Monday, December 03, 2007

Moment of Clarity on Islamic Law

Has the NYT had a moment of clarity on the treatment of women in Islamic society?

The answer is maybe. Just maybe.
Muslims who wonder why non-Muslims are often baffled, angered, even frightened by some governments’ interpretation of Islamic law need only look to the cases of two women in Saudi Arabia and Sudan threatened with barbaric lashings.
They're starting down the path, but don't quite go far enough in outing the misogynistic nature of Islam, and the treatment of non Muslims in Islamic-dominated lands around the world.

The Islamists treat non Muslims as second class citizens, and treat women even worse. Those who "insult" Islam are greeted with calls for execution. Women who are raped at greeted with lashes for being in the presence of men who are not blood relatives - and then get their sentences doubled when questioning the sentence or seeking publicity to show the injustice and inhumanity of the decision.

The Times has been largely silent on the subject of Islamic law and sharia as it relates to the mistreatment of women and non Muslims around the world. While the world (and the Times) focuses on the Arab-Israeli conflict, it is far from the only place where Islamists seek to spread Islam at the sword. Thailand. Pakistan. India. Philippines. Indonesia. Sudan. Somalia. Iran.

Not content with living peacefully with their neighbors, the Islamists seek to spread Islam throughout their dominion and subjugate those who do not comply.

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