is some grim news from ADN Kronos… “Muslim scholar Maulana Khalid Rasheed said that the Pope’s remarks were “more derogatory than the Danish cartoonist’s blasphemous sketches on the Prophet.” “
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