The Problem with Outrage about Sexual and Religious Discrimination in Other Parts of the World

by Rachel Baker on August 16, 2015

The other day, I read the article below from the NYTimes, titled, ISIS Enshrines a Theology of Rape (the link is below). I was sickened, horrified and outraged. But then I got to thinking, there’s a bigger story here than just the detailed accounts of rape (see the below quote of detailed account meant to cause outrage).

This is exactly the challenge with religion. One can take the religious writings of their particular flavor of religion, and morph it into being whatever they want. I posted another article today over at the Local News in which the writer questions religious beliefs and discrimination against women; and how does that size up in the secular world most people are living in.

My “bigger story” question is how far removed, really, are we in Western Societies from the atrocities committed in the name of religion in the Middle East? Frankly, I don’t think we really are that far removed. We still have old male politicians beating the drum of patriarchal control over women’s bodies because we are apparently still too frail to make those decisions ourselves. We still have faith-based communities who segregate the men and women and don’t believe women can be religious leaders because the temptation of women is a sin…or something. We still have a serious problem with racial discrimination, no matter the color of skin or racial background. If you look deep enough, at the very root of all discrimination is the human interpretation of what god wants.

Sadly, articles are written about things that happen in other places in the world with the idea of culminating as much outrage as possible because its good for page views and ratings and advertiser dollars. When the same writing is done by news outlets in this country about things that happen in this country its devisive and no one takes it seriously because its just drummed up propaganda from ‘the other side’. I believe we, as a nation, aren’t as enlightened as we’d like to believe. It will take honest, open-minded conversations and discussions where people are willing to listen without bias to each other in hopes of finding solutions to the problems and challenges that plague our society and ultimately our world. We have to be willing to sit down and take a hard, honest look at the tenets of our religious beliefs and how they play into the way we treat others. Until that happens though, I’m not sure there is anything other than hypocracy in being outraged about what other people around the world are doing in the name of their own religion.

Read the Full article:
ISIS Enshrines a Theology of Rape

In the moments before he raped the 12-year-old girl, the Islamic State fighter took the time to explain that what he was about to do was not a sin. Because the preteen girl practiced a religion other than Islam, the Quran not only gave him the right to rape her — it condoned and encouraged it, he insisted.

He bound her hands and gagged her. Then he knelt beside the bed and prostrated himself in prayer before getting on top of her.

When it was over, he knelt to pray again, bookending the rape with acts of religious devotion.

“I kept telling him it hurts — please stop,” said the girl, whose body is so small an adult could circle her waist with two hands. “He told me that according to Islam he is allowed to rape an unbeliever. He said that by raping me, he is drawing closer to God,” she said in an interview alongside her family in a refugee camp here, to which she escaped after 11 months of captivity.

The systematic rape of women and girls from the Yazidi religious minority has become deeply enmeshed in the organization and the radical theology of the Islamic State in the year since the group announced it was reviving slavery as an institution. Interviews with 21 women and girls who recently escaped the Islamic State, as well as an examination of the group’s official communications, illuminate how the practice has been enshrined in the group’s core tenets.

This article was written by: Rachel Baker – Click to follow on Twitter; or you can follow her at The Crafty Veteran on Bloglovin. You can also follow her writing about women veteran interests at Shield Sisters

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