Recently, on posts about enrichment issues, I have been subjected to two basic forms of criticism:
|1.||The highlighted behavior is not unique to Muslims. Other groups, such as [choose favorite infidel examples and insert here], do similar things.|
|2.||Even among Muslims, this behavior is merely a reflection of centuries-old cultural traditions. Admittedly these practices are barbaric, but they have nothing to do with the Islamic religion.|
Strangely enough, the countries and cultures within which these barbarities occur are overwhelmingly Muslim. When incidents such as this one come to light, in 95% of the cases an Islamic culture is involved.
Yes, it is true that these are archaic cultural patterns that pre-date Islam. Yet many of them they were common everywhere two millennia ago, and not just in the Arabian Peninsula. Why did they disappear in the civilized world while remaining relatively untouched in the Ummah?
Let’s face it: Islam is a self-sealing ideological system which has preserved the barbaric practices of antiquity as if in amber. Cultural anthropologists are fortunate to be able to study Islamic cultures as a window into the distant past.
Nowhere is this discrepancy more apparent than in the Indian subcontinent. Abominations such as those described below do not occur solely among Muslims, but they are far, far more likely to appear in an Islamic setting than among the Hindus or the Sikhs.
One of the quaint customs that has been brought forward into modernity is the assumption that a woman who is raped is the guilty party. For a case in point, take this article from Asia News:
Bangladesh, A Minor Pregnant After Rape: Beaten and Forced to Marry Her Torturer- - - - - - - - -
by William Gomes
For months, the imam of a village in the district of Faridpur abused the girl, who did not denounce the man for “fear and shame.” The young girl is seventh months pregnant, a premature birth is likely. The local council has condemned both to 101lashes with a cane.
Dhaka (AsiaNews) — The victim of repeated rapes who has become pregnant is being forced by local leaders to marry the man who abused her and sentenced to a beating for the “crime” committed. This is the story of a teenager in the village of Char Padma in Faridpur district of central Bangladesh.
Omar Faruk is a teacher from the “Maktab”, the village Islamic school. The imam has long abused the minor, taking advantage of the position of prestige within the local community. The girl is in the seventh month of pregnancy, her physical and mental health are not good, and she risks a premature birth.
For several months she hid the violence and pregnancy, for fear and shame. When her belly started to grow, the news spread throughout the village. On July 18 last the Arbitration Council met, consisting of a group of experts led by Fazlur Rahman Fazal, to discuss the matter and issue a verdict. The meeting ended with a conviction of 101 lashings a head for the young girl and the imam, author of the violence.
Local sources revealed that both have already received 25 beatings, pursuant to the decision. The girl will even have to marry her torturer, who has two previous marriages behind him. In Bangladesh, women are often victims of violence and abuse, most of which goes unpunished. AsiaNews in recent years has repeatedly documented instances of women and young girls raped, disfigured, victims of family feuds, excluded because they convert to Christianity and repudiated by their family.
In recent weeks, Annie Halder, a Catholic activist, denounced a continued growth in the instances of violence, especially against “anyone who decides to convert to Christianity”. Among others, the woman recalled the case of Christina Gomez Goni, “killed by extremists” for apostasy.
Attitudes and actions such as these have been imported en masse into the UK, Germany, Belgium, the Netherlands, Denmark, Sweden, and Norway along with the “Asians” who bring so much enrichment to European culture.
Hat tip: C. Cantoni.