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Blindly Loving the Veil October 22, 2006

Posted by clotho in : Religious News , add a comment

Yesterday, Sunday, the Washington Post ran an article by Yvonne Ridley entitled How I Came to Love the Veil.

From the Article:

In September 2001, just 15 days after the terrorist attacks on the United States, I snuck into Afghanistan, clad in a head-to-toe blue burqa, intending to write a newspaper account of life under the repressive regime. Instead, I was discovered, arrested and detained for 10 days. I spat and swore at my captors; they called me a “bad” woman but let me go after I promised to read the Koran and study Islam. (Frankly, I’m not sure who was happier when I was freed — they or I.)

Back home in London, I kept my word about studying Islam — and was amazed by what I discovered. I’d been expecting Koran chapters on how to beat your wife and oppress your daughters; instead, I found passages promoting the liberation of women. Two-and-a-half years after my capture, I converted to Islam, provoking a mixture of astonishment, disappointment and encouragement among friends and relatives.

Ridley states that she has embraced a supernatural being because she feels that the Koran supports the equal rights of women.

Like the Christians in Cap’n Awesome’s recent film, Ms Riddly does not seem to have read the religious text very thoroughly, nor considered the consequences of the passages very carefully. Specifically I refer to verse 4:34

“Men are the maintainers of women because Allah has made some of them to excel others and because they spend out of their property; the good women are therefore obedient, guarding the unseen as Allah has guarded; and (as to) those on whose part you fear desertion, admonish them, and leave them alone in the sleeping-places and beat them; then if they obey you, do not seek a way against them; surely Allah is High, Great.”

As with Christians, faith in Islam and beleif in the Supernatural proceeds any investigation. It is a desire for Santa. A desire for an endless Childhood with perfect parents, and confusing that desire with evidence.

Requiring a thorough reading of Religious texts is in fact an Atheist’s best friend.