Saturday, October 30, 2010

Extreme Maldives: Bound to spill over, EU couple who paid to be married on holiday, subjected to an abusive Islamic prayer ~ called swine - Video


"You are swine," the couple were told. "The children that you bear from this marriage will all be bastard swine.

"Your marriage is not a valid one. You are not the kind of people who can have a valid marriage. One of you is an infidel. The other, too, is an infidel and, we have reason to believe, an atheist."

This blog has been saying there are some serious problems in the Maldives. In the Maldives no non-Muslim citizens are allowed! Tourists luggage are checked for "non-Muslim material" which includes Bibles. Just the other day an Indian Christian teacher, had to be moved to another school in another area ~ because when she drew a compass on the board, they thought she was spreading Christianity, and the parents came around to attack. Churches are illegal there. And an expat or tourist could get 3-5 years for talking about their religion to a Maldives citizen.

Clearly these tourists did not mind going along with the Islamic prayer ~ but what it does is highlight the issue that comes up again and again about Islam and that is Islamic intolerance. We in the west are often mistakenly led to believe that this has to do with what we think.



COLOMBO (AFP) - Police in the Maldives have arrested a marriage celebrant who abused a foreign couple as "swine" and "infidels" during a luxury ceremony in the holiday paradise, an official said.

Maldivian police spokesman Ahmed Shiyam said the celebrant, who conducted the ceremony in the local language at an upmarket resort fringed by white sand and turquoise water, had been arrested with another hotel employee on Thursday.


A video of the ceremony, during which the hapless couple are taunted and subjected to a series of insulting and religious-tinged abuse, was posted on YouTube and has sparked fears for the country's tourism-dependent economy.

The hotel had initially identified the victims as Swiss, but a highly placed tourism source in the Maldives told AFP said they were in fact French. Police declined to confirm their nationality.

"We started investigations and treat this as a very serious matter," Shiyam told AFP by telephone when contacted in the capital island Male.

He said the two men were taken before a magistrate who ordered them to be detained for five days. "Both are being held at a police station in Male," he added.

The Vilu Reef hotel, where the ceremony took place, said it was "unforgivable" that a staff member had read out the sexual and religious slurs in the Dhivehi language and apologised for his conduct.

"You are swine," the couple were told. "The children that you bear from this marriage will all be bastard swine.

"Your marriage is not a valid one. You are not the kind of people who can have a valid marriage. One of you is an infidel. The other, too, is an infidel and, we have reason to believe, an atheist."

The wife, wearing a white dress and carrying a bouquet, and her husband smile shyly through the ceremony, which was to renew their marriage vows at a cost of 1,300 dollars.

In front of a table decorated with incense sticks, the English-speaking couple bow their heads in prayer through the torrent of accusations, curses and swearing from the celebrant.

At the end of the 15-minute routine, they exchange rings as the staff clap, before heading onto the beach to plant a coconut tree in the sand.

The Islamic republic of the Maldives, a nation of palm-fringed islands scattered in the Indian Ocean, is one of the world's most exclusive honeymoon destinations and its economy relies heavily on tourism.

The video, which contains English subtitles of abusive language, can be seen at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r3anLy3Hz9I

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