January 05, 2007
Cheap Outrage and Pretend Concern
Reading over the liberal (libertarian) blog, Hit & Run at Reason.com I was disappointed, although not particularly surprised to find a rather badly distorted reaction to Brian Whitaker's generally excellent work on gayness/homosexuality in MENA, Unspeakable Love, which Aqoul had the pleasure and privilege to review before publication.
Comments in particular showed much cheap outrage (one rather doubts any commentator had even read an accurate summary of Whitaker, given the content of comments) and faux concern for gays in the Islamic/Arab world.
Sadly, the fashionable excuse of gay rights was nothing but cover to express what was merely ethnic prejudice or religious bigotry, dressed up of course in fashionable clothes - the spectacle of bigotry masquerading as a defense of rights.
Sad, the depth of fear and bigotry running through West-MENA relations.
And I will willingly add, one can easily run into the same thing - near perfect mirror image really - in MENA with respect to the West.
Fear and ignorance, fear and ignorance, and precious little sense of liberty.
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I tend to like Reason magazine, but I think I need to stop reading the blog. The majority of the commentators frighten me.
Posted by: homais at January 5, 2007 07:57 PM
gave some thought on my previous reactions to this subject, I think the identification of Islam with gay-hate has to do with making the short-thobed loons the spokespeople of Islam in the West, since they must be the most Muslim of all, with their weird dresses and huge fuck-off beards. The Hilali debacle comes to mind as an example. It would be comparable to having Pat Robertson and Jerry Falwell represent Christianity, or Le Pen to represent Frenchmen.
Posted by: Klaus at January 5, 2007 11:50 PM
Skimmed the comments. Same old bigotry, just better sentence structure.
Here in the Gulf, where homosexual behaviour is exceptionally high (largely because of gender segregation) denial is not so much a religious/Islamic bigotry as a cultural/ethnic one. While so many do it, they still want to believe it's a phenomenon of the "corrupt west" - something emasculating, not something that "Arab men" would every do.
So they won't admit to it even existing in their culture, and vilify those publically uncovered to be involved.
Posted by: secretdubai at January 6, 2007 06:18 PM
Everyone knows, but don't tell anyone.