Do I detect a slight 'homophobia?'"-- from a reader commenting on this post
Not from me, in the slightest, though the word "homophobia" itself is one I would not use. I was making another point: that Muslim lesbians, or Muslim women, or Muslim anything, whose situation is intolerable under Islam, should not be given undue or confused attention, and Infidels hail this or that possible victory -- that for them, the Infidels, may mean nothing.
I don't think homosexuality will be openly tolerated in Muslim societies even though it is furtively tolerated. But if it were, would that imply less of a menace for Infidels? If Islam is made safe for Irshad Manji, does that make it safe for Christians, Jews, Hindus, Buddhists, atheists and all others? No.
I was thinking not so much of the Muslim intolerance of homosexuality (see Peter Titchell, in England), but about the Problem of Muslim Women, which has become an industry. Think of the number of books and seminars and courses about "Women in Islam." That strikes me as a topic that, while seeming to recognize a problem in Islam, may too easily satisfy some. What if the lot of Muslim women improves?
There's a lot of breathless talk about that happening, and a lot of silly articles, like the one the other day in The Times about some Iranian-American who has taken it upon herself, having as an adult "accepted Islam" (apparently she was not raised as a Muslim), and having read the Qur'an and been horrified by verses about women, to translate it and somehow think she can get away with simply interpreting away, by omission, the verses damaging to women -- my god, with the Qur'an, the Uncreated and Immutable Qur'an that is the Literal word of God, this lady thinks she can do that, and what's more, have it accepted by more than a dozen or two Muslims, with many of the rest ardently desiring her death. This is the kind of thing that distracts the attention of the kind of people who both write for The Times, or read The Times uncritically, and think that yes, indeed, why not simply rewrite the Qur'an in order to quickly get that little matter of "reforming" Islam out of the way, and do it in the next decade or two.
Many Muslim "feminists" are more Muslim than feminists, and are quite good at sensing attacks on Islam and immediately coming to its defense, even if it means abandonment or betrayal of their so-called "feminism."
That was, in the main, what I was discussing.
And my point about the meeting of Arab (come to think of it, were they Muslims? Might they have been Christian Arabs?) lesbians in Israel, was that they might both be enjoying the tolerance of an advanced Western society, that of Israel, and yet still be unable to make the connection between Islam and intolerance, Islam and fear, and maintain their loyalty to that belief-system, and even keep intact the hostility, or even hatred, for Infidels that Islam so obviously inculcates (and some Muslims, just as obviously, may ignore -- that is, may be "bad" Muslims).
Homosexuality was not really the theme, not even tangentially. And I reject utterly your suggestion -- thus coming, by a commodious vicus, in the last sentence of this posting, right back to the first one, with which the present discussion began.
Three brats, by name Nat, Pat, and Tat.
It was fun in the breeding
But hell in the feeding,
When she found there was no tit for Tat.
With respect to Worcestershire-sorry, but like this post, and unlike A-1 Steak Sauce, "it's [not] that important."
Tit for Tat, or Tit for Twat. What you will, or the word well lost.
If our errors have offended,
Think but this, and all is mended.
Every wise man's son doth know.
The name started off as Twatchell. I thought this was a typo as it's too British and not refined enough for one of Hugh's jokes, but now he's changed it to Titchell I'm not so sure.
I think I've got everything covered.
Mr Tatchell likes an outing, but not to the country. When in town he likes to have a ball.
"I was thinking not so much of the Muslim intolerance of homosexuality (see Peter Titchell, in England)[...]"
Pity theQueers for Palestine don't send a delegation over to Nablus to check out the situation for queers in Palestine.
I suppose that if they had made their protests in the European fashion, which is to say: naked,* the uncouth and the leering would have called them "gay birds." Submitted for your disapproval, a piece by Edward Thomas' brother, John:
"And for that minute did a jaybird* grunt,
|And struggle, and round her, mistier,|
|Saucier and saucier, on the hunt|
In old Berkshire and Worcestershire"
I have trouble wrapping my brain around this Cockney rhyming slang, and it wouldn't cut it, no matter how you slice it, to observe that if MJ were to pull her aforementioned companion, l'eminence matiere grise, out of her purse while seated at a pub in Israel, only to discover that she had left one hemisphere at home, she could console herself with the thought that Haifa loaf is better than no head at all.
From Bristol? Not a country gentleman anyway.