October 18, 2012

Fazil Say, the pianist on trial in Turkey for tweeting things like...

"Why such haste? Have you got a mistress waiting or a raki on the table?" (joking about the brevity of a call to prayer).

11 comments:

Sigivald said...

The vaguely interesting thing about that is that it's complaining that the call to prayer was not done seriously enough, in that example.

And they're calling that an "insult to Islam" ... sounds more like it's really "insulting the religious pseudo-caste".

Convenient how blasphemy laws let you conflate the two, when you're the religious authority.

cubanbob said...

The 7th century is incompatible with liberty. What were the Europeans thinking when discussing the possibility of letting Turkey in to the EU?

edutcher said...

The guy is being conscientious.

I guess tweeting about the Prophet is against Sharia.

Econophile said...

In Turkey, these numerous trials have much, much more to do with the conspiracy-driven politics than religion.

Sharia is a fairly foreign idea there.

Tyrone Slothrop said...

He should have said,a raki waiting or a mistress on the table.

Lyle said...

Thank God for the First Amendment!

EDH said...

I thought he was talking about "nookie" on the table.

Sam L. said...

It's still a way to suppress the masses, and those who will not be the masses.

Methadras said...

Lyle said...

Thank God for the First Amendment!


SHHH!!! Don't tell Inga that. She doesn't like it when it offends Muslims. Be veh-wee veh-wee quiet...

Clyde said...

It's always a bad idea to joke about anything remotely connected to Islam in a Muslim society. Religious fanatics have no sense of humor whatsoever.

He'd better hope that his sentence doesn't involve amputating the offending Tweeting fingers. It would be really hard to play piano without all ten fingers.

James Pawlak said...

Turkish music has had a limit impact on American music. The best (Only?) example of this is Dave Brubecks' "Blue Rondo A La Turl": Which is well worth the listening!