May 11, 2003

Infidels, widows and humans, oh my!

At the trial of the Bali terrorists, the defendants claim that they were doing good, because

"Australians, Americans, whatever - they are all white people."

As well as being, of course, sinners and infidels. Well, that's par for the course among these Superior Third World™ Cultures that Have No Concept of Racism. White people (and sinners and infidels) aren't human anyway, so what do you expect?

But in this related article, we come to this little cultural tidbit:

"...Single mothers in Indonesia are unusual and these women say neighbours and friends have turned on them since their husbands died. They now live with relatives, or alone, surviving on handouts from welfare groups, or by part-time work in a co-operative formed three months ago by an Australian couple. Now they have been told the handouts will stop in three weeks.
Ratnitiasiah, 37, has had no income since the remains of her taxi driver husband, I Made Wijaya, were handed to her in three envelopes.

The mother of three ran a street food stall but was so shamed by gossipers who said she was having affairs with every man who stopped at her stall that she felt she had to close it.

She has been told to leave her rented home in a few weeks, but her landlord will not say why. She will have nowhere to live..."

They aren't even allowed to attend the trial of their husbands' killers.

That's right. Husbands. Excuse me, I am now going to take the kid gloves of sarcasm off.

To the neighbors of these women: you shits. You fucking pieces of flyblown excrement of dogs. No -- I take that back. I would like to apologize to dogs, flies, and excrement for associating something so low as you people with them. There is no word sufficient to describe the disgust I feel at the idea that there are people who would treat widows -- who were lawfully married by the tenets of your own customs, laws, and religion -- the way you are treating them. If you were on fire I wouldn't piss on you to put out the flames. I hope the terrorists get you next time. I hope your corpse-pieces get eaten by rats. No, that would poison the rats. You don't even deserve to get dissolved in an acid bath.

"Single mothers"? Screw these fucks and the asshole who decided to use that term instead of the proper term for a woman whose husband has been killed, which is WIDOW. And -- [ANN COULTER VOICE] take the rest of that island and totally Disney-Western-Sin-ify it. Cover it in Hiltons and Mickey-D's. Send Western tourists there by the boatload, until everyone man, woman, and child is fat, decadent, and rich. And hang all the terrorists and the widow-shunners in the public square. [/ANN COULTER VOICE]

I'm so sick of crap like this.

(Via The Anti-Idiotarian Rottweiler.)

Posted by Andrea Harris at May 11, 2003 12:45 PM

I'll stop short of the Anne Coulter voice, But what the hell?

Are these women supposed to throw themselves and their children upon their husband's funeral pyres....errr... sorry... funeral envelopes.

The islamic world has provided more than enough examples proving that their backwardness is in a class of its own.

Posted by: mike at May 12, 2003 at 03:54 AM

It's obvious that there's no room for an unwed woman in "the religion of Peace". Doesn't matter if she is unwed against her will - a woman without a man is obviously chattel, or an animal. Very telling that the type of harassment this woman was tortured with was gossip about alleged affairs with other men. Now that she's "single", she's obviously hot to trot, because the Islamofreaks see no use for women than as vessels for their precious seed. There is no man to control her, ergo, she is open to all men.

Andrea, I'm just as pissed off as you are about it.

Posted by: Kimberly at May 12, 2003 at 12:32 PM

I could not have said this better myself. It's sickening.

However, I must point out that the majority of these women are Hindus not Moslems - Bali, although part of Indonesia, is predominantly Hindu. This makes the funeral pyre comment even more apt as this is a very common problem in another Hindu nation, India.

But please don't disnify Bali - it truly is one of the most beautiful places on Earth and the Balinese are, notwithstanding the horrible exceptions here described, some of the nicest people you will ever meet. I know, as it is only 3.5 hours away on a plane from me, I have been there many times.

And on that note I look forward to these bastards getting the firing squad - some of those people who died were friends of mine from Hong Kong.

Posted by: Phil at May 13, 2003 at 01:40 AM

Actually, I had forgotten to put the link to the article about the women in (it's not the same article that talks about the terrorists). In the article about the women, it mentions at least one of them being a Muslim, though it doesn't mention that she is one of the ones who is being done dirt by her neighbors. Also, I don't know that the custom of burning wives on husbands' funeral pyres was imported into Indonesia along with Hinduism, though it is possible. I will look it up... In any case, none of this changes the utter wrongness of referring to widows as "single women." I know that a widow's lot has traditionally been a hard one throughout the world, especially one who loses her husband young, but I am not aware that having one's husband die young negated one having been married at all. And the article writer just puts in that absurd statement "single mothers are rare in Bali" -- as if it husbands to die before their wives was some kind of weird phenomenon. Not even in this part of the world is that true.

Posted by: Andrea Harris at May 13, 2003 at 03:18 AM

And here is a page that mentions that at least widows of princes and rajas in Bali were expected to immolate themselves on their husbands' funeral pyres, and that the last one was in 1903. Interesting. Still, I think that the treatment of the widows in Bali is a compendium of shame at the terrorists actions (and a denial of shame -- a kind of "blaming the victim" -- as a kind of psychic self-protective measure), and a reflection on the low status of women in non-Western societies, who are seen as a burden without a man to take care of them.

Posted by: Andrea Harris at May 13, 2003 at 03:25 AM
The mother of three ran a street food stall but was so shamed by gossipers who said she was having affairs with every man who stopped at her stall that she felt she had to close it.

The death-defying, awe-inspiring, single-celled-organisms-are-smarter-than-this stupidity of this rumor are enough to convince me that apes should get together and sue Darwin for defamation.

Posted by: E. Nough at May 13, 2003 at 08:17 AM

We are the Australian couple that set up the Garment Factory for the Balinese widows.
Unfortunately, not in Bali at the moment because of an Immigration Dept. "situation"

First, one comment on the article;

The last line in this article reads;
""The women have been told the hand-outs will stop in three weeks""

No worries here, AdoptA has sponsors, and enough funds to run the current set up for at least the next five years without the Co-Op making any profit.
So rest assured, they will be taken care of. We love them far too much to let them down.

What the widows, and the Co-Op really need, is some help in promoting their product, once they have orders to fill, and money coming in from their own efforts, we'll see a dramatic rise in their self esteem.

If Wayne would like to communicate further, please ask him to email us.

We are in Australia at the moment, but normally live in Bali; we run a Hotel / Restaurant in the mountains, central Bali;
Pacung Indah

Please have a look at the AdoptA website as well.


David Wedd & Moira Mitchell


Posted by: David at May 20, 2003 at 09:15 PM