how many times have you seen a couple making out heavily in a public setting and said to yourself 'thats not right'?different cultures have different standards of public mores. arab culture is stricter than ours.we are stricter than europe.the culture will change when the women demand it...that is......when enough saudi men walk around with blue balls.women wield the ultimate authority in any culture.
in short, this isnt about radical islam at all.no more than restrictions on strip clubs and porno are radical christianity.
Different standards, yes, but when the religious police allow girls to burn to death because they can't get their abbayas on because they're burning up, there are some objective moral standards we can appeal to--I'd commend those in the Scriptures, as they do not commend burning girls to death because they cannot get their burqas on in time.
i think your scenario is a stretch.nobody is buring up under arab garb.actually, it helps them keep cooler, and protects from the sun's rays. that is why it was developed.99% of what arabs do is no different than what we do. we face the same sexual mores and social prssures, and love our moms,wives and daughters more than we love ourselves.the women rule the arab world. you just dont see it from here.
I wish it were a stretch, Gino. It really happened.http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/1874471.stm
"In a rare criticism of the kingdom's powerful "mutaween" police, the Saudi media has accused them of hindering attempts to save 15 girls who died in the fire on Monday. "if the media prints it, the crown approves of it.the article also stated there was anger among the people.so, how does this reflect on what you call 'radical' islam.seems more like fundementalism, not radicalism.this is the equivilant of the saudi press reporting on paul hill as reflective of christian fundementalist practice.what we have is a tragedy based upon poor judgement.not the practice of islam.
Um, Gino, the religious police that let 15 girls burn to death are paid directly by the House of Saud, with the full approval of the imams of that country. This is all about Wahhabi Islam, and thank God the people are starting to wake up.
"the women rule the arab world. you just dont see it from here."Because it's simply not true. Women ruling the Arab world is not the reason women get beaten for being raped. It's not the reason THEY get punished every time an infraction of the code happens, and the men rarely do. It's not why every effort to provide basic education to girls is stopped, sometimes violently, where the radical flavor of the cu culture reigns.It might have started out innocently in principle as an attempt to protect women and for them to retain modesty and dignity, but it has morphed and distorted into something quite the opposite. And Islam in principle offers no corrective to that distortion, whereas Christian ethics do.The police allowing the girls to burn to death was consistent with the way the radical Islamic sexual ethic has evolved, not an aberration from it. Paul Hill is no parallel.
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