Saturday, July 24, 2010

Shiloh's Dressing

I did mention about how Muslims in Malaysia have been told to avoid the crosses and devils that inhabit football (read my posting dated July 21, 2010). Then I came across this BBC News (posted June 14, 2010) that Somali militants actually threatened football fans they would be publicly flogged – or worse – if they were caught watching the World Cup on TV.

Militant group Hizbul-Islam had arrested 10 people in north-east of the capital Mogadishu where fans were watching the game between Argentina and Nigeria. And militants reportedly killed two people as they attacked a house where people were watching a WC match.

The ban dates back to a law that was introduced by the Islamic Courts Union who took control of much of Somalia for six months in 2006. It bans Somalis from all forms of entertainment considered un-Islamic under the courts' strict interpretation of Syariah law, like video games and watching sports in public.

Wow, maybe one day soon, Malaysia will regress to become another Somalia! And Malaysian ulama are already at the forefront to defend their religion. Malaysian Muslims are so fortunate that they have this righteous group of devout scholars to guide them – I didn't know they are so weak and so easily corruptible that any sign of the cross and the devil – and they’ll lose their faith and start engaging in sinful acts?

It’s really much ado about nothing when tabloids decided to target Shiloh Jolie-Pitt’s (see photo – she’s in the middle) dressing – clothes that are on the more boyish side – fedoras, ties, blazers. The concerned media were making an exaggerated fuss because they were worried this will affect Shi's gender identity later on in life! It is more probable that Shi is in the limelight because of her mother’s celebrity status, Me, I would rather fuss over Angelina Jolie any time!
But I genuinely thought her astute comments when defending her daughter’s “tomboyish” clothes were very aptly appropriate : “Children should be allowed to express themselves in whatever way they wish without anybody judging them because it is an important part of their growth. Society always has something to learn when it comes to the way we judge each other, label each other. We have far to go”. Yes, I have to agree with her. We judge people too quickly, too readily, too freely.

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