On Eid al-Adha, Muslims sacrifice an animal in remembrance of Abraham’s near-sacrifice of his son (Ishmael, in their view) in obedience to the deity. It is a three-day festival that begins today, and so deceptive Muslim pseudo-reformer Tariq Ramadan tweeted: “Eid Mubarak-Happy Feast.Beyond sadness and wounds,a day to feel good,to smile,to give,to love and to respect…even the sheep.Eid of dignity”
Respect the sheep while you’re slitting its throat? Of course, Ramadan means that the person performing the sacrifice should do his work cleanly and without causing the sheep undue pain, but his use of “respect” in this way calls to mind how Islamic law oppresses women and non-Muslims and calls it “justice.” Justice in Islamic law is not only compatible with but absolutely synonymous with beating disobedient women, forbidding non-Muslims to build new houses of worship or repair old ones, etc.
And of course Ramadan is an old hand at this manipulation of language. French journalist Caroline Fourest in Brother Tariq notes that Ramadan is “remaining scrupulously faithful to the strategy mapped out by his grandfather, a strategy of advance stage by stage” toward the imposition of Islamic law in the West. She explains that he invests words like “law” and “democracy” with subtle and carefully crafted new definitions, permitting him to engage in “an apparently inoffensive discourse while remaining faithful to an eminently Islamist message and without having to lie overtly — at least not in his eyes.”
And so remember: as you’re slitting the sheep’s throat, do it with respect! And extend the same respect to the Infidel as you’re working to ensure his submission and humiliation!