Thursday, March 5, 2009

The Thuggees of Yesteryear and the Islamofascists of Today

The principal of religious freedom has become entrenched in American values. In our short history of 233 years as a nation, religions have been born here such as the Mormons and the Witnesses. Many who were persecuted in their homeland such as the Old Believers of Russia were welcomed with open arms here. Even groups that withdraw socially such as the Amish, the Old believers and observant Jews are accepted as long as they do no harm to their neighbours.

Would you ever applaud the government if it waged war on a religious sect ? The British government did precisely this in the 19th century to a Hindu sect known as the "Thuggees". If the name sounds familiar, it is because it is the original source of the English word "thug".

Who were the Thuggees and what made them so deserving of being wiped out? They are described as follows in the following paragraphs from an article on their history and demise.

At its root, the word "Thuggee" means "deceivers," and this name hints at the methods employed by the cult. Bands of Thugs traveled across the country posing as pilgrims, merchants, soldiers, or even royalty, in groups numbering anywhere from a few men to several hundred. Offering protection or company, they would befriend fellow travelers and slowly build their confidence along the road. Often the impostors would journey for days and hundreds of miles with their intended victims, patiently waiting for an opportunity to strike. When the time was right, typically while their targets were encamped and at their most relaxed, a signal would be given—reportedly “Bring the tobacco”—and the Thugs would spring. Each member had a well-honed specialty; some distracted their quarry, some made noise or music to mask any cries, while others guarded the campsite from intruders and escapees. Thugs of the highest rank performed the actual killings. As a prohibition against shedding blood was at the core of Thuggee belief, the murders were performed in a bloodless fashion. The usual method was strangulation with a rumal, the yellow silk handkerchief each thug wore tied around his waist; but an occasional neck-breaking or poisoning helped to add some variety. It was a matter of honor for the Thugs to let no one escape alive once they had been selected for death.

What was their motivation? The article continues with the following explanation.

For the members of Thuggee, murder was both a way of life and a religious duty. They believed their killings were a means of worshiping the Hindu goddess Kali, who was honored at each stage of the murder by a vast and complex system of rituals and superstitions. Thugs were guided to their victims by omens observed in nature, and once the deed was done, the graves and bodies were prepared according to strict ceremonies. A sacrificial rite would be conducted after the burial involving the consecration of sugar and of the sacred pickax, the tool the brotherhood believed was given to them by Kali to dig the graves of their prey. Thugs were certainly not above robbing their victims, but traditionally a portion of the spoils would be set aside for the goddess.
Kali, despite her fearsome appearance, is not an evil deity. For more mainstream Hindus, she is a goddess of time and transformation who can impart understanding of life, death, and creation. To the members of the Thuggee cult, she was something else entirely. Their Kali craved human blood, and demanded endless sacrifice to satisfy her hunger. According to Thuggee legend, Kali once battled a terrible demon which roamed the land, devouring humans as fast as they were created. But every drop of the monster’s blood that touched the ground spawned a new demon, until the exhausted Kali finally created two human men, armed with rumals, and instructed them to strangle the demons. When their work was finished, Kali instructed them to keep the rumals in their family and use them to destroy every man not of their kindred. This was the tale told to Thuggee initiates.

Some members were not Hindu but Sikh or Muslim, leading some to speculate that the predominant motivation of the group was criminal rather than religious.

The British were methodical and effective in dealing with the Thuggees, refining their approach and pooling their knowledge across the Indian subcontinent. They even passed a piece of legislation, the Criminal Tribes Act, which was passed with the Thuggees foremost in mind. Unfortunately, many tribes and ethnic groups who were simply nomadic and unconventional were stigmatised by the statute, which required the notified groups to submit to regular police surveillance.

Is there any modern day group that could be considered a "criminal tribe"? I will simply describe behavior and refrain from any theological or scriptural discussion. Consider the following incidents.

