Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Question of the Day: Will Rand Paul Now Don a Muslim Cap?

Now that Rand Paul has donned a yamulke will Rand be fair and balanced and don a taqiyah?

Wikipedia explains the tradition:
The taqiyah (also spelt "tagiyah"; Arabic: طاقية‎ / ALA-LC: ṭāqīyah) is a short, rounded cap worn by some observant Muslim men. [...] In the United States and Britain, many Muslim merchants sell the prayer cap under the name kufi. [...] For men, it is mustahabb, which means 'commendable' or 'seeking the love of God', to cover the head during prayer.

His trip is, afterall, to the Middle East and not just Israel. If not, why not?


  1. I dont think he's worn a kippah (yet), it was the wall behind him that made it look so..

    1. Go back to that post. He's added another pic.

  2. Replies
    1. Who wants to go anywhere near Muslims? All they have to offer is oil, poverty and violence.

      Then again, that's an improvement - until recently, it was just poverty and violence, which is all Muslims have been offering for 1400 years.

    2. @Anonymous 8:49: Muslim civilization---like all civilizations---has an abundance of problems, some of them unique to itself; but your offhand dismissal of the past "1400 years" bespeaks a profound ignorance. You must know nothing of Muslim contributions to mathematics, philosophy, astronomy and architecture, for instance. And you must be entirely ignorant of the role early Muslim scholars played in preserving the remnants of the western classical canon. Names like Avicenna and Averroes no doubt mean nothing you. And you are assuredly a stranger to the beauties of the Alhambra and deaf to the verses of Omar Khayyám.

    3. You may as well talk about how great the republic was when Jefferson was president - at least that was only two centuries ago. All Muslims have to offer today is poverty and violence - the standard statist commodities to go along with their ridiculous religion.

      (Not to mention the dysgenic breeding - I find it hard to imagine that the smart people are the ones having the kids. So their median IQ will keep spiralling down.)

      And apparently I'm supposed to admire them today because they used to be great a millennium ago. Does the same logic apply to the west? Should I admire the Western statist disaster zone because the west was once great?

      And what about the Islamic legacy of statism and violence? Isn't statism what we're supposed to be criticising?

    4. Without Al-Jabr we wouldn't have modern civilization. You, know, the freakng inventor of Algebra!

      Islamophobic assholes like you, ignorant to your core, are bigger terrorists than the Muslims.

    5. Islamophobic assholes like you, ignorant to your core, are bigger terrorists than the Muslims.

      The usual pro-Islamic propaganda crap, accusing me of being a terrorist - hang on a minute, accusing people of being "terrorists" because they hold unpopular opinions - isn't that something that statists, including certain past and present American presidents, do?

      I'm afraid you just showed your statist colors.

      (I find it telling that you introduced terrorism - I was only referring to their domestic violence and poverty.)

      Muslim societies are the least liberal societies on earth. I have no idea why libertarians defend them. At least people in communist countries mostly hated communism. We can't say the same about Islam.

    6. @Anonymous 10:54. Way to awkwardly sidestep the point. No one said that we should uncritically celebrate Islamic civilization---or any civilization for that matter; nor did anyone claim that past glories excuse present faults. The point (and it is a very, very simple one) is that only an ignoramus would claim that "poverty and violence . . . is [sic] all Muslims have been offering for 1400 years."

      But don't let that stop you from enjoying your Two Minutes Hate.