I just read a bizarre story about ISIS, or the Islamic State, enacting laws to protect its sex slaves.
These sex slaves have been taken over the course of ISIS’ conquering rampage. They’ve seen their husbands and fathers and brothers murdered. They’ve been torn away from mothers and sisters and friends.
And then, they’re raped. Repeatedly. Sometimes it’s by one man they’re sold to. Sometimes it’s by multiple visitors to the brothels they’re sent to. But regardless, they’re being raped.
Not to be crass, but that’s kinda the definition of a sex slave. Forget all those idiotic fantasies about harem girls and bared bellies and willing seductions. Sex slaves exist to be raped.
So making laws about how they can be raped is just weird. And pointless. And illogical.
Yet that’s precisely what ISIS theologians have done. According to Reuters, the rules include banning fathers and sons from raping the same female slave, and men from raping both a mother and daughter. They have to choose one or the other. Also, anyone who shares a slave “are similarly enjoined from intercourse because she is viewed as ‘part of a joint ownership.’”
I don’t understand that last one at all, just for the record. Nor do I get the command to “show compassion towards [a sex slave], be kind to her, not humiliate her, and not assign her work she is unable to perform” or sell her to someone who will do any of those things.
In order to follow that last set of rules… THEY CAN’T HAVE SEX SLAVES AT ALL!!!!!!!!!
But somehow, someway, according to ISIS, it’s perfectly possible to have a sex slave and treat her with dignity. Sharia Law tells it so. (I’m not being funny here. That’s really its rationale.)
On the same level of stupidity is Professor Abdel Fattah Alawari, dean of Islamic Theology at Al-Azhar University, which Reuters describes as “a 1,000-year-old Egyptian center for Islamic learning.” Professor Alawari says that, from a religious perspective, ISIS is full of it.
According to him, “Islam preaches freedom to slaves, not slavery. Slavery was the status quo when Islam came around. Judaism, Christianity, Greek, Roman, and Persian civilizations all practiced it and took the females of their enemies as sex slaves. So Islam found this abhorrent practice and worked to gradually remove it.”
Since when, genius? Most of Mohammad’s however-many wives were obtained through wars, wars and more wars. And today, women are mutilated and sold like chattel as “wives” by Mohammad’s religious descendants to Mohammad’s religious descendants.
Nor is that the exception in many Islam-centered places. It’s normal!
It’s nothing short of delusional to claim otherwise.