"Undercover Muslim" Tempts Controversy

#1
This fellow, if he is what he says he is, has some large gonads or a rather small brain, or both I suppose. :D

"Undercover Muslim" Tempts Controversy

In 2005, Theo Padnos, a native Vermonter with a Ph.D. in literature, moved to Yemen after taking a job with the Yemen Observer. After several months in the country, Padnos discovered that nobody was willing to speak with him about what he was most interested in: Salafism, an ultra-conservative strain of Islam that's been associated with the Fort Hood shooter and Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, the would-be underwear bomber. So Padnos converted and spent the next three years studying Islam as a self-described "fake Muslim," living in dorms and discussing the intricacies of jihad with other young converts. Explaining his decision to go undercover, Padnos told GlobalPost that he "wanted to know about the Quran. … I wanted to know about spiritual experience in Islam. I wanted to travel across the nation. I wanted to do all the things that the converts wanted to do. I just did not believe in the god and the prophet and all that stuff." Eventually, he was granted access to the inner echelons of Salafism and even spent several days in jail for dissident activities. While Padnos floated the idea of releasing a book about Salafism several years ago, he opted to keep quiet out of concern for his safety. "It's kind of like Facebook," Padnos says of the movement. "When you're taught something new, you share it with your friends, who share it with their friends. ... You learn in cells. The idea is that the cells will spread throughout the world." Padnos broke his cover this year after granting interviews about the Fort Hood attack and was busted in February when a Yemeni journalist ran an article about him. Now that he's out in the open and planning a book, Padnos is expected to end up "on a few hit lists" for his tell-all approach to Islam.

http://slatest.slate.com/id/2247603
 
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HectortheInspector said:
The explorer Sir Richard Burton did one better in 1851, by bluffing his way through the entire Hajj in disguise.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richard_Francis_Burton

He spoke 29 languages, but failed the British army Arab linguist course.
Well it is no wonder he had such accomplishments being named after:

 
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jumpinjarhead said:
HectortheInspector said:
The explorer Sir Richard Burton did one better in 1851, by bluffing his way through the entire Hajj in disguise.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richard_Francis_Burton

He spoke 29 languages, but failed the British army Arab linguist course.
Well it is no wonder he had such accomplishments being named after:

Yeah. But I think the explorer probably got laid more often, even if the other bloke got Liz Taylor (twice).
Quantity over quality?
 

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