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Story Time Update: Good News

December 2, 2007

Well, the verdict is in, and Miss Gibbons is guilty. However, the court allowed a lesser sentence of 15 days in jail, which while still ridiculously severe for the “crime” is better than 6 months and 40 lashes. I guess we can all be happy that Sudanese Muslims did not decide to brutalize an old woman. Yay for them.

The real good news in this mess is the rare public outcry (and the more rare news coverage of such) of moderate Muslims in the west. The following quote reflects views that I suspect are more prominent than we realize:

“It’s very, very sad, very embarrassing for us,” said Dr. Ghayasuddin Siddiqui, leader of the Muslim Parliament in Great Britain, earlier this week. “The Muslim community here has also expressed that this is simply unacceptable behavior from the Sudanese government, and I think the Sudanese have got to realize that this episode is doing immense damage to their credibility outside.”

Less bold is this statement from Daisy Khan, director of the American Society for Muslim Advancement:

“I think that what we’re looking at is a difference of cultural expression,” Khan said, “because most Muslims revere their prophets and don’t name their prophets in vain.

And:

“What we’re looking at here is a cultural ‘faux pas,’ and there’s a political undercurrent that’s running through this furor,” said Khan. 

While I appreciate that Khan is speaking out (kinda) against this monstrosity, it bothers me that she is doing it in a typical American Pussy fashion that forwards the view that any discussion of religion must be handled with kid gloves. Where is the outrage? This kind of wishy-washy limp dishrag statement does nearly as much harm to the credibitilty of Muslims as the barbarism of the monsters that wanted to batter Ms. Gibbons in the first place. Don’t talk about “cultural differences” when a government wanted to incarcerate and whip the shit out of an old woman who gave a toy to some kids! I want want to see Khan flushed with rage and sick with anger that these tyrants want to brutalize a kindly teacher in the name of her god.

Now, I’m going to take a shot at the media for their shameful dereliction of duty in not giving an appropriate amount of coverage of moderate Muslim decrial of this and other inhumanities dealt out by extremists in the Middle East. While I do think that moderate Muslims need to be more vocal, what’s the point if the media ignores it? There should be as much coverage of the outcry as there is of the target of that outcry, otherwise you have slant. But let’s face it, folks, bad news gets viewers, and we will probably never see the moderate Muslims on any network as much as we will see Anna Nicole, the War on Christmas, or OJ.

So, a heartfelt round of applause goes out to Dr. Siddiqui and others who are not afraid to voice their disgust, and the a hearfelt middle finger to those afraid to voice theirs and the media for not giving it the attention it deserves.

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. December 2, 2007 9:59 am

    Even the first comment you quoted doesn’t impress me: it is a statement that the Muslims in the civilized world are embarrassed about what their co-religionists in the barbarian world are doing — but the statement you quoted never says anything radical like what the Sudanese government is doing, and could have done, is just plain wrong.

    They got all incensed that some kids named a stuffed animal, which could never hurt anything, Muhammad, but somehow never thought that there was anything particularly wrong with a guy named Muhammad Atta crashing an airliner into the World Trade Center.

  2. December 2, 2007 10:10 am

    “simply unacceptable behavior” and the connotation that the Sudanese government is creating their own public nightmare seems like a pretty strong statement to me.

    In fact, calling something “simply unacceptable” implies that there is not reasonable excuse for their own actions and any attempt to justify it will fall on deaf ears. It may lack the emotional appeal of calling something monstrous, but gets the same idea across in completely reasonable terms.

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