Jesus ‘n’ Mo ‘n’ whitewashing

The new Jesus and Mo strip, called “ahead” came with an email apology:

Sorry this is a day late. More Qasim Rashid inspired nonsense today.

So this, like the one on October 18, based on a Rashid article from HuffPo I discussed ten days ago, in whch Rashid claimed that “The teachings of Islam could help us prevent more sexual abuse scandals.” It was simply cherry-picking of the Qur’an to demonstrate how enlightened it was towards women, and how hard it tried to prevent the abuse of women.  Here’s what Rashid said about the “equality verse” (which is really chapter four, verse one):

In a recent internationally broadcast lecture given live before roughly 6,000 Muslim women, the Khalifa of Islam said, “Chapter four, verse two of the Holy Quran…clarifies that women were not created out of the body of a man or from his rib. Rather, the Quran testifies to the fact that men and women were created from a single soul and are of the same kind and species.”

Thus, the Quran 4:2 first establishes men and women as equal beings.

That’s the cherry Rashid picked to show how enlightened Islam was towards women. And here’s Quran 4:1, the verse that Rashid should have cited:

O mankind, fear your Lord, who created you from one soul and created from it its mate and dispersed from both of them many men and women. And fear Allah, through whom you ask one another, and the wombs. Indeed Allah is ever, over you, an Observer.

But then here’s the verse that Jesus cites (4:3):

And if you fear that you will not deal justly with the orphan girls, then marry those that please you of [other] women, two or three or four. But if you fear that you will not be just, then [marry only] one or those your right hand possesses. That is more suitable that you may not incline [to injustice].

Women whom “your right hand possesses” are universally acknowledged to be your female slaves.

14 Comments

  1. BobTerrace
    Posted October 26, 2017 at 11:16 am | Permalink

    It is maddening how disgusting, yet barely coherent some Koran passages can be.

    • busterggi
      Posted October 26, 2017 at 11:33 am | Permalink

      Religion – the less coherency, the greater the sacredness.

  2. Razib
    Posted October 26, 2017 at 11:24 am | Permalink

    Rashid is an Ahmadiyya Muslim. Google their situation in Pakistan. I am curious to read his article “How Islam prevents religious persecution of minorities” 🙂

    • Heather Hastie
      Posted October 26, 2017 at 2:50 pm | Permalink

      Good point. His sect actually is better than most, and most Muslims consider them heretical.

    • somer
      Posted October 26, 2017 at 9:04 pm | Permalink

      even Ahmadiyyas have problematic attitudes to women. Their caliph recently preached that any woman who does not observe strict segregation from men (purdah) will be excommunicated.
      https://www.youtube.
      [DELETE THIS]
      com/watch?time_continue=10&v=hzm7ULTZvU8

      • somer
        Posted October 26, 2017 at 9:31 pm | Permalink

        That seems to have been put out by an anti Amahdiya organisation and it appears the Kalifa is talking about face and body covering only, rather than other forms of segregation – but this is backed up in Utubes put out by the Amahdiya with the Kalifa talking in English such as
        https://www.youtube.
        [DELETE THIS]
        com/watch?v=3RhX160mfcg

  3. Randall Schenck
    Posted October 26, 2017 at 11:33 am | Permalink

    Pretty easy really. Just exchanging one made up lie for another. Allah is the greatest liar…after Trump.

    • Mark R.
      Posted October 26, 2017 at 3:04 pm | Permalink

      Oh how I wish Trump was also fiction.

  4. Posted October 26, 2017 at 11:41 am | Permalink

    Yes, and women should treat all their husbands equally!

  5. Posted October 26, 2017 at 11:53 am | Permalink

    Thanks for turning me on to Jesus and Mo, I Patronized them.

    • Mark R.
      Posted October 26, 2017 at 3:08 pm | Permalink

      I patronized him/her a couple years back and was sent a humorous haiku incorporating my name. Your name looks easier than mine to rhyme with. 🙂 I hope he/she still does this.

  6. Posted October 26, 2017 at 11:56 am | Permalink

    The idea of a “progressive” holy book is ironic in light of the fact that holy books can never change.

  7. Charles Sawicki
    Posted October 26, 2017 at 2:45 pm | Permalink

    This ” Khalifa of Islam” is a peculiar choice to refer to in an article about the beliefs of Islam. He is Caliph of the Ahmadi Muslims which a tiny persecuted branch of Islam consisting of less than 1% of all Muslims. In fact, they have been declared non-Muslims by many Muslim majority countries and are banned from participation in the Hadjj. One of only two Muslims to win a Nobel prize in science (physics) Abdus Salam was an Ahmadi.

  8. somer
    Posted October 26, 2017 at 8:21 pm | Permalink

    More from the progressive scriptures about unrepresentative attitudes and beliefs concerning women and slavery. And that’s not including any of the preaching about women have to be totally submissive to the husband and have sex with him whenever and wherever he wants or be beaten/condemned to eternal hellfire/divorced. Just the bits advocating enslavement of kuffar women where it suits

    Especially from 33.54 – this is an American Shi’ite preacher Sayed M.B. Qazwini
    https://www.youtube.
    [DELETE THIS]
    com/watch?time_continue=2170&v=4M_-dTaPfkU

    same preacher more condensed says slavery doing favour to the enslaved by forcible conversion
    https://twitter.
    [DELETE THIS]
    com/Ezidism/status/917124816196591618

    Cairo Al Azhar University cleric
    https://twitter.
    [DELETE THIS]
    com/HaramDeseret/status/921569744590745600


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