It basically boils down to figuring out what Muhammad did in the seventh century….to heck with our modern western views of how women should be respected.
MDCAN was roundly criticized back in the fall when the conservative group hosted a panel on Shariah Law (view the panel discussion here) at their Annapolis ‘Turning the Tides’ conference, here. Demonstrators in advance and outside on the day of the event basically wanted to silence any discussion of what Shariah could mean for us.
Although humorous, this discussion is worth pondering.
Warning! Adult material to follow:
As we see Shariah law being championed in newly “liberated” Egypt and elsewhere in the Middle East and North Africa (rapidly spreading to central Africa btw), we begin to see the complexity of life under Shariah.
Here is Raymond Ibrahim writing at Jihad Watch yesterday (hat tip: Judy):
Back in May 2007, Dr. Izzat Atiya, head of Al Azhar University’s Department of Hadith, issued a fatwa, or Islamic legal decree, saying that female workers should “breastfeed” their male co-workers in order to work in each other’s company.
Read the details yourself!
Ibrahim wraps up with this:
Consider for a moment the significance of these Islamic edicts: whether women “breastfeeding” coworkers (Egyptian fatwa, 2007), whether men drinking female breast-milk in a cup (Saudi fatwa, 2010), or whether Kuwaiti minutiae concerning bedroom foreplay—all these fatwas are reminders of the inescapable strictures of Sharia law; while these sheikhs offers various circumstances and interpretations concerning “adult breastfeeding,” they are all confined to the words of the prophet of Islam.
This is precisely why, despite all the claims that Islam is perpetually being “misunderstood”—by terrorists, by “Islamophobes”—understanding what Islam commands and forbids is actually quite a simple matter: along with the Koran, determine what the prophet said in canonical hadiths.
It is, after all, no coincidence that the above mentioned Kuwaitis, like Sheikh Misbahi, were members of the delegation that recently went to ask Saudi Arabia’s Grand Mufti about Islam’s position on churches in the Arabian Peninsula: the same source that compelled the Grand Mufti to declare that all churches must be destroyed, is the same source that advocates “adult breastfeeding”: Muhammad and his teachings. All very straightforward, really.
Don’t miss the cartoon at Ibrahim’s own website, here—very funny when you consider that a Muslim woman is forbidden to shake hands with a man outside her family.