View Full Version : The Religion of Peace strikes again

03-10-2012, 07:37 PM
I think they may have actually got this one right though. Emo kids need to be dealt with swiftly and severely.

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - At least 14 youths have been stoned to death in Baghdad in the past three weeks in what appears to be a campaign by Shi'ite militants against youths wearing Western-style "emo" clothes and haircuts, security and hospital sources say.
Militants in Shi'ite neighborhoods where the stonings have taken place circulated lists on Saturday naming more youths targeted to be killed if they do not change the way they dress.
The killings have taken place since Iraq's interior ministry drew attention to the "emo" subculture last month, labeling it "Satanism" and ordering a community police force to stamp it out.
"Emo" is a form of punk music developed in the United States. Fans are known for their distinctive dress, often including tight jeans, T-shirts with logos and distinctive long or spiky haircuts.
At least 14 bodies of youths have been brought to three hospitals in eastern Baghdad bearing signs of having been beaten to death with rocks or bricks, security and hospital sources told Reuters under condition they not be identified because they were not authorized to speak to the media.
Nine bodies were brought to hospitals in Sadr City, a vast, poor Shi'ite neighborhood, three were brought to East Baghdad's main al-Kindi hospital and two were brought to the central morgue, medical sources said.
Six other young people, including two girls, were wounded in beatings intended as warnings, the security sources said.
"Last week I signed the death certificates of three of those young people, and the reason for death I wrote in my own hand was severe skull fractures," a doctor at al-Kindi hospital told Reuters. "A very powerful blow to the head caused these fractures which totally smashed the skull of the victim."
A leaflet distributed in the Shi'ite Bayaa district of east Baghdad seen by Reuters on Saturday had 24 names of youths targeted for killing.
"We strongly warn you, to all the obscene males and females, if you will not leave this filthy work within four days the punishment of God will descend upon you at the hand of the Mujahideen," the leaflet said.
Another leaflet in Sadr City bore 20 names. "We are the Brigades of Anger. We warn you, if you do not get back to sanity and the right path, you will be killed," it said.
In a statement last month the interior ministry said it was monitoring "the 'emo' phenomenon, or Satanism" which it said was spreading through schools, particularly among teenage girls.
"They wear tight clothes that bear paintings of skulls, they use school implements with skulls and wear rings in their noses and tongues as well as other weird appearances," it said.
After reports of the stonings circulated on Iraqi media, the interior ministry said this week that no murders on its files could be blamed on the reaction to "emo".
"Many media have reported fabricated news reports about the so-called 'emo' phenomenon - stories about tens of young people killed in various ways, including stoning," the ministry said in a statement on Thursday.
"No murder case has been recorded with the interior ministry on so-called 'emo' grounds. All cases of murder recorded were for revenge, social and common criminal reasons."
Iraq's leading Shi'ite clerics have condemned the stonings.
Abdul-Raheem al-Rikabi, Baghdad representative for Iraq's most influential Shi'ite cleric, Ali al-Sistani, called the killings "terrorist attacks".
"Such a phenonomenon which has spread among young people should be tackled through dialogue and peaceful means and not through physical liquidation," Rikabi told Reuters.
In a response to questions on his website on Saturday, Moqtada al-Sadr, a Shi'ite cleric whose followers dominate Sadr City, described "emo" youths as "crazy and fools", but said they should be dealt with only through the law.
"They are a plague on Muslim society, and those responsible should eliminate them through legal means," he said.
Abu Ali al-Rubaie, a leading Sadr aide in Sadr City, said the cleric's followers had nothing to do with the killings.
"In this issue and in all such problems we always use peaceful and educational methods to correct any wrongdoings. We are not connected in any way to those groups allegedly responsibility for killing those young people."
In the years after the fall of Saddam Hussein, most of Baghdad's neighborhoods were under the firm grip of Sunni and Shi'ite religious militias which enforced strict dress codes.
Today, the militias have largely disappeared, Baghdad is far more peaceful and many youths experiment with Western styles, although much of Iraqi society remains conservative.
On the streets of Baghdad, people said they had heard of the killings through the media. Many expressed disapproval of the "emo" style, but said murder was no way to respond.
"I saw them a couple weeks ago ... a bunch of girls, high-school aged, walking together, dressed in black. They had long black eye makeup and bracelets with skulls and chains on their handbags with skulls," said Abdullah, 31.
"If they are close friends who have something in common, that's all right. If other things we hear about them are true, like sucking each other's blood or worshipping the devil, that is not accepted in our society. But I think this is just a trend to imitate the West."
(Additional reporting by Kareem Raheem and Peter Graff; Writing by Peter Graff; Editing by Andrew Heavens)

