In Islam, a man beats his wife to honor her

September 25, 2010

Don’t look at me like that. I’m just repeating the words of the honored Egyptian cleric, Sa’d Arafat. Beatings were instituted by Allah to honor wives:

And I just love the look on the interviewer’s face, as if he’s hearing this marvelous revelation: “Oh, I get it! It’s okay for me to beat her if she denies me sex! It’s all so clear now!”

From the transcript:

Sa’d Arafat: Allah honored wives by instating the punishment of beatings.

Interviewer: Honored them with beatings? How is this possible?!

Sa’d Arafat: The prophet Muhammad said: “Don’t beat her in the face, and do not make her ugly.” See how she is honored. If the husband beats his wife, he must not beat her in the face. Even when he beats her, he must not curse her. This is incredible! He beats her in order to discipline her.

In addition, there must not be more than ten beatings, and he must not break her bones, injure her, break her teeth, or poke her in the eye. There is a beating etiquette. If he beats to discipline her, he must not raise his hand high. He must beat her from chest level. All these things honor the woman.

Understand, guys? There are rules to wife-beating. We must observe the proprieties. And just so we’re clear about the “when” part:

Sa’d Arafat: The honoring of the wife in Islam is also evident in the fact that the punishment of beating is permissible in one case only: when she refuses to sleep with him.

Interviewer: When she refuses to sleep with him?

Sa’d Arafat: Yes, because where else could the husband go? He wants her, but she refuses. He should begin with admonishment and threats…

Interviewer: Allow me to repeat this. A man cannot beat his wife…

Interviewer: …over food or drink. Beatings are permitted only in this case, which the husband cannot do without.

Note the logic here: a man must have sex, he cannot go without it. The woman, by refusing him, is denying her husband something he must have and is therefore in need of discipline – a beating. This illustrates something Ayaan Hirsi Ali has repeatedly pointed out in her books: that Islam makes the woman responsible for the sexual behavior of the man. He can’t control himself, so why is she hurting him by withholding something he needs? The same perverse reasoning is used to justify the whole structure of the oppression of women in Islam, from restrictive, dehumanizing dress codes to the punishment of rape victims.

Somehow, I think this is the kind of “honor” women would rather do without.

UPDATE: Thanks for the links, Lori!

(Crossposted at Sister Toldjah)

Sa’d Arafat: Allah honored wives by instating the punishment of beatings.

Interviewer: Honored them with beatings? How is this possible?!

Sa’d Arafat: The prophet Muhammad said: “Don’t beat her in the face, and do not make her ugly.” See how she is honored. If the husband beats his wife, he must not beat her in the face. Even when he beats her, he must not curse her. This is incredible! He beats her in order to discipline her.

In addition, there must not be more than ten beatings, and he must not break her bones, injure her, break her teeth, or poke her in the eye. There is a beating etiquette. If he beats to discipline her, he must not raise his hand high. He must beat her from chest level. All these things honor the woman.

She is in need of discipline. How should the husband discipline her? Through admonishment. If she is not deterred, he should refuse to share the bed with her. If she is not repentant, he should beat her, but there are rules to the beating. It is forbidden to beat her in the face or make her ugly. When you beat her, you must not curse her. Islam forbids this.


Help Joel Demos beat Keith Ellison

September 25, 2010

Joel Demos is running for Congress in Minnesota’s 5th district to unseat the execrable* Keith Ellison. In a world of polished, by the numbers campaign ads, you have to like a guy with a sense of humor:

Love it.

Joel has a campaign web site; his positions look solid. If you like what you see, consider donating, before his kids really do have to take jobs.

*(I know, I know. I’m just bigoted against terrorist supporters.)

via Hot Air.


Cleaning up Chicago, one Jackson at a time

September 25, 2010

It’s long been known that the Rev. Jesse Jackson is one of the sleaziest characters in American politics, playing the race card for all it’s worth (and it’s been worth a lot to him). His sons are no better: it’s widely suspected he won his sons Yusef and Jonathan an exclusive Budweiser distributorship via extortion after boycotting the company. His other son Jesse, Jr., effectively had a seat reserved for him in Congress, where he’s played the identity-politics game just like his old man. He’s also, like dear old Reverend Dad, gotten himself mixed up in a couple of scandals, one involving trying to buy President Obama’s former Senate seat, and the other a questionable relationship (for a married man) with a hot blonde.

Apparently it’s all getting to be too much for residents of Jackson’s South-Side Chicago district; he now has a serious challenger. Where no one would once have given a conservative Republican a second look, the Reverend Isaac Hayes is getting a lot of attention. John Kass interviewed him:

I asked Hayes: How difficult is it being an African-American conservative in a district where the Jackson family machine is so dominant?

“It’s difficult if you’re not willing to speak up about what you believe,” Hayes said. “If you’re weak, you wouldn’t want to do it. It’s my opinion that black conservatives have to have strong character. The easy smear is when you’re called a traitor to your race, or an Uncle Tom. That happens a lot.

“But just look at what’s happened to the black community over the decades. Look at the family. Look at the lack of economic opportunity,” he said. “These problems are in part because of liberal Democratic policies. But people like me get smeared as race traitors for not being liberal Democrats? That’s ironic. But that’s not why the media is interested in me.”

…and…

Hayes didn’t grow up with money and clout. He attended public schools. His father was, and still is, a minister at the Indiana Avenue Pentecostal Church.

“It started with the social issues,” he said of his conversion to conservatism. “I’m pro-life, and I believe marriage should be between one man and one woman. But as you think in terms of family, and what weakens it, you start thinking in terms of economic and education policy.”

Hayes argues for education vouchers to free children trapped in dysfunctional inner-city schools and tax cuts to stimulate jobs. Clearly, such talk threatens big-government Democrats whose power depends on keeping low-income African-Americans as dependent clients.

“You ask how I became conservative?” Hayes said. “You minister to a 14-year-old boy in jail, and he’s telling you that he has to get out so he can take care of his child. We’ve got to fundamentally change what’s going on in the cities. And it starts when African-Americans stop giving away their votes and being taken for granted.”

Be sure to read the whole thing. This may be the best chance in years for the residents of IL-2 to get a real representative, rather than an oligarch who sees them as his stepping stones to power and babes. Reverend Hayes has a web site. Have a look and, if you like what you see, consider helping him out.

(Crossposted at Sister Toldjah)


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