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Tuesday, April 09, 2013

Sharia's Sticks and Stones

The BBC's Panorama series has gone undercover at Sharia councils where Islamic law is doled out in the state within a state within the multicultural bureaucracy to discover that the dispensers of Islamic law have failed abused women. Failing abused women is the nice genteel way that lefties use to mean that the judicial system of a religion built on abusing women is perpetuating those abuses in the UK.

Similarly Comrade Delta failed the woman he raped. And the Socialist Workers Party failed her by putting the rape to a vote. Jimmy Savile failed a great many children and Islam has failed to uphold the standards that the defenders of multiculturalism somehow expect from religious leaders out of Pakistan and Saudi Arabia.

According to the head of the UK's 'Equality and Human Rights Commission', Muslims “are doing their damnedest” to develop an Islam compatible with liberal democracy. And if you don't believe him, then just ask Tony Blair who not only reads the Koran every day but also marvels at how progressive it is.

Forget all the fussing over Muslim immigration and terrorism. The future looks bright for Britain. We're probably only a short while away from the first female Imam and drive-through abortion clinics in local mosques. Mecca is going to host its first swimsuit competition on its black rock and Ramadan will unite with Gay Pride Day for a parade that no one will ever be able to forget.

At The Guardian, where left is always right, Musleh Faradhi assures us that Sharia courts are not about to displace English law or flog Prince Charles as an adulterer in front of Buckingham Palace. "Women who come to this country with little or no English and are then discriminated against by their own husbands or relatives has nothing to do with sharia, but rather with traditions and culture," says Faradhi. "This should not be used as a stick with which to beat sharia councils."

That sounds fair enough except when you remember that Sharia councils are usually the ones who beat women with sticks, rather than the other way around.

The reasons why the organs of Islamic law beat women with sticks have nothing to do with Islam, but with tradition, culture, the equinox, the price of tea in Shanghai and how many Djinns can dance on the head of a stickpin. And it would be a real shame if Sharia's habit of beating women with sticks were to be used to beat Sharia councils with sticks. When it comes to Muslims, turnabout is never fair play. Even when the sticks are metaphorical ones and the ones that they use are all too real.

According to Tony Blair, the Koran is, "ahead of its time in attitudes to marriage, women and governance". This claim might only be true if the Koran had been written in the stone age and even then the educated Cro-Magnon would have taken one sniff at the Koran and opted for something more progressive. Like the Daily Mail or Benny Hill.

In the progressive words of the Koran, "Men have authority over women because Allah has made the one superior to the other." (Koran 4:34). It's hard to argue with that. At least if you're a Muslim and your idea of superiority is all about how fast you can behead someone who disagrees with you. Bring enough people with superior beheading skills together and then good luck arguing with their take on Allah's Theory of Gender Evolution without getting beheaded. Or at least beaten bloody with sticks.

"Good women are obedient," says the Koran. "They guard their unseen parts." Which in the Muslim world often includes their faces, their voices and themselves. "As for those from whom you fear disobedience, admonish them and send them to beds apart and beat them."

The liberal Britain which long since disavowed, "A woman, a dog and a walnut tree; the harder they are beaten, the better they be", has welcomed it back in as, "A woman, a dog and a palm tree." It is easy to argue with the practices of beating a domestic walnut tree, but who are we to argue with the cultural tree harvesting methods of an ancient belief system which must be superior to ours on account of it being practiced by the people we once colonized after they tried to colonize us which left them holding the victim card.

And the verse finishes, that having beaten them "Then if they obey you, take no further action against them." This must be the part that Tony Blair finds so ahead of its time in its attitude toward women. That once having beaten a woman, if she complies, then you should stop beating her. The nobility and generosity of these words should touch the heart of even a Germaine Greer.

The Koran may tell you to beat women, but it doesn't tell you to keep beating them once they're cringing on the floor. This generosity extends not only to women, but to all sorts of beloved infidels. Once he surrenders, and pays Jizya, accepting his role as an inferior, the well-behaved Muslim is not supposed to keep beating him, though he usually does anyway. Women, Dhimmis, slaves and other people whom Allah hath made inferior are not to be beaten so long as they obey you.

You can see why Tony Blair might consider this attitude ahead of its time. Anyone who has had contact with the British bureaucracy should be able to appreciate a form of governance that stops beating you once you're finally lying prone on the floor.

"The Koran strikes me as a reforming book, trying to return Judaism and Christianity to their origins" says the former Prime Minister. "Rather as reformers attempted with the Christian Church centuries later.".

The inability of the former Prime Minister to tell the difference between the Anglican Church and a wife-beating manual is a sad testament to many things. Not the least of which is his illiteracy.

