Humour

Items ranging from the gently ironic to the satirical

School's out for the Baha'is

Baha’is in Egypt and Iran are being denied their right to education. Why? Simply because of their faith. On the Muslim Network for Baha’i Rights, we have written about the discrimination that Egyptian Baha’is have been receiving, which right now is comparable to what Iran has been putting its Baha’i students through for decades.

{josquote}...they are unable to acquire an education which is their given right as citizens.{/josquote}

Inspired by these human rights abuses we have created a comic to raise awareness on the absurdity of this crisis. Why do I call it a crisis? Because this is intellectual abuse. Baha’i youth are being victims of intellectual starvation, they are unable to acquire an education which is their given right as citizens. They are being isolated and humiliated on a daily basis. These governments, instead of protecting them, are denying them the chance to learn, which means that they are robbing them of their dreams, of having a career, a future, a life.

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The 20 Most Unpatriotic Album Covers of All Time

With the 4th looming ahead, what better time to dig through the Net for some cheerful bastardizations of American iconography? OK, not all of it is particularly cheerful - some of it is downright disturbing.

16. Sly & the Family Stone meant well with the cover of "There's a Riot Going On." Sly says suns are used instead of stars because "stars to me imply searching ...like you search for your star...Betsy Ross did the best she could with what she had. I thought I could do better." Suns are pretty, Sly, but they ain't traditional. And patriotism is all about tradition. Betsy Ross or bust, buddy.

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"Office" Star Speaks About Religion, Gives Crowd Second-Hand Baha'i

Hundreds of UC Irvine students packed into Crystal Cove Auditorium to see actor Rainn Wilson from the popular television show “The Office” on June 4.

Wilson, who plays Dwight Shrute, a hapless assistant to the regional manager on the show, was invited by the Baha’i Club of UCI to talk to students about the Baha’i perspective on human rights.

“I feel like Bono!” Wilson said as he graced the stage. His enthusiasm was met with uproarious applause and endless camera flashes from the crowd.

Attendees fixated on every movement and noise he made, laughing especially at Wilson’s persistent badgering of and irritation with the audio-visual technician who could not resolve the continuing sound shortage issues with the microphone.

“I’m going to kill that guy,” Wilson joked. “Baha’i kills AV on campus after talking about world peace. Details at 11.”

{josquote}Although members of the Baha’i club sharply rebuffed a request by the New University to speak to Wilson, the amiable actor notified his fellow Baha’i members that he would not mind responding to press inquiries.{/josquote}

Although distracted, Wilson captivated his audience by extending his comedy into an explanation of his faith and its emphasis on overall social justice. He quoted from the founder of the faith, Baha’u’llah and spoke about the multicultural unity of other world religions as an aspect of Baha’i.

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