Note that the title is not a mistake. I did not mean persecuted.
Hat tip to Answering Muslims.
I have noted in previous posts that Islam creates a climate of fear. While many attribute honor-killings, female genital mutilation, child brides, the restriction of unaccompanied women to their homes, and marrying their daughters to their rapists to the evil patriarchal* structure, the fact is that Islam is not patriarchal at all.
*As an aside, we should ask ourselves how the matriarchal system is working out here in the West. We of course pay lip service to equal decision making among parents, but in practice it is the Mother of the household that tends to force the decisions with the family in our era. Men are supposed to step aside and just kind of be there for window dressing.
Anyway, in many earlier posts I have held that it is not just angry Muslims who join the mob whenever a cartoon is made or a Koran may have been dropped in Kalamazoo, Michigan. It has been my assertion that, in a Muslim-majority country, the man is not free to decline to participate in any anti-Western demonstration mob.
Like the practices noted in the opening paragraph, Muslim men are in no position of authority within their homes or society. They are automatons who must apply Sharia or other Islamic practices or face, at best, ostracism from their peers. A Muslim man who allows his daughter to remain free of mutilation and have young men respectfully court her will quickly become the laughingstock of his community. Just as probable is the terrible treatment that the daughter will receive at the hands of jealous men, both unmarried who see her as a female of ill-repute to be hurt, and other fathers who fear that their daughters will demand the same privileges. The Muslim man has no authority whatsoever.
I have held for a long time that many participants of these mobs are only there because they have no choice. It is either join the mob or face the consequences for failing to uphold the honor of Islam. Here is one incident that illustrates my point. In this case, the guy go go to jail.
From the top link:
"Pakistani officials say they have opened an investigation into a businessman who has been accused of blasphemy after refusing to join protests over an anti-Islam video and allegedly trying to convince others also not to take part.
Police officer Munir Abbasi says that hundreds of protesters in the city of Hyderabad who rallied against the film that mocks the Prophet Muhammad demanded businessman Haji Nasrullah Khan shut his shops in solidarity.
When Khan refused, one of his tenants said his decision supported the film.
City police chief Fareed Jan said Wednesday the protesters claim Khan insulted the Prophet.
Jan said there's no evidence to suggest this happened and said police were pressured by the mob to open the case.
Blasphemy is punishable by life in prison or death in Pakistan."