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Fischer Finds Another Sharia Law Conspiracy

Bryan Fischer should really get together with Debbie Schlussel to form the world’s greatest Sharia plot detection team. I mean, you can’t fool those two. No matter how cleverly you hide that secret plot to impose Sharia law on the world, they’ll sniff it out. I mean, you’d think that having the first female athlete ever from Saudi Arabia in the Olympics might be seen as a step forward, even if a small one, for women in Islam — but Fischer knows better. It’s all a plot to “enshrine” Sharia law at the Olympics.

There is irony here, of course. The reality is that the reactionaries in Saudi Arabia are furious over the mere act of allowing women to compete.

Even as the pressure builds for Saudi Arabia to allow women to participate or risk becoming an outlier even in the Islamic world—Iran and Yemen have women’s soccer teams, for instance—the state has tried to hold the line. Its Olympic athletes have barely been brought up in the state-sanctioned press, and much of the Twitter conversation about them has been hostile. Steps of the Devil: Denial of Women and Girls’ Rights to Sport in Saudi Arabia, a devastating report by Human Rights Watch details the profoundly deviant yet tenaciously held religious objections of Saudi clerics to women engaging in sports. Allowing Saudi girls and women to compete would invite them to engage in immodest movement, aberrant clothing, and performances in front of unrelated males that would lead to immorality and desecration of the purity of the Saudi female, influential clerics insist. They argue that vigorous movement is a threat to the health and honor of the “virgin girl,” a profound deterrent in a shame-and-honor-centered culture that places extraordinary value on the intact hymen of an unmarried woman.

Dr. Mohammad al-Arifi, an influential cleric who preaches at Al-Bawardi Mosque in Riyadh, is on faculty at King Saud University, warned Prince Nawaf against sending Saudi women to the Olympics:

“Women practicing sports … is fundamentally allowed … but if this leads to mixing with men … or revealing private parts … or men watching her sometimes run, sometimes fall down … sometimes laugh and sometimes cry or quarrel with another female athlete … or mount a horse … or practice gymnastics … or wrestling … or other sports … while the cameras film and the [television] channels broadcast … then there can be no doubt that it is forbidden.”

The state’s gender apartheid is powerful. While Saudi men and boys can attend any of 153 official sports clubs, regulated by the General Presidency for Youth Welfare, as well as innumerable gyms and spas, Saudi women and girls have no place to play. Even in the days running up to the London 2012 Opening Ceremony, efforts by Saudis within the Kingdom to arrange sporting activities for girls and women to celebrate Ramadan were met by firm official rebukes.

Allowing women to compete in the Olympics is not an attempt to “enshrine” Sharia law, it’s a major cultural blow to its advocates.

Comments

  1. Trebuchet says

    … or revealing private parts …

    …such as the face, or, Allah forbid, the hair!

  2. says

    Well I think it was a mistake to let women into the Olympics anyway.
    Or, for that matter, to make the men stop going naked.

    In fact leaving Ὀλύμπια was the biggest mistake.

  3. d cwilson says

    I think this is the final proof that Fischer hasn’t got a clue what Shariah law is or what types of behavior are proscribed by it. It’s just a scare word he learned to rile up his audience about the “Mooslim Threat”

  4. Stevarious says

    Bryan Fischer should really get together with Debbie Schlussel to form the world’s greatest Sharia plot detection team.

    What, no love for Brigitte Gabriel? Shoot, you could add in Pamela Gellar and have kind of an Anti-Sharia Charlie’s Angels teamup!

  5. Don Quijote says

    Fischer doesn’t have a clue. Everybody knows there is a UN conspiracy to turn the Olympics and then the whole world gay. That’s what those five coloured rings are for.

  6. says

    “Allowing women to compete in the Olympics is not an attempt to ‘enshrine’ Sharia law…”

    It is so! Everything done by Sharians, from over there in the country of Shari, is! Open your eyes, people!

  7. Chiroptera says

    So, according to Fischer, the surest way to take over the world is to have second tier athletes compete in world competitions?

    Wow! I totally see the plot to the next James Bond movie!

  8. laurentweppe says

    Fischer doesn’t have a clue. Everybody knows there is a UN conspiracy to turn the Olympics and then the whole world gay. That’s what those five coloured rings are for.

    Well, Pierre de Coubertin was gay. And french: so of course it’s all part of the french-gay-muslim-socialist conspiracy which Obama is also part of.

  9. iangould says

    “I think this is the final proof that Fischer hasn’t got a clue what Shariah law is or what types of behavior are proscribed by it. It’s just a scare word he learned to rile up his audience about the “Mooslim Threat””

    Bingo.

    Debbie Schlussel recently claimed that Zayn Malik of boy band OneDirection was “pimping jihad”.

    http://www.theweek.co.uk/people-news/47534/one-directions-zayn-malik-accused-enticing-jihad#ixzz1yRgptmT2

    His offense was simply in being Muslim in public and not conforming to Schlussel’s stereotypical view of what a Muslim was.

    It’s almsot as if he were an actual living, breathing human being.

    It’s the same with Wojdan Ali Shaherkani and Sarah Attar. The fact that they took on the Saudi authorities and managed to get some progress however incremental in the way Saudis treat female athletes infuriates Fischer.

    It’s almost, again, as if they were actual human beings, not scary demon-things to wave in front of his followers when he wants money.

    Nazi comparisons are always tricky but here goes: Heinrich Himmler gave a speech to an audience of SS men where he complained that the Germans were too soft-hearted. Every day people – even Party members, even SS members – woulf come to him and explain that while they agreed with getting rid of Jews in general there was this “one good Jew” who they thought should be left alone. The problem was Himmler explained that if you made exceptions for every “one good Jew” you’d end up having to leave all the Jews alone.

    Fischer (and Schussel) feel the same about the “one good Muslim” whether it’s Shaherkani or Malik or Keith Ellison or Huma Abedin. Mohammed Ali would be sbjected to similar attacks if he hadn;t risen to fame at a tiem when anti-Muslim prejudice was less prominennt (and less lucrative) in the US.

  10. iangould says

    “Allowing women to compete in the Olympics is not an attempt to “enshrine” Sharia law, it’s a major cultural blow to its advocates.”

    Only to the 1% or so of its advocates who adhere to the Saudi interpretation.

  11. dan4 says

    How is a Saudi Arabian woman competing in the Olympics a “law” (i.e. for something to be considered an example of “Sharia law,” doesn’t, a, you know, LAW have to be in place)?

  12. sunsangnim says

    How terrible! Those Mooslims think their rules are more important than everyone else’s! Christians would never behave that way!

  13. amethyststarling says

    Bryan Fischer will definitely not be winning any medals at the Olympics for logic and sound fact finding. Maybe he is training for a Darwin award someday (by thinking just a tad too hard and injuring himself).

  14. blf says

    Maybe he is training for a Darwin award someday (by thinking just a tad too hard and injuring himself).

    Ohhhhhh! I am so stealing that…

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