It’s not that this is a picture of a woman with her leg(s) flung in the air as she reclines on a table looking back at her male counterpart (client?) who sits a little less provocatively, staring mirthfully into the camera, or that the editors of Vanity Fair, some I hope to God are women, chose to put what others might categorize a sexist photo that questionably demeans or objectifies the image of women in society in their publication ….what’s troublesome about the above picture is Mika Brzezinski has made it easier for politicians to NOT take her and other members of her profession seriously and keep up their steady stream of lies and prevarications which they are counting on members of an obsequious press, to which Brzezinski is a member to give credence too because they are too busy posing like her. At a time when politicians are making outrageous claims about women and women’s health which border on 18th and 19th century logic, during a campaign season we have the likes of the picture above to remind us that some people including some women see them as objects and not as people whose worth extends far beyond their sexuality. If Brezinsky really believes in workplace equality, does she really think the photo above is an example of that vital and necessary element of today’s America? Does she really?
At least those of them who are rioting, pillaging and violently reacting to imagined acts of dishonor towards the Prophet Muhammad. For the longest time, Muslim countries have too often been ruled by street mobs instead of the Book and the Prophet they claim to follow, in which neither condone nor suggest the reaction of today’s Muslims to acts of disrespect shown Prophet Muhammad are justifiable. I have finally found a voice that says that rather clearly and cogently and it needs to be heard.
I don’t think it will make that much difference to the throngs of people who want Islam to rule from the street, but perhaps it will make a difference to those sitting on the sideline who are confused and or wondering where does this rage come from. Although I can’t answer that question in the affirmative Yusuf definitely makes the case it doesn’t, it can’t come from the example of the Prophet nor from the Book revealed to him.
Over the past decade the public has been regaled with the notion that Muslims are violent because their religious scripture incites them towards such violence. Muslims on the other hand claim that their violence is in reaction to aggression or that acts of terrorism are misplaced by individuals who don’t understand their religion.
A Christian scholar asks and answers the question of which religious scripture is more violent and you can listen to his answer here. Listen carefully for the Biblical equivalent of terrorism; the commentator uses the term “genocide” to describe the Bible’s answer, herem, to violence and the course it has taken over the millennium as it has been interpreted and practiced by its followers. It is a methodology practiced by the Israelis against the Palestinians and resembles the catastrophes brought on by numerous American presidents against native Americans, Hitler’s genocide against the Jews and an even more modern day and relevant genocide against Iraqis.
Another victim claimed violence at the hand of someone from the minority community only to have it turn out to be a LIE! There’s a long line of people who claimed some black person did them great bodily harm and I agree with Dr. Jeff Gardere’s assessment that fixing the blame on fictitious black people is a part of the Black Bogeyman phenomenon that says whites and society at large must fear angry black people who are intent on doing everyone they come into contact with great bodily harm. I’m not so sympathetic to insist the behavior of falsely ascribing victim status on one’s self is a personal mental disease; the larger society cannot escape the role it plays in allowing someone to think such behavior is plausible. Bethany Storro, the victim turned perpetrator, belongs in a jail that offers mental health services.