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Mar 22 2013

Misogynist Imam Arrested for Attempted Sexual Assault

A Danish imam who became infamous for saying that women who don’t wear a hijab deserve to be raped has been arrested and charged for attempted sexual assault himself. Here’s what he had to say about women deserving no respect and it’s all their fault if they get raped:

An Islamic mufti in Copenhagen, Shahid Mehdi, has sparked political outcry from the left-wing Unity List and right-wing Danish People’s Party, after stating in a televised interview that women who do not wear headscarves are “asking for rape.”

“Women are not entitled to respect when they walk around without a Hijab. They are to blame for it when they are attacked,” Imam Shahid Mehdi said.

“All the crimes that occur against women is because they are not covered. When they are not covered, you have no respect for them. ”

“She disobeys her master, there are two places in the Qur’an has ordered her to cover themselves (…) Women make a clean society dirty when they walk around without a Hijab. They are not entitled to respect and are not valuable as those who wear a Hijab.”

Shahid Mehdi made his remarks in the DR2 programme “Talk to Gode,” and reiterated his stance in daily newspaper B.T. The Danish People’s Party and Unity List agree that Mehdi’s remarks could incite Muslim men to rape Danish women by insinuating that women who did not cover their hair were undeserving of basic respect.

As a mufti, a jurist who interprets Islamic law, Shahi Mehdi is in a special position of authority as a Muslim scholar. Mehdi is the Imam of the Islamic Religious Community mosque in Dortheavej in Copenhagen northwest and the Rector of Muslim private school and former leader of the Islamic Cultural Center in Brønshøj.

And the unsurprising result:

Now, however, he is accused of pulling his penis out and chasing a 23-year-old woman around in a park in Malmö in August 2012, according to the court in Malmö.

The woman managed to get away, and she called the police, who arrested the man a few minutes later.

He says it’s all a racist plot against him. And of course, he is considered innocent until proven guilty. But his statements about women deserving to be assaulted for not bowing to his religious beliefs are vile enough on their own.

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  1. 1
    Gregory in Seattle

    So it basically comes down to, “I am a misogynistic man who will fuck anything that catches my eye, and if you don’t like that then you had better not catch my eye, or else what happens next will be your fault for catching my eye.”

    Yeah, THAT will go over in a Danish court.

  2. 2
    Who Knows?

    So, a woman walking around without a scarf on her head dirties society and a man chasing a woman with his penis out has no negative effect?

    silly religions.

  3. 3
    gog

    Big surprise! Obsession with sexual purity being related to an expression of sexual violence…

  4. 4
    Gretchen

    I’m confused. If the Steubenville rape victim had been wearing a hijab while passed out drunk, would she have been asking to be raped or not?

  5. 5
    oranje

    “Women make a clean society dirty when they walk around without a Hijab. They are not entitled to respect and are not valuable as those who wear a Hijab.”

    Dear Imam Douchebag: I like my society dirty, thanks. Especially if it pisses you off.

  6. 6
    iangould

    I’m tempted to say ‘good” but there’s nothing good about a sexual assault.

  7. 7
    Synfandel

    Imams make a clean society dirty when they walk around spouting misogynistic hatred. They are not entitled to respect and are not valuable as those who act like human beings.

  8. 8
    Phillip IV

    I would…strongly suggest to Mr. Mehdi to retain a lawyer and not try and defend himself in court. He seems to have trouble understanding some very basic concepts underlying modern societies and their legal systems.

  9. 9
    Who Knows?

    I’m confused. If the Steubenville rape victim had been wearing a hijab while passed out drunk, would she have been asking to be raped or not?

    I’m confused Gretchen. What about the two young men whose lives are now ruined?

  10. 10
    Gretchen

    Synfandel said:

    Imams make a clean society dirty when they walk around spouting misogynistic hatred. They are not entitled to respect and are not valuable as those who act like human beings.

    100% agree, however, strangely I don’t think it’s okay to rape them.

    Leaping from “not worthy of respect” to “okay to rape” is one weird thought.
    Another weird thought, for me at least, is wanting to have sex with someone because you don’t respect them.

  11. 11
    kantalope

    Imams who walk around without a pirate hat make a society less pleasant. They are not entitled to respect and are just asking to be pelted with walnuts as they parade their shame around town.

  12. 12
    opposablethumbs

    @ Phillip IV – oh I don’t know, I find myself hoping he does decide to conduct his own defence. It would be quite appropriate for him to be condemned out of his own mouth – even more than he is already, that is.

    It would also seem appropriate, in a sense, for people like this to be obliged to wear blinkers and welders’ goggles at all times when out in public. (in fact, aren’t “modesty glasses” sold to some ultra-orthodox jewish men for this very purpose?)

