I have to be amazed at the human condition sometimes when I read the news, the H1N1 virus, or as it is also known as swine flu, scares the living lights out of some people, as it should, it is after all an illness, whether it is as serious as it was formerly thought it would be or not, the regular flu, if there is one, takes the lives of many every year.
A recent story in the news is that a group of “religious” people prevented a few volunteers from posting flyers and passing them out to people passing by one of the mosques in Jeddah… I do not find that very funny or amusing… but disturbing. The men were volunteers handing out educational material.
This material is medical in nature… which is better than “the burn some incense of so and so to ward off the H1N1 virus” email that has been circulating, which for some reason I never hear the religious establishment refuting.
However the flyers were banned because they contain pictures of “those with spirits”, lets just forget that they have their pictures all over television in Ramadan and out of Ramadan, and the money they handle has pictures of Saudi Kings on them.
It is not just people in the Muslim world of course that are terrified of H1N1, but I found a video of Jewish rabbis flying over Tel Aviv chanting prayers and blowing horns to ward off the influenza porcina virus.
p.s. I just wanted to write influenza porcina instead of the swine flu… just sounds better to me.
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