AllIn All It's Not So Bad
03-10-2012, 09:05 PM
As much as i hate islam, I hate emo more. So I guess they did good

Isolated Fury
03-10-2012, 10:41 PM
Too long. Too boring. Too depressing. Not interested.

I managed to commit about ten minutes to that Kony video everyone's masturbating to and TOTALLY ENDING A WAR BY LIKING A STATUS (retarded), and that's being generous. I was really hoping it would get better. It didn't. And here's the brutal honesty that a lot of my friends and family don't like. If it doesn't affect me directly, I usually tend to not care. Oh, man... Some guy that looks like Carl Weathers is killing people in Africa? It's a good thing I'm all the way over here across an ocean. At least I know he won't be kidnapping my daughter. Crisis averted - or, really, ignored. I read a few words in your novel and saw "dead", "Baghdad", "emo", "something else depressing." I don't want to read that. I'm not in Baghdad. I'm not part of the emo sub-counter-underground-indy culture. This has no effect on my life.

Besides, I don't think anyone else really wants to, either. It's just too depressing and... lame, really.

03-11-2012, 04:29 AM
As much as i hate islam, I hate emo more. So I guess they did good

Yep, people totally deserve to die for their hairstyle and taste in music. I personally hope dubstep artists* are next.


03-11-2012, 05:37 AM
All this fake-concern is really starting to piss me off. Every year it happens with breast cancer awareness, every time there's a natural disaster or a shooting, now with Kony, etc. There are people who actually care, and they find a way to actually help. At the very least, they donate money; others actually join organizations and try to find a way to change things. Even though they probably can't change much, it's at least something to try. The millions of people, though, who talk about it with their coworkers, make statuses on Facebook, and "like" pages and videos... it's so much more obnoxious than just simply stating that you don't care.

I've been chewed out for thinking this way. People who do this crap have said, "At least we have a heart and we care. We're just doing something to show that." No, you're not. You probably do feel bad about it, but you're mostly just seeking approval, and hoping that people will THINK you have a good heart because of your status.

That said, it greatly upsets me that this crap happens. Kony, what's going on in Afghanistan, etc. It makes me feel sick to my stomach when I read about it. But I know that there's nothing I personally can do about it by reading about it and "liking" stuff, so yes. I choose to ignore it. I didn't watch the Kony video. I didn't read this article. I don't sport pink on Breast Cancer Awareness day/month/whatever (that's something I actually donate to). Either try to do something about it (by the way, voting isn't doing something about it, either) or be quiet. That's my opinion.

03-11-2012, 05:53 AM
I don't see what this has to do with Kony, but okay.

03-11-2012, 05:58 AM
As much as i hate islam, I hate emo more. So I guess they did good

I'm almost surprised whenever i'll encounter this type of idiocy, the people spouting it are more often than not, genuinely serious.

Isolated Fury
03-11-2012, 10:03 AM
I don't see what this has to do with Kony, but okay.
It's a comparison of topics that people "care" about. Just because 500,000+ people click a button saying they totally agree with a stance on an issue doesn't mean they're actually doing anything about it. In terms of reality, nobody really cares about Kony, and nobody really cares that emo kids are getting killed across an ocean.

03-11-2012, 01:19 PM
I hate the whole emo scene thing. If the Islamic people would have waited a few months, the emos would have just killed themselves, saving everyone some time. :)

03-11-2012, 07:27 PM
Wait, are people still seriously making fun of emo? I was under the impression that that act was stale years ago. Let's all spew out some Chuck Norris facts while we're at it, because we're so clever.

03-11-2012, 08:36 PM
this board needs a rep system. Make it happen Lil Miss