Wednesday, April 12, 2006

Help! Help! I'm being repressed!

Ah...when you just don't know what to put for a title, it's great to know that they've got a Monty Python for that...

At least the above is relevant to this discussion...the "Life of Brian" quotes that I played throughout my radio show on sunday were not.

It sounds like they need an ACLU or something in Pakistan...this man (warning, MSM link) was just drummed out of the Air Force for having a beard. He's Muslim, so he's gotta have sounds like repression to me. Maybe the Pakistani's should look into having a "Don't ask, Don't tell" policy on beards. 'Cause, you know, it's worked so well for us...


  1. You fool. The guy got kicked out of the Air Force, because if he tried to fly the plane he wanted to, he was gonna have to wear an oxygen mask so he wouldn't pass out the first time he tried to do anything. And oxygen masks don't seal all that well over a beard. It had nothing to do with religion.
    And what can I say about the rest of it? Call in the ACLU? You might as well have asked for the UN Human Rights tribunal. Recomending the "Don't ask don't tell" policy?

    All I can say is "crazy!"

  2. I don't know the specifics of the case, but from what I was told a few years ago while visiting Egypt, the beard is an outward sign that the wearer has adopted what are usually referred to as "extreme fundamentalist views."

    That is, perhaps not quite the sort of person you want on active duty in the air force of a nuclear power.

    There is also the whole "sealing your mask" issue which applies equally to an oxygen mask or NBC protective mask.

  3. Yeah, I was trying to make a big deal out of nothing...I'm not sure the beard is always a sign of extremism, since I've known several muslims with beards who didn't want to shave them, but also didn't want to kill me. I think the bigger deal was the safety of the guy the need for him to follow orders, crazy as that may sound.

    I saw this and decided to do a quick post, becuase I haven't been able to do much this week, with it being Holy Week and all...