Muslims Insulting Non-Muslims Tourists
by Daniel Pipes
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The Maldives are a tiny island country of under 400,000 citizens, every one of them by law a Muslim, that has simultaneously become a place of Islamist repression and high-end tourism. The profoundly incompatible nature of these developments came dramatically to light recently in the course of a marriage renewal ceremony held as the posh Vilu Reef Beach & Spa Resort, which takes up the entire expanse of Meedhuffushi Island in South Nilandhe Atoll.
A Swiss couple paid US$1,300 for a "Sunset Wedding." Here's the description:
The climax of the three-day event is a 15-minute ceremony during which "The Master of Ceremonies begins the wedding ceremony by reciting the wedding vows." This involves a hotel employee solemnly reading an Islamic blessing in the local Dhivehi language from an official-looking document.
Trouble was, the M.C., identified as Hussein Didi, had a good laugh at the expense of this particular Swiss couple, as an amateur video taken by hotel employees and posted on the internet with English translation makes evident. As the couple held up their hands in a kind of prayer, unaware of the joke underway, the staffer intoned:
Didi also insulted the man's penis and called the couple some very foul names.
Other staff members taking part in the ceremony maintained a serious demeanor, though one sniggered. The document at hand was nothing but a list of Vilu Reef employment regulations. The staff can be heard debating whether or not the Swiss woman is wearing a bra. "Don't look at the breasts!" one orders as the bride bends over during another part of the ceremony, planting a coconut palm.
The video has caused uproar in the Maldives, where tourism provides more than half of the foreign currency. The president and foreign minister both offered groveling apologies and assurances that the incident would not be repeated.
Comment: Guileless, soft, clueless, starry-eyed, romantic Western tourists unaware of resentment, hate, insults, and supremacism directed at them by Muslim locals; it's a old, sour, pungent story but not one often caught on film and exposed to the wide world.
Here is the response of an Egyptian on hearing about this Maldive story:
(October 29, 2010)
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