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Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Wedding Crashers

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No, not as in the 2005 film of the same name, but a bunch of overzealous religious bureacrats who, quite literally, crashed a wedding. As in the Ka-BOOM kind of crash...

Image hosting by PhotobucketNothing breaks a wedding up better than a fistfight

This idiocy simply defies logic. Or is there a God-ordained jurisdictional clause in Islam that Walski wasn't previously aware about?
(when jurisdictions collide, and more, in the full post)

But in reality, this is what happens when religion is given bureaucratic powers. Where it's more important to make sure all the permits are filled, approvals (from other humans, mind you) are obtained, the T's crossed and the I's dotted... sheesh... We can only hope that the Muslim Consumer's Association doesn't protest if the T's are crossed too completely... but that's a whole other biscuit story.

One can only imagine the conversation that culminated in this matrimonial fight club incident...

JHEANIS Guy: Stop this wedding at once!
MUIS Man: WTF! (or it's closest Arabic equivalent) How dare you! What's the deal here? This wedding is being done with the strictest adherence to Islamic procedures...
JHEANIS Guy: You do not have the proper authority! And you don't have our approval. This is Tawau, not KK.
MUIS Man: Hey, wait a minute. This is Tawau, and I'm sanctioned by the Sabah state, which the last time I checked, Tawau is still under. By the way, which planet are you from?
JHEANIS Guy: Why, you son of a...

The rest, as they say, is news print... The real conversation, hopefully, was more colorful. It's just that Walski didn't want to break the boundaries of the profane.

On the bright side, this whole saga has given Walski an inspiration for a bumper sticker:

Image hosting by PhotobucketWould you paste one on?

There are very good reasons why "church" and state aren't a good mix... or even "mosque" and bureaucracy, for that matter. And the Tawau Matrimonial Fight Club story is just one in a long, long list...

The Yes, Walski's Busy explanatory footnote: Although Walski's neck-deep in work related stuff, this story is one that he simply couldn't pass up... And now, it's back to the grindstone!