People think we atheists pick on Christians too much, but tend to shy away from picking on Muslims. Actually, just about everything we object to, while often directed to some inanity of Christianity, could be easily extrapolated to any religion, because it’s theism that atheists don’t buy into. Christianity is just the most pervasive form of theism on the planet, and a known target. In addition most atheists, if they were once part of a theistic community, were probably Christians, or at least live in a predominately Christian area. There are not a lot of formerly Islamic atheists out there. At least there are not many talking about it, even if they exist.
The Islamic mentality has a very non-westernized sensibility when it comes to women. In fact, it’s probably a fair characterization of Islam to say it’s misogynistic in the extreme. They hate and fear women. Why? Who knows? It’s a very paternalistic religion, and since it arose in paternalistic times, and never evolved much beyond its roots, unlike the rest of human-created religions, it’s still stuck in the 7th Century. Here are a few recent examples of the fear of vaginas endemic to Islam.
In Egypt, female protesters were subjected to “virginity tests” after they were arrested and put in detention. Virginity tests, you ask? In the 21st Century? The rationale?
The general said the tests were performed as a safeguard against the women accusing authorities of sexual assault, and he defended the tests.
In other words, they were for the protection of the men who might be falsely accused of rape. Yep. No fear or hatred of women involved in that mindset.
“The girls who were detained were not like your daughter or mine,” the general told CNN at the time. “These were girls who had camped out in tents with male protesters in Tahrir Square, and we found in the tents Molotov cocktails and (drugs).”
Those women were different than the idealized women of their families. They associated with riff-raff. They were riff-raff. First they demonize them, then they victimize them. It’s real easy when your religion teaches you that women are the devil’s handmaidens.
And, if you can’t keep them in their place by checking them for signs of hymen loss (as if that was even a reliable test), once they are caught having an “illicit relationship outside marriage”, then you stone them. Or, if the public raises a hue and cry about such a barbaric act of execution, you change the method of execution to a good, proper hanging, and then rationalize it.
Malek Ajdar Sharifi, the head of the judiciary in East Azerbaijan, said on Sunday that the prison does not have the “necessary facilities” to carry out the sentence of stoning. Therefore, he said, authorities are considering hanging as an alternative.
Wait! All one needs for a stoning is a bit of ground, a pile of rocks and some willing participants (read:executioners). Just like the Koran requires.You would think those requirements could be easily met in Iran. A lack of facilities didn’t stop the previous seven stonings since 2006, in that country alone.
And don’t forget, the murder of her husband only required a 10 year prison sentence (and she’s halfway through that already), but a little sex outside marriage? Only death can satisfy the public interest.
The crotch is mightier than the sword!
Well see, if they just removed all the clits then there’d be no need for virginity tests because no woman would then desire to commit adultery or be a lascivious, drug taking protestor. See, the Koran answers everything. They just aren’t being Muslim ENOUGH. (cue ululation)
So how many centuries before they become enlightened like say our early 20th century where gynecologists used vibrators on women to cure them of hysterics?
In a culture where nearly all sex is criminal, even such an intrusive procedure as a “virginity test” is tantamount to rape. This was quasi-rape as a punishment for women who don’t know their place.
At a bare (no pun intended) minimum, it was sexual assault. But that would be under American law. Under Sharia law, it sounds like business as usual.
In fact, it’s probably a fair characterization of Islam to say it’s misogynistic in the extreme. They hate and fear women. Why? Who knows? It’s a very paternalistic religion, and since it arose in paternalistic times, and never evolved much beyond its roots, unlike the rest of human-created religions, it’s still stuck in the 7th Century.
Ultra orthodox Judaism is manifesting the same behavior. They’re not quite up to stoning yet, but openly harassing women and young girls in public is a standard part of their m.o.
Yes, and they are all different edges of the same coin. They are religion on cigarettes – their growth has been stunted. Or – they’ve actually regressed because of some sense that the original mindset of ancient times was the best.