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Violence And Context In Islamic Texts

06/22/2013 3 comments

Muslim apologists claim that those who call Islam a violent religion take the Qur’an and Hadith out of context. But the Qur’an and Hadith say otherwise …

By Mark Durie, Gatestone Institute – “Recently, the journalist Paul Sheehan, reflecting on the Woolwich beheading of Drummer Lee Rigby, invited consideration of the view of Muslim violence in authoritative Islamic texts. In the Sydney Morning Herald of May 27, 2013, Sheehan observed that the Koran and the teachings of Muhammad seem to be a factor behind Muslim violence, and offered these critical observations:

  • Many violent attacks on civilians are done in the name of Islam.
  • The existence of violent Islamic sectarian conflict and the repression of religious dissent in Muslim nations give the lie to the ‘absurd claim’ that Islam is ‘the religion of peace.’
  • Many verses in the Koran call for violence against unbelievers, and these are invoked by Muslims who murder others: ‘So many Muslims have been encouraged to murder civilians by such exhortations that the rate of violent incidents perpetrated in the name of Islam is staggering, a toll that shows no sign of subsiding.’

A rejoinder was published the next day by Associate Professor Mohamad Abdalla, founding director of the Islamic Research Unit at Griffith University in Queensland, Australia. Abdalla rejected the proposition that Islam supports killing innocent people: ‘A contextual reading of the Koran or Hadith leads to one conclusion only: there is no justification for killing of innocent people…’

Sheehan, while affirming that ‘Most Muslims are peaceful,’ did not say that Islam is the only factor behind Muslim violence, and he did not claim that the killers’ interpretations of religious texts were the only valid interpretation. He also nowhere used the label ‘innocent’ to characterize victims of Muslim violence; and he did not claim that Islam supports killing ‘innocent’ people. His point was simply that, according to some Muslims, violent verses in the Koran contribute to Muslims behaving violently.

Why did Abdalla introduce the word ‘innocent,’ and do his arguments have credibility?

Abdalla’s key point is that seemingly violent texts from Islam’s canon have to be read ‘in context.’ He explains that to put the Koran ‘in context,’ one must at least consider the following five factors:

  • the context in which verses were ‘revealed’ to Muhammad;
  • the principle of ‘abrogation’;
  • other passages which address the same subject;
  • the life of Muhammad, and
  • the way the verse has been applied [by Muslim scholars].

Abdalla claims that Sheehan is not competent to pass judgement on the Koran because he lacks such knowledge. He also states, but offers no evidence to support the allegation, that taking ‘context’ into account will result in a more moderate interpretation of these sacred scriptures.

Taking context into account, however, can actually make a ‘peaceful’ verse quite nasty, and a violent verse even worse. There is nothing about ‘context’ that makes it a magic wand to render peaceful and harmless every text over which it is waved. Context is neither a silver bullet against violent texts, nor is it a disinfectant for theological unpleasantness.

It also needs to be understood that radical jihadis themselves use a contextual model to interpret the Koran: they do not simply rely on context-free interpretations or on proof-texts — quotes taken out of context to support an argument. The Bin Ladins of the world — and theologians such as Sayyid Qutb who paved the way for them — have been more than familiar with interpretive tools such as the ‘context’ of revelation, ‘abrogation,’ or the life of Muhammad. Such subjects are on the curriculum in the jihad factories.

What is disappointing about Abdalla’s article is that the very texts he refers to Read more…

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Mass Murder, Looting, Theft, Destruction: Anti-Christian Violence ‘Likely To Explode’ In Central African Republic

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By Illia Djadi, WorldWatch Monitor – “As a significant risk of interfaith conflict looms over the Central African Republic (CAR), the leaders of the two main religions in the country – Christianity and Islam – have decided to speak with one voice.

The CAR was plunged into chaos after a rebel coalition called Séléka overthrew the regime of François Bozizé in March, forcing him to flee the country.

Numerous acts of violence perpetrated by members of the rebellion have created a climate of tension between Christians, who make up nearly half of a population estimated at around 4.6 million, and Muslims, who comprise 15%.

The two religious communities have coexisted previously without many problems, with a strong Muslim presence in the north and Christians dominating the south.

