Does anyone have any doubts as to the extremist nature of Islam when the senior Muslim cleric in Australia and New Zealand blamed women for their own rapes?
A senior Muslim cleric compared women who go without a head scarf to “uncovered meat” left out for scavengers, drawing widespread condemnation and calls Thursday for his resignation.
First of all, as a woman, I deeply resent being compared to a piece of meat, as if women’s only purpose in life is to be consumed by men.
Second, I am appalled and outraged that any rational human being would ever say that women are responsible for a violent sexual crime that was perpetrated against them by anyone, regardless of what they were wearing or where they were located or what they were doing when the crime was committed.
Third, are Muslim men comfortable being portrayed by their religious leader as animals who are incapable of controlling their sexual urges? Are muslim men really trapped in the stone age, lacking any capacity to behave in a civilized manner? I’d like to believe that the average muslim man is more mature than that, but according to the most senior cleric in Australia, this is not the case. Certainly, if I was a Muslim man in Australia or New Zealand, I’d be outraged at this characterization.