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Liberty

Luddee: Mugambo Mutilli, you are a retired warlord, a distant relative of Robert Mugabe and are in the United States of America because you have been granted political asylum in return for your cooperation with the U.S. government. You are a very authoritarian figure like your genocidal relative, Robert Mugabe, but you say you have recently embraced the principles of liberty?

Mugambo Mutilli:Yes, but when I first come here, I have many pollums.

Nadhi: What problems?

Mugambo Mutilli: In my country, 5 yeah old boy, he put AK-47 on my head. He look me in my eye and he curse my faddah! MY Faddah, who DIE for his land! And hear in dis land, your peepul worry is TOO MUCH CORN SYRUP IN DA FOOD! At fust I say DEESAA-YO POLLUMS!? But den, later, I see dis country is good.

Luddee: What changed your mind?

Mugambo Mutilli: Freedom of spich.

Nadhi: Wow, but you were a kind of dictator yourself. Why the sudden appreciation of freedom of speech?

Mugambo Mutilli: At fust I don’ get it. I ask myself, how your king make benefit of freedom of spich? I tink and I tink and I tink and den I realize! What do you need to have freedom of spich!?

Luddee: The ability to express your thoughts?

Mugambo Mutilli: Even simple – you need peepul. No peepul, no free speech, no?

Nadhi: Makes sense to me.

Mugambo Mutilli: Okay. Den what else you need?

Luddee: Speech itself?

Mugambo Mutilli: YAH! And den how your ruler make benefit?

Nadhi: No clue.

Mugambo Mutilli: Simple – ruler get money from corporation, so he call corporation “peepul” and call money – “spich” and BOOM! Freedom of spich is freedom to give lotsa monies to ruler! Very clever, no? Dat is why USA powerful – is not Abrams Tank, but because of tink tanks.

Luddee: Er, I don’t think you quite understood our First Amendment. Freedom of speech means the people are free to say whatever they want without fear of government oppression.

Mugambo Mutilli: Ho ho! What foolish. I once say to my peepul, I say, hey you peepul! You say what you want, when you want, but when you say it, know that you say it to MY OWN EYE.

Nadhi: To your eye?

Luddee: I think that means he threatened his people that he would know if they spoke up against him.

Nadhi: Did they, Mr.Mutilli!?

Mugambo Mutilli: Except for dat 5 yeah ol boy, no one say bad anything, but dat only because dat boy had bigger gun dan me. But same thing your king do – he see everything you say. Now you get it? It is free spich because is free for da king to see whatever you speek, wherever you speek it.

Faith

Luddee: Brother Hasnaad, please tell us about the concept of the “un-altered” Quran.

Brother Hasnaad: Asalaam alaikum dear sister Luddee. Muslims know that the Quran has been un-altered and is in its very original farm.

Nadhi: Form?

Brother Hasnaad: Vat?

Luddee: So you mean everything in the Quran is the word of an omnipresent, omnipotent and omniscient being?

Brother Hasnaad: Yes.

Luddee: And he gets angry, does he? For example, in Noah’s flood.

Brother Hasnaad: It wasn’t Nuh alaysalaam’s flood! It was Allah SWT’s flood! And yes he cursed all life on earth.

Nadhi: Even the moo moo cow and the baa baa sheep?

Brother Hasnaad: Yes! Everything drowned except the ones Nuh alaysalaam took with him on his ship.

Luddee: But what about the fish?

Superstition

Luddee: So today we have Ms.American Muslimah with us, to share her perspective on people of other faith in the cultural melting pot that is America.

Ms. American Muslimah: You know, I once went to a Hindu restaurant in my hijab… and everyone just stared me. I felt so self conscious!

Luddee: Aw, I feel for you.

Ms. American Muslimah: Oh well. Hindus are weird anyways; did you know that they think if a monkey enters their house, their business will boom!?

Nadhi: hahaha they’re so silly.

Luddee: I’m sure they think the same about the belief in Jinns.

Ms. American Muslimah: *surprised… pauses to think* Well everyone knows Jinns exist.

Bigotry

Luddee: We’ve got Geert Wilders with us today, here to talk about his loveĀ  of Muslims.

Geert Wilders: Ja! “Luve of Muzlims” ees right, because I don’t hate ze people… I only hate ze idea zat drives ze basturdz; Izlam.

Luddee: How intellectual.

Nadhi: So why do you hate Islam?

Geert Wilders: zere is something about zat ideology zat makes zem violent!

Nadhi: But most Muslims are not violent!

Geert Wilders: zen why are most terrorists Muslims? I’ll tell you why; it ees becauze terrorists are attracteed to violent ideologies like Izlam.

Luddee: Yes… yes I see your point. In fact here’s another thing; terrorists are mostly males.

Nadhi: *looks suspiciously at Geert*

Geert Wilders: But zat is ridiculous. You do not chooz to be male! Izlam is a choice. Zay are reesponsible for zis.

Nadhi: *relaxes*

Luddee: And males choose to be terrorists.

Nadhi: *looks suspiciously at Geert again*

Geert Wilders: But most males do not make zat choi… oh.

Brain becomes less active when religious hear prayers

According to this report in the New Scientist;

WHEN we fall under the spell of a charismatic figure, areas of the brain responsible for scepticism and vigilance become less active. That’s the finding of a study which looked at people’s response to prayers spoken by someone purportedly possessing divine healing powers.

After-thoughts

Luddee: Mr. Muhammad, you’re an engineer and a Pakistani immigrant to the U.S. You have been living there for a couple of years, so please tell us; has your opinion of Pakistan, Pakistani politics or even of Pakistanis changed?

Mr.Muhammad: With pleasure. I actually do have a problem with my fellow Pakistanis; they’re always blaming the U.S for bomb blasts and sectarian violence in Pakistan. It’s ridiculous.

Luddee: That’s a very reasonable point of view.

Nadhi: I’m not sure I agree.

Mr.Muhammad: Nadhi, I live with Americans. I work with Americans. I would even say that Americans are my friends. Therefore, I know their character; they are more interested in business than in destruction… and Pakistan does not have oil, so why blame the U.S for all that?

Nadhi: Well…

Mr.Muhammad: And let’s not forget that America is half way across the world!

Luddee: What does that have to do wi-

Mr.Muhammad: They should blame a country closer by; INDIA!

Luddee: Ah.

Mr.Muhammad: and we do have reasons to blame India.

Luddee: Oh, good… justification as well.

Nadhi: It’s the icing on the cake.

If it wasn’t god.. then who?

“If god didn’t create you, then who did?”, asked the wise man to guffaws of laughter from the faithful. The atheist buried her forehead between her index finger and thumb, wondering how to change their concept of “who” to “what”, without it sounding like she was avoiding the question.

“It may have been Ethidium’s cousin” she finally replied.

“Who!?” they asked.

Ethidium’s cousin may have created all life, playing the role of a midwife to a few nucleotides, so that they could form long strands of RNA molecules… see here.

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