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Robert Spencer Joins the Wolf-Chesler Debate

Posted on September 5 2009 3:20 pm
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Over at JihadWatch, the remarkable Robert Spencer brings a potent contribution to the debate about the veil in the Muslim world as only he can. Discussing the recent Salon article which defended Wolf, Spencer writes:

Clark-Flory goes on to excoriate Chesler, Horowitz and Glazov for their assorted sins against multiculturalist orthodoxy, and then concludes:

You might notice that as this conflagration spreads, more and more conservatives — many of whom do not identify as feminists — are rushing in to stoke the fire. As they do, the discussion becomes less about defending women’s rights and more about supporting their ongoing culture war. That reminds me of a line from Wolf’s essay: “Ideological battles are often waged with women’s bodies as their emblems, and Western Islamophobia is no exception.”

Yep. That’s what it’s all about: “Islamophobia.” This calls for a Thought Experiment!

Imagine a book of the Bible. Let’s call it the Book of Naomi. And imagine that the Book of Naomi likened a woman to a field (tilth), to be used by a man as he wills: “Your women are a tilth for you (to cultivate) so go to your tilth as ye will” (Naomi 2:223).

You can probably guess where Spencer is going to take this, but even if you can you simply must read it for yourself.

For further insight into these matters be sure and read Spencer’s many excellent books on the subject.

Here’s his most recent:


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