So Much Stupid… So Much Hate

There are some days when I almost regret starting up this little venture. This is one of those days. It’s a day when I am faced with such rank stupidity, such rank ignorance, such rank bigotry that I want to throw up my arms in disgust and walk away from it all. Then I realise that at the end of the day, it’s my fault; that I bring the torture on myself by visiting these sites, and it’s a lot cheaper than going to Mistress Moira for some “discipline” – if not as satisfying.

I think the problem was that today I didn’t pace myself. I was still busy digesting the story of the 17-year-old who’s lived off nothing but McNuggets and chips since she was 2, and “has never tasted fresh fruit or vegetables,” when I clicked onto WorldNutDaily.

Oh dear.

I was expecting the usual “Obama’s gonna lose in court! Yay!” crap. I’d braced myself for more “Newt is the bestest evah!” But I hadn’t based myself for this screaming headline:

Judge: Spending $153 million on Shariah just fine

Wait… what? Needless to say, my curiosity was piqued. What judge would be endorsing Shariah law… and how on earth was so much money involved?

Turns out some of Joseph Farah’s partners-in-insane-bigotry are taking Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner to court, because of the bailout given to the AIG insurance company. You see, it would appear that AIG’s investment arms offers its clients Sharia-compliant investments. Or as Farah puts it:

…AIG insurance, which operates multiple companies promoting Shariah-complaint insurance products, the same Shariah that serves as Islamic religious law and calls for cutting hands off thieves and execution for leaving Islam.

Wow. Just wow. So much hate and ignorance and moronic stupidity wrapped up in one sentence. Let’s ignore ALL the other aspects of Sharia and focus on the cutting off of hands and killing infidels. Now, I’m not saying that all Sharia law is good – much of it clearly isn’t. We’ve seen enough cases of girls being stoned to death for infidelity after being raped, honour killings, etc., etc., but this is typical wingnut fear-mongering bullshit – tarring everybody with the same brush.

These lunatics are going after the government, because they assisted a company, which amongst its many and varied products happens to have investments which are Sharia-compliant. I wonder what would have happened if AIG had been allowed to go down the tubes? But never mind that, what exactly are Sharia-complaint investments?

Simply put, Sharia prohibits the fixed or floating payment or acceptance of specific interest or fees for loans of money. This is usury, which is haram. Ironically, usury used to be outlawed by the Christian Church (indeed William Shakespeare’s father was fined for the crime of usury), until they found out how profitable it was. What this means is that investments held in cash, or bonds, which pay an interest return, are out of the question. Also out are any shares linked to alcohol, tobacco, gambling, porn and of course pork.

Now I’ve worked in the industry for many years and I myself have sold Sharia compliant funds to my Muslim clients. All of whom have been fantastic people and none of them – yet – have chopped off an arm, killed a relative, or flown a plane into a building. In fact, I have sold Sharia-compliant investments to several Christian investors, who wanted to ensure that their money wasn’t invested in “dirty” shares.

But if you’re a right-wing fuck-head like the people who write and read WND, then it’s easier to hate generally and come across as a complete moron, than isolate a few facts.

Then again “Government bails out insurer who happens to have a few Sharia-complaint funds” doesn’t have the same fear-mongering bullshit tone to it.

And they’re going to court over this? How stupid are these people and how much money do they have to waste?

About PsyGremlin

PsyGremlin is a former Conservapedia sysop (although the position was earned nefariously), stand up comedian, DJ, and is currently a self-employed financial adviser, who impersonates a responsible adult at least 5 days a week. However, highlighting and poking fun at the crazies out there remains his first love. Well besides pork crackling. And custard. And cricket.
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9 Responses to So Much Stupid… So Much Hate

  1. P-Foster says:

    Not really relevant to the topic of this post but; somebody should write something clever about the clash between strict ideas about body image/obesity and real health using that girl as a test case. She’s *obviously* not healthy by any stretch of the imagination, but she doesn’t at all look like you’d expect someone who lived on an exclusive diet of deep-fried processed foods to.

    • PsyGremlin says:

      I must confess, I was expecting a spotty tub of lard when I opened the article. Just goes to show…

      • ADK says:

        Usually just eating one food, and a protein rich thing as chicken nuggets, you simply wouldn’t end up consuming the calories needed to get fat. She hardly looked healthy, kinda reminds me of the fussy eaters I knew through the Scouts who looked half dead, but weight is entirely about the equation “calories consumed – calories burnt”, it’s simply maths. You’d probably have to consume your own head in chicken nuggets each day to get fat.

        • PsyGremlin says:

          Reading the article, there were comments that if you look at the dark rings around her eyes and her sallow complexion (although that could be from living in Birmingham!) it’s clear that she’s not well.

  2. Norseman says:

    I can just imagine Farah’s wingnut side showing picture after picture of hands being chopped off, then pointing at an AIG logo and proclaiming that AIG supports this cruelty.

    Sad thing is, there are people in power who will believe this bullshit enough to side with this fear-mongering. You’ll see it on Fox and Conservapedia BECAUSE SOME AMERICANS ARE TOO FUCKING STUPID TO READ PROPERLY. (capitalization is on purpose)

  3. artsey says:

    I have no problem with an insurance company doing as you say “complying with sharia law” in their investments. But this story does call question of what “insurance products” may be offered by AIG. Are they paying off on life insurance for terrorists? Or are they selling insurance for legal expenses that might acrue when a man kills in “compliance with sharia law” but against american criminal law. I wouldn’t be knee jerk averse, in the name of cultural sensitivity, to taking a closer look at AIG “insurance products”.

    • PsyGremlin says:

      Do a search on ‘AIG sharia insurance products” and see which websites come up.That should tell you everything you need to know. And I hate to say it, but the examples you listed are “knee jerk.” Clearly you don’t understand what Sharia imposes on financial institutions? No payment of interest, no investments in alcohol or gambling companies.

      It has nothing to do with paying legal fees for terrorists. And any life policy has a 2-year suicide clause. So if somebody takes out a policy and flies into the Pentagon the next day, it won’t pay.

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