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To the sensitive, emotional Helen

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Submitted by Jeff (United States), Aug 28, 2009 at 20:53

You forgot to explain to me how we in the West prevent the passage of any laws in Saudi Arabia, Iran, Sudan, Mauritania, etc. (Mauritania recently outlawed slavery. Was that our fault?)

No, I didn't know about a deal the USA brokered with the Taliban just before the 2001 invasion. In fact, I still don't know about it. I think maybe you're a sensitive and emotional being and that is getting in the way of actual facts. Was that deal brokered before or after September 11?

Should I take everything you say as only being worth 1/2 that of any male who blogs on this site? Good idea?

Beheading is not allowed in Islam? Really? Why is Saudi Arabia the beheading capital of the world? From Ibn Ishaq's biography of Mohammed (Sirat Rasoul Allah):

The apostle of Allah imprisoned the Qurayza in Medina while trenches were dug in the market‑place. Then he sent for the men and had their heads struck off so that they fell in the trenches.

You're surprised that Muslims follow Mohammed's example? I thought that was the idea.

The women he did actually marry were not young attractive beautiful women, they were older women with many children in tow.

Like Aisha, for example? 9 years old now qualifies as an older woman? How many children did Aisha have in tow on their wedding day? How old were his other wives? And how old were his slaves? How about Rayhana? Was she just another one of those elderly women with children in tow, who needed a good home?

Nowhere in islam doe sit say women cant drive, please prove this to me, this is just another saudi culture issue not taken from islam.

That's not a question for an infidel like me, Helen, that's a question for the Muslim ulema who created that law, based on their study of sharia. If you don't understand, why not ask that ulema who created and who enforces that law? Or, if you prefer, tell those learned men of Islam that their many years of study have all been for nothing, because they don't understand Islam, and you do. (I suggest you tell them that from the safety of the UK; there may be some advantages to its "appauling (sic) punishment system" after all.)

What you say about the rape issue is completely incorrect, i think that you must view the punishment systems in saudi and from the taliban as sharia and this is just not the case at all.

I was also thinking about plight of rape victims in the Islamic Republic of Pakistan (imprisonment) and the Islamic Republic of Iran (stoning to death). Maybe Egypt has a better system, let the girl's father, brother or uncle just murder her. Less government expense.

If you took a set of twins and dressed one in a little mini shirt and low cut top and the other covered modestly, and sent them down the street where there were men, who do you think would get all the perverted sexual remarks?

In my town, neither one. In Cairo, probably both of them. Wear whatever you want, I don't care. I simply prefer to live under a government that does not have the power to enforce a dress code from the 7th century, grabbing women off the street and throwing them in prison.

PS If the West is the "biggest problem to the bigger picture," then why do you choose to live in the West? Are you sure you want be part of the biggest problem to the bigger picture? Sounds depressing.

PPS Your English is improving.

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