The news is just dumb. Every day it seems some unimaginably bizarre event pops up that reminds me why I’ve reformed my former media junkie ways and have all but tuned out. It’s like background noise to me now, it all sounds the same and just makes me sleepy. Stupefied maybe is a better word.
The head of the FBI willingly leaked intelligence? You don’t say. College students rioting over scary opinions? Yawn. Mass hysteria over withdrawing from a poorly designed and pointless climate accord? Yeah, whatever. My immune system response to the ridiculous just doesn’t allow me to get worked up over these things any more. I still care mind you, but not enough to devour the 24/7 news cycle for the latest piece of information.
Every once in awhile though something will happen that my brain just can’t process and causes me to say HUH? in a very loud and irritated way. This is what occurred over the weekend when I heard that people were counter protesting the anti sharia law demonstrations that took place recently around the country. So these counter protestors are anti-anti-Sharia law then, meaning they are pro Sharia law? Like I said, HUH?
Sharia is Islamic law, which people often confuse for a religion but it is not. It is a political system, the legal framework that governs both the public and private lives of citizens that live in countries ruled by Islam. Women there are deemed second class citizens and have very little freedom to live their own lives. Their affairs are managed by their husbands who are allowed to beat them for perceived disobedience and they can be stoned to death for having sex outside of marriage, or just by being accused of it.
There is no religious or sexual freedom in those countries either under Sharia, as those who renounce Islam face capital punishment as do gays and lesbians. Do all Muslims abide by these tenants? No, it is open to interpretation and many in the West follow just the personal and religious practices as “the way” or “the path to water” and disregard the more extreme beliefs.
Sharia as practiced under Islamist rule however is completely incompatible with our Western values of freedom and democracy, which is what the anti-Sharia protests were about and I see nothing wrong with them.
I see plenty wrong though with people protesting against those calling out an archaic and totalitarian system that subjugates women and girls and murders unbelievers, gays and lesbians. The silent response to all this from our country’s Professional Shrieking Class has been deafening and has baffled me to no end, but I’ve learned not to underestimate the levels of hypocrisy some will go to lest a political position be compromised
HUH? is too weak a word for such nonsense, but my outrage vocabulary has run a bit dry at the moment from too much use.