Friday, July 11, 2008

How To Kill a Culture

CBS the other day ran a glowing interview with the Editor-In-Chief of Muslim Girl magazine. If they keep up that sort of thing, and there's no backlash, New York is likely to be glowing in a different way in a few years.

I have no special knowledge of the Editor. She may very well be a decent person. She may simply be colossally ignorant and foolish, which would be in line with Islam's view of women in general.
The men are made responsible for the women, and God has endowed them with certain qualities, and made them the bread earners. The righteous women will cheerfully accept this arrangement, since it is God's commandment...

If you experience rebellion from the women, you shall first talk to them, then deserting them in bed, then you may beat them. Sura 4:34

One has to admit that a hajib is an excellent garment for covering up those unsightly bruises.

"Surely," the more moderate will say, "a fashion magazine for Muslim teen females couldn't be more innocuous." That, I suppose, depends on what your goal is. I wouldn't presume to adopt a conspiratorial air and claim that anyone sinister is behind this ridiculous publication.

But, the magazine's website does ask:
"Would you like to be our Values for Life or Qur'an Notes correspondent? You'll have the opportunity to reflect on an important Qur'anic principle or Islamic value and to discuss how you apply it in your daily life.

Since the job appears to be open, it would behoove applicants to know what the Qur'an says. Among other gems, we find such things as:
"If you have made a treaty with infidels who are honorable, do not break the treaty until after the holy months are past. Then fight them and kill them wherever you find them, and take them captive, and besiege them, and ambush them."9:4-5

And, in a related Islamic text, one of the Hadiths, we find:
"Whoever changes his Islamic religion, kill him."Hadith Al Buhkari vol. 9:57

Perhaps the editor had no thoughts of such ugly things when she posted the job opening. But even such trivial things as:
Mohammed said, "Don't wear false hair for Allah sends His curse upon such ladies who lengthen their hair artificially." Vol. 7:133

could be a problem for a teen fashion magazine. I guess if you continually wear a veil, that problem just won't come up.

At a time when the West is at war with jihadists motivated by Islam, it's a poor time to be publishing a magazine praising Islamic culture, whatever its editorial slant. But until enough Americans with the ability to influence American culture stand up and denounce CBS, et al for their fifth columnist activities, the problem will continue.

There's grim comfort in knowing it won't continue forever.

The larger problem, of course, isn't the nonsense contained in this absurd religion. It is the American acquiescence in the face of its being presented so casually as "just another lifestyle choice." The subjectivism underlying that politically correct multiculturalism is the disease at the root of the problem.

Long past time for an intellectual surge to pour some Enlightenment Weed-B-Gone on it.

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