Chemist guilty of contamination

An Algerian chemist has been found guilty at Bristol Crown Court of contaminating food and wine by using his own urine and faeces.

Sahnoun Daifallah, 42, of Bibury Road, Gloucester, was found guilty of four counts of contaminating goods at four businesses in May 2008.

Daifallah, who had defended himself, had pleaded not guilty to all charges.

Sentencing was adjourned to allow preparation of psychiatric reports. Daifallah is likely to be deported.

Judge Carol Hagen said: "I find this a very worrying case and the circumstances are alarming."

She warned Daifallah that if he did not cooperate with authorities in creating pre-sentence reports, it would "reinforce my conclusion that I find you to be a potentially very dangerous man".

The court had heard the Algerian-born chemist sprayed the mixture in the Air Balloon Pub, in Birdlip, near Cheltenham on 14 May.

He then moved on to the Waterstones bookstore in Cirencester, Tesco in Quedgley and Morrisons in Abbeydale.

The court heard shoppers and staff in both stores saw Daifallah with a black lap top computer with a vapour coming from the bag being sprayed on the shelves

That was in Britain. The following story is from the US.

Man guilty of sprinkling feces on store goods

The man accused of sprinkling dried fecal matter over fresh baked goods at a Dallas grocery store was found guilty Wednesday.

Customers shopping at the Fiesta store on Ross Avenue complained about a stench while shopping in the bakery, which prompted managers to put in a security camera. What they found shocked them.

The video captured Behrouz Nahidmobarekah reaching inside a bag and sprinkling its feces content over the bakery goods.

"This is probably the most bizarre case I've ever encountered," said Taly Haffar, prosecutor.

The prosecution said they believe the defendant contaminated the food because he was angry at the way he was treated at the store

However, medical experts at the trial said it was the customers at the store that paid the biggest price from his actions.

The following story is also from the UK.


Cardiff,U.K. 11th February 2008 (The Opinionator)

Two muslim shop-owners were today fined for selling chocolate cake - which had been sprinkled with human faeces.

A horrified customer ate the foul-smelling gateaux but noticed that it didn't taste or smell "quite right" and handed the cake to public health scientists.

The analysts soon established that the sweet treat was covered in faeces and legal proceedings against the shop owners were started.

Shop owners Saeed Hasmi, 25, and Syed Jan Yadgari, 23, were fined £1,500 for selling food unfit for human consumption.

The pair - who ran the Italiano Pizzeria in Roath, Cardiff - admitted the charge but did not say how the chocolate cake was contaminated.

The takeaway is a favourite with late-night revellers and students living around the takeaway close to Cardiff University .

A spokeswoman for the public health department in Cardiff City Council said: "The person who bought the cake realised it didn't taste or smell quite right so they reported it to us.

"Subsequent examination by the public analyst and national public health service laboratories confirmed the presence of faecal matter.

"There were bits of it all over the top of the cake.

"We cannot say for definite what kind of faecal matter it is, although it is very likely it was human. It would have to go through a DNA test for us to know for absolutely sure."
Hasmi and Yadgari at first denied the charge but pleaded guilty at Cardiff magistrates court before the trial.

Hasmi, of Roath, Cardiff , and Yadgari, of Adamsdown, Cardiff , were each fined £1,500 and ordered to pay £200 costs.

Add to the above incidents reports of the violent persecution of religious minorities such as the Mandaeans, as described in the following report.

On June 28, 2006, under the cover of night, a group of Shi’i guerillas stole into the al-Ashshar district of Basra, Iraq. Their mission was to raid one of the few remaining temples in the city belonging to the Mandaean community (known more generally in Iraq as the Sabians). Having raided this temple, or mandi as it is known to the Mandaeans, they detonated explosives to destroy the building, leaving a smoking ruin in its place. This act was the latest in a long series of attacks upon this community which began with the occupation of Iraq and have intensified with Iraq’s descent into chaos. The object of these attacks is nothing less than the total extermination of the Mandaean community, in the same vein as other recent acts of genocide and ethnic cleansing in Africa. Unlike Rwanda or Darfur, however, this tragedy is occurring in the heart of a country militarily occupied by the United States.

