All Europeans know about this, but Americans may not be acquainted with the Eurovision song contest, an annual rite in which dreadful bands in the EU compete with each other for temporary renown. As my friend Grania wrote, who called this piece to my attention:
It is meant to foster a community spirit between EU countries, which it probably achieves in a clumsy way, kinda. However, it is generally regarded as a bit of a joke, as the participants are often not hugely talented and the quality of the songs is often poor. About the only time that the winners of the competition went on to fame and fortune was back in 1974 when ABBA won. Hence the fact that most people in Europe on reading this story will have to suppress an initial snigger and mutter, “Aw, c’mon, they’re not that bad!”.
It’s not so funny for some Muslims, though. As an article on Interfax reports, they’re incensed that the contest is taking place in May in Baku, the capital of Azerbaijan:
Religious extremists have claimed responsibility for recent attempts to commit terrorist attacks in Ganca and some other cities and regions of Azerbaijan and threatened to attack participants in the Eurovision Song Contest to take place in Baku in May 2012.
“Vugar Padarov has become the first man on Azeri territory to perform Istishhad [act of self-sacrifice] in his homeland,” the website Ummanews.ru said.
The Azeri National Security Ministry reported earlier that Padarov was killed in a special operation in Ganca last week.
A number of media reported that Padarov had blown himself up along with a lieutenant-colonel of the Azeri National Security Ministry when security forces started storming an apartment in a house in Ganca where the gunmen were hiding.
Some author who introduced himself as Muslim threatened participants in the upcoming Eurovision Song Contest in Baku in an article published on Ummanews.ru.
“Eurovision is a nightmare for all Muslims. The forces of the Devil, perverts and homosexuals from across the world should not think that they can so easily come to the land on which blood of faithful Muslims was shed and behave any way they want. They will certainly be attacked,” the author says.
“No Mossad, MI6, CIA, NSM [National Security Ministry] or other three-letter organization can protect them from punishment they deserve,” he said.
This is a great example of how religion tries to enforce a “morality” on everyone else that has nothing to do with real morality.