If Islam were trying to return to the origins of Judaism and Christianity, it took the wrong road around. Mohammed's GPS may have told him he was headed to Jerusalem, but instead he ended up in Mecca. That is what happens when you attach a GPS to a flying horse and religious ideas to petty banditry. Jewish and Christian scriptures were not obsessed with the need to compel their wives to cover their faces to avoid being raped on the spot by their own cousins. That is the tradition and culture which originated Muslim modesty among bandit camps where some captured women were held as captive slaves and others were held as the property of their husbands and telling them apart was handled in the crudest way possible.

When your wedding canopy is a knife at her throat, and your "meet-cute" was burning her village, there's good reason to fear her disobedience. And when your relationship is based on being the first man to grab her as she made a run for it, there is good reason to keep her inside or cover her from head to toe. You may be her first rapist, but your cousins and friends will have no objection to being her second and third. When rape is legal, and every adult male around you is a potential rapist, then purdah and headbags are a natural way for fathers and husbands to protect their investment.

There is nothing spiritual about Muslim modesty. It is, as Blair said, "Practical". In a society of rapists, women had better remain at home, cover up, or end up like Lara Logan. But you don't have to be a blonde at a celebration of Egyptian democracy to be assaulted. It happens just as often in the UK now. Take Abul Malik of Trafalgar Road, who raped a female passenger when she couldn't cover the full fare. And why not. Back in Pakistan, rape is a time honored means of restitution. And now so it is in the UK.

We can of course go on pretending that all this ugly and sordid stuff has nothing to do with the high-minded ideals of the Koran and go on cheering the Sharia councils who “are doing their damnedest” to make Islam compatible with liberal democracy. Except it isn't Islam that they are making compatible with liberal democracy, rather it is liberal democracy that they are making compatible with Islam.

Lord Phillips, the Lord Chief Justice, has explained that equality before the law now means that some people will be governed under the law, and others under Sharia law. There will be no beating of women with sticks. Yet. For now it will have to be the metaphorical sticks of a legal system which is under the impression that women are an inferior form of life and that beating them is one of the hobbies their unemployed husbands sitting on the dole with fake back problems are entitled to do in between listening to the greatest hits of the angriest sheiks of the internet.

How much justice can women expect from divorce proceedings that take place under the authority of the Koran which says that, men have authority over women because "they spend their wealth to maintain them" and denies that domestic abuse and marital rape are wrong?

Baroness Cox introduced the "Arbitration and Mediation Services Equality Bill" which puts forward the controversial idea that no mediator can operate on the belief that a woman has fewer rights than a man. That such a bill had to be put forward ninety-three years after the triumph of women's suffrage, is outrageous. But what is even more outrageous is the opposition to it.

The Islamic Sharia Council’s Suhaib Hasan replied that, “It is indeed a crime that Lady Cox has made no attempt to understand the workings of the shariah councils.” Of course that isn't an actual crime that she can be beaten with sticks for. Yet.

The media's message is don't worry. Every day Muslim immigrants are adapting to the new way of life. But who is really doing the adapting? The real message of don't worry, is don't worry and be Muslim. And if you can't, then keep to the floor and hope that they don't keep beating you once you're down.

13 comments:

Anonymous said...

The reasons why the organs of Islamic law beat women with sticks have nothing to do with Islam, but with tradition, culture....

It seems 1,400 years of Islam has not been influential in changing certain embarrassing traditions. However, it has been able to influence many people to engage in suicide terrorism and mass murder. You win some, you lose some.

Anonymous said...

Anonymous, The misogyny of Islam is not just cultural; it is written in the core texts of Islam, in the example of Mohammed's life and it is spoken in the edicts and 'sermons' of the Imams today.

Rape, depersonalization, inequality, subjection, slavery and sex trafficking of women and girls (and infidels) are part and parcel of Islamic conquest and all of it is ingrained in the mentality of Islamic males.

This is counter to the 4th Commandment and a rejection of the First Gift - that of woman to man to love, honor and cherish as his own body, as Adam said: 'bone of my bone, flesh of my flesh'. See Genesis.

The God-intended role of man as husband is to protect, provide, pray, preach (remember, remind and model for his family of the Word, Truth and Love of God - NOT the domination, exploitation and violence that is practiced in Islam.

Sibyl Smith

Abe said...

Wow! This is such a hard-hitting article, full of gems. I don't know where to begin!

