Pro-Israel NS man doesn’t think Islam is a religion

From ‘NSF posts online picture of text criticising Islam’, 20 Nov 2011, article by Tessa Wong, Sunday Times

The police are investigating an incident where a full-time national serviceman (NSF) posted on his Facebook wall a picture of text that criticises Islam.

…The national serviceman, identified as Mr Christian Eliab Ratnam, had posted a picture of text claiming, among other more inflammatory things, that Islam is not a religion but ‘an authoritarian, political doctrine which imposes itself by force‘.

…Checks on the Internet found that Mr Ratnam appears to support pro-Israel and Jewish causes. Screenshots and a cached version of his Facebook page showed an image of Israel’s flag and the symbol for the Israel Defence Forces. He was also a member of a Facebook group for Israelis and Jews living in Singapore.

In a Facebook group called ‘anti-feminist empire’, Mr Ratnam made a posting that directed readers to another group, started by his wife. Called ‘Submissive and Obedient Wives (For G-d and Husband)’, the Facebook group advocates that a wife submit, obey and revere her husband. It quotes extensively from the Bible and Torah.

Christian supports Jews

It turns out that Ratnam’s post isn’t an original piece of work, but adapted from a Chicago Transportation Security Agent Roy Egan’s Facebook rant containing what I would deduce to be the most offensive (hence censored) phrase in the picture above (‘Islam is a cult that glorifies death’). Egan also took potshots at a ‘Muslim’ Obama and his First Lady, and was eventually fired from his job. It remains to be seen what would happen to Ratnam, despite posting an apology on the TOC website. But it appears that there are polarised ‘affiliations’ within our Army itself based on Facebook profiles; Christian is obviously enamoured with the Jewish cause, while we had an SAF officer proclaiming to be a Chief Terrorist for Al Qaeda just a month back. Neither appears to be Jewish or Muslim, but both seem to be waging an online make-believe religious war, keyboard ‘warriors’ self-recruited into the respective camps simply by ‘liking’ random religious Facebook pages.  Even a YPAP member has piggybacked onto this childish nonsense by suspecting kindergarteners of being terrorist trainees. Whatever happened to protecting our homeland? Haven’t you boys got your conflict kicks out of playing Gears of War on Xbox already?

Should we even take such lofty, imaginary personas seriously? If I created a Facebook profile declaring my religion as ‘Satanic’ and that I belong to a  ‘cult’ known as the ‘Foetus-eating Devil Worshippers’, would the police crack down on me for harbouring what appears to be a sick fantasy then? I’m sure both Ratnam and wannabe Chief Terrorist both lead perfectly normal lives outside of Facebook, and not spend their weekends writing manifestos or holed up in some bunker fitting wires for homemade bombs.  Perhaps the police are extra wary of NS men because of their access to firearms, but honestly, even if you’re dead serious about waging a religious war, posting your thoughts on Facebook and being a worshipping fan of slain dictators is just about the stupidest thing to do.

But what’s interesting is Ratnam’s support for his wife’s ‘Submissive and Obedient Wives‘ group, and what struck me as ironic is how similar this sounds to the  Obedient Wives’ Club, itself inspired by Allah’s teachings. Perhaps if Ratnam took some time to identify ‘common ground’ between both ‘doctrines’ instead of jumping headlong into a fashionable ’cause’ out of a desperate need to ‘belong’,  he wouldn’t be too hasty with the copycat posting. So, Holy war aside,  for the benefit of subscribers of both anti-feminist ‘clubs’, here’s a look at how the Bible treats women, methods of ‘submitting’ which OWC members could probably relate to. An apology and deserving punishment isn’t enough, Ratnam needs to REALISE how both monotheisms are equally flawed and actually similar in more ways than he can ever imagine.

Deuteronomy 25:11 NIV: If two men are fighting and the wife of one of them comes to rescue her husband from his assailant, and she reaches out and seizes him by his private parts, you shall cut off her hand. Show her no pity.

Proverbs 12: A wife of noble character is her husband’s crown, but a disgraceful wife is like decay in his bones.

Numbers 5 NIV: …Then the priest shall put the woman under oath and say to her, “If no other man has had sexual relations with you and you have not gone astray and become impure while married to your husband, may this bitter water that brings a curse not harm you. 20 But if you have gone astray while married to your husband and you have made yourself impure by having sexual relations with a man other than your husband”— 21 here the priest is to put the woman under this curse—“may the LORD cause you to become a curse[d] among your people when he makes your womb miscarry and your abdomen swell. 22 May this water that brings a curse enter your body so that your abdomen swells or your womb miscarries.”


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