The first link here is to an article by JEFFREY GETTLEMAN and WALEED ARAFAT that was originally published back in September of '09.
NAIROBI, Kenya — A Sudanese woman who wore pants in public was fined the equivalent of $200 but spared a whipping on Monday when a court found her guilty of violating Sudan’s decency laws.
According to the article protesters against the Sudan law were met with several bearded counterprotesters in traditional Islamic dress who yelled, “God is great.”
The law-breaking-pants-wearing-woman replied, “I am Muslim; I understand Muslim law, but I ask: What passage in the Koran says women can’t wear pants?" READ IN FULL
If you think this attitude is exclusive to Islamic ideology, consider what some Christians believe. This is a direct quote from an article entitled CATHOLIC MORAL DRESS CODE:
"Christ's words are very clear. His teachings about wearing apparel leave no doubt as to what He meant. A woman shall not be clothed with man's apparel neither shall a man use woman's apparel: for he that doeth these things is abominable before God. Among other things such as praying the rosary daily and reading the Holy Bible and the lives of the saints we can promote modesty by burning bathing suits and shorts and converting pants into decent skirts. Let us always keep in mind that the ultimate success is gaining heaven and nothing else really matters."
SURVEY OF CHRISTIAN MEN ON THE SUBJECT OF WOMEN’S CLOTHING
The following was also typical:
“I have been saved for about eight years and the lust issue is huge for me and for all men. ... I need God every day to help me stay away from lust. Short Skirts, tight blouses, slit dresses are all over. You can’t look at billboards, grocery store waiting line magazine racks, Internet advertisements, walking in the park, or any store. You get my point; it’s everywhere. ... I have to pray everyday for God to keep lust out of my way. I wish I was born into a good Bible believing church and was brought up to stay away from lustful sin. To answer your question it would have to be anything short or tight on a woman. I look forward to the cold winters up north when women cover everything up.”
Another article CLOTHING PROVOKES VIOLENCE, CLERGY TELLS WOMEN
claims women are responsible for being raped and physical violence because of the way they dress.
After reading this stuff, I'm just sitting here shaking my head. So many thoughts race through my mind. The common thread is simply how destructive organized religions are and how reprehensible their oppression is toward women....
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