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So which is it?


by: Blue Girl

Wed May 11, 2011 at 11:30:00 AM CDT

I'm confused about something and I wonder if you are, too?

On the one hand you have the anti-Sharia shriekers. They are terribly, terribly concerned that if we let Islam get a toe-hold in our society, before you know it we will all be forced to wear a burka, and they want to spare me that humiliation. It's not a crime to be a woman, after all.

And then you have the same people asserting in public and not being pelted with overripe produce that if a woman is dressed immodestly, she is asking for sex and thus it's her own damned fault if she gets raped. It isn't the fault of the poor man who has no control over himself, it's the fault of the woman for being attractive and tempting him. (Completely ignoring that rape is not about sex, it is about power. But that's another post.)

You know. The same line of reasoning that puts women in burkas in the Islamic world.

Sorry wingers, but you can't have it both ways.

So which is it? Should we be free to dress as we please, or should we be shrouded and veiled? You can't have it both ways, so pick one and go with it.

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Tribalism (0.00 / 0)
Liberals oppose theocracy because they believe that people should be free to decide how to live their own lives provided no one else is directly harmed in the process.

Conservatives oppose theocracy only when the religious strictures being imposed come from a religion that is not their own.  Neither do they believe people should be free to live their own lives as they see fit because any behavior, no matter how private, which offends the conservative's faith or sensibility is by definition "harmful."  

Oh, sweet jebus save me. (0.00 / 0)
I grew up under sharia law - in mississippi.

No alcohol in most counties, no alcohol after 10pm or on Sundays. No purchases of tools or toothbrushes on Sundays (seriously). "You're suspended. Don't come back to school until you've cut your hair above your ears (i.e., don't you dare cut your beard)), don't come back to school without a belt, etc. Your friend with the dark skin isn't allowed in this part of town. Pornography is illegal, unless you're in the Elks or some vets organization and then we show art movies every Thursday night and get drunk. I have a friend who dressed up in a Keystone cops costume with a "Bah, Humbug" placard and went to one of the only mall in the state during the Christmas buying season and they, no fooling, sent the FBI down to question/harass him.

When we do it, it's "normal" and reasonable, when they do it it's terrorism.

We're talking about people who, no exaggeration, will make it illegal to pay women equally for equal work, make it completely legal to ban certain races from certain occupations and places, will consciously and deliberately burn history and philosophy books that contain facts they don't like, and will gladly deny employment to someone who doesn't share their religious beliefs.

It's The American Way. At Least I Know I'm Free.

Once again... scooped by BG (0.00 / 0)
I'm going to go ahead and post at least my link anyway because I feel that one of the most important factors in the discussion is the growing number of educated well to do white women echoing these sentiments.

Let's get one thing perfectly clear here... rape is rape.  It is what it is.  Ugly, fat little white men who try to justify it because it's probably the only way they'll ever get any in the first place don't have anything to say about it.

Neither do strikingly attractive, well dressed and educated blonde women whom... for whatever reason... have chosen to sell their souls and their humanity to Rupert Murdoch and Fat Jolly Roger and have never had to face the situation they pontificate so eloquently about.  

It doesn't MATTER how the woman dresses or if even if she chooses to run nude down main street at noon.  No man has a right... especially a right granted by some supernatural will of the wisp residing in the clouds somewhere... to force himself on someone that doesn't want his ugly hairy ass all over them.

As one of the commenters put it, I'm glad my time on Earth is nearly over because I'm tired of my life being more and more governed by willfully ignorant elitist snots with superiority complexes who have never experienced life in the real world... like Kirsten Powers.  (See the link)

And so much for the Daily Beast.  I knew when Murdoch got his tentacles around it it would become little more than the FOX News of The Internet and it appears well on its way.    

"We can have democracy in this country, or we can have great wealth concentrated in the hands of a few, but we can't have both." -Louis D. Brandeis

Racism (0.00 / 0)
When folks who bleat on about the horribleness of Sharia law and then give out that oh so very helpful "advice" to women on "how not to get raped" I can only assume that there is a right way for a woman to be oppressed and a wrong way to be oppressed. And of course, the "right" way is to be oppressed by (white) American patriarchy, rather than some other form.

The cries over Sharia law from conservatives are merely an othering tactic, a means of trying to say, "they aren't like us, they're practically like animals. That makes killing them and our virulent hate against them totally warranted".

None of them actually gives half a shit about women. When have they ever?

Only my way (0.00 / 0)
You apparently misunderstand them.

They don't want you in a burka because of Islamic law, they want you in a burka because of Christian modesty.  

It's all about the belief - reality is secondary.

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