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06/17/2002 "Blogs help Gender Slaves"


Web gives a voice to Iranian women http://news.bbc.co.uk/hi/english/sci/tech/newsid_2044000/2044802.stm BBC News | SCI/TECH | Web gives a voice to Iranian women

I am sick of all the tiptoe language we use in the pursuit of religious tolerance. I don't want to be tolerant of religions that justify slavery. The Muslim religion by its' (sharia) system of laws advocates holding females as slaves by males. Any war effort by any democracy against the slave states has my support. I am pleased to see the slaves have gained some access to contact and communication. May this be an avenue of escape for them.

I read the article, and your comments. I am surprised at your erroneous interpretations. Please forgive me for being too obvious, but there is a big difference between culture and religion. Culturally, women donít have many rights in Iran. However in Islam, women have many rights, which have been stolen from them by the Iranian culture.
A simple example: Me, I grew up in a poor town in Alabama, where there were definite classes of people. There were two churches, First Baptist church, which was Caucasian, and 2nd Baptist church. I moved away, and grew way beyond that. Regardless, if we judged Americans by this standard then the obvious conclusion would be that the US is a racist country. Of course any intelligent person would know better, having seen more of the world than this small southern town. You judging Womenís freedom in Islam by the culture in Iran is just as foolish. Middle-eastern culture is very discriminatory toward women. Islam however, gave women the right to vote, earn incomes, and hold land long before this right was granted in the United States.

Posted by david @ 12/19/2002 04:18 AM CST

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