Feeding off Each Other
Roora has been explaining the position of women in Islam here and here.
What I found interesting were the comments by a blogger calling himself/herself Flanstein. Not because of the usual touching concern about us poor Muslim women who are unable to leave our houses without a male escort etc....That gets a bit tedious after the first 100 times you come across it. And I do so dislike people who lack originality.
No what fascinates me is the way people like Flanstein - clearly extremists - seem to quote the same interpretation of Islam that Islamic extremists use. Basically the case this Flanstein presents & fondly believes is against Islam is the same case that you would find presented on Wahabi/Salafi & other Jihadi websites as true Islam.
Very interesting this symbiotic relationship between Islamic extremists & Islamophobic extremists. Without ideologies like Flanstein's, Islamic extremists would not be able to sell their Zionists-and-Crusaders-out-to-get-Islam conspiracy theories in the Muslim world. And without Islamic extremists & their propaganda people like Flanstein would not be able to sell their Islam-has-no-redeeming-qualities-and-Muslims-should-all-convert-or-die propaganda. Ultimately they are both essential to each other's survival. Literally feeding off each other.
But could this phenomenon actually have positive results?Maybe if 'our' fanatics & 'their' fanatics debate peacefully on the web this will cause them both to become more moderate?When presented with the mirror image of your own intolerance in reverse you might clash at first but eventually both sides would exhaust their fighting energy & begin to seek compromises or at least begin to accept that the other exists & isn't going anywhere.