Now while I agree that we must vet our sources and try to verify as thoroughly as possible. I will point out that AlterNet also posted this article from a source they claim to have known to be Islamophobic. I went to their source and from there went further to the source they claimed. A video on You Tube that was sourced through Press TV. Now whether or not Press TV is a propaganda tool of Iran or not I cannot be certain. I am well aware that many sites use them as a valid source for reports and had no reason to believe that this one was a fabrication.
Not withstanding I stand by what I wrote having believed it was true as I never once attacked Islam. Rather the idea that women should be treated as chattel for any man’s pleasure be it for whatever reason. I held accountable the West who backs those who would do such a thing and never once brought religion into play. Just as I have posted on Priests who have committed sexual crimes against children and just as I would any rapist or pedophile. Therefore I take exception to the label that Islamophobia was the reason for this story spreading like wildfire to coin used by AlterNets Editor. In my case it was the outrage of women being yet again treated like cattle or property to be used without concern for them as human beings deserving of respect and care. Anyone who has been following my blog would know this. Simply because we are outraged does not make us Islamaphobes. In my case especially it was more outrage and concern that this would be the case. I feel that if one is trying to deter others from generalizations then one also should refrain from such generalizations.
AlterNet has deleted their original post on this story I only have the excerpt sent to my email which I will post here so I am not also called a liar as well as an Islamaphobe. My apologies to anyone who was upset by this post my intent has never and will never be to single out an entire culture or religion for the sins of a few.
1:19 PM (15 hours ago)
|NEWS UPDATE – January 2, 2013|
|Saudi Religious Leader Calls for Gang Rape of Syrian WomenAlterNetHe specified that the “intercourse marriages” last only a few hours “in order to give each fighter a turn.” READ MORE»|
Exhibit A in How an Islamophobic Meme Can Spread Like Wildfire Across the Internet
Editor’s note: On January 2, AlterNet was one of several outlets that published what turned out to be an article based on a false report. We would like to apologize to our readers for the error.
On January 2nd, the story of a Saudi Sheikh issuing a fatwa that condoned ‘intercourse marriage’ or gang rape in Syria exploded over the internet.
According to various sources, Sheikh Mohammad Al-Arifi had stated that foreign fighters in Syria had the right to engage in short term marriages to satisfy their sexual desires and boost their determination to fight against the Assad regime. Syrian girls and women from age 14 upwards were considered fair game and apparently secured their own place in heaven if they participated in these ‘intercourse marriages’.
By the evening a simple Google search of the words, ‘Saudi Sheikh’ , Syrian, and ‘women’ brought up some 5 million references and at least 3 pages of links to articles spreading the news. Not surprisingly there was immediate online uproar too, though as one commentator put it, much of the discussion was about whether these arranged temporary marriages technically constituted ‘rape’. This in itself is worrying.
There was also skepticism from many quarters about the veracity of the report, particularly among savvy Mideast experts. Rightly so. The story, much like the one a few months ago about Egyptian Islamist MPs proposing laws that permitted sex with a deceased spouse up to 6 hours after his/her death, turned out to be a gross lie. Sheikh Al-Arifi has issued a denial via his Facebook page. Over the next few days, the various websites and media outlets that spread the story will no doubt issue their retractions. But the story also raises many questions. For starters, where did it come from? AlterNet inadvertently picked it up from the overtly anti-Islamic Clarion Fund site. Others pointed to the Iranian regime backed Press TV as the primary source on December 31 2012. But the earliest English language reporting comes on December 29 from an obscure YouTube news site called Eretz Zen, tagged as a YouTube channel by a “secular Syrian opposed to having [his] country turned into a Taliban-like state.”
What’s extraordinary and depressing is that a slew of websites picked up the story and ran with it, some claiming legitimacy because the other had posted it and clearly no one bothered to do some basic fact checking. Arguably this is just the nature of the net and minute by minute news updates. The story was too sensational to give up. But one would imagine that if a similar story emerged about a Christian cleric or a Rabbi, someone, somewhere would have paused before posting it. Sadly, in the case of stories about Muslim clerics or Islamists the same red flags don’t seem to apply.
Humanitarian Intervention? Really? Where?
Perhaps all those involved in this humanitarian effort should volunteer to take the place of innocent women and girls and help these jihadists find some relief? Hmmm, perhaps this cleric should also volunteer and sacrifice in the name of jihad so he can secure his entry into paradise? Is this the democracy and the justice that the Syrian people need?
I think if given a choice they would stay with Assad rather than these demented pigs who claim to know what is best for them. Perhaps they should round up the mothers, wives and 14 year old daughters, granddaughters , etc…..of these war mongers and ship them off to sacrifice for the cause? Strange but it seems to me they would be horrified at the prospect of doing such a thing. Yet it is perfectly acceptable to perpetrate this crime upon Syrian Women? HYPOCRITES!!
Published on Dec 29, 2012
A Wahhabi religious cleric in Saudi Arabia, Muhammed al-Arifi, who is very influential in Jihadi circles, has recently issued a fatwa (religious edict) that permits all Jihadist militants in Syria to engage in short-lived marriages with Syrian women that each lasts for a few hours in order to satisfy their sexual desires and boost their determination in killing Syrians. He called the marriage as ‘intercourse marriage’. It requires that the Syrian female be at least 14 years old, widowed, or divorced.
Is this the Western-promoted “freedom and democracy” that Syrians want?
Source: Lebanese al-Jadeed TV
Sheikh Mohammed al-Arifi said that the marriages between the foreign-backed militants and Syrian women will satisfy the militants’ sexual desires and boost their determination in killing Syrians.
He added that the marriages, dubbed by him as “intercourse marriages,” can be with Syrian females as young as 14 years old.
He also promised “paradise” for those who marry the militants.
Arifi has issued similar decrees in the past in support of the violence in Syria.
He has also been organizing a fundraiser for the militant groups fighting Syrian government forces.
Syria has been experiencing unrest since March 2011. Many people, including large numbers of security forces, have been killed in the turmoil.
The Syrian government says the chaos is being orchestrated from outside the country as there are reports that a very large number of the militants are foreign nationals.
- Saudi Wahhabi Cleric Issues Fatwa Allowing Jihadis to Rape Syrian Women (Video) (thegatewaypundit.com)
- A fatwa to rape! (freethoughtblogs.com)
- Saudi Religious Leader Calls for Gang Rape of Syrian Women (alternet.org)
- Saudi Imam Reportedly Issues Fatwa Allowing Jihadists To Rape Women In Syria (jonathanturley.org)
- Demented: Saudi Cleric Issues New Fatwa Allowing Syrian Rebels To Rape Women To Solve Their ‘Sexual Problems’ (midnightwatcher.wordpress.com)
- #myjihad Saudi Arabia:Cleric Promises “Paradise” to 14-Year-Old Girls Who Have Sex with Terrorists (iranaware.com)
- Rape, pillage and plunder: Al Qaeda terrorists receive retrospective blessing from extremist Saudi cleric to enjoy hours-long ‘intercourse marriages’ with Syrian girls (sott.net)
- Demented: Saudi Cleric Issues New Fatwa Allowing Syrian Rebels To Rape Women To Solve Their ‘Sexual Problems’ (jericho777.wordpress.com)
- That’s not rape! It’s “intercourse marriage” (freethoughtblogs.com)
- Demented: Saudi Cleric Issues New Fatwa Allowing Syrian Rebels To Rape Women To Solve Their ‘Sexual Problems’ (shofar37.wordpress.com)