The genius of the ‘Islam is right about women’ stunt, by Alaa Al-Ameri.
Trolling the woke left has become a popular pastime….
Rarely … does something show up that is easily dismissed as ‘trolling’, but which is so remarkably incisive and apt that it rises not only to the level of satire, but borders on civil disobedience.
Think of Posie Parker’s billboards [picture below] quoting the dictionary definition of the word ‘woman’. The power of such acts comes from two things. First, they acknowledge — usually with irreducible simplicity — that something that went without saying a moment ago has suddenly become unsayable. Secondly, the outrage they provoke does not come from any epithet, caricature or insult, but rather from having the nerve to draw the viewer’s attention to an act of cognitive dissonance that we are all engaging in, but would rather not acknowledge.
The result is that those who attempt to explain why the act is offensive end up simply tying themselves in knots, while revealing that they have never given a moment’s thought to the position they find themselves defending. This seems to generate even more anger, with the inevitable online mob quickly joined by politicians, journalists and other public figures, eager to see that the heretic is made an example of. …
The reactions [to the “Islam is right about women” signs — see video above] are deeply revealing. Nobody can clearly point out why they object to the statement – indeed, nobody seems to object to the statement at all on its face. Yet most seem to express offence at it – if a little unconvincingly.
The reason for their dilemma is obvious enough to anyone who has been paying attention. Western society has managed to convince itself (at least in public) that any statement criticising any aspect of Islam is, by definition, bigotry. As a result, Western societies have effectively decided to enforce Islamic restrictions on blasphemy, and called it ‘tolerance’.
The strain of conforming to this lie is evident in the fumbling attempts by the interviewees to explain their objections. Do they believe that Islam is right about women? If so, why the objection? Do they believe that Islam is wrong about women? If so, in what sense is the statement an attack on Islam or Muslims? …
The confused rambling is unsurprising since … subjugating oneself to ideological conformity in return for a quiet life can only be achieved by abdicating one’s reason.
Posie Parker’s billboard in Liverpool was taken down by UK police, who recognize a crime when they see one: