Jews have a prayer for everything — at least that’s what they say in Fiddler on the Roof. So, if there’s no prayer thanking God for not making one a woman in Saudi Arabia, there oughta be.
One reason is exemplified in a recent report by a human rights group that said the courts in that desert kingdom “empower men to abuse their positions as guardians of female relatives – sometimes jailing adult women for ‘disobedience’ when they seek control of their personal lives.”
First note that women there require male guardians as though they are not fully fledged human beings mentally, emotionally and physically capable of living an independent life.
A report from New York-based Human Rights Watch said Saudi court rulings have allowed male family members to prevent, end or force the marriages of adult women and seize custody of their children.
Noting that Saudi law is based on Islamic sharia law, “which governs many personal status issues like marriage,” child custody and inheritance, the Associated Press story says under Saudi law, women must get permission from a father, husband, brother or even a son to travel, access certain government services or marry. It also notes that some hospitals require a guardian’s permission before a woman or her children can get certain medical treatments.
And this is the style of law many Muslims worldwide are tirelessly working to spread in the West.
The report cited the case of a 30-plus-year-old woman whose father had her institutionalized and then locked in the house “because she wanted to marry a man whose tribe her father considered inferior.” The woman escaped to an abused women’s shelter, which she now can’t leave without written permission from her father, according to the story.
It’s clearly a permanent, all-encompassing prison sentence to be born female in any country ruled by sharia law.
When asked about the report’s charges, a Saudi judge insisted that “Islam protects women’s rights.”
With protection like this, who needs threats and oppression?
“We don’t pay attention to what others say about us, and we will not give up our Islamic principles,” the judge reportedly said. “Just as the West doesn’t accept religious principles as a base, in the same way we won’t let anyone to speak badly of Islam.”
And speaking of not allowing anyone to speak badly of Islam, that principle – the one that flies directly in the face of free speech and is responsible for the insanity that swept Europe over those Danish cartoons – has been brought to bear right here in the United States this week, with the firing by National Public Radio commentator Juan Williams.
Williams was apparently canned for saying that when he gets on a plane and sees a group of people “in Muslim garb,” he has a moment of worry because of what happened on 9-11. His point was that despite this, he believes it’s not OK to paint all Muslims with a single brush. But even if his point were just that he’s made nervous by people “who identify themselves” obviously and primarily as Muslims, it should not be a fireable offense.
Let’s compare this situation with the recent firing of commentator Rick Sanchez, for making what were construed as anti-Semitic remarks, as no-doubt someone will.
Sanchez implied that Jews control the media, meaning as a propaganda apparatus, which, along with statemets like ”the Jews control the banks” and “the Jews kill (Christian or Muslim) babies to get blood to make matzos,” have lead over the centuries to terrible atrocities committed against innocent people.
Besides the fact that these assertions are patently false and easily disproven, this type of thing differs from the Williams case in that Williams was expressing a personal feeling and not making implications about the actions or motivations of any group of people.
Sanchez deserved to be fired, Williams did not.
A too large percentage of Americans have completely lost their ability to reason – to differentiate right from wrong, good from evil, reasonable from unreasonable. And what’s particularly frightening is that I’d guess most of them believe they’re doing the right thing.
Like the recent dust-up on the TV show The View in which two of the show’s hosts walked off the set in disgust after commentator Bill O’Reilly said it’s not OK to build a mosque near Ground Zero in New York because “Muslims killed us on 9-11.”
Whoopi Goldberg and Joy Behar were incensed by this statement, declaring it was “extremists” who attacked us that day.
And that’s true, but 100 percent of them were a particular type of extremist – Muslim extremists – who did what they did in the name of Islam and made no bones about it. Neither did many of the world’s “main stream” Muslims who were caught on camera dancing in the streets and handing out candy in celebration of the “successful operation” immediately after the attacks. Those images have completely vanished now, but I saw them then, and I remember.
Which is why many people, even completely rational ones who know that all Muslims are not terrorists, may sometimes experience a moment of trepidation when they see a group of Muslims at the airport, or in any crowded place.
The fact that one cannot say this out loud without fear of retribution is extremely frightening.
Clearly this country has been invaded by the same paralyzing fear of Islamic backlash that threatens to destroy Europe’s Western nature.
Free speech and sharia law cannot co-exist. I’m afraid we’re beginning to see which way the wind is blowing on that front, and it’s chilling.
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