Muslim riots in Maldives – A Barbados vacation looks better all the time!

Sex outside marriage = flogging in Maldives

Hundreds riot in support of Islamic Sharia law

Rioters say Government under the influence of “Jews” and “Christian priests” to weaken Islam in the Maldives.

(It’s the JEWS!!! JEWS!!! JEWS!!! I tell you! And those damned infidel Christian beer drinkers too. Pass me a Banks Beer please… Ta!)

As we said in our recent post about the Maldives: Maldives Muslim crazies are good news for Barbados Tourism

The Maldives, a group of over 1,100 tiny coral islands, is often compared with Barbados as a vacation and retirement destination. Although far-removed from each other geographically, both countries compete for the same United Kingdom and European travelers.

The rise of Islamists demanding Sharia law is threatening the Maldives islands’ tourism industry. I doesn’t matter how pretty and relaxing the place is: when folks are in fear they will be jailed for possessing a bible, when they are cursed as swine and infidels, when women are publicly flogged for having sex out of wedlock and when a tourist can’t buy a beer on a hot afternoon – people start choosing other travel destinations.

Considering a Maldives vacation or honeymoon? Think again!

The government on Wednesday raised fears of Islamic extremism taking hold in the Indian Ocean atoll nation, which is best known for its upmarket tourism and as a destination for honeymooners.

The foreign ministry said it was “extremely concerned” by an increase in extremist rhetoric used by the government’s rivals that could lead to “stigmatization, stereotyping and incitement to religious violence and hatred”.

There have been anti-Semitic protests recently about the transport ministry’s decision to allow direct flights from Israel, while a restaurant that hung up Christmas decorations in 2010 was also targeted.

… from AFP News More arrests in Maldives as protests spread

New (tongue in cheek) Barbados Tourism Authority slogan for Maldives markets…

Vacation in Barbados: We promise we won’t flog you for bringing a bible or having sex without being married!

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15 responses to “Muslim riots in Maldives – A Barbados vacation looks better all the time!

  1. jrjrjrjr

    Mmm- Lots of friends holiday in the Maldives but the resorts are on tiny tiny islands away from the populated places so they are remote and tranquill – hence the attraction. Barbados can’t compete geographically really. Needs to remain safe though to keep the regular tourists who already are familiar with Barbados

  2. NYC/BGI

    Stop the music. there is no comparison to the Maldives. concentrate on the BTA and its business cronies to begin to rewrite the tourism playbook.WAKE UP before its to late,, once Cuba opens up its going to be a further drain of tourism. .

  3. Vee

    DOWN with all a dem

  4. Joy Davilar

    lol good advert for tourism in B’dos but as NYC/BGI says, once Cuba opens whooo boy! It’s gonna be hard, it ain’t open but I can tell ya that it is nice nice and the Europeans and Canadians already there deep!

  5. dumb and dumber

    all rightee.. come here because the other choices are backwards.. now that is proper. is there any group of people that we on this island dont hate ?

  6. Pookie

    This is so hollow and dumb and hypocritical.. the people that run this blog have more than once defacto wished for barbados to be our own little theocracy in the sun. Its all the same poisons sonny, another side of the same coin, another bar in the same song,, you just to dumb to see it. You want them to give up their bullshit religion but you not willing to give up yours.
    let say stalemate

  7. what will they think of next

    I have seen this photo before and it had nothing to do wiht Sex outside marriage flogging in Maldives.

  8. Dessalines

    Well played Mr. Pookie.

    BFP continues to play the our bullshit smells sweeter than your bullshit game ignoring the fact that the paradigm has changed and we ALL have access to the same information that they do.

  9. Glennis

    Pookie and Dessalines must be on drugs because yesterday the President of the Maldives spoke about how Islamic radicalism has changed treatment of women in his country. The United Nations is concerned.

    Everything in BFP’s article is true, according to the United Nations and the Maldives President:

    http://www.smh.com.au/world/female-flogging-on-rise-in-maldives-20120124-1qfmd.html

    WHEN the UN’s High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay visited the Maldives late last year, she urged that the practice of flogging women for having sex outside marriage – and very rarely punishing men in the same way – should be abolished.

    ”This practice constitutes one of the most inhumane and degrading forms of violence against women,” she told local reporters.

    The response was as vicious as it was unexpected.

    The next day protestors rallied outside the UN building, carrying placards that read ”Ban UN”, ”Islam is not a toy” and threatened to ”Flog Pillay”. A website promised to ”slaughter anyone against Islam”.
    Similar protests have followed, and a growing religious divide between moderate and fundamentalist Muslims – constitutionally, all Maldivians are obliged to follow Islam – has led many to question the direction of religion in the Maldives and, in particular, the place of women in Maldivian society.

    Anecdotal reports suggest female circumcision is undergoing a resurgence in the Maldives, particularly on the outer islands.

    Maldives President Mohamed Nasheed conceded an emergent religious fundamentalism had changed the way women were viewed, and were treated, in his country.

    He said he was distressed by groups who campaigned for girls to be circumcised or to be kept home from school.

    ”We were a matriarchal society, our inheritance, also, in the past was from women,” he told The Age. ”But with a new kind of radical Islam, the perceptions some of them have on women are not familiar to many Maldivians.” Shadiya Ibrahim, a member of the newly formed Gender Advocacy Working Group and a long-time campaigner for women’s rights, said the society was growing steadily more oppressive of women.

    ”Day by day, it is becoming harder for women to live in this country,” Ms Ibrahim said.

    She told The Age the practice of flogging women for extramarital sex was common. ”It happens everywhere. Normally, this punishment is given when you give birth, which is why it is almost always women. If you have 140-odd women being flogged, you have only two or three men.”

    Aneesa Ahmed, President of advocacy organisation HOPE for Women, said a domestic violence bill before the Maldivian parliament, would raise awareness of an issue rarely discussed in the Maldives.

    But the legislation has been in parliament more than 14 months.

  10. BA88/98

    Wow! A search of “Maldives riots” brings back hundreds of online articles going back ten years. The rioters want the government to implement full Sharia laws and standards. Tourists are cancelling like crazy. Many news articles in the last week about this.

    Free Press is correct that The Maldives and Barbados compete for the same travelers and it looks like Maldives just shot itself in the head.

    GO BIM!

  11. Inn Fidel

    Wow, Bourne really tear a hole in wunna, shows how Bajan Muslims are not like same Maldives, LOL 😉

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  13. Shadiya Ibrahim, a member of the newly formed Gender Advocacy Working Group and a long-time campaigner for women’s rights, said the society was growing steadily more oppressive of women.

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