It so happened that one afternoon my parents were trying to convince me of the beauty of Islam and therefore its divine origin. In frustration I responded "Muhammad allowed his warriors to rape their female captives. This is in Sahih Bukhari and in Sahih Muslim, and it explains verses in the Quran!"
In sharp response, my mother said "So what!? In the West you rape women with your eyes! You go to the beach, you see women walking around barely clothed, and you're raping them with your eyes!"
Her response left me reeling. Not only was I bewildered by the utter inaccuracy of what she implied, as if looking at women is as violating as forcibly inserting one's phallus into their bodies, but I was surprised that she did not even begin to denounce the practice of raping female captives!
After this incident, my eyes were more attuned to Muslim responses to Muslim atrocities. The more I observed, the more I realized that my mother was far from alone in her defense. Other Muslims similarly try to detract attention from Muslims' horrible morality by pointing the finger elsewhere, saying "Look at that over there! It, too, is bad!"
The post immediately before this present post is a perfect example. Though rape is unfortunately prevalent throughout the world, it often comes with a religious twist when performed by Muslims. In this case, Christian girls were raped and forced to convert to Islam. When the women were finally rescued, a Muslim mob congregated to protest. Protest against the rapists? No! They came to protest their return to their father, who was a Christian, since they were now Muslims (a result of their forced conversions).
The mob was completely unmoved by the raping of two young girls, entirely ambivalent towards the Muslim rapists.
When David posted a blog about the incident, the Muslims who visit this blog reacted the same way! Instead of saying "This was bad and I condemn these Muslims!" here are the reactions we get:
Bassam: "What about the filthy Serbian Christians that raped tens of thousands of innocent Muslim women in Bosnia?"
Ibn: "There are verses in the corrupted bible that do permit rape in the logical sense."
Sami: "How many ladies have been raped in the west since the posting of this article?"
To be fair, as an afterthought, one Muslim did post a rebuke of the rapes:
Yahya: "BTW Yes I condemn this horrific act"
It is shocking to see Muslims entirely unmoved by atrocities when committed by other Muslims. When the attention is drawn towards these crimes, they boil in anger, as if to say "How dare you accuse us, the people of God! Look at the rest of the world!"
Oh but the rest of the world is looking at you, dear Muslim friends. Your behavior is akin to that of a school boy caught breaking the rules. When confronted, he responds "Well other boys are doing it, too!" And yet, when the boy finds others breaking the same rules, he drags them to the teachers saying "This filth is breaking the rules and must be punished!"
A similar observation from a cartoonist