Today on Quantum Vibe: Madness yields madness Strip 941 - Click strip above to goto the next strip.
First Seen: Fri 2014-10-10
Story & Art: Scott Bieser - Colors: Zeke Bieser Sci-Fi Adventure Monday & Thursday.
A thousand years in the future, humanity has colonized worlds in nearly
100 galaxies, thanks to Quantum Vibremonic technologies developed five
centuries earlier. Other new technologies have created various
off-shoots of humanity and extended life expectancies five-fold. The
story begins with how a mad scientist and his plucky assistant, along
with their robot friend, brought humanity to the stars, and continues
with the adventures of some unique people in fantastic places.
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Theo is sitting at the same desk we'd seen Nazanin previously. Only everything is darker now.
Caption: 'After the police inquiry and the funerals, Farnsworth was left to brood over his situation.
Caption: 'The battle cry 'Allahu Akhbar' was burned into his brain like an ugly scar.
Close-up of Farnsworth, his face lined in stress, intently studying the laptop screen.
Caption: 'As an atheist, he knew or cared little about any religion, much less Islam.
Caption: 'He began by studying the Muslim holy book, The Quran, but he could find nothing within that would explain why a man would murder his daughter and grandchildren.
Caption: 'So he began searching for other sources.'
Looking past Theo at the computer screen, we see images of Pamela Geller, Robert Spencer and David Yerushalmi
Caption: 'His searches quickly turned up three notorious anti-Islamic activists: Pamela Geller, Robert Spencer, and David Yerushalmi.
Caption: 'These three and others painted a picture of Muslims that meshed quite closely with the madness of his late wife's father.'
Cut back to Johanna, explaining.
Johanna: When Nazanin rejected Islam she became guilty of the sin of 'apostasy.'
Johanna: There are passages in the Quran condemning this action, but the consequences prescribed are open to some debate.
Johanna: Some believed an apostate's soul would be destroyed after death.
Johanna: Others insisted – a minority view at that time -- that apostates be killed in this life.
Cut to Murphy and Nicole, along with others in the galley, watching Johanna with rapt attention.
Johanna (OP): Another factor here – which the anti-Islamists tended to overlook -- was an older tradition in cultures from that part of the world of 'honour killing.'
Johann: When the actions of a family member – usually a female – were thought to 'disgrace' the family, that family's community standing could be restored by killing the offender.
Back to the presentation – a medium close-up of Farnsworth at his computer, looking over the laptop screen into the camera with grim determination.
Caption: 'Farnsworth concluded that it was not just his father-in-law, but Islam, the religion, itself, that destroyed his family.
Caption: 'Therefore he became determined to destroy Islam.'
A graphic map of the world with icons indicating the populations of Muslims.
Caption: 'Now, 'destroying Islam' would have seemed like a near-impossible task. After all Islam is an idea, not a place or a thing.'
Caption: 'And at that time Islam's adherents numbered nearly 2 billion, spread across six continents.'
Extreme close-up of Theo's eyes, showing madness.
Caption: 'The very idea was extraordinary and quite mad.'
Caption: 'But as it happened, Theophilus Farnsworth was an extraordinary genius, with the aggrieved determination of a mad scientist.'