Morocco has added itself to the list of farcical counties in the Middle East with two women prosecuted for wearing skirts. Morocco has a significant population of modern and secular Muslims but also has a growing influence of Islamic advocates demanding greater criminalization of immoral and anti-Islamic conduct. In this case, a market trader told police that there were two women wearing skirts and a crowd formed calling for their arrest in Inezgane last month.
Secular activists have launched a petition to call for the charges to be dropped against the two women, 23 and 29. Indeed, some women have taken to mini-skirts in a unique form of protests.
Prosecutors however insist that wearing a skirt is an act of “public obscenity” that can result in up to two years in jail. The court will rule on July 13th.
It is ironic that Muslim countries often portray the United States as obsessed with sex but these actions suggest the inverse. Sharia courts and morality codes in these countries show a preoccupation with women and sexual relations — as well as a palpable fear over the impact of women being allowed to dress and move freely in their society. It is particularly distressing to see such prosecutions in Morocco, which has a significant modern, educated, and secular population. I continue to believe that the natural progression of humanity is toward more freedom and equality. Countries like Morocco hold the greatest promise for such advancement — as did Turkey before the takeover by Islamic parties.
On the other end of the bizarre spectrum is a French school telling a Muslim student that her shirt was too long. I find both efforts to control the fashion choices of women to be ridiculous and an infringement of individual expression.
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bam, you suck at this!
Were I you, I’d bribe the prof or whoever manages this blog to delete that comment because it makes my case better than I ever could.
I challenge you to the intellectual/theological debate you say I am dodging, and your response is to ask me to prove that your islamophobia is baseless?!!!!
What, too lazy to spend 10 minutes online perusing sites other than your usual pits of hatred?
Islam is over 1400 years old, 1400 years of intellectual and scientific breakthroughs, of moral and humanistic legacy, or supporting and peacefully cohabitating with all other religions…and yet…and yet you want to wrap it with the evil that less than 1% of its adherents have done?!!!
A I said before, mexicans, who are overwhelmingly non-Muslims have done more evil that ISIS and AL Quaeda combined… mexican shariah law?
The US have killed more people than all of islam combined, what does that make them?
Do you also, like Karen, support the Crusades?
Boy! I’ll leave you with this:
In 628 AD, a delegation from St. Catherine’s Monastery came to Prophet Muhammed and requested his protection. He responded by granting them a charter of rights, which I reproduce below in its entirety. St. Catherine’s Monastery is located at the foot of Mt. Sinai and is the world’s oldest monastery. It possess a huge collection of Christian manuscripts, second only to the Vatican, and is a world heritage site. It also boasts the oldest collection of Christian icons. It is a treasure house of Christian history that has remained safe for 1,400 years under Muslim protection.
The Promise to St. Catherine:
“This is a message from Muhammad ibn Abdullah, as a covenant to those who adopt Christianity, near and far, we are with them.
Verily I, the servants, the helpers, and my followers defend them, because Christians are my citizens; and by Allah! I hold out against anything that displeases them.
No compulsion is to be on them. Neither are their judges to be removed from their jobs nor their monks from their monasteries. No one is to destroy a house of their religion, to damage it, or to carry anything from it to the Muslims’ houses.
Should anyone take any of these, he would spoil God’s covenant and disobey His Prophet. Verily, they are my allies and have my secure charter against all that they hate.
No one is to force them to travel or to oblige them to fight. The Muslims are to fight for them. If a female Christian is married to a Muslim, it is not to take place without her approval. She is not to be prevented from visiting her church to pray. Their churches are to be respected. They are neither to be prevented from repairing them nor the sacredness of their covenants.
No one of the nation (Muslims) is to disobey the covenant till the Last Day (end of the world).”
The first and the final sentence of the charter are critical. They make the promise eternal and universal. Muhammed asserts that Muslims are with Christians near and far, straight away rejecting any future attempts to limit the promise to St. Catherine alone. By ordering Muslims to obey it until the Day of Judgment the charter again undermines any future attempts to revoke the privileges. These rights are inalienable. Muhammed declared Christians, all of them, as his allies and he equated ill treatment of Christians with violating God’s covenant.
A remarkable aspect of the charter is that it imposes no conditions on Christians for enjoying its privileges. It is enough that they are Christians. They are not required to alter their beliefs, they do not have to make any payments and they do not have any obligations. This is a charter of rights without any duties!
The document is not a modern human rights treaty, but even though it was penned in 628 A.D. it clearly protects the right to property, freedom of religion, freedom of work, and security of the person.
I know most readers, must be thinking, So what? Well the answer is simple. Those who seek to foster discord among Muslims and Christians focus on issues that divide and emphasize areas of conflict. But when resources such as Muhammad’s promise to Christians is invoked and highlighted it builds bridges. It inspires Muslims to rise above communal intolerance and engenders good will in Christians who might be nursing fear of Islam or Muslims.
When I look at Islamic sources, I find in them unprecedented examples of religious tolerance and inclusiveness. They make me want to become a better person. I think the capacity to seek good and do good inheres in all of us. When we subdue this predisposition towards the good, we deny our fundamental humanity. In this holiday season, I hope all of us can find time to look for something positive and worthy of appreciation in the values, cultures and histories of other peoples.’
I don’t recall the throwing in any towel. What I do recall, however, is cutting and pasting chapter and verse containing the very precepts that your faith proclaims as Allah’s and Mohammed’s declarations and dictates. Don’t care for what I posted? Don’t blame me. Blame the vile precepts that are contained in your religion. Better yet, why not write a public letter to post on all of those fantastic Islamic websites, where you wholeheartedly and unabashedly denounce and castigate ISIS for what it is doing? Obviously, according to you, Mullah po, only the heretics of your religion are not following Islamic rules. No need to convince me. Convince them. While you’re at it, leave your name and address for your brothers in Islam. I have a feeling that they may wish to have a chat with you. Frightened to do so? Why, you are only upholding the sanctity of your religion by explaining the misinterpretation of these basic commands.
By the way, if you are gonna quote verses from the Quran, please do it honestly and fairly, quote the whole paragraph, the verses in context, not out of context. For example if you would quote the verse that says kill them wherever you find them, also quote the previous ones that say… if they don’t leave you alone and keep oppressing you and killing you, then… and also quote the following ones that say… but do not attack those who don’t attack you or with whom you you have a treaty… and if they wrong you, forgive them for forgiving a better in the sight of your Lord…
Can you do that?
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