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Basic Muslim Behaviors

A Saudi man was sentenced to 28 years in prison for enslaving and sexually assaulting his housekeeper. His defense was that these were basic Muslim behaviors and that he had the right to do them:

Sniffles and sobs resonated in a packed courtroom Thursday as a Saudi man convicted of sexually assaulting his Indonesian housekeeper was sentenced Thursday to 20 years to life in prison.


Homaidan Al-Turki, 37, was also ordered to serve eight additional years for theft charges.

He denied in Arapahoe County District Court that he enslaved the woman and said authorities targeted him because of his religion.

"Your honor, I am not here to apologize, for I cannot apologize for things I did not do and for crimes I did not commit," he told Judge Mark Hannen.

"The state has criminalized these basic Muslim behaviors. Attacking traditional Muslim behaviors was the focal point of the prosecution," he said.

Prosecutor Natalie Decker said the trial had nothing to do with Al-Turki's Muslim beliefs.

"It has to do with what he did to her for five years," she said outside the courtroom.

Al-Turki was convicted this summer of 12 felony counts of unlawful sexual contact with use of force, one felony count of criminal extortion and one felony count of theft. He also was found guilty of two misdemeanors: false imprisonment and conspiracy to commit false imprisonment.

The case has captured the attention of the Muslim community worldwide. The Saudi government gave Al-Turki the money he needed to post a $400,000 bond on the charges in Arapahoe County.

Prosecutors said Al-Turki brought the victim, who is now 24, from Saudi Arabia in 2000 to work as his family's nanny and housekeeper in their Aurora home. Al-Turki is married and has five children.

The victim testified in court that she worked seven days a week and was paid $150 a month. She said Al-Turki and his wife kept most of that money. Al-Turki also allegedly took the woman's passport and sexually abused her.

Al-Turki says sexually assaulting and enslaving a woman are basic Muslim behaviors. So are we to assume that Muslim men all over the US abusing women like this? Where's the NOW gang? Why aren't Kim Gandy and Patricia Ireland on TV expressing their outrage? In the sixties and seventies, feminists got their panties in a bunch about what horrible lives American women had because they were homemakers and mothers. Now that they have the chance to do some good by speaking out on real abuse, humiliation, and discrimination by men engaging in "basic Muslim behavior," they suddenly have nothing to say.

Update: Debbie Schlussel points to Al-Turki's website. Check out this post titled We are all HOMAIDAN:

Part of FREEDOM is to respect the customs and culture of others, to accept people the way they are.


The case of brother Homaidan proves one important fact, that American FREEDOM is deviod of MEANING!

It's a word America keeps repeating on and on but when it comes to application, well, nothing of the sort takes place...

We are all Homaidan? I don't think so. Freedom is not just for you, Mr. Al-Turki. It is also the right of the woman you enslaved and raped. Instead, you treated her like she was put on this earth for the sole purpose of satisfying every one of your urges.

Good luck in prison. There, you will find a whole different definition of sex slavery.


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Comments (26)

Well, he did ... (Below threshold)
jaymaster:


Well, he did get 20 years to life. So I don’t think there is too much cause for anyone to protest this case.

Now if he would have walked, I could see a very diverse group getting pissed. Including me.

If the day ever comes when Muslim “law” trumps US law, you'll find me carving notches in my rifle stock, until you find me dead.

Until then, this sounds to me like justice served.

And very glad to hear it. ... (Below threshold)

And very glad to hear it.

Unfortunately this *is* acceptable behavior... I wouldn't say *Muslim* precisely, but certainly accepted and acceptable behavior in the middle east and quite a lot of other places as well. (Similar things *do* happen in the United States, often to illegal immegrants, but at least they aren't acceptable and to that I say "Yay, us!")

There may be no real reason that activist feminists should be up in arms that this happened in the US because justice has been met for this woman. But maybe... just maybe... it would be reasonable for those women to work to put international pressure on those places where this is "basic Muslim behaviors."

