Sunday, November 16, 2008
I think we just need to take a minute to acknowledge the fact that even though the U.S. has endless amounts of flaws, we are incredibly lucky to live here, and not in, say, Malaysia.
It was the Muslim Malaysia's National Fatwa Council that recently issued a ruling that women cannot wear pants, because it is "un-Islamic" and by wearing pants, girls risk becoming sexually active "tomboys."
They also frown on oral sex and gay sex, claiming it is against nature. Offenders can be jailed for up to 20 years. In addition, the Council is considering banning Muslims from practicing yoga.
Small protests broke out to oppose the no-trousers ruling, but Malaysia's police have been quick to break them up, calling them a "security threat."
Inequalities in other countries is a really tricky situation. This is an issue of culture - Muslims have a certain culture and it really isn't something that we can impose on. It's just frustrating to see this going on in other countries and not be able to do anything about it.