Monday, March 9, 2009

Chechnya:Name Your Baby Mo, Make Bank

One week ago I posted about how the Russian government has allowed Islamic rule in Chechnya. Since then six Russian officers were killed in a bomb attack and now Chechnya leader Ramzan Kadyrov in an effort to strengthen Islam is offering a cash reward to anyone who has a baby on Mohammad's birthday and names him Mohammad.

Chechnya asks newborns to be named after Mohammad
Mon Mar 9

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russia's Chechnya region asked parents of boys born on Prophet Mohammad's birthday to name their children after the Muslim prophet, Russian media reported Monday.

Chechnya's leader Ramzan Kadyrov added that every boy born on March 8 and March 9 will also receive 50,000 roubles ($1,394) -- a hefty sum more than double Russia's average monthly wage.

State television channel Vesti 24 showed rows of newborn babies sleeping in a hospital in Chechnya's capital Grozny who will be named Mohammad Monday. Earlier, the capital sent fireworks into the early morning skies around a lit-up mosque.
"I ask their parents to name the boys after Mohammad," Interfax news agency quoted former rebel turned Kremlin-loyal leader Kadyrov as saying.

Some analysts say that in return for quelling rebel attacks, the Kremlin has let Kadyrov usher in some Islamic-inspired rules, such as requiring women working in government offices to wear headscarves and long skirts, and imposing periodic alcohol bans.

Chechnya, on Russia's southern border, is now relatively peaceful after two wars fought by separatist rebels and Islamist militants against Moscow's rule starting in 1994. (Reporting by Amie Ferris-Rotman; Editing by Matthew Jones)

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ChristianNanna said...

HHmm... I wonder what would happen to the parents who didn't name their boy Mo...Do they still get the moulah??? I can see it now...all these boys running around saying how proud they are to be named after a pedophile, moon god.

Christopher Logan said...

They will probably be ostracized by the Islamic community.

Tonto said...

Let's see now, name one Mo and one Curley and one Larry.....Larry, Mo, and Curley. I like it, it's got a certain ring to it!

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