May 03, 2004


Shabana Rehman provides an instructional guide.

Posted by Tim Blair at May 3, 2004 03:57 AM

This is a woman with a sense of humor! Too bad the mullah is a sourpuss.

Posted by: JeffS at May 3, 2004 at 05:41 AM

Too bad nobody thought to do this with Jim Bakker and Jimmy Swaggart years ago...
or Jim Jones & David Koresh, come to think of it.
Take the macho-bullshit-arsehole wind right outta their sails, I bet.

Posted by: geezer at May 3, 2004 at 05:48 AM

I don't think even Governor Ah-nuld in his prime could have lifted either of those two without help of a crane.

Posted by: Andrea Harris at May 3, 2004 at 06:24 AM

And... PS: as far as I know, neither Swaggart nor Bakker, odious as they were, have been linked with any terrorist groups.

Posted by: Andrea Harris at May 3, 2004 at 06:25 AM

They would've been a lot lighter after one of their crying jags.

Posted by: geezer at May 3, 2004 at 06:26 AM

Has anybody tried it on Benny Hinz yet?

Posted by: narkynark at May 3, 2004 at 07:53 AM

Brilliant. Nothing like a little comic relief.

Posted by: carlos at May 3, 2004 at 08:17 AM

"Ansar al-Islam is suspected by the United States of links to the al-Qaida network and for involvement in suicide bombings targeting U.S. and coalition forces in Iraq", and apparently tolerated in Norway, land of Vidkun Quisling. Surprising that Shabana Rehman wasn't jailed for a hate crime.

Oh, and Geezer, bullshit and arsehole may be apt but no one ever accused Jim Bakker or Jimmy Swaggart of being "macho". The few times I ever heard Bakker talk, the word that came to mind was "pantywaist".

Posted by: Ken Summers at May 3, 2004 at 09:41 AM

LOL! That was golden.

Posted by: Sortelli at May 3, 2004 at 09:56 AM

Didn't Bakker come out of the closet and admit he was gay awhile back? I think that was after he'd been to prison. Gee I wonder why he decided to come out of the closet then... Well, I guess he had to be gay to be married to a drag queen for all those years.

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Posted by: Andrea Harris at May 3, 2004 at 10:21 AM

Comedian and women's rights activist Shabana Rehman - a well-known Muslim here as well - was in the audience for the debate and talked Krekar into allowing her to perform what she called a little test to see if he was a fundamentalist.

Pakistan-born Rehman walked onto the stage, grabbed the Mullah around the hips, and lifted him up.

Three cheers for Ms. Rehman, and three more for good measure. Why don't we hear about more Muslims like this?

And the Mullah's reaction is priceless, too. Maybe somebody should try that with our own Shifty Mufti...

Posted by: TimT at May 3, 2004 at 11:03 AM

Sadly, that's probably because there aren't any female comedians in a place like Iran, and anyone pulling a stunt like this there wouldn't last very long. But I'm with you, three cheers for the lovely lady!

Posted by: Sortelli at May 3, 2004 at 11:14 AM

Lots of women have picked up this muller.

Oh, I see that's mullah.

Posted by: Jimi at May 3, 2004 at 12:00 PM

Photos of this outrage can be found

Posted by: Andrew at May 3, 2004 at 02:32 PM

Dang it. Here

Posted by: Andrew at May 3, 2004 at 02:33 PM

"She is showing contempt for me."

Yeah, we caught that.

Posted by: David [.net] at May 3, 2004 at 02:37 PM

The mullah threatened a lawsuit, and demanded that all the photographers in the hall erase any pictures of him being lifted. But the images were broadcast on television and published in newspapers.

That 2nd line almost makes it sound like they're scared that al-Islam is going to retaliate.

Posted by: david at May 3, 2004 at 06:34 PM

Ansar Al-Islam makes Al Qaeda look like a bunch of Sunday school teachers, and the head of this barbaric organistation, Krekar, has lived comfortably in Norway since he was granted asylum there in 1991. It is from here that he unleashes acts of terror against the West at his leisure. No wonder America may have to act "unilaterally" from time to time with friends like Norway.

Posted by: Brian. at May 3, 2004 at 10:33 PM

"Didn't Bakker come out of the closet and admit he was gay awhile back?"

I have no idea, I quit paying attention about 30 seconds into the scandal (although I was slightly irritated that he received a sentence longer than many murderers).

My favorite memory of the entire Swaggart issue was when a colleague photoshopped* the image of Jimmy Swaggart's crying jag, captioned "The worst part is that I didn't even get to have an orgasm!"

*Well, this was pre-Windows so the "photoshopping" was actually done with a Ticonderoga No. 2 Manual Computer.

Posted by: Ken Summers at May 4, 2004 at 12:05 AM

Three cheers for Ms. Rehman. I hope she has a good bodyguard.

Posted by: Rebecca at May 4, 2004 at 02:06 AM