Skip to comments.Outrage as KISS player mouths off on Muslims
Posted on 05/13/2004 9:25:48 PM PDT by veronica
KISS bass player Gene Simmons has caused an uproar among Australia's Muslim community by launching an attack on Islamic culture while in Melbourne.
The lizard-tongued rock god who is touring Australia with the world's most enduring glam rock band launched an attack on Muslim extremists during an interview on Melbourne's 3AW radio - including comments which were labelled inaccurate.
"Extremism believes that it's okay to strap bombs on to your children and send them to paradise and whatever else and to behead people," he said yesterday.
The Israeli-born US musician went on to say Islam was a "vile culture" that treated women worse than dogs.
Muslim women had to walk behind their men and were not allowed to be educated or own houses, he said.
"Your dog, however, can walk side by side, your dog is allowed to have its own dog house... you can send your dog to school to learn tricks, sit, beg, do all that stuff - none of the women have that advantage."
He went on to say the west was under threat.
"This is a vile culture and if you think for a second that it's going to just live in the sands of God's armpit you've got another thing coming," he said.
"They want to come and live right where you live and they think that you're evil."
Simmons said the United Nations approach did not work and the west had to "speak softly and carry a big stick".
The radio station today fielded calls from Muslims upset at the comments, including Australian Muslim of the year Susan Carland, who said Australian Muslims rejected extremism and did not fit Simmons' stereotype.
Ms Carland said she had two degrees, was doing her honours and "certainly do not walk behind my husband".
Chairman of the Islamic Council of Victoria Yasser Soliman said Simmons' comments were "very unfortunate".
"He's very famous obviously and popular and, as a result, influential," he said.
"Mixing the entertainment world with the political and religious world is a minefield."
He said Simmons had begun by talking about extremists but had gone on to vilify the entire Muslim culture.
"A number of his claims regarding women and what they are allowed to do and not do are wrong - Islam teaches the opposite," he said.
Simmons had a right to free speech, but this had to be balanced against the damage done to innocent people, he said.
"I think it would be good for overseas speakers and commentators to be given some sort of advice in regards to our vilification laws here," he said.
"They leave and go back to where they arrived from, but they leave behind a big mess that we have to live with."
YOu know, it sucks for them when one of the Hollywood types speaks out on foreign soil and it ain't anti-Bush!! I love it!!!
Gene Simmons and Kid Rock make more sense than the Bloated Bloviator from " Massassachusetts " and his evil twin, Lizard Man Kerry.
Dood, please. ABBA.
Lynard Skynard, Greg Allman Band, Bad Company, .38 Special
Stevie Ray Vaughn, ZZ Top.....HELL YEAH!!
Seen Simmons on with H&C afew times...definitely flys with the Hawks not the Doves!
And just when do these "innocent people" plan to start acting against those who "abuse" the religeon instead of complaining of those speaking the truth?
Don't much care for him but he is just saying what most of us feel.
Typical conservative, everything is black and white.
That's the whole thing in a nutshell.
Don't forget Heart.
I thought Richard Simmons was gay?
True enough. Someone go tell Streisand and Jesse Jackson?
Don't hold your breath.
Take it easy!
That's interesting. I didn't know his backround.
But regardless, any "educated" listeners ought to be able to discern that he was attacking the jihadist element of Islam. The Taliban proved to the world what their methodology of governance was, and it begat the likes of al-Qaeda. This is why the War of Terror requires us to remove any other regime that foments this type of warfare on western civilization.
Never cared that much for Kiss, but Gene's right on the mark.
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