Maligning Women and Other Tales of Intolerance

Sensei Post in Self-Defense

I usually stay quiet on political fronts but this story is to relavent to self-defense to ignore. In Australia a Muslim Cleric blames rape on ‘suggestive’ women. Not just any Cleric, Australia’s most prominent Muslim Cleric! He is reported to have said that women who “sway suggestively” and do not cover up can provoke sexual assault by men. He went on to compare these women to uncovered meat that you leave outside. Quote, “If you take out uncovered meat and place it outside on the street, or in the garden or in the park … and the cats come and eat it … whose fault is it? The cats or the uncovered meat?” He of course offered a solution stating that women should stay hidden at home, or wear the hijab, or Islamic scarf, in public. The article has more detail but you should have the jist of it now.
Wow! Now I will be the first to observe that there are some women who dress in an inappropriate manner, but that doesn’t give anyone cause to harm them! This thinking demonstrates the ignorance and fear of the speaker. Australia is talking about deporting the Cleric. The question becomes, to where? Or better yet, why? If they will go to the extreme and deport this Cleric then they are saying two things. First there are people listening to him, it would have to be more then a few to even begin to be concerned about. Second, the people listening to this man are willing to act out on his words. If these two facts were not true then they would never consider deporting him otherwise every crazy on a street corner with a sign would have been deported years ago! So go in peace my friend and reap what you sow, just not in my back yard because I won’t stand for it!…but that is another post all together, stand up for what you believe in and know what it is you are standing up for…

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