If they weren't too busy defending the cultures that treat women like property, that is.

Jaymaster, I hope you don't... (Below threshold)
Scrapiron:

Jaymaster, I hope you don't miss the target as bad as you missed the point of the post. The point was that the Islamist think this is normal so there is probably thousands of cases like this in the U.S. Where are the pinkies that protest everything?

Nothing to protest here - o... (Below threshold)

Nothing to protest here - obviously capitalism/imperialism/BushCo/WalMart/Halliburton/globalism/Zionism forced the man to do these things.

He is a victim, too!

Maybe I did miss the point ... (Below threshold)
jaymaster:

Maybe I did miss the point of the post. I’ll grant you that.

But I don’t see the logic in “One Muslim did it, so thousands of others must be doing it too.”

And to clarify my point, IMO, our system worked. A bad guy was tried, and convicted, and sent away. What more could you ask for?

Feh, they've been awfully d... (Below threshold)
Gmac:

Feh, they've been awfully damn quite since the 90's and the boy presidents pecadilo's.
I wouldn't hold my breath waiting on a pronouncement of disgust with Islamic behavior from them due to BDS.

jaymaster, the key element ... (Below threshold)

jaymaster, the key element is that the Saudi government ponied up 400K for his defense -- which was "it's normal for us Muslim men to rape and abuse our servants." The money is a tacit endorsement of that attitude, and the attention (not spelled out, but implied sympathetic) it received from Muslims worldwide is the really damning thing.

J.

Hell no hes not allowed to ... (Below threshold)
George:

Hell no hes not allowed to do that. Hes just one horny mofo who was either too ugly or too fat to find someone real.


Someone should cut his wang off.

MoHamHead would be VERY pro... (Below threshold)
EyesOpen:

MoHamHead would be VERY proud of him.

George, you're missing the ... (Below threshold)

George, you're missing the point.

And you're missing a few other facts too...

This sort of behavior is condoned in Muslim nations. Even when other Muslims are involved. Arab Muslims believe that they are racially superior to the other races/ethnic groups around them.

If you have questions about that last statement, I invite you to do some research on what is happening in Darfur right now.

Arab Muslims are killing and raping who? Black African Muslims.

I worked with a Muslim man,... (Below threshold)
Candy:

I worked with a Muslim man, who was a friend, for almost three years. He worked as a line chef, and I was a waitress. One night, he berated a new waitress and had her in tears. I calmly intervened, so that we could all continue a very busy night. He EXPLODED on me, spouting the Koran and how I was property of men, had no business speaking, and he would kill me (with the big knife he wielded) if I didn't shut up. Long story short, he left and I continued to work there. But much of the staff saw this occur in a very large and busy kitchen - we were all in shock. I make no judgements about all Muslim men, or any beyond the one I am discussing. Just wanted to share that story.

Why aren't we hearing from ... (Below threshold)
Publicus:

Why aren't we hearing from NOW?

Well, since the lame excuse by this guy didn't work, and he's being sentenced to 20 years in prision...which he deserves...there's nothing for NOW to protest. What are they going to protest? That the justice system worked in this case?

I wonder whether the ACLU w... (Below threshold)
John F Not Kerry:

I wonder whether the ACLU will weigh in about "separation of church and state". I mean, as long as it doesn't have to do with Christianity anything goes, right?

Not Kerry -Why not... (Below threshold)
Publicus:

Not Kerry -

Why not let the ACLU speak for themselves instead of attributing something to them that they didn't say? And, by the way, the ACLU didn't coin the phrase "separation of church and state." Thomas Jefferson did. However, the ACLU does support Jefferson on this.

Besides, NOW, someone else ... (Below threshold)
Robert:

Besides, NOW, someone else is missing....Muslim Unity has not shown up to defend his brothers.

Heh, and people are surpris... (Below threshold)

Heh, and people are surprised at this? The Koran permits husbands to beat their wives, you know.

