While I have already signed a petition against this bill and am most assuredly against it, I am finding a sour taste in my mouth at the blatant hatred against Islam that I have read in here.
I know quite a few men and women that practice Islam and they are not terrorists, they are not pushy about their beliefs, they are not condemning of those around them. They are very nice, polite, respectful and only ask they be treated the same way.
I abhor hearing the prejudice against Islam, just as I hate hearing it against Pagans, Christians, whites, blacks, native americans, Mexicans and any other group of people. Not every Muslim is an extremist. You cannot judge a whole group based on the actions of the extremists. You might not agree with their beliefs, and that is perfectly fine, but to judge and hate roughly 1.5 billion people because of the actions of extremists is just flat wrong.
Men are the protectors and maintainers of women, because Allah has made one of them to excel the other
, and because they spend from their means. Therefore the righteous women are devoutly obedient and guard in the husband's absence what Allah orders them to guard.
Emphasis mine. I can't help but read that and have alarms of sexism go off in my head. Isn't one of the tenets of equality that anything you can do, I can do too? But this makes it sound like men are inherently
better than women.
You don't find this in Judaism. You don't find it in Christianity. Nor in any other major recognized religion in the world (Shinto, Buddhism, Animism) to name a few. Islam is the only religion I know of that does.
But wait, there's more!
In Islam, Muslim women are not allowed to marry anyone but a Muslim man. Period. Muslim men, however, are allowed to marry Muslim women, and women of the 'People of the Book' (ie Jews and Christians), as long as the man doesn't place himself in an inferior
position to that woman.
Even after marriage, an Islamic court can rule a marriage dissolved if the woman
is unfaithful. Case in point: in India in 2005, a woman turned to an Islamic court, alleging that her father-in-law raped her. The verdict? No punishment for the father-in-law, and the woman's marriage to her husband was dissolved. End of story. No prison, no fine, no punishment whatsoever known.
And this is not radicalism, in my opinion. This is what every
Muslim believes, whether active or passive. Even if you don't actively believe it and practice the more distasteful parts yourself, by claiming faith in this religion, you state that you support the ideas and tenets inherent in it.
Allow me to repeat my statement: I do not
believe that traditional Islam, as written in the Koran, can long survive contact with the American culture, because of its inherent sexism. Either American culture will change, or Islam will, or one will be removed from the other.