Yet another tantrum from the Religion of Peace – this time over a musical tribute
ISLAMIC fundamentalists went off on another rant in the New Year – over what was intended as “a tribute to Muslim culture”.
The target of their fury was Jakub Rene Kosik, a 27-year-old DJ from Poland, whose newest composition, Mekka, Â provoked outrage on Facebook.
According to this report, when Kosik checked his messages on the social networking site, he was taken aback by the number of threats Muslims posted:
The first message read.
You messed with Islam.
We’ll never forgive what you did to our religion … You played with us, now we’ll play with you … We’re everywhere … Forget your international career.
By morning he had more than 300 threatening messages – one from an eight-year-old who wrote:
Jakub Rene Kosik – die dog.
What infuriated the rug-butters was the fact that Kosik’s piece, placed on an internet music store website, featured an Islamic prayer in the background.
Kosik told his girlfriend:
I think they want to kill me for this composition. I had mixed feelings. My first thought was, â€˜great, publicity’.
But later he wondered whether:
I had really hurt these people. But my composition was supposed to be a tribute to their culture. I’m atheist. But I was raised with respect to different religions and philosophical opinions.
He replied to the threats, each one individually, apologised and explained it was never his intention to offend anyone’s religious feelings. But it wasn’t until he removed the piece from the sites that the threats subsided.
The DJ added:
I am bitter that I was treated that way by fundamentalists. And I pity them that they aren’t able to see things more liberally.
Grzegorz Bogdanowicz, of the Warsaw Faith Community Muslim Religion Union (Warszawskiej Gminy Wyznaniowej MuzuÅ‚maÅ„skiego ZwiÄ…zku Religijnego) said the reaction to the composition was the result of the negative treatment of Muslims in Western European nations where they feel like second-class citizens. He added:
In Poland the situation is a lot better. Last year common prayer took place in a mosque. Three hundred people, Muslim and Catholic, intermixed in pews, read the Koran and the Bible, they prayed to Allah and to God in the Trinity.
Hat Tip: Alan H