But now the Christian community is claiming some of its Muslim neighbours have becomes accomplices to Séléka’s acts of violence, which are said to include mass murder, looting, theft and the destruction of property. Christians say they feel particularly targeted.

‘We have started dialogue between Muslims, Catholics and Protestants to calm the situation down, otherwise this country is likely to explode,’ the Bishop of Bangassou, Juan José Aguirre Munos, told the Catholic Fides Agency.

‘We are offering an opportunity for dialogue so that the life of the population can be brought back to normal. Since some Muslims have been accused of complying [with Séléka’s violence], we are trying to avoid further violence and revenge that would complicate an already very confusing situation.'” Read more.

Flashback: Central African Republic: Islamic Militants Armed With ‘Hit List’ Of Pastors And Churches Launch ‘Reign Of Terror’ Against Christians – “Islamic militants have launched a ‘reign of terror’ against Christians in Central African Republic after Seleka rebels took control of the country in a March 24 coup, rights activists said. Armed with a ‘hit list’ of pastors and places of worship, Seleka rebels systematically looted church property, even seizing money from collection plates, according to Barnabas Fund, a Christian aid and advocacy group working in the region.” Read more.

Flashback: Islam In Africa: ‘An Invisible Genocide Where Sadistic Killers Slaughter And Execute Thousands Of Christians’ – “The UN does nothing, the world is silent, and most Western citizens, who know little about Africa, do not know it is happening. The goal is creating a big African-Islamic continent. Christians must be killed or expelled. Fom Nigeria to Sudan, it is raging, the ‘Odium Fidei’, the war of religion. A genocide epitomized not by the images of Sydney Pollack’s ‘Out of Africa’, which presents a continent that is rich and attractive, but by the Nigerian village of Dogo Nahawa, where Islamists, armed with machetes, killed 300 Christians, mostly women and children.”Read more.

Pakistan: Christian Teenager Tortured, Murdered While In Police Custody

06/22/2013 2 comments

It seems like many of the police in Pakistan are only there to serve and protect … Islam …

Christians in Crisis – “Thousands of Christians in Punjab had recently taken to the streets in protest at the alleged torture and murder of a teenager who was held in police custody. Eighteen-year-old Adnan Masih died at Sharaqpur Sharif city police station in the district of Sheikhupura on June 10th, after being detained for six days. More than 4,000 Christians staged road blocks on the day of his death, demanding justice and the immediate arrest of the police involved. Three police officers have since been arrested.

Adnan, a fridge and air-conditioning mechanic who worked in nearby Lahore, was arrested on June 4th over the alleged kidnapping of a young Muslim woman. His family say he did not even know the woman and was entirely innocent. They also state that Adnan was brutally tortured during the six days of his detainment and then killed. The police are reportedly claiming that Adnan committed suicide.

The Centre for Legal Aid Assistance and Settlement (CLAAS) was summoned by villagers to help them register a case with police against Adnan’s alleged attackers. They believe that Adnan was targeted because of his faith as other non-Christian suspects were released within a day. Learn more about the challenges of believers in Pakistan by going to www.persecution.net/pakistan.htm.” Source – Christians in Crisis.

Flashback: Pakistan: Christian Beaten By Police For Drinking Water From Glass Belonging To Muslims – “A Christian worker at a veterinary dispensary building shared by a police post has accused two police officials of beating and humiliating him for drinking water from a glass used by the policemen… According to the complaint, Sarfaraz took Nisar Masih to the office of Ahmed on seeing him drink water from the office cooler. Ahmed asked Nisar Masih about his religion. When he responded that he was a Christian, Ahmed remarked, ‘How dare you drink from a Muslim’s glass?’” Read more.

Flashback: Pakistan: Police Refuse To Open Formal Investigation After Murder Of 14-Year-Old Christian Boy – “A brutal murder, of a shadowy nature, has shaken the Christian community in Pakistan … police in Faisalabad found the horribly mutilated body of Suneel Masih in an isolated area of ​​the city. They boy a Christian orphan from the city had disappeared two days earlier… But investigators have yet to open an investigation into the terrible murder of the 14 year old orphan Christian, whose funeral took place yesterday in the presence of minority leader and local politicians.” Read more.

