One of the more consistent aspects of the War On Terror has been the criticism of Muslim treatment of women. Tales of husbands beating their wives in bloody revenge for the women’s adultery have been part of this narrative: See JihadWatch and the Australian Islamist Monitor. This violence is condemned by Westerners, who say that they can’t understand how a society could tolerate such violence.
But then, here in the United States, we have learned this morning of the case of a man in Wisconsin who was beaten and sexually assaulted because he had committed adultery. He was tied to a bed, beaten by four women, was threatened with shooting, and had his penis stuck to his stomach with superglue. The women planned further torments, but were forced to flee when the man started screaming in pain.
A particularly disturbing part of the story is the reaction of many people to it. People are writing comments such as:
I have absolutely no sympathy for this man. He deserved exactly what he got.
Way to go, girls!!! Best thing I’ve read all day. LOL
Wow. These women are my hero.
He got what he had coming to him. I think the women taught him that there are consequences for his behavior and next time he might end up with something even more permanent than Krazy Glue!
Imagine that these statements weren’t being made about a man in Wisconsin, but about a woman in Saudi Arabia. The next time you wonder how a foreign culture can be so brutal, you might want to take a closer look at your own culture first.