[Women 4.34] Men are the maintainers of women because Allah has made some of them to excel others and because they spend out of their property; the good women are therefore obedient, guarding the unseen as Allah has guarded; and (as to) those on whose part you fear desertion, admonish them, and leave them alone in the sleeping-places and beat them; then if they obey you, do not seek a way against them; surely Allah is High, Great.

I pity any woman trapped in this religion.

When considering the antics... (Below threshold)
SCSIwuzzy:

When considering the antics of Arabs, I often have the same thought, SB.

surely Allah is High

But my context may be different.

Posted by: jaymaster If t... (Below threshold)
Lee:

Posted by: jaymaster If the day ever comes when Muslim “law” trumps US law, you'll find me carving notches in my rifle stock, until you find me dead.


AMAN Brother it will be time for armed intervention. I will be there

Waiting for NOW to start se... (Below threshold)
Thor-Zone:

Waiting for NOW to start seething.....
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*sound of crickets*

Publicus said......<... (Below threshold)
Thor-Zone:

Publicus said......
And, by the way, the ACLU didn't coin the phrase "separation of church and state." Thomas Jefferson did.

Jefferson wrote that in a private letter that had nothing to do with the Constitution. There is nothing about the separation of church and state written in the US Constitution.

That being said mixing religion, government and politics it is a very bad idea and should be universally shunned.

Thor-Zone -I think... (Below threshold)
Publicus:

Thor-Zone -

I think Jefferson's opinion about the meaning of the Constitution carries more weight than yours.

BTW, the text of the letter is here:
http://www.usconstitution.net/jeffwall.html

And, of course, Jefferson's... (Below threshold)
Publicus:

And, of course, Jefferson's "private letter" had EVERYTHING to do with the Constitution. He wrote:

"I contemplate with sovereign reverence that act of the whole American people which declared that their legislature should make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof, thus building a wall of separation between church and state." [This was, of course, reference to the ratification of the Constitution and the meaning of that document.]

What Jefferson WANTED in th... (Below threshold)
MikeSC:

What Jefferson WANTED in the Constitution and what WAS in the Constitution are not the same thing.
-=Mike
...The Constitution was not his alone...

MikeSC -- If you want to un... (Below threshold)
Publicus:

MikeSC -- If you want to understand the Declaration and the Constitution and the Bill of Rights, you need to read what their creators said. Try the Federalist Papers for the start. Then, maybe you'll know what you're talking about.

You have had to do a lot of backtracking already. First, you didn't know what Jefferson said, then you claimed it wasn't about the Constitution, and now you're suggesting he didn't understand the Constitution (or perhaps, that you understand it better.)

Not convincing.

MikeSC -- If you want to... (Below threshold)
MikeSC:

MikeSC -- If you want to understand the Declaration and the Constitution and the Bill of Rights, you need to read what their creators said.

Note the use of the plural there.

"Creators".

Meaning not JUST Jefferson, and not just what he said in a letter to alleviate concerns of a church group afraid of the state breaking up their church.

Try the Federalist Papers for the start. Then, maybe you'll know what you're talking about.

Methinks you may wish to peruse that one yourself.

You have had to do a lot of backtracking already. First, you didn't know what Jefferson said, then you claimed it wasn't about the Constitution, and now you're suggesting he didn't understand the Constitution (or perhaps, that you understand it better.)

Seeing as how I didn't say #1, didn't say #2, and I didn't say #3, yes, I do have to do a lot of backtracking to deal with the straw men you throw up in lieu of making a point.
-=Mike

MikeSC -- indeed, you did n... (Below threshold)
Publicus:

MikeSC -- indeed, you did not say 1, 2, and 3. I was referring to other posts, mostly those by Thor Zone.

I actually keep a copy of the Federalist Papers by my bedside, and I'm a quite familiar with them.

And I certainly agree agree. Jefferson is one of the founders. Which I why I recommend the Federalist Papers as well—with Hamilton, Madison and John Jay as authors.

Really, I don't mean this as a critism—it's good and fascinating reading! There were spirited arguments in those days, just as there are today.




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