After hearing about the church in Florida that intends to burn the Koran on September 11, what a relief it is to read this cheerful little news item.
The Libyan head of state, Muammar al-Gaddafi, making an official visit to Italy, has said he wants to convert Europe to Islam. But the 500 candidates for conversion chosen by a modeling agency show this has little to do with religious convictions, writes Gad Lerner in his blog, del Bastardo.
“No good Muslim can take Gaddafi seriously with his appeal to Europe to convert to Islam. If the supreme leader of the Jamahiriya were indeed driven by the desire to convert he would have surrounded himself with a mixed public rather than specifically requesting a hostess agency to supply pretty young girls, sexy, but not too much so, in line with Maghreb tastes.
“His real intention was to show that elegance and sensuality can be bought…. Faced with the spectacle of these pitiful gatherings of young Italian girls – which Gaddafi would never dream of calling to Islamic prayer in a temple – Silvio Berlusconi has felt compelled to talk of ‘folklore’ not only out of diplomatic embarrassment.”
Repubblica, August 31