Civi U(ntrained) said:
I'm not sure where you guys get the idea that this is the norm in Muslim countries. Many believe that all Muslim women apparently have to walk 5 feet behind the men, cannot drive, cannot go to school, etc. However, go to any progressive Muslim country such as Turkey, Egypt or even some parts of Pakistan (e.g. Karachi) where all of your close-minded stereotypes of Islam are just that, stereotypes.
This sick man does not represent Islam.
I don't know what flavour of hiesh your puffing on pal, time for a reality check.
Pakistan, ya, heaps of radicals there, and thats where Dan Pearl lost his head, OBL is hiding, and there is lots of support there for the other side. Pakistan is extreme, and held together by chewing gum and pubic hair in the bottom of a dirty urinal as far as I am concerned.
I have been to 5 islamic countries, one of them for 207 days in a very unstable deadly environment. Lots of wierd shit goes on in these festering boils on the arsehole of our phucked up planet. Its another planet in the arab world.
Women have no rights (compared to our western countries), risk stoning for outragous silly reasons, can't even leave the house with a male family escort in MANY cases, many are forced to wear unbearable clothing in 50C weather, now they bring their customs and traditions to the west, and many refuse to assimilate, and respect our laws.
To say women have more rights than in the west is crap, and coming from this iman, I am not suprised to see his outright arrogance (typical - heard this attitude here all too often by their so called community leaders - the same ones that claim OBL is a good man) and it just plains sickens me to thoughts I better not say on here. I will say I am totally uncomfortable with what I see, not only in my homeland of Canada, but here to in the muslim ghettos of western Sydney, where being a WASP can literally cost you your life, or at the least feel so intimidated you leave the area.
Frankly I have had a dirty great big GIANT gutful of it all.
Assimilate or go home! There are many out there who do, have good jobs, raising families, have adopted Canada with open arms, embellishing themselves in our customs and traditions, loving hockey and the rest of our Canadianisms. All the power to them to contribute to our society, but there is also the other side of the coin, and its these ones which scare me. Hiding behind that dangerous dark ages menatality with extreme cultural views and beliefs, and forcing them (threats and intimidation) on others is wrong, and immoral.
Don't like my opinion Civ, write your MP! I'll even call you a whaaaaaaambulance if you like, so don't go playing the PC card here.
I've done my time, and have earned my opinion, not through the media, or a book, but through life experience, not in happy big ME cities which cater to some western music and some lifestyles, but in the most darkest of times, in the most isolated country regions, some reaching out to the Iranian frontier, where you see the real country, and the real people, and the reality of it all.