Am Dienstag, 9. März 2010 21:31:51 schrieb N B Day:
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
Hmm could you provide links? I found
, but another mail
from the same person seems to indicate its a random quote out of a bunch of
quotes he attaches.
Have you actually replied to the person yourself that you feel offended?
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.
Is this the same Muir whos picture is in Sam and Max? Where you grow some
fruit the shape of his head afterwards or something.
Sorry for OT but it's the only Muir I know =)
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 agree, the quote is distasteful and close minded, but I guess it's a quote
he likes and feels like sharing in his mails, it's after the actual mail so
just an attachment unspecific to the discussion.
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
Again link to the forum please? If there were insults this indicates bad
etiquette and the forum should deal with it appropriatly, but I think people
would like to make their own opinion about it.
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
Offense is when you feel offended, as I said I agree the quote is truly bad
taste and close minded, but I don't think he intents to offend every muslim
How is it that someone is allowed to post the
paragraph quoted above
repeatedly on the opensuse-en list without comment or objection from
Most come from a christian and jewish heritage here, so most aren't offended
by a statement against islam. I don't think many would be offended by
attaching quotes against catholics, or against a stupid former president of
the USA, as people tend to have grown a thick skin on lists.
How does permitting this comport with the Guiding
Are they just a bunch of high-sounding empty words?
I agree the quote is offensive towards muslims and should not be used on this
open list, but action should be chosen wisely, so cracking down on opinions
will not lead to a closed list where people feel they can't express their
I for example love this: "There's probably no God. Now stop worrying and enjoy
your life." and think it'd be my right to show that point of view in my mails
as well, and no this isn't meant to offend anybody.
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