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"I say that when a girl walks about like that, it is a patriotic duty to
sexually harass her and a national duty to rape her." — Nabih Wahsh,
Islamist lawyer, on Egypt's al-Assema TV, October 19, 2017.

The Iranian Revolution of 1979 sparked off increasingly revolutionary
movements across the Islamic world, and in the process saw women in many
countries denied the freedoms they had started to acquire under earlier
regimes. The veil returned widely, notably in Turkey, following the growing
power of authoritarian and fundamentalist President Recep Tayyip Erdogan,
with women's rights being increasingly denied.

We urgently need to drop our unwillingness to contrast Western and Islamic
values -- whether regarding violence, treatment of religious minorities,
anti-Semitism, or treatment of women. There are also growing numbers of
Muslims, as we are seeing today in Iran, who find wider Islamic attitudes
abhorrent and work hard, mostly against the odds, to bring their faith
closer to modern values.

For a time, one could not open a newspaper or visit an online news site
without finding yet another scandal about sexual harassment. Lawyers are
presumably going to have a field day for years to come. In the UK, a further
wave of accusations has shaken an already shaky parliament and the
Government, whose Cabinet is increasingly in disarray. In the US Congress,
Hollywood and elsewhere, similar claims are still being made, with #MeToo
stories being shared by women, while there is an unknown number of
accusations in US statehouses.

Sex scandals in the West are far from new.[1] The irony is that this brings
us face to face with attitudes to the same problem in the Islamic world.

For many years in the West, it was common practice for sexual harassment and
rape among celebrities and public figures to be hushed up. To secure
silence, abusers often used bribes or threats. Young women feared the loss
of their careers or reputations; in many instances, the police would reject
claims of abuse. This happened more than once in the UK, when young victims
of "Asian" grooming gangs were not believed by social workers and police; in
Europe authorities tried -- and still try (see here, here and here) -- to
cover up harassment and rape committed by Muslim migrants. There will be a
lot of work to do to protect women and children from the excesses of so many
men.

Just watch and marvel at this short clip from a debate on Egypt's al-Assema
TV, aired on October 19, 2017, or read an English transcript. The
Director-General of al-Assema is Brigadier-General Muhammad Samir, a former
spokesman for the Egyptian armed forces. His appointment has been criticized
on the grounds that it is "a miserable attempt by the military regime
authorities to nationalize the media, unify its message, and block any
opposing voices against the government". In that sense, al-Assema represents
a semi-official voice.

The debate on Egypt's al-Assema TV included a lawyer, Nabih [el] Wahsh, an
Islamist who has filed countless hesba [2] cases against intellectuals,
artists, religious leaders and government ministers for acts he deems
immoral or blasphemous. With Wahsh on air were three women: Shadia Thabet, a
member of the Egyptian parliament, Abeer Soleiman, a women's rights
activist, and Ashgaan Nabil, a life coach.

Wahsh began by stressing that, regardless of Egypt being a civil state, it
had to conform to Islamic religious rules and norms. On that basis, he
engages in an argument which leads him to the following confrontation with
Soleiman, whom he effectively silences by bullying her:

Nabih Wahsh: "Are you happy when you see a girl walking down the street with
half of her behind showing?"

Abeer Suleiman: "Do you think that we don't care about our girls?"

Nabih Wahsh: "I say that when a girl walks about like that, it is a
patriotic duty to sexually harass her and a national duty to rape her."

Abeer Suleiman: "No, no, no, no! I totally oppose this kind of talk. This is
sexual harassment live on air..."

Nabih Wahsh: "It is a national duty to rape such a girl! What she allows
herself to do constitutes depravity."


Egyptian lawyer Nabih Wahsh recently advocated on television for sexual
harassment and rape in retaliation for the temptation caused by uncovered
women. (Image source: MEMRI)

This open espousal by a lawyer of sexual harassment and rape in retaliation
for the temptation caused by uncovered women was backed by a heavily-covered
member of parliament and followed by a "life coach" urging ten-year prison
terms for homosexuals -- all during a television broadcast -- would, of
course, finish their careers anywhere in the Western world within minutes.
Men behave badly in Europe and the United States, and some very badly
indeed; but to boast publicly about wishing to do so would be
unthinkable.[3]

In the West, however, women have been fighting back for generations. The
rise of sane feminism (as distinct from its shrill and politically-correct
cousin)[4] has elevated the status of women in all the democracies and given
courage to the many women who now find themselves empowered to call out
powerful men who have sexually abused, groped and raped them.

There are feminists in the Islamic world. Countless books have been written
about them and the growth of feminism in countries from Egypt and Iran to
Indonesia. During the twentieth century, progress in establishing women's
rights was made in several places: the veil was abandoned, more women moved
into professional life and even into politics -- notably, the assassinated
Benazir Bhutto, the first Muslim woman democratically elected (twice) as
Prime Minister of Pakistan.

