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The Islamic State and the Theology of Rape

isi-raoe-lover  The Islamic State and the Theology of Rape isi raoe loverJust when you think the Islamic State can’t do anything that would outrage civilized humanity any more than we already are, along comes this story in the New York Times that goes into excruciating detail about how rape is being used to recruit ISIS members and the twisted justification for it that ISIS says comes directly from the Koran. [6] That right folks! The Islamic State is now building an ideology around their systematic rape of women and girls.  Jihadists from the Islamic State who are abusing captured women and girls say that it is a form of “prayer”, and the group has, according to The New York Times, produced a “theology” for their rapes.  In a front-page article on Friday, The New York Times brings a series of testimonies from some of the victims of the group’s systematic sex crimes.  A 12-year-old girl says to the American newspaper that a fighter from the Islamic State, which had bound and gagged her, bent down to pray before he raped her. He said that he did not commit any sin, because the girl had a different religion than him.

I kept asking him to stop because it hurt, says the girl, who has such slender waist that an adult man’s hands can reach around it. He said he came closer to God (Allah) by raping me, the girl says. [1] [7]

Since the emergence of Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, several Yazidi minority girls have fallen victims to rape and sex slavery. Zainab Bangura, the UN envoy had in June revealed that teenage girls in Iraq and Syria are being sold in slave markets “for as little as a pack of cigarettes,” by Islamic State militants.  Talking about this strange phenomenon he just investigated, this is what New York Times foreign correspondent Rukmini Callimachi told NPR:

What we’ve seen in conflict in the past is that rape is often used as a weapon of war. What’s very different here is that the Islamic State is not making any attempt to hide or minimize what they are doing. The rape of the Yazidi women has been now publicized in – they’re official publications in pamphlets and policy memos and in manuals that they’ve put out where they say very clearly that this was a practice that was current during the days of the Prophet Muhammad. That much is true. [2]

But it seems that they even go a step further and make the conclusion that because it was practiced in the time of the Prophet Mohammed by the prophet and also by his companions, that therefore, “it is something virtuous, and the partaking in it is spiritually beneficial to their Islamic project.” [2] Some of the accounts from the victims even describe the ISIS fighters praying before and after the rape itself.

…they’re taking into a room. Their hands are often bound, and they, of course, know what’s going to happen. And then the man who’s about to rape them takes, you know, a couple of minutes to kneel next to the bed and pray before he rapes her. The then prays again after having completed the act. In effect, this act of sexual torture is being bookended by an act of faith. [2]

isis-rape  The Islamic State and the Theology of Rape isis rapeThe Islamic States’ systematic rape of women and girls from the religious yazidi minority has left a deep mark on the radical theology, which the Islamic State has developed, writes The New York Times, who has spoken with 21 women who recently fled from the group. The women and girls are from the minority who has been traded as slaves, and the Islamic State has established a network of department stores with projection rooms where the victims are displayed and sold to the highest bidder.  Detailed contracts for sales are drawn up, and an entire column of buses are ready to transport them.  [1] A growing body of internal policy memos and theological discussions has established guidelines for slavery, including a lengthy how-to manual issued by the Islamic State Research and Fatwa Department just last month. Repeatedly, the ISIS leadership has emphasized a narrow and selective reading of the Quran and other religious rulings to not only justify violence, but also to elevate and celebrate each sexual assault as spiritually beneficial, even virtuous. [5] Rukmini Callimachi said that he was baffled to see that they put in place something close to “a bureaucracy of rape.” [2] This practice helps to make the Islamic State appealing to many men from deeply conservative Islamic societies where sexuality is taboo. The Islamic State’s leaders use, according to several reports, considerable time and energy to find passages in the Quran, which according to their interpretations, supports their actions and “lift” any sexual assualt to be “spiritually charitable” or “a religious virtue.”  Last year, a total of 5270 members of yazidi minority were abducted. At least 3,144 are still prisoners, writes the American newspaper, with local leaders from the minority as sources.  This is the REAL Rape Culture that the feminists are  trying to pin on the white middle-class men.  But of course it is easier to bash and bully pussyfied westerners who are used to watch TV and eat junk food than to tackle the real enemy of women: the foam at the mouth salafist jihadies who are ready to die the next day for the glory of their macho god.

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[3] Tarun Khanna, Islamic State militant rapes 12-year-old girl, uses Quran to justify it, Zeenews.india.com, Friday, August 14, 2015 – 18:52
[4] ISIS cites Quran to justify child rape, WND, 12/08/2014 at 7:14 PM
[5] Ariel Zirulnick, Islamic State uses theology to justify rape, enslavement of Yazidi women, Yahoo News, August 14, 2015 8:37 AM
[7] MAURICIO LIMA, ISIS Enshrines a Theology of Rape, The New York Times, AUG. 13, 2015
[8] Tessa Berenson, How ISIS Justifies Its Culture of Rape and Sex Slavery, Time, Aug. 13, 2015
[9] Greg Botelho, ISIS: Enslaving, having sex with ‘unbelieving’ women, girls is OK, CNN, 11:20 AM ET, Sat December 13, 2014
[10] Eugene Volokh, New York Times: ‘ISIS enshrines a theology of rape’, Washington Times, August 14 2015
[11] Joshua Keating, ISIS’s Use of Rape Is Uniquely Horrifying, Slate, 2015/08/13
[12] Jessica Roy, ISIS Makes Rape Part of Its Theology, New York Mag, August 13, 2015 9:27 a.m.
[13] Ariel Zirulnick, ISIS uses theology to justify rape, enslavement of Yazidi women, The Christian Science Monitor, August 14, 2015
[14] Mark Woods, Islamic State’s ‘theology of rape’ used to justify systematic abuse, Christian Today, 14 August 2015

 

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