Response to DBO regarding freedom and islam.Dirtbikeoption was commenting over at Tim Blair's. Tim's original post was about the beheading of 3 christian schoolgirls, and while most commentators deccried the act as evil, dirtbike option appeared more concerned that there were other things that Tim could be reporting. To wit:
There were probably thousands of brutal killings around the globe in the past 24 hours: Karenni refugees shot by Burmese miltary, Sudanese families slaughtered while fleeing violence, forced sex workers in Thailand beaten to death by pimps, human rights activists imprisoned and tortured to death in China, striking workers shot by thugs in the Philippines.
DBO, I care about the other crimes, but those perpetrated in the name of Islam have a direct bearing upon my life when it means that I can no longer be complacent in the idea that my daughter will grow up in blissful ignorance like I did in the 70s and 80s.
Regarding sex workers being beaten to death by their pimps, that happens all over the world, and is also an outrage. However, a pimp is not likely to cut off the heads of either myself or my child.
She will bear the burden of increasing insecurity and loss of freedom. Freedom of dress, freedom of speech, freedom of religion, and the freedom to be who she wants to be.
The children are ultimately the ones who will pay for this.
I promised a breakdown on this tonight, and here it is.
Luckily for me, Hugh over at JihadWatch has done most of the hard work for me already.
The extraordinary Total Regulation of Life, from what you eat and what you wear to exactly how you wash, makes people into zombies, following rules that often make no sense, that are ludicrous, but must be followed. Shall I give some of the embarrassing details, about the odd number of stones, and so on, or would you prefer that I spared all of us that sort of thing? Just go to any Muslim website where questions are asked as to whether I can do this or can't do that. Why follow these rules? Oh, because Allah Knows Best. Q.E.D. That is all ye know on earth, and all ye need to know.
There is plenty more, but for me, this is it in a nutshell.
Before all the screams of islamophobia, racism, discrimination and the like ring out, try trawling through Ask Imam, a South African based site Q & A website.
There is the lady whose husband is infertile and wants to know how she should pray in order to fall pregnant. The response is that: At the outset, you should understand that Duas, wazifas etc. although they are effective, you should seek medical advice. Nowadays with modern technology, there are methods of cure for your ailment. (That is not the complete answer, but it is the most important in my opinion.)
This is one example. There are plenty of others regarding hair dyeing, communication via internet with spouses, menstruation. The list is endless, but these are ones that are of immediate concern to me as a woman.
I am a human first and a woman second. Being a mother is the largest part of that.
My daughter's future is a priceless commodity never to be sacrificed. She has the right to choose her own pathway, as do we all, but in these days of political correctness and over-appeasement, her choice is being eroded before my eyes.
While muslim women in western societies can choose to wear the hijab, those in Iraq are beaten publicly for showing a bit of flesh. Not a lot, just whatever is deemed to be in violation of the local religious laws. Where is the freedom of dress? There is no freedom when your options are the black burkha or the blue burkha.
Where sharia rules over secular precedent, then the rights of women go out of the window.