I feel like I am like the politician who votes against gay marriage but in his or her defence says, I have many gay friends.
Moslem women with covered faces, I am not fond of. Ban them I say. France does not allow any secular public display in so many areas, including Christian display. I think they have that right.
I don't have Moslem friends but I do have Moslem workmates. Person 1 I have worked with for nearly 38 years. His son joined the company. Person 1 is short and dumpy and does not overtly display his religion but is known to be very mean with money. It is hard to believe his son is his offspring. He is tall, well built and nice looking. The son was born here and while I am not sure where he went to school, he has a lovely speaking voice. He is quite a agreeable person. I often see him praying to Mecca, or whatever they pray to. No, they face the direction of Mecca. I remember the arrows in the Kuala Lumpur hotel rooms.
Moslem 2 is very different. I really liked him. I have known him for a long time and when he was young, he was pretty hot. While I knew he was a proper Moslem, we had the most terrific conversations. I once asked him if he was well endowed or very skilled at sex when he also had a wealthy Balinese business woman on the side.
He once showed me a photo on his phone of his wife. She was nice enough looking and in traditional Indonesian Moslem dress. He showed me a second photo, and he was in traditional male Moslem dress. I think his wife died from a woman cancer. She rejected western medicine and went home for traditional treatment in Indonesia. She died quite quickly. When he told me, we both got a bit teary, in spite of him still having Bali girlfriend. His late wife's family quickly arranged a new wife, a deserted wife with children. He embraced the children and paid out from his very fat wallet, but it was not to be. I quote, 'she tried to tell me what to do. In Moslem culture a wife cannot tell her husband what to do'.
Moslem 2 used to seek me out in the work eating area. For mine, at times I thought go away Taufik, can't you see I am reading and I want to be alone. To his shame, he once confessed that one of his sons is low autistic.
Now he has grown one of those little goatees that Indonesian men do and I came across him praying on a mat in a quiet area at work. We, he and I, seem to be avoiding each other. I miss our conversations about the latest Iphone, and his son's skills at international car parts dealings.
When he was young, he was a judo expert and severely knocked out someone in the workplace who did the wrong thing. I just don't get it. Someone who I thought was my friend and knew I was gay, and was quite Western, is now avoiding me and taken heavily to his Moslem religion. Fuck religion. It does the world no good at all.