Giving a whole new meaning to “Don’t touch that dial.”
MOGADISHU, Somalia – Somali radio stations have stopped broadcasting music following an order from Islamist insurgents who say songs are un-Islamic.
Somalia has a tradition of music and most residents greeted the ban with dismay. The edict is the latest unpopular order from Islamists, who have also banned bras, musical ringtones and movies.
So will they rise up and throw the bums out? They did it once before, of course. But like all Islamic supremacists, the anti-music forces here resort to a tried-and-true tactic to make that an unappealing option:
Abdulahi Yasin Jama at Tusmo broadcasting says stations had no choice but to comply with the order, which came into force Tuesday. Only one government-controlled station is defying the ban.
The Islamists frequently assassinate those who defy them or carry out Shariah-based punishments like amputating limbs.
The ban on music echoes rules enforced by Afghanistan’s hardline Taliban regime in the late 1990s.
Yeah, isn’t that funny how both the Somalis and the Afghans misunderstand Islam in exactly the same way?
* The Ayatollah Khomeini said that.