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Friday, April 04, 2008

Virtues, Chosen Or Imposed

Author Dineesh DeSouza makes a strong case in his explanation of the adversarial relationship between Islam and the west. Muslims are not against American foreign policy. Instead, "They object to our using it as a vehicle for bringing over our culture, our values..."

That is the premise behind his book, What Is So Great About America: Why America is Loved, Why America is Hated.

Muslims he claims, are not so much against our foreign policy, as they are our culture. He also examined the two cultures' seemingly conflicting ideals.

Whereas the Islamic ideal is virtue- imposed, if need be- the American ideal of liberty allows its citizens the ability to show their virtue is earned by free will and choice, D'Souza said. That freedom to choose virtue scares a lot of people- which by itself, is an extraordinary insight into Islam.

In Saudi Arabia, Iran, Yemen and the Palestinian Territories, for example, there are police who enforce the religious rules of that society. The substance of religious matters little. It is the appearance that counts.

In a UK murder trial, the court heard that a Muslim gang claimed responsibility for 'killing a white man.'

Christopher Yates, was brutally murdered for no apparent reason other than his skin color.

The court heard that after the attack Zulfiqar shouted, in Urdu: "We have killed the white man. That will teach an Englishman to interfere in Paki business."

The story becomes more noteworthy because of similarities to previous incidents elsewhere. In Australia a rash of rapes and assaults by Muslim gang were initially claimed as a racist smear.'

So now we know the facts, straight from the Supreme Court, that a group of Lebanese Muslim gang rapists from south-western Sydney hunted their victims on the basis of their ethnicity and subjected them to hours of degrading, dehumanising torture. The young women, and girls as young as 14, were "sluts" and "Aussie pigs", the rapists said. So now that some of the perpetrators are in jail, will those people who cried racism and media "sensationalism" hang their heads in shame? Hardly.

In some circles, virtue excludes the mistreatment of others. An excellent overview of the Australian rape story can be found here.

Predictably, feminists were not happy with the conviction of the rapists.

In Sydney Australia, two men, Pakistan-born Muslims, were found guilty of gang rapes of two teenage girls. This comes as strict justice for a growing problem in this region. Muslim men have been roaming Sydney gang, raping non-Muslim women, calling them "Aussie pigs" and "sluts" who ask for it. If previous jail sentences are any indication of their punishment, a 55 yr long jail term is in their future as was given to Balil Skaf.

This, of course, is a victory for women’s rights. Especially in Pakistani culture, where honor killings take place, the shame is often placed on the rape victim not the aggressor. One would think feminists would embrace such a court ruling.

But feminist reaction was not praise; it was hostility. Those in the audience at the conference that announced the news cried the convictions were “nothing but racist prosecutions.” They were outraged over the “racism” of the strict punishments given to the Muslims rapists.

To these feminists, protection for Muslims – to stop “racist” comments about Muslims – out-trumps justice for rape victims. The Anti-Discrimination Board in Australia pumped out pamphlets chastising the media for “Anti-Muslim” bigotry – meanwhile non-Muslim women have to worry about being brutally raped by a gang of Muslim thugs.

If feminists really cared about women in the Middle East, they would strike at the root of the problem: the current interpretation of Islam. Despite what Shirin Ebadi says, the problem for women in the Middle East is not “the patriarchy,” it is the Islam that serves dysfunctional regimes. The regimes, who now control the interpretations and the kind of Islam that is taught, have given Muslims a free pass to do whatever they want – including rape, looting restaurants in France that sell food not approve by the Koran, wine shops, etc.

Unless moral people start speaking up – not cowering in fear, worried about being called a “racist” – this and other issues like it (not the least of which is terrorism) will only extend the conflict. As in the Middle East an extended conflict will only serve to escalate the problem, as the Israelis have learned.

Succinct, to be sure- especially when you consider that many believe (with good reason) that there is a rape epidemic in Norway and Sweden. Not everyone may see the world through Fjordmans' eyes, but the numbers don't lie. He goes on to observe:

An Islamic Mufti in Copenhagen sparked a political outcry after publicly declaring that women who refuse to wear headscarves are "asking for rape." Apparently, he isn’t the only Muslim in Europe to think this way:

The German journalist Udo Ulfkotte told in a recent interview that in Holland, you can now see examples of young, unveiled Moroccan women with a so-called "smiley". It means that the girl gets one side of her face cut up from mouth to ear, serving as a warning to other Muslim girls who should refuse to wear the veil. In the Muslim suburb of Courneuve, France, 77 per cent of the veiled women carry veils reportedly because of fear of being harassed or molested by Islamic moral patrols.

Gates of Vienna followed up on the manipulation of the rape numbers, also written by Fjordman.

There does appear to be a direct correlation between Jihad, imposed superficial values and rape and no amount of AOS (American Ostrich Syndrome) can change that reality. See The Rape Jihad, by Robert Spencer.

Guarantee people the freedom to make their own choices without fear and the those who would impose their brand of 'virtue' are rendered powerless.