Flashback: Pakistan: Christian Couple Tortured by Police, Resist Pressure to Convert to Islam – “Salma Emmanuel and her husband, Rashid Emmanuel, were tortured by Pakistani police over a three-day period after Salma, a maid, was falsely accused of stealing from her employer, according to news reports. ‘I begged them for mercy, pleading that I am five months pregnant, but they continued their merciless onslaught,’ said Salma, referring to the policewomen who tortured her. ‘They continued to try to force me to admit to the crime, even threatening that they would kill my baby, but I refused to confess a false allegation.’” Read more.

 

Syrian Rebels: Anyone Cursing Allah Is Given 3 Days To Repent, But Anyone Cursing Mohammed Is Killed Immediately

06/22/2013 1 comment

For Muslim rebels fighting to create an Islamic State in Syria, insulting the “prophet” Mohammed is apparently now more blasphemous than insulting Allah himself …

Revelation 13:15, 18, “The second beast was given power to give breath to the image of the first beast, so that the image could speak and cause all who refused to worship the image to be killed… This calls for wisdom. Let the person who has insight calculate [‘psēphizō’ – reckon] the number [‘arithmos’ – multitude, people] of the beast, for it is the number [‘arithmos’ – multitude, people] of a man. That number [‘arithmos’ – multitude, people] isχξς

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Mohammed Engulfed In “Sacred Fire” During His “Ascension Into Heaven”

By Richard Spencer, The Telegraph – “Mohammed Katta’s mother witnessed the execution of her son in three stages.

She was upstairs at home when she first heard the shouting. The people of the neighbourhood were yelling that ‘they have brought back the kid’, so she rushed out of her apartment.

‘I went out on my balcony,’ Nadia Umm Fuad said. ‘I said to his father, they are going to shoot your son! Come! Come! Come! I was on the stairs when I heard the first shot. I was at the door when I heard the second shot.

‘I saw the third shot. I was shouting, ‘That’s haram, forbidden! Stop! Stop! You are killing a child.’ But they just gave me a dirty look and got into their car. As they went, they drove over my son’s arm, as he lay there dying.’

Mohammed was 14 when he was killed, earlier this month, prompting international condemnation. He has become a symbol of the fears many Syrians have for the future of a country where jihadists are vying with the regime for control.

He is a counterweight – the comparison was Nadia Umm Fuad’s – to Hamza al-Khatib, the 13-year-old from Deraa in southern Syria returned by regime troops to his parents battered, genitals removed, kneecaps smashed, burned and with three gunshot wounds, early in the uprising.

Mohammed was working at the family’s coffee stall in the Shaar district of Aleppo when he made a fatal mistake. Pressured by a customer to hand over a coffee on promise of payment, he shouted good-humouredly: “I wouldn’t give the Prophet Mohammed credit if he came here today.” He was overheard by two men on the opposite corner. Marching over, they whisked him away in a car, ignoring his protestations of his love for the Prophet and the objections of a militiaman from the Free Syrian Army nearby. Half an hour later, they returned. According to Mohammed’s younger brother and the neighbours, he was staggering and fell to his knees, and had clearly been beaten. A bag had been placed over his head.

‘I heard them say, ‘People of Aleppo and people of Shaar! Anyone who curses [Allah] is given three days to repent. Anyone who curses the Prophet is killed immediately’,’ Nadia Umm Fuad said.” Read more.

Flashback: Syria: Foreign Islamists Taking Over Mosques Call Upon Muslims To Kill Anyone Who Does Not Practice The Religion Of Mohammed – “… Islamic Courts are a scourge that plagues most of the areas controlled by al-Qaeda affiliated foreign militias, which are also opposed by local pro-rebel groups, not to mention by supporters of Bashar al-Assad. ‘As soon as they reached the city,’ the bishop said, ‘Islamist guerrillas, almost all of them from abroad, took over the mosques. Every Friday, an imam launches their messages of hate, calling on the population to kill anyone who does not practice the religion of the Prophet Muhammad. They use the courts to level charges of blasphemy.” Read more.

