According to the London Independent newspaper, “President Hamid Karzai has backed guidelines issued by Afghanistan’s religious council that relegate women to the position of second-class citizens.”
The 150-member Ulema Council said that “Men are fundamental and women are secondary” and that “men and women should not mix in work or education, and that women must have a male guardian when they travel.”
These kinds of attitudes go away beyond run-of-the-mill sexism and male chauvinism. Only those with a truly medieval mindset could ever sign on to such sentiments.
This comes on the heels of a ghastly NPR report yesterday on how women in the Afghan police force are routinely sexually coerced, abused, raped, and even forced into prostitution by their fellow recruits and officers.
These religious fanatics are doing more to destroy Islam than any atheists could dream of doing with their words or cartoonists with their drawings.