Real advances, nevertheless, have been slow. Even as things were starting to
improve for women, religious minorities, and others in some countries, such
as Turkey, the Salafi style of fundamentalist Islam, based on a demand to
return to the practices of the Islamic prophet Muhammad and the first three
generations of his followers (salaf means "predecessors"), was already
underway from the early years of the twentieth century, notably through the
work of the Egyptian writer Rashid Rida. For Rida, and later for Salafis
down to the Islamic State enterprise, reform meant turning away from the
Western models that had inspired new legislation, and back to the earliest
days of Islam as embodied in the Qur'an, the ahadith (sayings and acts of
the prophet), and the biographies of Muhammad. In 1928, another Egyptian,
the schoolteacher Hasan al-Banna, established the Muslim Brotherhood, the
leading revivalist movement in Islam since the 1920s, which remains to this
day a major international force for reviving fundamentalist Islam.

Ironically, one prominent individual to have been caught up in the current
wave of harassment revelations is Tariq Ramadan, Professor of Contemporary
Islamic Studies at Oxford University. Ramadan's grandfather was none other
than Hasan al-Banna, founder of the Muslim Brotherhood. Masquerading as the
respectable voice of modern Islamic thought and practice, Ramadan has been
exposed by several writers as a front for the Brotherhood and its
anti-Western values. French journalist Caroline Fourest published an exposé,
Brother Tariq: The Doublespeak of Tariq Ramadan, in which she shows how he
says one thing to his Western audience and quite another to Muslims in
France and abroad.

The American author Paul Berman wrote clearly of this in a long article
about Tariq Ramadan in New Republic:

Ramadan's harsher critics would argue that in speaking... the way he did on
these abstract and historical questions, not to mention on his grandfather's
ideals, he was cagily deploying a "double discourse" — a language intended
to deceive Western liberals about the grain of his own thought. An
accusation of "double discourse" has dogged Ramadan for many years in
France. It is a chief complaint against him, and a big source of anxiety
among his critics. Fourest, in Brother Tariq, documents what appears to be
rather a lot of "double discourse," instances in which Ramadan appears to
have said one thing to the general public and something else to his Muslim
audiences.

In his many books and lectures, Ramadan has promoted the worldview of the
hardline Brotherhood while posing as a Western-style philosopher in tune
with modern liberal values. That is the basis for his duplicity: the Islam
he promulgates in carefully phrased and disingenuous terms has nothing in
common with Western values at all. It is this ability to pull the wool over
the eyes of thinkers and politicians, a deception that has given him a
professorship at Oxford University, that makes him a truly dangerous
individual.

In addition to Caroline Fourest's series of articles in the French journal
Marianne, detailing Ramadan's use of sexual harassment, rape, and general
misogynist practices, he has also been accused by the American academic
Phyllis Chesler "of having violently raped, battered, humiliated, confined,
and death threatened them [his victims] if they talked".

In response to these claims, Oxford University acted promptly, placing him
on leave while his predations are investigated and, as seems likely,
subjected to criminal charges. Not surprisingly, as the journalist Abigail
Esman has pointed out:

Tariq Ramadan's many fans – more than 600,000 people follow him on Twitter
and he has more than 2 million Facebook followers – have had plenty to say.
He is innocent, they are certain. In their comments on both social media
sites, they assure him that Allah will protect him. The women are liars, or
part of a conspiracy: against Muslims, against the Muslim leader himself,
against Islam – all the insidious, but entirely predictable, work of the
world's Jews.

The Iranian Revolution of 1979 sparked off increasingly more revolutionary
movements across the Islamic world, and in the process saw women in many
countries, across the Islamic world, denied the freedoms they had started to
acquire under earlier regimes. The veil returned widely, notably in Turkey,
following the growing power of authoritarian and fundamentalist President
Recep Tayyip Erdogan, with women's rights being increasingly denied. Erdogan
recently condemned Saudi Crown Prince Muhammad ibn Salman's vow to engender
a "moderate Islam," calling it a fake Islam supposedly imposed by the West.

Men in Western democracies certainly have much to be ashamed of; the women
who call out predators are right to do so. If identifying powerful figures
who manipulate vulnerable women will help create a more level playing field
for both sexes in countries that have worked hard to put all citizens on a
basis of equality, it cannot but be a boon for democracy. Whatever we have
done wrong, we have also done much to rectify distortions in our societies.
The very fact that in the West, such men are considered shameful and
contrary to our better values is itself a sign of how far things have
changed.

The Islamic world in general remains enmeshed in ancient attitudes, going
backwards rather than forwards, despite sterling efforts by various
reformers to confront patriarchy in several Muslim countries, efforts backed
by many Muslim women.[5] Those attitudes are rooted in a wide range of
assaults on women and their lives: female genital mutilation (FGM)
sanctioned by religious tradition; honor killings even for girls who have
been raped; legally-enforced marriage to a woman's rapist; floggings and
stonings for women suspected of marital or pre-marital adultery, or even who
have been raped; veiling; marital rape; and denial of independence (a woman
must always be subject to a male guardian – father, brother, uncle, male
cousin -- whose permission is needed for most things). Beyond this, it has
always been permissible for Muslim men to capture or buy non-Muslim women as
sex slaves, as we have seen recently with Boko Haram and Islamic State, and
in Saudi Arabia, Mauritania, Singapore, Sudan, Mauritius, Libya, the United
States and Europe.