  13. 13
    karmacat

    Perhaps what we really need is a Hijab for his penis…. Because, Mr. Mehdi, no one wants to see your penis

  14. 14
    Bronze Dog

    It all boils down to a rejection of the idea that adults should be expected to exercise self-restraint. It’s an abdication of responsibility for his actions. He wants men to be thought of as mindless beasts or natural disasters, rather than moral actors capable of making decisions.

  15. 15
    slc1

    And he differs not in the slightest from fucktards like Phillis Schlafly who once proclaimed that a woman jogging our of doors in shorts and a jogging bra was asking to be raped.

  16. 16
    Scr... Archivist

    I believe Malmo is in Sweden.

    And does anyone have any links to original news reports in Sweden or Denmark? I don’t trust anything from FrontPageMag or “IslamVersusEurope”, and would like to verify.

  17. 17
    laurentweppe

    He says it’s all a racist plot against him. And of course, he is considered innocent until proven guilty. But his statements about women deserving to be assaulted for not bowing to his religious beliefs hard-ons are vile enough on their own.

    Fixed

    ***

    He wants men to be thought of as mindless beasts or natural disasters

    Or Gods

  18. 18
    Mobius

    Women are not entitled to respect when they walk around without a Hijab.

    Sorry, Bub, but I don’t think you have any respect for women when they do wear the Hijab, either.

  19. 19
    birgerjohansson

    Swedsih newspapers have not made a major news item of this (as already stated, Malmö is in Sweden), presumably since the “muslims assaulting women” stereotype would play into the mands of the xenophobe Sverigedemokraterna party.
    I hope this case is the death knell for Shahid Mehdi’s career as mufti. What an idiot.

  20. 20
    kemist, Dark Lord of the Sith

    Women Men are not entitled to respect when they walk around without a Hijab with their misogyny out.

    That’s how it works here. Don’t like it ? I’m sure a lot of people would volunteer money for your one-way ticket to antartica. Especially during summer. You’ll be welcome to try and walk outside with your penis hanging out of your pants over there, I’m sure the penguins won’t mind.

    I’m confused Gretchen. What about the two young men whose lives are now ruined?

    Oh, I don’t know.

    Fuck ‘em ?

    Why should we care about people who ruin other people’s lives for their own fun and expect no consequences?

  21. 21
    NitricAcid

    Philip IV- of course he doesn’t understand basic concepts of western legal systems. Why should he bother to understand them when he’s an Imam? He’s got the voice of god in his head, so he doesn’t need to listen to anything the rest of us have to say, especially infidels.

  22. 22
    Draken

    Islamisk Trossamfund on Dortheavej is 300 m down the road from where I live. I was so hoping they were those nice, moderate muslims you keep hearing about. But imams like Mehdi don’t accidentally drop in there. Someone invited or hired him, and I suspect his peers know full well what his standpoints are.

    Interestingly, Glasvej, the only place here I can mention where a muslim conspiracy was uncovered, is also 200 meter away.

  23. 23
    Who Knows?

    kemist, Dark Lord of the Sith, with any luck they will be able to get beyond the trauma, like this young man.

  24. 24
    lofgren

    Yet another example of those socialist European governments interfering with the free expression of religion.

    Gretchen,

    If the Steubenville rape victim had been wearing a hijab while passed out drunk, would she have been asking to be raped or not?

    Yes, she was asking for it, by being passed out drunk.

    Unless a woman outright commits suicide rather than being raped, she is asking for it.

    Another weird thought, for me at least, is wanting to have sex with someone because you don’t respect them.

    I think your confusion stems from the word “with.” This style of misogynist does not have sex “with” anybody. Sex is something that he does to somebody. He inflicts righteous sex upon women’s disgusting bodies in order to correct their dirty, nasty habit of being insufficiently frightened of and deferential to his power and authority.

  25. 25
    Gretchen

    lofgren said:

    He inflicts righteous sex upon women’s disgusting bodies in order to correct their dirty, nasty habit of being insufficiently frightened of and deferential to his power and authority.

    I’m not sure about that (interpretation). I think it’s more like how a lot of guys view porn, which is sort of like gardening. You get in, you get dirty temporarily, but when you’re done you wash off and you’re clean. The garden remains dirty, because that is its nature. It’s made of dirt. You are not.

  26. 26
    reddiaperbaby1942

    To Archivist: Malmö is on the southern coast of Sweden, about half an hour away from Copenhagen. There are trains running between the two cities every half hour or so, and nowadays there’s also a bridge crossing the straits between the two countries. (It’s a really beautiful place.) A lot of people more or less commute between the two places. So there’s no contradiction — nor anything surprising — about a Danish religious maniac and misogynist trying to rape someone in a Swedish town.

