On Martes, 9 de Marzo de 2010 15:31:51 N B Day escribió:
Over the weekend and as recently as early today,
Tuesday 9 March, an
individual has posted several messages in the opensuse-en list which
have the following text appended to them as a tag line:
“The sword of Muhammad and the Qur'an are the most fatal enemies of
civilization, liberty and truth which the world has ever known - an
unmitigated cultural disaster parading as God's will.”
--Sir William Muir
Message ID 4B91DFA$.4010402, 4B9327B7.6030506, 4B960398.90500
The (far too kind, in my opinion) Wikipedia article on William Muir is
A quotation from Muir on
Islam is pretty well analogous to a quotation from Karl Luegner on the
Jews or George C. Wallace on the virtues of African-Americans. Not
likely to be fair and balanced.
These sentiments borrowed from Muir were not germane to the topic
underthe quotation of discussion, nor could they possibly be on a list
devoted to helping English-speaking openSUSE users world wide use and
enjoy this wonderful distribution.
I cannot imagine what purpose the poster might have had in posting no
fewer than three copies of this appalling bit of 19th century bigotry
other than to make people who follow Islam or come from Islamic cultures
feel discriminated against and unwanted in opensuse-en. It doesn't
contribute anything, it doesn't inform, it didn't have anything to do
with the topic; it's just a vile bit of slime which is designed to cause
hurt to approximately one quarter of humankind.
I complained to the list owner early on Sunday, my time. I have had no
response. As I said above, the postings continue.
I addressed this in the off-topic forum (where ad hominims are on-topic)
and the consensus among participants there was that I am a stupid prig
and should just shut up. In the wake of this I have been favored by a
large number of unsolicited private emails from some of the same people
putting the point that I am a stupid prig even more forcefully. Twit
filtering is so easy now that I'm not really bothered by it; I am
surprised at the number and vehemence of them.the quotation of
I suggest a thought experiment for those here who may agree that I'm
just a stupid prig: substitute "Jesus and the Bible" or "Judah Maccabee
and the Torah" for "Muhammad and Qur'an" in the above.
The final section of the OpenSUSE Guiding Principles reads in part as
"We believe that a diverse community based on mutual respect is the base
for a creative and productive environment enabling the project to be
truly successful. We don't tolerate social discrimination and aim at
creating an environment where people feel accepted and safe from
Complete text is here: http://en.opensuse.org/Guiding_Principles
How is it that someone is allowed to post the paragraph quoted above
repeatedly on the opensuse-en list without comment or objection from
anyone? How does permitting this comport with the Guiding Principles?
Are they just a bunch of high-sounding empty words?
I think to stop misinterpretation, bad intentions or any confusion in the
future we should ask everybody removes signatures not this business (openSUSE)
related from their mails.
We are all together from different latitudes and longitudes on this earth
(same ship) with different spiritual beliefs, political orientation, gender,
etc. If we have something good, enhancer, to share with others go for it. We
cannot grow up all together destroying other people cultures.
We should stop thinking we are best than others but showing alternatives
behavior for a good understanding and addressing our efforts toward common
good for life. There is no "best", just a different mode to do things easier
for each one.
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