Flashback: Former Muslim: Islam Is ‘Not Merely A Religion But A Cult Belief System, The Cult Of Muhammad’ – “Exegetically and hermeneutically, the ‘number’ (arithmos) of the Beast does not necessitate the use of mathematics or gammatria to ‘reckon’ what it is, as many prophecy teachers have often assumed. The reason for this is simple. The word ‘arithmos’ is used a total of 18 times in the New Testament, and aside from Revelation 5:11 when John is referring to the number of angels around the throne of God, every other time ‘arithmos’ is used it is always referring to a group of people… in order to convert to ‘Allah’s religion’ one must recite the Islamic creed, called the Shahada, by declaring that ‘There is no god but Allah, and MOHAMMED is his messenger.’ Without Christ, there can be no Christianity. Likewise, without Mohammed, there can be no Islam… it therefore only stands to reason that ‘the number (multitude) of a man’ is not referring to an eschatonic Antichrist, but rather to Mohammed — the founder and (false) prophet of Islam — whose teachings even today, and in increasing measure, continues to force all those under Islamic rule to worship Allah — the god of Islam — who should otherwise be killed if they refuse” Read more.

CAIR-Washington Member Omar Abdelbadie Arrested For Raping Twelve-Year-Old Girl

06/22/2013 1 comment

And according to Mr. Abdelbadie, the way the girl was dressed apparently overpowered his Islamic will. In other words, it’s the child’s fault …

“The worst sin and distraction from virtue that I have left for man is woman” – Prophet of Islam, Mohammed, Sahih Al Bukhari, 5096

By David Wood, Answering Islam – “Omar Abdelbadie was born in Egypt, but has lived in the United States for the past eight years. He is currently studying Neurobiology at the University of Washington. In his free time, he volunteers with CAIR-Washington, promotes interfaith unity as Vice-President of Bridges (the University of Washington’s Interfaith Council), and walks the streets looking for little girls to ply with drugs and take back to his apartment. The only silver lining to this dark cloud of perversion is Abdelbadie’s unnamed friend, who called police after realizing that a sex-crime had just been committed. (If this friend happens to be Muslim, I tip my hat to him, for living a far better life than some of his Muslim brothers across the Atlantic have been living.)

Of course, perverts can come from all sorts of backgrounds. The point here, however, is that Muslim preachers keep telling us that Islam is the solution to Western immorality. With so many recent cases of Muslim pedophiles targeting little (non-Muslim) girls, I’d say that Muslim preachers have lost the right to tell us what Islam can do for the West. When a religion glorifies a man who had sex with a nine-year-old girl, allows its adherents to rape female captives, and calls anyone who rejects the religion ‘the worst of creatures’ (Qur’an 98:6), it will never benefit societies with large populations of unbelievers…

Washington—A University of Washington student accused of having sex with a 12-year-old girl he picked up in the University District has been charged with child rape.

Currently free after posting bond, UW Senior Omar Abdelbadie is alleged to have plied the girl with marijuana, brought her back to his apartment and had sex with her hours after they met. Abdelbadie, a 22-year-old originally from Bellevue, was described by prosecutors as a threat to community safety, despite his lack of a criminal history.

“The defendant is a danger to children given the circumstances of this crime where he met a 12 year old girl on the street, exposed her to marijuana, and took her to his home, where they had sexual intercourse,” Senior Deputy Prosecutor Carol Spoor said in court papers…

According to charging papers, Abdelbadie told police he met the girl walking near University Avenue and claimed she was dressed “provocatively.”

Read more.

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UK: ‘Highly Respected’ Islamic Teacher Who Knows Qur’an By Heart Sexually Molests Girl In Front Of Other Children

06/22/2013 4 comments

Perhaps he was merely seeking “honest wedlock” in his own perverted way. After all, Mohammed could “marry” and molest a child, and this “highly respected” follower of the prophet does have “an excellent example to follow” himself …

Qur’an Sura 4:24a, “And all married women (are forbidden unto you) save those (captives) whom your right hands possess. It is a decree of Allah for you. Lawful unto you are all beyond those mentioned, so that ye seek them with your wealth in honest wedlock …”

Qur’an Sura 33:21, “Indeed in Allah’s Messenger (Mohammad) you have an excellent example to follow for him who hopes in (meeting with) Allah and the Last Day…”

Lancashire Telegraph – “A 40-YEAR-OLD religious teacher has appeared in court charged with indecently assaulting a girl under the age of 13.

