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In Dogs We Trust

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in response to reader comment: True Reason Why Muslims Dislike Dogs

Submitted by Doc Tater (United States), Feb 22, 2008 at 17:06


Thanks for the info about the sharia background of the anti-dog bias Muslims have. As a lover and rescuer of many dogs, I've been curious about this subject for years. Love me, love my dogs.

About a year or so ago I was snooping around on al Sistani's web site, attempting to confirm a report I'd run across that he had declared dogs (like mine) and people of the book (like me) to be about equally unclean as swine, and it was true! Touch me or my dogs, and a Muslim has all sorts of cleansing rituals he is required to go through. Now you've provided me with more documentation about the sharia basis for Muslims' bias against dogs.

Apologists for Islam will try to tell you, if you're in mixed Muslim and non-Muslim company when the Muslims are smiling at you and making nice while planning your dhimmitude, that the Muslim anti-dog bias is just a regional preference, a cultural difference that is somewhat supported by a high rate of disease among dogs in the Middle East.

For a couple of years now I've increasingly trusted my dogs to tell me who I should trust and who I should be cautious about. They really can tell. The dog's reaction to a dangerous stranger is one indication. The reaction of the stranger to the dog is the other indication. A Lebanese visitor to my home passed "The Dog Test" with flying colors back around Christmas, confirming his claim that he was Christian and confirming my impression that he was probably an OK guy, so he can come back any time.

I prefer the company of dogs to the company of most people. Dogs are noble, loyal, honest, and they teach me something new about unconditional love every day. Even a puppy will rise up and protect you with his life once you've treated him kindly for a while. It seems like a no-brainer to me. Given only one option or the other, I'll take the company of any one of my dogs over the company of a Muslim, and I will certainly defend my right to act on that preference for the rest of my life.

I guess that means I'll have to forget about being visited by Barrack Hussein Obama, but that won't be any great loss. If Hillary Clinton showed up at my door, my dogs would instantly sense the cold, evil heart beating in her chest and go completely nuts. I don't want Secret Service guys shooting my dogs! On the other hand, I have a hunch my dogs would get along just fine with John McCain in almost no time at all.

Guess you can figure out who I'm voting for in November, eh Mike?

Maybe that's not a bad way of determining who to vote for: Would you trust any elected official, in any office, whom your dogs didn't trust? Could you really feel comfortable with representation by an elected official who couldn't get along with your dogs?


Doc Tater


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