The Kuwait News Agency KUNA reported that the Islamic member states of the United Nations Human Rights Council formally rejected provisions of a council resolution condemning and calling for the elimination of violence against women because those provision violate Sharia law.
The Islamic member states objected to, for example, the assertion that women have “the right to control matters concerning their sexual lives as well as their reproductive health without coercion, discrimination or violence,” according to KUNA.
Getting to specifics, they objected to any notion of rape within marriage and the treatment of women as anything other than chattel.
They also rejected the paragraph that allows performing judicial proceedings in cases of rape within marriage, the abolition of provisions that require the matching of certificates and allow the rapist to escape prosecution by marrying him to his victim as well as subduing victims of sexual violence to prosecution for moral crimes or slander.
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So ... this is the religion of peace, the religion that protects and honors women, is it? Honestly, I don't know whether to laugh, cry, or vomit at this; it is so repugnant. This statement as much as says that women are no better than property, to do with as their owners please, that they have no rights, no privileges, no recognition of any independent status whatsoever.
I've just spent the past three or four minutes staring at this, wondering how I can comment further, and I'm at a loss. The utter barbarity of such a concept in the 21st century boggles the mind ... and belies any claim such countries may make to being even remotely civilized.
Excuse me, I think I need to take a shower after that...
As prima facie evidence of islam's utter disregard for women and their rights, check out this CBS News story regarding a Norwegian woman who was raped, then charged with "having sex out of marriage"!!! Truly, sharia law turns the concept of rape completely on its head, even in a supposedly more progressive city like Dubai. She has been released, apparently after a considerable outcry, but the fact that she was incarcerated after reporting the rape speaks for itself.
The more I see crap like this going on, the more I'm convinced that I will NEVER visit the Arabian peninsula ... EVER.
And don't forget the women who have nobody to make the outcry. I won't go there either, Loren, I'd hate to wrap myself up because Arab men can't contain themselves. Their brains are fucked up!
And apparently, Arab men can't control themselves because they're never taught how to socialize around women. The whole concept of intersexual socialization appears to be completely foreign to islamic culture if not Arab culture completely.
And no, I'm not about to forget those women, Chris, whether they're charged with some outrageous crime, burned from battery acid, or simply killed because they had the bad fortune to be born female rather than male in a culture that gives primacy to the second and relegates the first to chattel status.
Such cultures have an inordinate amount of growing up to do.
You shall not covet your neighbor's house. You shall not covet your neighbor's wife, or his manservant or maidservant, his ox or donkey, or anything that belongs to your neighbor. Exodus 20:17
Women, as property, is one of the hallmarks of religious faith. When people say that religion is man made, it is distinctly males who invented this shit. And, males who are the power brokers of society. Women are there to breed, do domestic chores, raise children, and provide sexual favors - period. Moral precepts from a bronze aged city state run by a local despot, that we still have with us in large swaths of the world in the 21st century.
Giving obeisance to the porcelain flushing Allah is a more appropriate action that laughing or crying at this obvious travesty. Although one has to, at a minimum, scratch one's head in utter disbelief when we hear the utterances of a Xtian condemning Sharia law, yet want to insure that women "stay in their place" here in the West. Christianity is probably 1,000 years ahead of Islam in many respects, but still lags centuries behind modern civilization, and its ethics and morality.
This is a repeating pattern in most cultures, Pat. Note the subservient position of women in East Indian cultures, as well as in China and Japan. I don't know how much of that comes from Hinduism or Shinto or Buddhism, but the fact remains, it's there.
I suspect the subservient role of women in societies goes back longer than the "organized" religions cults that we have in the world today. I would daresay it could be traced back to the paleolithic period of hunter-gatherer societies. My bitch is that having moved away from the social organization of bare subsistence tribes, we can't seem to get shed these outdated ideas which retard progress and should be moribund. And who are the champions of these barbaric precepts in the modern world? Those who claim divine communication for the purpose of handing down 'Da Boss' orders to the rest of us.
When the US introduced new constitutions to Afghanistan and Iraq, they made sure nothing in those new constitutions were contradictory to the Koran. They did this for the reason you've pointed to. That is, those new constitutions would have been rejected by those with power and influence, if they did contradict anything in the Koran.