Where Some Presidential Empathy Would Be Entirely Appropriate

Likewise, it is important for Western countries to avoid impeding Muslim citizens from practicing religion as they see fit – for instance, by dictating what clothes a Muslim woman should wear. We cannot disguise hostility towards any religion behind the pretence of liberalism.

President Barack Obama, June 4, 2009 @ Al-Azhar University in Cairo, Egypt

Police used teargas to disperse protesters rallying in support of a Sudanese woman facing 40 lashes for wearing trousers in public Tuesday, a case that has become a public test of Sudan’s indecency laws.
Lubna Hussein, a former journalist and U.N. press officer, was arrested with 12 other women during a party at a Khartoum restaurant in July and charged with being indecently dressed.
Andrew Heavens, Reuters News Service, August 4, 2009

What say you Mr. President? Am I being “hostile towards religion” for opining that Sudanese authorities are acting barbarously in this situation?

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Harry
Harry
11 years ago

What say you Mr President?
Carroll
I dont think President Obama reads this blog
Do you really think that President Obama
thinks this women should be punished
for wearing jeans?

OldTimeLefty
11 years ago

This blog contains a moronic question posed to no one who actually reads this blog, and which comes from a moronic contributor. The only thing being sold here is fear, paranoia and irrelevancies. Proof positive that the writer has nothing at all to contribute.
OldTimeLefty

Warrington Faust
Warrington Faust
11 years ago

Before we become too “holy” about women in pants, let’s look at our own history.
The Christian bible proscribes “cross dressing”, although this isn’t given much thought any more. It was not all that long ago that we did not allow women to vote. Even less time ago, America was agasp at Audrey Hepburn wearing pants in a movie.
I am not sure America’s prestige should be put at issue over women wearing pants. We should also realize that this is not about “women in pants”. It is a social protest against a number of issues that has found a focus in “pants” and an “internal matter”. We arrested our “suffragettes”.
Let us remember that women in pants is seen there as sexually provocative attire. We proscribe nudity for the same reason.
None of this should be taken to suggest I approve.

OldTimeLefty
11 years ago

Andy,mi amiguito
I said that you peddle “fear, paranoia, and irrelevancies” and that you addressed your blo(b)g to no one who even reads the offal you offer. Have someone read it to you again since you obviously can’t read it unaided.
OldTimeLefty

Quigley
Quigley
11 years ago

What say you Mr President?
Has President Obama answered Carroll\’s
question yet,if not,why not? I hope that
someone at the White House reads this very important(or self-important)blogger.
My guess is Pres Barack Hussein Obama, is
on Miss Hussein\’s side on this question

rhody
rhody
11 years ago

This kind of fundamentalist oppression should not be allowed to stand, whether on the Muslim or Christian side.
This is just intolerance cloaked with faith, as the freedom-loving people of Iran have recently discovered.

joe bernstein
joe bernstein
11 years ago

OTL-if there is nothing but offal offered(hmmm??) here why do you bother reading and commenting?

OldTimeLefty
11 years ago

joe,
Call it a Mission Civilisatrice.
OldTimeLefty

OldTimeLefty
11 years ago

Hola, Andres
Your goat is easy to get. To remind you, I said that you peddle “fear, paranoia, and irrelevancies” and that you addressed your comments to a person who obviously has no interest in them. The fact of his position is inconsequential. In philosophical terms you ignored the essence and seized the accident. Very sleazy.
You were playing to your little band of choir mates and were called out on it – your reaction might have gone over at Nuremberg in the 1930’s.
OldTimeLefty

OldTimeLefty
11 years ago

Andy-Pandy,
I prefer the double “C” in keeping with my Italian heritage. You are so far out in right field that the original ballpark is no longer in sight. Your latest non-sequitor comments are worth only silence and a pitiful head and shoulders shrug.
You have proven, unequivocaly that Morse is Less.
OldTimeLefty

Monique
Editor
11 years ago

Indeed, the Sudanese gov’t is acting barbarously – and evilly – in both situations: the original sentence of the woman and then the treatment of the protesters.
I just did a quick search and was a littled surprised to find a reaction by President Sarkozy but not by President Obama to this sitation. If anyone has seen a statement by the Obama administration, please post a link to it. It is impossible to believe the administration condones any of this.
http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5hn39MH2gCD6uRpe1mF4pLf5md7JA

joe bernstein
joe bernstein
11 years ago

OTL-if you really want awful offal go to Newport Creamery

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