With the horrifying stories of women being raped in the streets of Egypt, it’s only natural to question how the very powerful religious culture plays a role. Author Joyce Carol Oates dared to venture into that territory today:
In a survey of Egyptian women by the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women, 99.3 percent of respondents claimed that they had been subjected to some form of sexual harassment.
She’s not exclusively impugning Islam with regard to rape, but rather suggesting that Islamic fundamentalism — the Muslim Brotherhood, in this case — might contribute to violence against women.
In fact, she is apparently not a fan of religion in general:
But the fact remains that in a theocratic society, religion has a dominant influence.
Oates’ musings didn’t sit well with the P.C. crowd, who lashed out:
Radical Islamist parties like the Muslim Brotherhood seek to govern through a theocracy. Oates may be wrong about a lot of things, but she’s on-target in suggesting that intertwining politics with religion can be dangerous — particularly if thuggish, misogynistic radicals are calling the shots.
Iowahawk notes the double standards of those denouncing Oates: