Monday, August 6, 2012

Many Islamist men don't understand imperative of consent

From the Toronto Sun:
Women are "raw meat" waiting to be devoured by men because of their dress, declared an Australian imam in 2006.
Six years later, and in our own backyard, a young convert to Islam, Al-Haashim Kamena Atangana is proposing new laws in Canada that would require women to cover up "like Muslim women," concealing all but their eyes and hands. He contends that the high incidence of rape in North America is because of how women dress in Western countries. The new laws would make it "illegal for women to dress provocatively in the streets," and would thereby take away the freedoms Western women enjoy.
Canadian women would have to be covered up in burkas, abayas and hijabs. They would presumably also be segregated, and their male relatives would monitor and control their behavior. So what is it about Islamist men and their preoccupation with sex that awakens such paranoia about women's garb?
First, many Islamist men do not understand the imperative of consent in a sexual relationship. They believe rape is a normal rather than a criminal reaction to female physiology, and assume that this would be every man's response to a glimpse of some skin.   
The consequences of women violating Shariah law are severe.  Stonings occur every day. Islam is dangerous, and I have no problem standing with people like Sam Harris and Richard Dawinkins in calling Islam one of the "great evils in the world."

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