Cruelty and Oppression in Islam

August 10th, 2009

I read a report in the The Jerusalem Post a few weeks ago that really got my attention, and I just came across it again.  Headlined I wed Iranian girls before execution, it highlights, once again, the cruel and primitive nature of Islam, at least as it’s practiced in Iran and by far too many Muslims in general.

The report also caught the attention of Hot Air a few days later; some other blogs also covered it. I haven’t seen anything in the mainstream media, but that’s understandable.

The report is based on information provided by an unnamed source who wished to remain anonymous, presumably so he could stay alive.  He’s “a serving member of the paramilitary Basiji militia,” the force that supports the current Iranian regime.

From the report:

The Basiji member, who is married with children, spoke soon after his release by the Iranian authorities from detention. He had been held for the “crime” of having set free two Iranian teenagers – a 13-year-old boy and a 15-year-old girl – who had been arrested during the disturbances that have followed the disputed June presidential elections.

“There have been many other police and members of the security forces arrested because they have shown leniency toward the protesters out on the streets, or released them from custody without consulting our superiors,” he said. …

He said he had been a highly regarded member of the force, and had so “impressed my superiors” that, at 18, “I was given the ‘honor’ to temporarily marry young girls before they were sentenced to death.”

In the Islamic Republic it is illegal to execute a young woman, regardless of her crime, if she is a virgin, he explained. Therefore a “wedding” ceremony is conducted the night before the execution: The young girl is forced to have sexual intercourse with a prison guard – essentially raped by her “husband.” …

“I could tell that the girls were more afraid of their ‘wedding’ night than of the execution that awaited them in the morning. And they would always fight back, so we would have to put sleeping pills in their food. By morning the girls would have an empty expression; it seemed like they were ready or wanted to die.

“I remember hearing them cry and scream after [the rape] was over,” he said. “I will never forget how this one girl clawed at her own face and neck with her finger nails afterwards. She had deep scratches all over her.”

Returning to the events of the last few weeks, and his decision to set free the two teenage detainees, he said he “honestly” did not know why he had released them, a decision that led to his own arrest, “but I think it was because they were so young. They looked like children and I knew what would happen to them if they weren’t released.”

He said that while a man is deemed “responsible for his own actions at 13, for a woman it is 9,” and that it was freeing the 15-year-old girl that “really got me in trouble.”

I know, I know — Islam is a religion of peace, only a small minority of its believers are cruel and primitive, yada yada yada.  Fact is, women are oppressed and brutalized wherever Islam raises its head, even in otherwise civilized countries which have permitted immigration of Muslims from far less advanced societies.  Honor killings, arranged marriages, limitations on schooling for girls, enforced dress codes, subordination to men in all regards — the list goes on and on.  The number of Muslims who accept this kind of primitive behavior is too large for comfort — for every incident like this that makes the news, millions of Muslims follow along on what they believe is the correct path.

Why doesn’t the U.S. mainstream media pay more attention to these kinds of atrocities?  For several reasons, I suppose — they’re such common occurrences, it conflicts with an agenda that condemns the U.S. and supports Muslims, and it indirectly puts Israel in a better light as the only advanced society in the Middle East.  

The U.S. should look closely at those who want to immigrate to the Great Satan and enjoy the fruits of a progressive society that they couldn’t produce for themselves.  In particular, oppression and cruelty directed at anyone within our borders shouldn’t be tolerated, even if the excuse is adherence to primitive religious beliefs.

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4 Responses to “Cruelty and Oppression in Islam”

  1. doris |

    Shame on Islam for allowing such atrocities to women. Weren’t they born of an amazing and wonderous woman? Shame on other religions who propagate an attitude that women are somehow inferior. My God doesn’t see women as inferior but just as amazing and perfect as men, despite a lack of outside plumbing. Most organized religion sees women as inferior, not as extreme as Islam, but still ridiculous. Only an uneducated, ignorant male would ever believe women to be inferior to men, we are obviously equal, yet different in our life skills, as we must be to procreate. Shame, shame….

  2. Brian Bagent |

    Just be glad we live here and not in Europe. The European governments seem to fall all over themselves to accommodate them. Check out this humorous video produced by an Englishman that talks about some of what is going on over there.

  3. Tom |

    Brian, that’s a great video; I hope everyone watches it.

    The countries of Western Europe have a serious problem. The UK population is at least 3 percent Muslim and possibly as much as 10 percent. The figures are elusive because it’s hard to count the legal population, and then there are a large number of illegals. France is around 10 percent, the Netherlands about 8 percent, and so on. A large number of them, especially the younger men, want (or perhaps demand) the right to live under Sharia law.

    We’re hearing some of that same claptrap in the U.S., which has about 3 million Muslims, although there are higher and lower estimates. The problem is exacerbated by the fact that some American Muslims are converts from among our most dim-witted citizens, many of them converted in prisons. They aren’t hard to lead into extreme beliefs, and they’re no strangers to violence.

    Although I’m not religious, I’m tolerant of the beliefs of others. The way I see it, any belief system, no matter how absurd, is positive if it helps people be happy in their lives and live peacefully among their fellow citizens. On the other hand, anyone who is oppressive and violent to others is a criminal as far as I’m concerned and should be treated as such. The fact that he or she is acting in accordance with the teachings of some primitive belief system is no excuse.

    I realize that many Muslims are decent people who can live peacefully with others. But there are some Muslims who are violent and disruptive. There are enough of them to create serious problems for any modern society that permits Muslims to immigrate in large numbers.

  4. Brian |

    One would think that after the whole Salmon Rushdie or the editorial cartoon published in Amsterdam 5 or 6 years ago that they would have started to wise up.

    There are places in Paris now where the gendarme dares not go. I’m betting the same thing exists in London, Amsterdam, and a boat load of other cities across Europe.

    What do you do with people who will use their freedom to destroy freedom?

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