Thursday, September 04, 2003

Liberal Website COUNTERPUNCH.ORG Abets Atrocity -- Amina Lawal May Be Sacrificed on the Altar of Politically Correct Multiculturalism has published an article that cautions the West about speaking out forcefully against the possible death of Amina Lawal by stoning because she had a child out of wedlock.

The editors say:

"It turns out that letters and petitions, even the few that aren't just chain-letter foolishness, may do more harm than good and that the situation in Nigeria is at once far more complex and less dire than it seems from the outside."

The authors of the article go on to explain:

Dominant colonialist discourses and the mainstream international media have presented Islam (and Africa) as the barbaric and savage Other. Please do not buy into this. Accepting stereotypes that present Islam as incompatible with human rights not only perpetuates racism but also confirms the claims of right-wing politico-religious extremists in all of our contexts. We appreciate that many who join letter writing campaigns are motivated by the same sense of international solidarity and feminist outrage that leads us at BAOBAB to participate in international actions. But when protest letters re-present negative stereotypes of Islam and Muslims, they inflame sentiments rather than encouraging reflection and strengthening local progressive movements.

Even in one's wildest dreams, did you ever think the Left would sink this low?