At Balladeer’s Blog I’m always open about how much contempt I feel for American liberals because they are too cowardly to subject Islam’s misogyny and homophobia to the same criticism they subject Christianity to. I’m an ardent non-believer in ANY religion and see the gutless silence of the politically correct left to be an obstacle to convincing the Muslim world into ever joining the 21st Century. ( And no, whiny liberals, I’m not a conservative. Just read around my blog and see. )
If people had been as cowardly about criticizing Christianity we’d still be living like the 1600’s Puritans or worse, but liberals spinelessly pretend that not offending the hatemongers of Islam by ignoring the voices of people courageous enough to speak out on the subject is somehow the right thing to do. In the demented worldview of liberals ONLY the anti-western voices of the Muslim world are authentic. Anything to rationalize their own lack of courage.
In the past I’ve mentioned books by Ayaan Hirsi Ali and Irshad Manji, women who have shown far more courage than the pompous and comfortable American feminists who like to praise their own alleged “courage” while ignoring the plight of their suffering sisters in the Muslim world.
Wafa Sultan is the latest female author whose book I’m mentioning here. She writes first-hand about the barbaric and systematically demeaning treatment that women in the Muslim world are subjected to. Wafa is one of those courageous individuals who are needed the most at this time – the kind who demand to be heard no matter how dangerous it is for them personally. In 2006 Wafa was the first woman on the Muslim propoganda channel Al Jazeera. She masterfully demolished the inept reactionary arguments of the Imam she was debating.
The support structure of any religious belief system is so delicate that it can never withstand open debate, which is precisely WHY anyone advocating or acting as an apologist for Islam’s hatred of women needs to be called on their beliefs, not coddled or treated as if their outdated, sexist point of view has “hidden depths” that people outside that culture should respect.
Wafa’s best point is made when she calls the ongoing conflict “a battle between modernity and barbarism” not a battle between religions. She also points out the dangers of letting Sharia into the western democracies under the pretense of being “multicultural”. Would we let immigrants to the west keep slaves just because we were told we should “respect their culture”? No we wouldn’t and Islam’s treatment of women is often indistiguishable from the treatment accorded to slaves. And by the way the Muslim world is still involved in the actual slave trade even though we in the much-maligned west abolished it long ago.
So read this book, which, by the way, is available at Amazon.com. It’s very well-written and informative and it will make it even harder to restrain yourself from spitting in the faces of liberal apologists for Islam.