One for Lauren Booth to consider

The journalist sister-in-law of Tony Blair, Lauren Booth, recently revealed she had converted to Islam. It’s her choice. But in response to questions raised asking how she could square her new Islamic faith and the subjugation of women with her views on women’s rights, Booth wrote:

So let’s all just take a deep breath and I’ll give you a glimpse into the other world of Islam in the 21st century. Of course, we cannot discount the appalling way women are mistreated by men in many cities and cultures, both with and without an Islamic population. Women who are being abused by male relatives are being abused by men, not God. Much of the practices and laws in “Islamic” countries have deviated from (or are totally unrelated) to the origins of Islam. Instead practices are based on cultural or traditional (and yes, male-orientated) customs that have been injected into these societies.

Booth readily admits to not having read the Qur’an so her knowledge of Islam is negligable. But on the basis of her fanatical fondness for and relationships with some Palestinians she offered the comment above.

Now watch the video below. Just to be clear, as the reporter says before the clip is played, the Governor of Khartoum said this woman had been punished under Sharia Law – not a cultural or traditional custom, but a tenet of the Islamic faith. There is no justification for this kind of barbarism, certainly not the ‘crime’ of wearing trousers under one’s proscribed garments.

5 Responses to “One for Lauren Booth to consider”

  1. 1 Johnny Rottenborough 14/12/2010 at 3:29 pm

    Booth should more accurately say that Muslim women are beaten by men on the orders of Allah. Verse 4:34 of the Qur’an begins with the statement that men are superior to women and ends with the instruction to beat disobedient women.

    Muslim men seem to apply the instruction with some enthusiasm. A report by Amnesty International on domestic violence in Pakistan talks of ‘over 90% of married women … being kicked, slapped, beaten or sexually abused when husbands were dissatisfied by their cooking or cleaning, or when the women had failed to bear a child or had given birth to a girl instead of a boy.’

  2. 2 MrT 14/12/2010 at 4:39 pm

    Can’t wait to see the ‘boyfriend’…

  3. 3 fraser 14/12/2010 at 4:56 pm

    Lauren Booth is an idiot of the highest order.There are many of her ilk around today,she exasperate’s me.

  4. 4 Tom 14/12/2010 at 5:07 pm

    Errrrrm…. “hasn’t read the Koran” ?? W-T-F – and she’s “converted” to Islam – dear, oh dear.

    Under normal circumstances it would possibly be a pitiable move – but given the amount of relatively sympathetic press this idiot has generated – the depths, or rather the shallowness of her commitment doesn’t seem to be made nearly enough of. Mind you sanctimonious egotism seems to run rather deep in that family.

  5. 5 right_writes 15/12/2010 at 6:35 am

    Maybe she should become an MP.

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