Friday, February 16, 2007

Women Aren't Real People

Just in case anyone is still in denial about Muslim culture, read this post from a Wednesday Hero Blogroll member.


Anonymous said...

Afghanistan, which is a highly Muslim nation (it's officially the "Islamic Republic of Afghanistan"), has significantly higher standards of women's rights - for instance, they are constitutionally required to have 25% of government made up of female politicians, and they voted in 28% in the last election, so it's not legally enforced, it's socially enforced. It's actually celebrated as one of the leading nations for female representation.

I also believe that Indonesia (which is the largest Muslim nation on the planet) does not have any legal requirements on women's clothing.

So this is not an aspect of "Muslim culture", it's an aspect of tribal culture bleeding over and using Islam as an excuse. Rape, for instance, is not something Islam permits and the Qu'ran specifically requires a women to cry for help under such situations. The fact that she was legally not allowed to in Saudi Arabia says more about the Saudis than it does about Islam.

Women's rights are an issue across many nations in that region, regardless of the national religion. India has issues. Many (or perhaps most?) African nations have such issues.

To lay it all on one religion is asinine.

Anonymous said...

Afgahnistan would have none of what you stated, Za; if the Taliban were still in charge there. Why don't you give us credit for at least that? Instead of being the Enabler Poster child for Islamofascist around the world.

Anonymous said...

I'm surprised you don't see the double-edged nature of that argument John.

The Afghanis didn't want the Taliban, because the Taliban was too oppressive. Yes, it took the US removing the Taliban from power, but the people themselves - the Muslim people - created this new system, and are the ones championing women's rights.

Once again, a situation where a minority group is the one causing the trouble, not the religion itself.