  27. 27
    JoeBuddha

    Kantalope- I’ll be sending you a bill for my new keyboard…

  28. 28
    kermit.

    Why would someone declare in public that he has less self-control than my dog?

  29. 29
    corporal klinger

    There are so many countries where this kind of muslim could live a happy life without being ever tempted by those horrible women. Saudi Arabia, Iran, Afghanistan and increasingly Egypt comes to mind. He could live acoording to Sharia, and would never be bothered by all these uppity women. Of course, his wife, daughter or other female relatives would be a tad less happy. But better yet, he could rape and get away with it. So it’s begging the question; why choose to live in a secular, democratic, modern, progressive country, which respects the human rights of ALL human beings?

  30. 30
    lofgren

    Gretchen:
    I think it’s more like how a lot of guys view porn, which is sort of like gardening. You get in, you get dirty temporarily, but when you’re done you wash off and you’re clean. The garden remains dirty, because that is its nature. It’s made of dirt. You are not.

    That sounds more like the PUA/MRA style of misogyny. those guys never got over the feeling that women are ineffable sirens with the mysterious ability to turn their own bodies against them. They view sex and porn as necessary inoculations against the female’s manipulations. When a guy threatens sexual violence against women who defy his edicts and wields his penis as a weapon, he seems to view women more as a target for disdain and punishment rather than something inert like a garden or porn. this is consistent with the traditional dichotomy between the masculine and virtuous penetrator and the feminine penetrated, who is seen as sick and perverted if she shows any desire or enjoyment in her role.

  31. 31
    laurentweppe

    Women Men are not entitled to respect when they walk around without a Hijab with their misogyny out.

    If only. It’s more like
    Men are not entitled to respect when they walk around without a Hijab with their misogyny out, so long as they are white, rich, and dressing their misoginy in coded words

  32. 32
    laurentweppe

    there’s no contradiction — nor anything surprising — about a Danish religious maniac and misogynist trying to rape someone in a Swedish town.

    Why crossing the border when you have all you need at home?

  33. 33
    nickcan

    Say what you will about this man, but he practices what he preaches.

  34. 34
    Stacy

    I think it’s more like how a lot of guys view porn, which is sort of like gardening. You get in, you get dirty temporarily, but when you’re done you wash off and you’re clean. The garden remains dirty, because that is its nature. It’s made of dirt. You are not.

    Brilliant analogy. Quibble: it’s not just porn. That seems to be the misogynist view of heterosexual sex, men, and women, period.

  35. 35
    =8)-DX
    Another weird thought, for me at least, is wanting to have sex with someone because you don’t respect them.

    I think your confusion stems from the word “with.” This style of misogynist does not have sex “with” anybody. Sex is something that he does to somebody. He inflicts righteous sex upon women’s disgusting bodies in order to correct their dirty, nasty habit of being insufficiently frightened of and deferential to his power and authority.

    I thought rape wasn’t about sex. Wanting to harm or control somebody is right in line with treating them without respect.

    I think it’s more like how a lot of guys view porn, which is sort of like gardening. You get in, you get dirty temporarily, but when you’re done you wash off and you’re clean. The garden remains dirty, because that is its nature. It’s made of dirt. You are not.

    By “how a lot of guys view porn”, do you mean “women in porn”, “masturbating to porn”, “viewing porn” or “porn itself”? Either way I’m at a loss to see how this is a good analogy. As a guy I don’t view masturbation, porn (or sex) as something dirty, except in the completely mundane and banaal way that sweat, sperm and other genital juices and smells are an unpleasant byproduct of it and one should always try to keep proper hygiene. Viewing pornographic content as something dirty is more of a conservative/religious attitude, (where only the right kind of sex with the right person is “chaste”, everything else is “sinful/dirty” and one must have “clean thoughts”), I’m not exactly sure where you get this view that men tend to think of porn as dirty (or differently dirty than all humans are).
    Unless you mean “women as dirty”, which may make more sense, gardening just seems a very bad analogy of anyone’s (male or female) thoughts about porn to me.

  36. 36
    Walton

    I am extremely worried about where we’re getting our information from. Most of the references I’ve seen to this story online seem to link back to this story on a right-wing news site which is associated with Jihad Watch and David Horowitz. The story is written by one Daniel Greenfield, who, judging by his other work for FrontPageMag, appears to have strong right-wing and racist political views. The source that Ed has linked is a site called “Clergy Gone Wild”, where the articleappears to have been written by the very same Daniel Greenfield. I’d like to see some independent, reliable coverage of this story that doesn’t come from a right-wing hate site, before I take it at face value.

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