Late last week, Western Journalism told you about the shocking question Al Sharpton posed to his Twitter followers concerning the deadly and destructive Texas floods. Sharpton was looking for provocative material for his daily radio show when he suggested that one reason for the torrential rains wreaking havoc and taking some two dozen lives across the Lone Star State might be “God’s rebuke.”
The Reverend Al didn’t say why he thought God could be rebuking Texas. But in a bizarre rant that could easily remind one of Sharpton’s presumptuous reference to the Lord and the disaster that befell Texas, a Muslim cleric and influential political leader in Pakistan — a man who believes in Sharia law as inspired by Allah and handed down from Muhammad — has blamed another kind of natural disaster on a very specific cause.
Earthquakes, claims Maulana Fazlur Rehman, the chief of Pakistan’s Jamiat Ulema-e-Islami Fazl political party, are caused by women wearing jeans. Fox News reports that the outspoken member of Pakistan’s parliament is calling on the country’s military to do something about the women who supposedly bring death and destruction to the nation because of their blasphemous wardrobe.
Rehman, says the Fox News report, wants the Pakistani armed forces to crack down on the jeans-clad “missiles,” as he called them.
“Rehman reportedly said women who are not covered like a ‘sack of flour’ are weapons of mass destruction to Pakistan, and that the country has an abundance of such ‘missiles’ in all its major cities. He blamed their appearance for Pakistan’s troubles.”
A strong supporter of Islam and its extremely strict rules for women’s behavior and appearance, this Muslim leader went beyond blaming immodest females for earthquakes, as The New Indian Express pointed out in its coverage of the cleric’s Islamabad news conference:
“Rehman then blamed ‘immodest women’ for the Balochistan crisis [a long-running and bloody regional conflict], lack of energy supply and the deteriorating security situation in Pakistan.” He also argued that Allah has been delivering his clothing-provoked wrath against Pakistan in the form of the murderous Taliban.
And just what kind of popularity do women’s jeans enjoy in Pakistan? According to a UPI report in July 2013, Western fashion was gaining traction among Pakistani women and drawing sharp disapproval from Islamic fundamentalists. “Pakistani extremists are increasingly protesting Western influences and have attacked targets seen as un-Islamic or immodest although, so far, threats against women because of fashionable clothing have been only verbal.”
And as of this writing, the Muslim politician’s call for the military to honor Allah’s will and act as “fashion police” hasn’t resulted in any reports that arms will be taken up to make sure women’s legs are properly covered.
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