You know, I'm not prone to bigotry or racism, but every now and then I'm tempted. Particularly when people make comments like this:
A victim of rape every minute somewhere in the world. Why? No one to blame but herself. She displayed her beauty to the entire worldNow I was tempted to just include it as a Quote of the Day (yes, that is what QOTD stands for if you hadn't worked it out), just put it down to a slip of the tongue or the ramblings of an ex-boxer that took one-hundred too many to the head, but I just couldn't let it pass without comment. Stupidity needs to be confronted, ridiculed and eradicated and this, folks is rampant stupidity at its worst.
Now, if I was a bigot I would say that despite Arabic and Islamic community protests to the contrary, Sheik Faiz Mohamad's views about women are more than a mere anomalous view held by a handful. No, they're a widely-held view in the Islamic-Arab community. Think Taliban. Think Sudan. Think Saudi-Arabia. If I was a bigot I would say that.
I would also say, that this attitude is the justification for the hajib or burka: to hide women from all but their husbands in the belief that men can't control their sexual lustings when confronted with a constant barrage of bareskin. That Islamic-Arab men are too weak to control themselves and need to subjucate their womenfolk so as to not cause themselves unnecessary embarrassments.
I would then go on to say that any man that believes that because a woman is raped she must have been asking for it, must be so out of control of his own sexual behaviour that he is a serious risk to the community. That he needs to be incarcerated, undergoing constant psychological exams and work programs until he is able to control his desires.
And then I would say to the Sheik that equivalent of saying that rape victims have nobody to blame but themselves would be to say that if someone were to shoot a sheik for making a ludicrously stupid comment, then that shiek he would have nobody to blame but himself. That is what I would say if I was a bigot.
Fortunately I'm not, but sometimes I'm mighty tempted. Stop making it so easy for the bigots.