Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Rockin' the Casbah

The clash of civilizations, indeed.
A female Muslim juror has been arrested in Britain after allegedly listening to an MP3 player under her hijab headscarf during a murder trial, police said Monday.

The woman in her early 20s was spotted by a fellow juror listening to music as she was meant to be helping try the case of a pensioner accused of bludgeoning his wife to death after 50 years of marriage.
Specifically, apparently, she was listening to it during the presentation of the defendant's evidence.

The mind reels! I mean, on the one hand, I expect there's a type of person who will look at this in a positive light; that'll conclude that the case for the secular West's and Islam's common humanity--or lack thereof--is only made the stronger by events such as this ... And let's be honest: was there ever anything so quintessentially materialist/fear-of-godless-Western as the sort of indifference that persuades a person that it is okay to listen to some tunes while a man's fate is being determined? Fehgetaboudit! This chick is Paris Hilton in a long hat!

'Thing is: I can't help the feeling that the likely default verdict of even such as Paris Hilton in a case like this would be one of innocence, given that she had absented herself in all but body from any evidence to the contrary ... But this jury--including, obviously, the Muslim woman in question--found the man guilty!