Jimmy Savile failed a great many children and Islam has failed to uphold the standards that the defenders of multiculturalism somehow expect from religious leaders out of Pakistan and Saudi Arabia.
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The reasons why the organs of Islamic law beat women with sticks have nothing to do with Islam, but with tradition, culture, the equinox, the price of tea in Shanghai and how many Djinns can dance on the head of a stickpin. And it would be a real shame if Sharia's habit of beating women with sticks were to be used to beat Sharia councils with sticks. When it comes to Muslims, turnabout is never fair play. Even when the sticks are metaphorical ones and the ones that they use are all too real.
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"Good women are obedient," says the Koran. "They guard their unseen parts." Which in the Muslim world often includes their faces, their voices and themselves. "As for those from whom you fear disobedience, admonish them and send them to beds apart and beat them."
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According to the head of the UK's 'Equality and Human Rights Commission', Muslims “are doing their damnedest” to develop an Islam compatible with liberal democracy. And if you don't believe him, then just ask Tony Blair who not only reads the Koran every day but also marvels at how progressive it is.
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The liberal Britain which long since disavowed, "A woman, a dog and a walnut tree; the harder they are beaten, the better they be", has welcomed it back in as, "A woman, a dog and a palm tree." It is easy to argue with the practices of beating a domestic walnut tree, but who are we to argue with the cultural tree harvesting methods of an ancient belief system which must be superior to ours on account of it being practiced by the people we once colonized after they tried to colonize us which left them holding the victim card.
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Anyone who has had contact with the British bureaucracy should be able to appreciate a form of governance that stops beating you once you're finally lying prone on the floor.
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and more and more!!!
Daniel, I hereby name you: "Sultan Daniel the Magnificent!"

IgorR said...

The scariest part is that western democracies keep electing people like Tony Blair, who is probably not even willfully blind, just blind. He isn't even a communist, nor is he in power any more, and yet he is just so eager to submit to the ridiculous seventh century cult. What the hell is wrong with all of them?

Daniel Greenfield @ the Sultan Knish blog said...

Tony Blair has major business interests in the Middle East. As does Sarkozy.

Follow the money. Especially to Qatar and Saudi Arabia.

IgorR said...

Whew...and I thought he was just a putz. His facial expression is similar to Bloomberg's, they both look mildly cognitively impaired, but you probably don't get to become either a prime minister or a billionaire and a mayor when you are not all there.

AG said...

"Tony Blair, the Koran is, "ahead of its time in attitudes to marriage, women and governance"."

What more would a castrated Liberal want than to get his manhood back from his wife? And he probably sees Islam as the only possibility for this. But ultimately he gives up his manhood further by cowering to Islam, and Islam will notice this too. Western Europe is soon going to be a lost cause. It may even be too late already. But we must hold the line here in the US. Court or no courts, if you witness a Muslim beating his wife, put an end to it. Don't cower to Islam, it is what they want.

Anonymous said...

In other words the the love of money is the root of all (or most) evil is true. Not money but the love of it.

I don't know whether to be mad or sad that these women will never know what la vita bella means.

If only these politicians would stop drooling over the Quran they'd look at these atrocities against women with a genuine sense of outrage and take measures to protect them.

From a small community standpoint: An 18-year old Iraqi immigrant went to a party in the suburbs where and adult woman was holding the party with underage drinking (she was aware) and knew there was a gun in the house.

Horrible tragedy when the immigrant was shot to death in an attempted robbery. The woman who held the party, served the alcohol, and was aware of gun wasn't charged.

District Attorney to the family: "Go home and mourn your son."

That didn't cute it with the American community or the Iraqi immigrant family. Long story short the suburban woman was ultimately charged in his death.

Not exactly the same as with the Muslim women in your article but again, the genuine response to atrocities crosses all barriers. The left doesn't grasp this. They're pro-Muslim but pro-Muslim atrocities.

It seems as though their souls have been blown out of them. Do they even see their reflections in a mirror?

Where is their humanity?

They want to adore the Quran that's their sick deal. Ignoring true injustices...their humanity goes down the drain.

Every human being should experience the beautiful life. These poor women probably never will and the left are oblivious.


Keliata


La vita bella

Dennis Latham said...

Sunrise, sunset, since the beginning it hasn't changed yet. Some people have no chance in this world full of horror.

Anonymous said...

Vayikra (Leviticus) 5:1

There are many horrors in the world. Daniel has the knowledge and high profile to write, to witness, these crimes and to speak out against them.

We can all do this if nowhere else in our own communities. It shouldn't be too difficult to determine who the subjects of the crimes are and to take the witness stand so to speak and say what we know.

This IMO goes hand in hand with tzedek tzedek tzedek tirdof (justice, justice shall you pursue).

Keliata

Anonymous said...

I believe Tony Blair's sister-in-law converted to Islam a few years ago. A former hippy and admittedly person of low moral character she promoted Islam as the only way of life. In the article I read she came across as an immature woman playing dress-up. She obviously was looking to change the promiscuous life she had been living. Wouldn't a nunnery be more simple? Putting on the hair shirt? I haven't heard of her since but it does sound as if she has made a convert. This is just sad and revolting. A severe overreaction.

Anonymous said...

A tangled web indeed. Thank you.

Empress Trudy said...

Oh well. All I'd ask is the UK return their Trident missiles to the US before they totally bonkers.

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