Don’t call it a speed date — it’s been here for years
Alice pointed this out to me, and made the observation that it's like an Onion article, and you know what? I couldn't agree more.
The article in question is about speed dating in the muslim community (but don’t call it dating!). I have no problem with speed dating… and I have no problem with muslims. I DO however, find it kinda funny when a serious article in the New York Times has quotes like these:
“If we called it speed dating, it will end up with real dating,” said Shamshad Hussain, one of the organizers, grimacing.
One seminar, called “Dating,” promised attendees helpful hints for “Muslim families struggling to save their children from it.”
“Don’t talk to the Muslim girls, ever, but you are going to marry them. As for the non-Muslim girls, talk to them, but don’t ever bring one home.”
One panelist, Yasmeen Qadri, suggested that Muslim mothers across the continent band together in an organization called “Mothers Against Dating,” modeled on Mothers Against Drunk Driving.
“To know someone for seven minutes is not enough,” scoffed Awila Siddique, 46, convinced she was making better contacts via the other mothers.
“She’s desperate for anyone!” laughed Alia, a vivacious technology manager for a New York firm, noting that the “Made in Egypt” stipulation had long since been cast overboard.
Seriously, anyone look at those quotes and NOT think it’s a joke article?