muslim misogyny30 Dec 2005
When I first read this story about violence against women in Pakistan, I knew it wouldn’t take long for someone to make a snide “religion of peace” post. Odd that this story gets top-billing, considering we have a little problem right here at home that sadly doesn’t exactly make the headlines:
Every day four women die in this country as a result of domestic violence, the euphemism for murders and assaults by husbands and boyfriends. That’s approximately 1,400 women a year, according to the FBI.
The AP story about Pakistan only references “hundreds”, but even with a generous estimate of 500/year, the US’s per-capita problem by comparison is
still a lot worse not exactly stellar either. I wonder if we can expect Mark to make a followup snide post next condemning Christianity for betraying its roots as a “religion of peace”? I expect not.
UPDATE: To clarify, I edited out where I said that the US was “still a lot worse” – that was based on a cursory calculation based on NOW’s 1400/year figure and the AP article’s “hundreds/year” for Pakistan. In retrospect, it’s obvious that Pakistan’s incidents of domestic murders of women are no doubt hideously underreported. But I believe my point stands that while the US still has a problem with domestic violence towards women,whether or not it’s worse than Pakistan’s, we’re not exactly in a position to cast stones.