Dec 172007

We are deeply relieved that the King of Saudi Arabia has apparently pardoned the gang-rape victim who was sentenced to 200 lashes as well as jail time. However as the following snippets from this article about the pardon illustrate, President Bush’s reaction was unpardonable.

Expressing astonishment and wondering how he would react if it was his daughters and failing to lodge a protest directly with the King himself is not an acceptable expression of “anger”, the word used by the article to describe his reaction.

Both Bush’s reaction and the article’s description are painful examples of the ways in which the U.S. government and the mainstream media contribute to the neverending culture of impunity that allows the continuation of violence against women.

“Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah has pardoned a female rape victim who had been sentenced to 200 lashes for being alone with a man at the time of the attack who was not related to her, a Saudi newspaper reported Monday.

The case had sparked international outcry. In a rare criticism of its Mideast ally, the White House had expressed its "astonishment" over the woman's sentence. Canada called it barbaric."

"President Bush expressed anger at the sentence earlier this month, saying he wondered how he would react if it had been one of his daughters. But he said he had not made his views known directly to the Saudi king, a U.S. ally."

 December 17, 2007  Posted by on December 17, 2007

  7 Responses to “Saudi Gang-Rape Victim Pardoned, Bush’s Reaction and MSM Reporting Unpardonable”

  1. What a mindless idiot. He “wonders”. If it were my daughter I know how I’d react, I don’t have to “wonder”!

  2. I bet bush and cheney would have had ring side seats to this event and while its goin on rubbin there little chubbies furiously

  3. cwazycajun,

    I don’t think Bush & Cheney would get off on seeing a WOMAN stripped and whipped.

    At least Bush’s tastes run more toward bald-headed man-whores like Jeff Gannon.

    Google Bush hugs man whore for more.

  4. Is there a statute of limitations on high crimes and midemeanors?

  5. While I completely agree that the MSM’s complicity in under-reporting the story does great dissservice to women, and Bush, well, I’m suprised he knows where his daughters came from, but the other element here is the pass the Saudis are given on almost everything they do – whether it is the hideous treatment of women, barbaric treatment of criminals, or the the tacit control over the (current) US presidency, due to the unfathomable amount of money that changes hands there. Hardly surprising it’s underreported. What IS surprising is that so few Americans have caught on, even at this late date.

  6. Well said “actorboy” . Greetings from a fellow Thespian. My Reagan Grandchild brother=in=law is one of those who simply glosses over the fact that it was 15 Suadis who were on board the hijacked September 11th planes.

  7. Is Muslims’ Treatment of Women Islamic?

    On March 11, 2002, fire struck a girls’ school in Mecca, Saudi Arabia. The religious police locked the schoolgirls inside the inferno rather than let them escape without their head-to-toe cloak. The firemen were prevented from entering the school for fear that the girls would be seen without their covering. Fourteen young girls were burned to death and dozens more were injured.
    Is this treatment Islamic?
    To answer this question, a comparison will be made between the fine treatment that the Prophet Muhammad reportedly accorded to His first wife Khadija and the treatment of women that evolved under Sharia (Islamic Law).
    We are told that Khadija was the best born, a rich businesswoman who employed Muhammad, proposed marriage to him when he was 25 years of age. She was 15 years his senior and twice a widow. For the 25 years of their marriage, the Prophet remained monogamous. Khadija was the one person to whom He turned for advice. She was the first convert to Islam.
    The difference between the Prophet’s treatment of Khadija and the treatment of women under Sharia Law is stark.
    The Quran subordinates women to men [see, for example, Verses 2:228 (Chapter 2, Verse 228], 4:34, and 18:46). It decrees that one man is equal to two women when bearing witness in a legal setting (2:282), that a male’s share in inheritance is equal to that of two females (4:11), that a man can have up to four wives simultaneously, on condition of equitable treatment (4:3), that a husband can divorce his wife without giving reason, though the Prophet reportedly discouraged divorce.
    Allowing the Muslim male to marry four wives simultaneously and divorce any one of them without giving cause is synonymous with unlimited polygamy.
    Additionally, Shii clerics interpret Verses 4:4 and 4:24 as if men are allowed a temporary marriage contract, called Mut’a, for which a payment to the woman is made for her temporary companionship.
    Sunni Ulama sanction the Misyar marriage. Here, the couple lives apart; the woman relinquishes her right to have financial support and accepts the man’s visits in her family house. Misyar has been sanctioned by the Islamic Jurisprudence Assembly on April 12, 2006 and by the Grand Muftis of Saudi Arabia and Al-Azhar Mosque in Cairo.
    Misyar and Mut’a marriages represent sanctioned adultery.
    The Prophetic Sunna (sayings and acts attributed to the Prophet) contains Traditions unflattering to Women too. Al-Bukhari attributed to the Prophet saying that most of those who are in hell are women, that women’s lack of intelligence is the reason why a woman’s testimony in an Islamic court of law is equal to half that of the Muslim male, and that the reason why Muslim women are prohibited from praying and fasting during menstruation is due to them being deficient in religious belief. Al-Nasai attributed to the Prophet saying: People who entrust the management of their affairs to a woman will fail.
    Sharia Law is not applied uniformly in Muslim countries. In Saudi Arabia, Sharia means, among others, strict segregation of the sexes at work, schools, hospitals, shops, public parks, elevators, let alone guardianship by the male in the family. Al-Bukhari’s attributions became a common popular Saudi proverb: “women are light on brains and religion.?
    Saudi Sharia eliminates the potential political opposition of one half of the population to the government.
    By contrast, in Muslim non-Arab Bangladesh, Indonesia, Pakistan, and Turkey, Sharia means that women can be presidents and prime ministers.
    Harmonizing Sharia with the Sunna is critical. Tenth century Ulama turned the Sunna into a source of Sharia equal to the Quran.
    In June 2006, Turkey formed a committee of thirty-five scholars to study the removal of Prophetic attributions that encourage violence against women.

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