Saturday, May 17, 2014

Camels and Urine and Goats — Oh My!

Mark Steyn explores some homeopathic aspects of traditional Islamic culture and health care:
May 16, 2014

American Millie Hinkel, Camel-milk advocate

...A Minnesota university has canceled a "Hump Day" event featuring a real camel because, like everything else in America, that too is racist:
Students at the University of St. Thomas in Minnesota have cancelled an event to celebrate the end of the year after complaints that bringing a camel on campus could offend those of Middle Eastern cultures. 
The "Hump Day" event, put on by the Residence Hall Association (RHA), was supposed to be "a petting zoo type of atmosphere" in which students could hang out and take photos with a live camel.

But now the RHA has folded like a cheap Bedouin tent and canceled "Hump Day"...

Why exactly would the presence of a camel "offend those of Middle Eastern cultures"? 

I assumed at first, even by the standards of privilege-checking self-neutering American college students, they must be, as they say in Britain, "taking the piss". Well, it turns out they are:

While camels are clearly a major part of the MERS [Middle East Respiratory Syndrome] story, which the majority were found infected with a strain genetically almost identical to the strain that's infecting people, yet questions arise if the transmission occurs through the drinking of unpasteurized camel milk, consumption of cheese made from it, or is it the drinking of camel urine?

That's the invaluable Walid Shoebat on the root causes of MERS, which, lethal-disease-wise, is this year's SARS. 

[If you can "stomach" it, pardon the pun, there are several videos and much more info on the Muslim world's love for camel urine on the Shoebat Foundation site. It is used in beauty products, and is often mixed with camel's milk to drink, which has finally been legalized for sale in the U.S. by the FDA. If that's not a sign of the apocalypse, I don't know what is.] 

If you've spent any time in Araby, you'll know that camel urine is as vital to the economy as oil:
Western health experts are unfamiliar with litany of Muslim products that are produced from Camel's urine... 
Even CNN Arabic promoted under its "Health and Technology" column an article titled "A mouthful a day" and even in capsule form – just like you would with fish oil, massage it into your hair or apply it directly to your face. For best results, the CNN report recommends "to take mouthfuls of camel urine daily for an entire year" and to make sure the camel be a female virgin. Surveys are even done to conclude from patients that, the urine of a virgin camel has a "preferable distinct flavor and aroma." 
Westerners are not accustomed to how camel urine is an essential aphrodisiac to many Muslims as Ginseng is to Chinese.

So you can see why the University of St Thomas' camel might "offend those of Middle Eastern cultures"...

Rather than cancel the event, I wish the organizers had simply replaced it with a local version of Riyadh's Most Beautiful Goat competition, the Miss America of Saudi beauty pageants. My favorite in recent years is the lovely Qahr, pictured [below], the 2008 winner.

The winner of the 2008 Most Beautiful Goat award in Riyadh: a Damascene goat called Qahr. In Saudi Arabia, for a woman to be driving Qahr is forbidden, and one can see why. That is one smokin' goat.