One week previously, the Sabian-Mandaean Association of Australia reported that ten Basra Mandaeans had been found murdered, their bodies horrifically mutilated. All of the clergy have fled the city; indeed, of the country’s Mandaean community, which once numbered more than 30,000 members, perhaps only 13,000 remain, according to the Gesellschaft für bedrohte Volker (Society for Threatened Peoples) based in Göttingen, Germany. The remaining Mandaean families have received letters from various militia groups ordering them to convert or quit the country. More recently, the militia groups active in Basra have rescinded this offer; they now aim at eliminating the community entirely.

Consider also the plight of those Christians living in countries in which they are a minority.

Lahore, Pakistan: Two female nursing students were accused of blasphemy. The students are said to have desecrating verses of the Koran. It is believed that this is a trumped-up charge resulting from the students' roommates having been offended by a picture of Jesus hanging on the wall, which the roommates desecrated. A demonstration was staged against the students. 2/17 (Full Article and more at PoliticalIslam)

Sangla Hill, Pakistan: A 13-year-old Christian girl was gang-raped by five Muslims when she went outside to take out the trash. She was kidnapped at gunpoint and taken to their neighborhood. Sangla Hill is the same city where 3 churches, 3 clerical residences, a high school, and the houses of 3 Christian families were destroyed in a riot in 2005. 2/17

Shajwal, Pakistan: Three men murdered a Christian milkman after he demanded his paycheck. He was denied his wages for a month, and when he demanded to be paid his employers, two Muslim brothers and their nephew, taunted him with slurs and then killed him. 2/17

Cairo, Egypt: The ongoing case of Maher al-Gohary, who is engaged in a legal battle to have his official documents changed to reflect his conversion from Islam to Christianity, is expected to wrap up soon. His is the second case of its kind in Egypt. He and his daughter live in fear for their lives, which are continually threatened. 2/13

Cairo, Egypt: Egypt's leading Christians are accusing Cairo's governor of trying Islamize the city by changing the names of some of the country's oldest areas from Christian to Islamic ones, thereby erasing their cultural heritage. The Coptic Pope's advisor has filed a lawsuit against the governor. 2/16

Cairo, Egypt: A Salafi cleric has called for the Islamization of millions of Coptic women in order to eliminate the "Nazarenes of Egypt." Coptic activists have discussed the planned, organized Islamization of Coptic women, but this provides the first concrete evidence of this scheme, which involves "assault." 2/18

How do you classify a group that rapes the women not of their sect, defecates in the food of those outside their group and destroys "infidel" houses of worship? Could they not be compared to the Thuggees? The Thuggees also appeared to be like regular Hindus, worshipping a god also worshipped by many law abiding Hindus. Their lives were intertwined with mainstream religious institutions. The British rolled up their sleeves and went after the criminal sect. They even encountered resistance from outsiders who sympathised with the outlaws. Nothing stood in their way. The sect was wiped out in fifty years.

There is a law abiding majority among Muslims. Unfortunately, there is a high percentage of Muslims who are Thuggee type lawless marauders.

War is being waged on the western world by these individuals and groups. Europe has surrendered. Only the political right continues to sound the alarm. We now have a President who promises to be more conciliatory to the Muslim world, making no distinction between the gangsters and those who are living peaceful lives.

Who is the enemy? Those who commit acts of terror are certainly enemies. Those who raise money for the terrorists are also the enemy. So too are those who rationalise terrorism as a legitimate "act of resistance".

The modern day equivalent of the Thuggees should encounter the same devastating response as encountered in the 19th century by the Thuggees themselves. If anyone wants to defend such individuals, then they are part of the problem and should be dealt with accordingly. If Britain will not rise to the occasion by learning from their own history, then others can and must do so. Sphere: Related Content

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