As any regular reader knows (as if the blog's title didn't make it clear enough) this is a Christian blog. All of us writing are Christian. We all share a Christian worldview and Christian morals. As such, we recognize that not everyone shares our beliefs and values. Certainly, we cannot expect people who follow other religions (or a-religions in the case of atheists) to hold the same values that we do because one of the basic foundations of any worldview is the person's beliefs about God. If one believes in no god, then that leads to one conclusion about the world. If one believes in the deistic god of Thomas Jefferson and others, then that leads to another conclusion.
But recognizing that people will come to different conclusions about what is right and wrong depending upon their worldview, there is something seriously wrong with the beliefs of Islam when it leads to stories like the following:
Wife-beating made simple
Saudi cleric teaches fine points of how to 'discipline' women
A religious leader in Saudi Arabia has provided instructions to young Muslims about how to deliver a beating to their wives, saying, "the beatings must be light and must not make her face ugly. He must beat her where it will not leave marks."
The report comes from the Middle East Media Research Institute, which monitors media reports throughout the Middle East.
The Saudi cleric, Muhammad Al-'Arifi, said on the video captured from LBC Television by MEMRI, "Men beat women more often than women beat men. I said that some women beat their husbands because this happens, but it is rare, and there is no need to hold conferences on wives who beat their husbands.
"Allah created women with these delicate, fragile, supple, and soft bodies, because they use their emotions more than they use their bodies. Therefore, while the man may use beating to discipline his wife, she sometimes uses her tears to discipline him. He gets what he wants by screaming, while she gets what she wants from him by crying and displaying emotions. For men, women's emotions may be fiercer than the strike of a sword," the cleric said.
MEMRI, which has a web page dedicated to video clips on the rights and wrongs of beatings, said the cleric reported two options before the beatings.
"First, 'admonish them' – once, twice, three times, four times, 10 times. If this doesn't help, 'refuse to share their beds.' In such a case, the husband does not sleep with his wife, or, in other words, he is angry with her. He gives her the silent treatment, refusing to talk to her. If he comes to eat, and she asks him: 'How are you?' – he doesn't answer. If she asks him: 'Do you want anything?' – he doesn't answer. He distances himself from her in bed and in conversation; he does not sleep with her, but goes to sleep in another room. He shows her that he is angry with her," the cleric said.
I really don't know how any woman can become a Muslim in a free country. Yet, that's exactly what's happening in Europe. News reports say that unprecedented numbers of British people, nearly all of them women, are converting to Islam. This makes no sense for women. After all, even if one believes the lie that the Bible makes women second-class citizens, the Biblical verses on women (read in their worst light) are nothing compared to the regular teaching and practice of Islam with respect to women. The idea that women can be beaten by their husbands appears to be the norm -- not the exception to the rule. Perhaps some liberal form of Islam teaches more respect for women, but I sure haven't seen it.