Homophobia,  Media

Wiping gays off the site-map…

… and burying your head in the silicon. That seems to be the point of a new “Halaal” search engine that blocks things Muslims apparently shouldn’t want to see or hear about.

The first thing I searched for was “gay” and of course I hit the Code Red – Level 3. I was informed:

Oops! Your search inquiry has a Haram level of 3 out of 3! I would like to advise you to change your search terms and try again.

Admittedly, I expected it to be more judgemental. But let’s call it an honest mistake. I’m not sure what the cyber equivalent of a stoning is – maybe some form of DOS attack – so I appreciate the generosity of the administrators in this regard.

“Wine” had a Haram level of 1 out of 3 – which means you’re given a ‘continue’ link “if you think the results are clean”. Neither beer nor cider, for some reason, were blocked. Scotch and brandy sailed right past too. Any theories? Is wine particularly dirty?

Dogs passed, but the poor little piggies get stuck with a level 1 block. So that makes homosexuals three times more dirty than pigs, I suppose. Bacon is not blocked at all, and nor is sodomy.

“Abortion” goes through. “Sex” doesn’t. “Prostitutes”? No problem.

Art. Music. Beatles. Marilyn Manson. All pass. So does Bible and Torah, though Karma Sutra throws up a level 2 ‘proceed with caution’.

So, apart from sex and gays, I couldn’t get the Halal Search Engine to block anything else outright. Even “adultery” only has a level 2 caution. I guess gays really must be – in the web developer’s view – the biggest threats to Islam.

If you want to try it out, go to http://www.imhalal.com/

Incidentally, the form-submit is very badly implemented, so the back button doesn’t work. Google this ain’t.

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