It was just over a week ago that I wrote on Saudi Gangam style, a YouTube parody that conveniently has zero women in it, despite source material that practically demands “sexy lady” dancers (and no, the two men dressed in burkas for two seconds does not count). The post generated a lot of hate from angry Saudis over at Times247, and even a response by the Huffington Post, which was so desperate to debunk my claims that the author counted the men in burkas (complete with limp-wristed, exaggerated hand movements) as women, only to acknowledge the obvious truth in the next paragraph.

The general consensus from Saudis was that “no woman” would ever want to appear in such a video, which I thought was odd since the country’s apologists overwhelmingly seemed to have the unique ability to speak on behalf of all women. The general consensus among Western apologists any time I address Islam is that there is only “a small number” of extremists who don’t represent the religion at large. Pressed for an estimate on how many of the world’s Muslims may be “extreme,” I’m never able to get an answer. And so, the question for today becomes: How many of Afghanistan’s citizens are extreme?

HERAT, Afghanistan—Rokhshana, a 14-year-girl, has been behind bars here since March. She is serving a yearlong adultery sentence after what she describes as rape by her adult cousin, who remains a free man.

“I love my country, but there’s no justice here,” says Rokhshana at Herat’s juvenile prison, her arms bearing the signs of beatings.

Eleven years after the U.S. ousted the Taliban regime, citing its abuses against women as one of the reasons for the invasion, Afghan women—as well as girls—remain subjected to some of the world’s most draconian laws. The U.S.-funded Afghan government of President Hamid Karzai routinely imprisons wives fleeing domestic abuse and puts raped children like Rokhshana in jail. …

[Rokhshana, who was forced to smoke opium and then raped by her cousin,] finally escaped the village in March, fleeing to a nearby police station where she explained her story. Instead of arresting Abdullah, the police locked up Rokhshana herself. Her offense: leaving home unescorted by a male relative. Such conduct is considered a crime by many judges in Afghanistan, who often apply Shariah, or Islamic laws, differently across the country.

Weeks later, her complaints of rape and abuse were turned into charges of leaving home and adultery—even though she is unmarried. “When the judge sentenced me he said ‘I know you’ve been forced to have sexual relations but because you’re now impure and escaped from home, you need to go to jail,’ ” she recalled, sitting on a prison bed.

Or what about the arranged marriages of girls like Sharifa? Was she married to an “extremist”?

Sharifa, a wiry 17-year-old from a small village in remote Daikundi province, spent two years in [a shelter for Afghan women], Voice of Women.

When Sharifa was just 11, her father married her off, in exchange for money, to an 18-year-old man who beat her when she refused his sexual advances and then raped her for the two years their marriage lasted, she says.

“I don’t know how much I was sold for,” Sharifa recalls in a whisper during a recent interview in the Herat shelter, rarely looking up from her teacup. Though child marriages like hers are technically illegal in Afghanistan, they account for some 40% of all weddings, according to the United Nations Children Fund.

Over at Times247 a Saudi man incredulously asked why a woman would ever marry a man who demanded that she refrain from driving (if it was legal for women to begin with). I responded that he knew very well that there were arranged marriages in Islam. He disappeared shortly thereafter. Faced with a little old infidel like me, who knows a thing or two about Islam, crafty games like that don’t work.

I stand by what I’ve said many times before. I am not denouncing an entire religion. There are plenty of patriotic Americans who happen to be Muslim. However, Christianity went through the Reformation, and I’m pointing out that Islam is in need of some serious reform. What the apologists will call “a handful” of individuals for every blatantly-backwards cultural practice I point out is in fact a much larger problem.

We just went through an election in the United States where President Obama convinced millions of voters that Roe vs. Wade didn’t happen. He also convinced millions of voters that Griswold vs. Connecticut didn’t happen. Seemingly intelligent women updated their Facebook pages with warnings about what Mitt Romney would do to their uterus if he was elected — probably because Facebook statuses on ‘stare decisis’ don’t generate “likes.” 

And that’s fine. I understand that it’s a lot easier to convince ourselves that we’re smart if we can hate Mitt Romney for his so-called “war on women,” when the alternative is to acknowledge that we’re cultural zombies too busy reading Buzzfeed posts on cute kittens to be bothered with decades of legal precedent. What bothers me, however, is that those same self-righteous “feminists” sit silent while the Middle East and Africa parades its dysfunctional cultural around for all the world to see like any number of parades you might see on a nice summer day in San Francisco. They are intellectual cowards, who are afraid to speak out against radical Islam (it would suck if someone issued a fatwa on your ass, wouldn’t it?), but are all too eager to bash Christians with the Bill Mahers of the world.

So continue to sit silent, my liberal friends. Us conservatives will continue to do the heavy lifting. I’ll leave you with an except from Ayaan Hirsi Ali’s book, Infidel:

“If my mother or her sisters were attacked by men out in the desert it would be their own fault: they should have fled at the first sight of an unknown camel. If they were ever captured they were to say, three times, “Allah be my witness, want no conflict with you. Please leave me alone.” To be raped would be far worse than dying, because it would tarnish the honor of everyone in their family.

If the invocation to Allah had no effect, my grandmother taught her daughters to run around behind the man, squat down, reach between his legs under his sarong, and yank his testicles hard. They were not to let go. He might hit or kick, but they were to tuck in their heads and take the blows on their backs and hope to hang on long enough to cause the attacker to faint. This move is called Qworegoys, and the women of my grandmother’s family taught it to their daughters just as they taught them to make thorn-bush fences to protect the hut from hyenas.”

Not the thing your college professors would ever tell you, huh kids? That’s because they want you to believe “all cultures are equal.” Well, they’re not. Western Civilization is vastly superior. The sooner you figure that out, the better — for you and for the kind of girls around the world who are thrown in jail for reporting their own rapists.

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About the Author Douglas Ernst

I'm a former Army guy who believes success comes through hard work, honesty, optimism, and perseverance. I believe seeing yourself as a victim creates a self-fulfilling prophecy. I believe in God. I'm a USC Trojan with an MA in Political Science from American University.

One comment

  1. I feel the same way about hypocritical feminists. You would think they would up in arms over the horrible treatment of women in the Middle East and North Africa… but no, they’re too afraid of “offending” people. Instead they focus on a fictional “War on Women” to distract us from the real issues… Sandra Fluke should’ve been laughed right of Washington.

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