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Why is the West trying to impose Western values on the Islamic world?

Reader comment on item: Intimidating the West, from Rushdie to Benedict

Submitted by Lubin Shapiro (United States), Apr 10, 2008 at 22:02

In Saudi Arabia a woman with non-relative male was gang raped. The rapists were punished, but the women was also punished for being with another male. The West was "outraged" and demanded she not be punished. But under Islamic law, what she did was illegal. If a drug dealer was raped by one of his clients, the drug dealer would be punished as well. Can't the Saudis inforce their own laws?

I'm sure people here could come up with other examples. Muslims don't care if a rapist in the US gets off because of a technicality. Or if pornography poliferates in the West. (These are all illegal under Islamic law.) They just want their religion to respected; they are 1/5 to 1/6 of the world population, they are everywhere, and cannot be ignored. To understand the issue of respect and reaction to lack of respect, just consider what would happen if a public figure made anti-Semetic comments.


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