Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Remembering Bob

Forgive me, but the story of the TV executive charged with beheading his wife because she filed for divorce reminds me of a bad joke and good proverb.

Muzzammil Hassan founded Bridges TV, a network designed "to foster a greater understanding among many cultures and diverse populations," specifically designed to show Muslims in a positive light after violent extremists made many fearful and suspicious about the faith.

Whatever good Hassan may have accomplished with his network is negated by an act that plays to the stereotype of the controlling Muslim man who treats his wife as his property, and the stereotype of Muslim terrorists who behead their victims, even though — as is the case with all men and women — this is just one individual whose sick act should not be generalized as representative of a group.

The joke/proverb: You can spend your life building a thousand bridges, but if you shag one sheep, no one will remember you as Bob the bridge builder.


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