Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Women Under Islam--Decidely Separate and Unequal


Sariman said...

You know what, Women in the Netherlands are still getting lesser payed for the same job as a man.

Anonymous said...

Something for your edification:

"Now I want you to realize that the head of every man is Christ, and the head of the woman is man, and the head of Christ is God. Every man who prays or prophesies with his head covered dishonours his head. And every woman who prays or prophesies with her head uncovered dishonours her head - it is just as though her head were shaved. If a woman does not cover her head, she should have her hair cut off; and if it is a disgrace for a woman to have her hair cut off or shaved off, she should cover her head. A man ought not to cover his head, since he is the image and glory of God; but the woman is the glory of man. For man did not come from woman, but woman from man; neither was man created for woman, but woman for man. For this reason, and because of the angels, the woman ought to have a sign of authority on her head" (I Corinthians 11:3-10)."

The headscarf is considered one of the most overt signs of oppression of muslim women. The dress code in Islam (according to the Quran) is intended to protect women from harassemnt by men with little or no self control. Covering the head or hair is not commanded directly (not as such) and is considered cultural rather than Islamic by some (note SOME) Islamic scholars.

Christian scripture on the other makes no bones about this. Women are inferior. They must cover their heads or have their heads shaved. Paul says quite clearly that this is a sign of men's superiority over women. This has nothing to do with protecting women from harassment. It is all about subjugating them. Tertullian went one step further saying that women should not only wear veils while praying, but all the time. His views are not, however, part of scripture.

The vast majority of Christians are ignoring their own scripture. So are any Muslims that conveniently overlook the many times that the Quran says that men and women are equal to, and allies of, each other.

[3:195] Their Lord responded to them: "I never fail to reward any worker among you for any work you do, be you male or female - you are equal to one another.

Some Muslims and Christians are more alike than either would care to admit. Certain believers from both religions pick and choose which parts of the scriptures suit their agendas and try to abrogate or simply ignore the parts that don't.