Suleman Maknojioa faces five allegations that he intentionally sexually touched the girl, who was receiving private tuition from him.

Blackburn magistrates were told the assaults were alleged to have taken place in front of two other children, who were also being taught by Maknojioa.

Catherine Allan, prosecuting, said that on the day he was arrested, Maknojioa, a highly-respected Hafiz, was due to teach 30 children at a Blackburn mosque.

Maknojioa, of Billinge Street, Blackburn, pleaded not guilty to all five charges, and was directed to stand trial at Preston Crown Court, where he is due to appear on July 10.

He was remanded on bail with the conditions that he does not have any unsupervised contact with, or teach any child under the age of 16.

Maknojioa was also told to surrender his passport, and told he must not contact witnesses.

He was also ordered to report to the Boulevard police station twice a week.” Source – Lancashire Telegraph.

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Somalia: Islamists Shoot Man To Death In Front Of Women And Children After Identifying Him As Christian

06/22/2013 2 comments

Hadith: Bukhari 9.84.57, “Muhammad said, ‘Whoever changed his Islamic religion, then kill him.’”

Morning Star News – “Islamic extremists from the rebel Al Shabaab in Somalia earlier this month publicly shot a young man to death after identifying him as a Christian, sources said.

The insurgents in Jamaame district in southern Somalia had been monitoring 28-year-old Hassan Hurshe since his arrival from a Kenya in 2010 and determined that he had become a Christian while in Kenya, said area Muslim sources whose names are withheld for security reasons.

Al Shabaab members on June 7 brought Hurshe to a public place in the town of Jilib and shot him in the head, they said.

‘Many people watched this horrible action, including women and children,’ said a witness.

Another area resident independently confirmed this account of the execution. A leader of the Somali underground church in Kenya who had also heard of the murder said Hurshe converted to Christianity in 2006, married in 2008 and fathered a baby boy in 2009.

The family left for Jilib, a town of about 45,000 in the Middle Juba Region, in the latter part of 2010 to visit family and start a small food shop, the source said.

Somalis are considered Muslim by birth, and apostasy, or leaving Islam, is punishable by death. After the execution, Hurshe’s parents, widow and son fled the area, a local resident said.” Read more.

Flashback: Islamist Killings Of Christians On The Rise In Somalia – “The recent fatal shooting of a father of four by suspected Islamic extremists in the coastal city of Kismayo unmasked the pervasive threat to Christians in the nation, and hurt Somalia’s efforts to improve their human rights record… Somalia has a nearly 100 percent Muslim population and anyone who converts to Christianity is deemed, by extremists, to be guilty of apostasy and deserving of death. Jimale’s murder is the latest in a series of killings of Christians who were suspected of leaving Islam to follow a ‘foreign religion.’” Read more.

Flashback: Al-Shabaab Vows To Continue Killing Those Who Do Not Worship Allah – “Somalia militia group Al-Shabaab has claimed responsibility for Sunday’s twin attacks on two churches in Garissa County that left 17 people dead… An Al-Shabaab loyalist Sheikh Hassan Takar said that the militia killed people who did not profess allegiance to Allah. ‘The mujahedeen (holy warriors) punished with their hands those believing and worshipping other than Allah,’ he said. ‘The militants will continue until such practice is eliminated.’ He added” Read more.

Iran: Six Christians Sentenced To Prison For Behaving Like Christians

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Morning Star News – “Six more Christians were sentenced for practicing their faith last week, while Iran’s presidential election of a moderate politician was not expected to soften the regime’s persecution of religious minorities…

‘[Khamenei] remains at the helm, and he has set course for utter destruction of the Christian faith in Iran,’ Tiffany Barrans, international legal director for the American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ) told Morning Star News. ‘His course was well-laid long before this election, and there is no sign that he plans to change course.’

The Revolutionary Court in Shiraz, 571 miles (920 kilometers) south of Tehran, issued prison sentences of 44 months to Mojtaba Seyyed-Alaedin Hossein, Mohammad-Reza Partoei, Vahid Hakkani, and Homayoun Shokouhi for ‘attending a house church, spreading Christianity, having contact with foreign ministries, propaganda against the regime, and disrupting national security,’ according the Mohabat News Agency. They were tried in absentia.