Muslim men, however, have enormous freedoms. They may marry four women; they
can divorce a wife by merely pronouncing "I divorce you"; if they are
Shi'is, they can take temporary wives through nikah mut'a,[6] ("pleasure
marriage"), that can be contracted for hours or months or years, and as
easily terminated. If they are Sunnis, they can take temporary wives through
nikah misyar, ("traveller's marriage"), used in Saudi Arabia and the Gulf to
allow men to keep wives in towns they visit from time to time or, more
widely, by married men who seek legal mistresses.

Polygamy continues to be popular, even for Muslim men living in the West. A
website set up by British businessman Azad Chaiwala, "Secondwife.com", which
enables men to find further wives in the way non-Muslims use dating sites,
has over 100,000 members, including 25,000 in the UK. Although polygamy in
Britain carries a seven-year prison term for men, the Muslim version is
seemingly exempt as it is considered a religious arrangement. Muslim men in
Britain and on the Continent are never prosecuted as polygamists, even
though Islamic marriage laws place women in jeopardy in respect of divorce
and child custody. The government has even encouraged polygamous marriages
to be contracted abroad, and at one point offered £10,000 in benefits for
families with four wives.

We urgently need to drop our unwillingness to contrast Western and Islamic
values -- whether regarding violence, treatment of religious minorities,
anti-Semitism, or treatment of women. It is not only non-Muslim Westerners
who are entitled to make such comparisons -- there are also growing numbers
of Muslims, as we are seeing today in Iran, who find wider Islamic attitudes
abhorrent and work hard, mostly against the odds, to bring their faith
closer to modern values.

Many Western politicians, churchmen and sundry do-gooders choose to find no
fault in Islam and describe any form of criticism as "Islamophobia" -- even
punishing honest critics of the religion or the actions of some of its
followers for daring to breach the code of silence and multicultural
acquiescence. These would-be moralists do no favours to us, to Muslim women
and children, or to Muslim reformers. Ours is not a perfect civilization.
But crying mea culpa, while passing over the problems of a civilization that
also has faults, does not seem the way to assuage a communal guilt.

Dr. Denis MacEoin taught Islamic Studies at a UK university, has published
books and articles on Islamic themes, and contributed to academic
encyclopedias dealing with the subject, such as the second edition of the
massive Encyclopedia of Islam. He is a Distinguished Senior Fellow at the
Gatestone Institute.

[1] The harm they do has been dissected by Northwestern University professor
Laura Kipniss, in her study How to Become a Scandal: Adventures in Bad
Behavior, New York, 2010, and in her recent exposure of witch hunts in US
colleges, Unwanted Advances: Sexual Paranoia Comes to Campus, New York,
2017.

[2] Hesba or hisba is the duty to identify and prevent or punish
contraventions of Islamic law in Muslim states.

[3] To give credit to the Egyptian government, Wahsh was arrested for these
remarks and is currently serving a three-year prison term. See here.

[4] For an intelligent discussion of the differences, see Christina Hoff
Sommers, Who Stole Feminism?: How Women Have Betrayed Women, New York, 1995.

[5] Note, in particular, Ida Lichter, Muslim Women Reformers: Inspiring
Voices against Oppression, Amherst, NY, 2009. See here.

[6] For a full academic account, see Shahla Haeri, Law of Desire: Temporary
Marriage in Shi'i Iran, rev. ed., Syracuse University Press, 2014; and see
Sachiko Murata, Temporary Marriage in Islamic Law, privately published,
2017.

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Loose Cannon
2018-01-05 21:22:13 UTC
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On Fri, 5 Jan 2018 05:09:56 -0800, "Michael Ejercito"
Post by Michael Ejercito
Sexual Harassment East and West
by Denis MacEoin
January 5, 2018 at 5:00 am
How many sides of the Quenn Mary parking lot do you peddle your
ladyboy ass?
NEMO
2018-01-05 21:22:56 UTC
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During and after WW2, more than 20 million big fat Russian dicks
entered the vaginas, anuses, and throats of German women - repeatedly.
Does this prove Hitler was wrong?
What do you think(?), shiteating freak?

LOL!
The Peeler
2018-01-05 21:35:11 UTC
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On Fri, 05 Jan 2018 16:22:13 -0500, Loose Sphincter, the unhappily married
Post by Loose Cannon
Post by Michael Ejercito
Sexual Harassment East and West
by Denis MacEoin
January 5, 2018 at 5:00 am
How many sides of the Quenn Mary parking lot do you peddle your
ladyboy ass?
Does your "PIG" at home KNOW already about your irrepressible homosexuality
that you keep displaying on Usenet, Loose Sphincter? <BG>
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Loose Sphincter about his passion:
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