This is Sharia Posted by: mcq
on Friday, November 03, 2006
I read an article a week or so ago by a woman, a western woman, who related how wearing a veil was actually liberating. In fact, as I recall, she said she never felt more free. I'm not sure I followed her reasoning, but I do remember he claim that Islamic women weren't, in fact, 2nd class citizens but every bit as equal as men.
My only thought at the time was "yeah, try driving a car in Saudi Arabia". Or voting. But that aside, with the veil and the burka comes something else: sharia law.
Our latest example of said law can be found in the bastion of freedom and women's rights: Saudi Arabia.
A Saudi court has sentenced a gang rape victim to 90 lashes of the whip because she was alone in a car with a man to whom she was not married.
The sentence was passed at the end of a trial in which the al- Qateef high criminal court convicted four Saudis convicted of the rape, sentencing them to prison terms and a total of 2,230 lashes.
The four, all married, were sentenced respectively to five years and 1,000 lashes, four years and 800 lashes, four years and 350 lashes, and one year and 80 lashes.
A fifth, married, man who was stated to have filmed the rape on his mobile phone still faces investigation. Two others alleged to have taken part in the rape evaded capture.
Saudi courts take marital status into account in sexual crimes. A male friend of the rape victim was also sentenced to 90 lashes for being alone with her in the car.
The court heard that the victim and her friend were followed by the assailants to their car, kidnapped and taken to a remote farm, where the raping occurred.
Yes, folks, the heinous crime of "being alone in a car with a man to whom she was not married" nets a gang rape victim 90 lashes with a whip. Sure the guy gets the same if you want to argue equality. Of course, had she been able to drive herself, well, you get the pic.
I guess one consolation is no one will see her cry, given the veil and all.
"Sharia governs the lives of people in ways which are not governed by the law," says Lynn Welchman, director of the Centre for Islamic and Middle Eastern Law. "Over 50 countries are members of the Organisation of Islamic Conference, and you can expect there will be some form of compliance with sharia - either in people's personal lives or enforced through the courts by the state. A lot of states in the Middle East are taking more elements of sharia into their state laws."
I read an article a week or so ago by a woman, a western woman, who related how wearing a veil was actually liberating. In fact, as I recall, she said she never felt more free. I’m not sure I followed her reasoning,...
The issue is choice. She may very well find the experience liberating. Perhaps it liberates her from responsibility, which is the political Left’s version of Nirvana, and the goal of all Liberal (contemporary US meaning) policy. If one isn’t equally free to make decisions, one isn’t equally as responsible for the outcomes. Maybe she’s just an idiot, or maybe she sees with a perspective that...blah blah this, patricarchal that, yada yada yada. The point is she put it on, it was not put upon her. It’s like pretending to be blind, or pretending to be black in Birmingham in 1955. The pretenders can always take off the blindfold or wipe off the makeup.
"Feminism" long ago lost the forrest amongst the trees, confusing form for substance. A woman who stays at home and raises children is no less liberated than one who is a CEO of a Fortune 500 corp. The issue is choice.
Sharia obviates choice. This is the freedom that they fear. The slaves often fears freedom, not just the masters. Just look at Iraq. Freedom only takes a few people in the absence of Law to screw it up.
I was wondering how Cheney got into this conversation. Can you say, "strange obsession"? So nice to know that somehow the Bush administration is tied to this. Maybe Haliburton actually recommends the sentences to be meted out?
Rick has an unusual sense of humor. I guess he really feels for this woman eh?, and the obvious injustice in a way none of the evil conservatives commenters do. Clearly he feels her pain, and the pain of all those to whom injustice is done. Especially if Dick Cheney can figure into a joke about it all.
I suppose she was fortunate, because there were enough rapist to constitute the four witnesses she needed for it to be considered rape. She could have been more severly punished for adultery, perhaps paying with her life.