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Friday's violence occurred as hundreds of thousands of worshipers across Iraq took part in Ashura rites commemorating the death of Imam Hussein, a grandson of Muhammad who was killed by the army of the Caliph Yazid on the plains of Karbala. Hussein's death in 680 made permanent the schism between Shiites and Sunnis over the succession after Muhammad.

...During a reenactment of Hussein's slaying in Basra, the crowd turned on the actor who was performing the part of his killer and beat the man so badly that he returned with an assault rifle to exact revenge. At least one onlooker was killed in the crossfire when soldiers tried to subdue the man and his relatives, security officials said.

Fundamentalist Shiites, Los Angeles Times 33 Comments [1/22/2008 3:40:58 PM]
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Now that is just bizarre. Sad, and bizarre.

1/22/2008 4:05:48 PM


Did somebody forget to tell them that a reenactment was supposed to be fake?

1/22/2008 4:16:16 PM


Damn, it's like violence is just hardwired into these people. It's pretty sad, really, the kind of stuff that happens in the Middle East every day.

1/22/2008 4:41:33 PM


This is warning to playwrights. Audience participation can go too far.

1/22/2008 4:46:56 PM

You see, fundies of all ilks, like muslims in this case, are unable to tell the difference between reality and fiction.

1/22/2008 4:48:26 PM


Ground Zero Ocean FTW...

1/22/2008 4:49:36 PM


It appears that even in it's benign acts that religion is dangerous. How stupid can people be?

1/22/2008 5:09:35 PM

Mister Spak

Musta been one of those atheist muslims.

1/22/2008 5:11:55 PM

This is like punching the actor who plays Pontious Pilate in an Easter play. WTF?

1/22/2008 6:15:25 PM


Holy shit.

These people WERE told it was just a re-enactment, right? How far removed from reality must one be to stoop to this sort of thing?

1/22/2008 6:23:56 PM


Jesus. Did they know it was a reenactment? And that it was fake?

1/22/2008 6:48:01 PM

Caustic Gnostic

Blend paranoia and ADD, season with gratuitous self-righteousness,...

1/22/2008 7:01:51 PM


World is quite strange.

1/22/2008 7:13:03 PM


The worst part isn't found in this story, it's that this feud has been going on for 1328 years!

1/22/2008 7:55:27 PM


Fucked up crazies. No wonder they don't watch soap operas...

1/22/2008 8:56:48 PM

Septic Sceptic

"Two Minute Hate for Muhammad" award?

1/22/2008 9:13:32 PM

Old Viking

Ah, the consolations of religion.

1/22/2008 9:23:27 PM


I see no difference between this, and a riot that breaks out at a soccer match.

People are stupid and violent wherever you go.

1/22/2008 9:24:07 PM


He must be one damn good actor, is what I say!

1/22/2008 9:24:46 PM


Fundieism in the 3rd world can be even worse than our Fundism.

That poor asshole probably thought he was doing his community a great service by playing the role of the killer.

1/22/2008 10:01:23 PM


Religion of Peace Award.

1/22/2008 10:15:35 PM


Fundamentalism Gone Apeshit. Again.

1/22/2008 11:40:23 PM


I bet they just "Got too caught up in the excitement", like soccer riots.

After all they can't exactly go back in time and kill the orginal guy.

But yeah ADD, hate, and fanatism.

1/22/2008 11:45:28 PM

never been there

"Oh, crap! I missed Ashura again!"

"Hey, don't beat yourself up over it."

1/23/2008 12:20:41 AM

Mattural Selection

Islam is a religion of peace in the same way that christianity is a religion of love.

1/23/2008 1:54:30 AM

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