They had been arrested in February 2012, when police raided their house-church meeting. Officials rejected their appeal for release on bail. Hossein and Shokouhi, previously arrested in 2008 on similar accusations and handed five-year suspended sentences, received an additional eight months of imprisonment above last week’s sentence of 44 months. Additionally, Shokouhi’s wife, Fariba Nazemina, and their son, Nima Shokouhi, each received two-year suspended prison sentences.

The four men are being held in Adel Abad Prison in Shiraz, which houses hardened criminals and often lacks heating or health facilities. Officials also routinely deny medical treatment to prisoners, and as a result, Hakkani is in critical condition due to internal bleeding, according to Mohabat. Prison doctors say he is in urgent need of surgery but has little chance of receiving treatment.

The accused have not been able to contact their families since they were declared guilty. They have the option of appealing the ruling within 20 days.

Iran cracked down on non-Muslims in the run-up to the presidential elections. Last month security forces arrested an Iranian Assemblies of God pastor in Tehran and closed down his church.” Read more.

Flashback: Iran Intensifies Violent Crackdown On Christians, Even Imprisoning Nursing Mothers For Being Non-Muslim – “Iran’s hard-line regime has intensified its violent crackdown on Christians and other religious minorities, even imprisoning nursing mothers for practicing their faith, according to a new UN report. The March report provides a rare, detailed view into the shocking treatment of Christians in Iran, where American Pastor Saeed Abedini is serving an eight-year sentence for his alleged work with Christians. ‘The persecution of Christians has increased,’ said Ahmed Shaheed, the UN’s expert on human rights in Iran.” Read more.

Flashback: Unable To Buy Or Sell: Iran Refusing Business License For Convert To Christianity, Orders Businesses Not To Employ Christians – “Iranian authorities refuse to allow a young man to start his own company because he converted to Christianity and was previously detained on charges of ‘apostasy’, or ‘abandoning Islam’, Iranian Christians said Saturday, July 14. The Iranian Christian, who was not identified, had reportedly been trying to obtain a business license for ‘a technical company’ in northern Iran… Outside prison, government offices are reportedly ordered not to employ Christians and Christians have been deprived from high school or university education, or running their own schools, according to Iranians with close knowledge about the situation.” Read more.

Pennsylvania: Convert To Islam Threatens To Kill His Mother After Being Given Pork For Dinner

06/22/2013 2 comments

1 Timothy 4:1, 3a, “The Spirit clearly says that in later times some will abandon the faith and follow deceiving spirits and things taught by demons… They forbid people to marry and order them to abstain from certain foods …”

Qur’an Sura 5:3, “Forbidden to you (for food) are: dead meat, blood, the flesh of swine, and that on which hath been invoked a name other than that of Allah.”

The Smoking Gun – “A Pennsylvania man allegedly threatened to kill his mother because he believed she tried to ‘poison’ him by serving pork, ‘which was against his Muslim religion,’ investigators report.

Joshua Lee Coffey, 25, confronted his mother Sherri last week in the family’s home in St. Marys, a central Pennsylvania city.

Coffey accused his mother of ‘attempting to poison him,’ noting that ‘the meat he was given to eat was pork, which was against his Muslim religion,’ according to a probable cause affidavit. A criminal complaint alleges that Coffey ‘did threaten to kill his mother…due to his displeasure with the dinner served to him.’

During the ensuing argument, Coffey allegedly threatened to kill his mother and her boyfriend (with whom she had been eating dinner in her bedroom).

At one point, Coffey went to the kitchen and retrieved a 10-inch kitchen knife. He then returned to the bedroom and ‘held the knife in a threatening manner,’ prompting his mother to ‘flee out the window of the bedroom onto the roof.’ Sherri Coffey subsequently called 911 and then went to a neighbor’s home to await the arrival of officers.

According to cops, Coffey held the knife to the throat of Mark Blair, his mother’s boyfriend, and threatened to kill him if his mother called the police.” Read more.

Flashback: The Dangers of Eating Pork

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