- Jun 16, 2007
Most of us know Muslims because we have that one guy at work who is from Iran and he seems like a chill dude but for some reason likes Stella Artois - he's a Muslim and he's about as "normal" as you and I. That guy is about as Muslim as Bernie Sanders is Jewish - they are "on paper" religious. This is the case in the US, Europe, and Australia.What I really think, is that Islam needs major reformation. More people need to come out against the violence done in the name of the religion.
But then you get to the rest of the world, specifically North Africa and the Middle East (with few exceptions) and suddenly you encounter Sharia law - gays getting stoned, women treated like dogs, cruel punishment for petty crime, and so on. Even if those parts of the world did not produce a disproportionate number of violent extremists and terrorists, it would still be a pretty fucked up set of countries - backwards is probably the best word to describe it. It's important to understand that Sharia law cannot coexist with western democracy as we know it on a basic fundamental level; for example, "we" treat women as equals, whereas majority-Muslim countries do this:
That being said, obviously that Iranian coworker with the weird taste in beer is not an extremist, terrorist, or Sharia supporter (most likely). But I'd be lying if I said that the sight of woman 1 or woman 2 from the above graphic on a Boston street does not make me uneasy. That style of dress indicates that I'm looking at someone who closely follows Sharia and because of the above reasons, that's pretty fucked up. They also probably want me dead because I am a Jew.
The point is that majority-Muslim countries are pretty screwed up places, by and large, because they are pretty darn extreme in how religious they are. I agree with you, Vette Boss, that they need major reformation but I really, really stress the word MAJOR.