Religion Good Question
posted by December 7 at 16:54 PMon
Ayaan Hirsi Ali has an op-ed in today’s New York Times about the case of the Saudi rape victim sentenced to 200 lashes, the British school teacher prosecuted for blasphemy in Sudan after her students named a teddy bear “Muhammad,” and a feminist Bangladeshi writer being persecuted by Islamic extremists.
It is often said that Islam has been “hijacked” by a small extremist group of radical fundamentalists. The vast majority of Muslims are said to be moderates.
But where are the moderates? Where are the Muslim voices raised over the terrible injustice of incidents like these? How many Muslims are willing to stand up and say, in the case of the girl from Qatif, that this manner of justice is appalling, brutal and bigoted—and that no matter who said it was the right thing to do, and how long ago it was said, this should no longer be done?
I wish Hirsi Ali had mentioned that the Saudi woman sentenced to 200 lashes for the crime of sitting in a car with a male non-relative wasn’t the only victim of Islamic justice in that case. She was abducted with her ex-boyfriend, and they were both raped—and both were sentenced to imprisonment and a public lashings.
But, yeah, once again—where are all the Muslim moderates we’re reminded to think no ill of when this kind of idiocy erupts? Perhaps the Seattle Times could go ask the moderate local Muslims that were upset about the Stranger printing those Danish Muhammad cartoons how they’re feeling about that Saudi rape victim.
And someone help me out: When we published the Danish cartoons a Muslim religious leader, one of the authors of the Seattle Times’ rotating religion column (which runs on, I think, Saturdays), wrote a column about how disappointed he was in the Stranger. I can’t find that column on the Seattle Times’ website—or any of the paper’s religion columnists. Don’t they put ‘em online?