Al Arabiya reports: An Egyptian Salafi preacher said raping and sexually harassing women protesters in Cairo’s Tahrir Square is justified, calling them “crusaders” who “have no shame, no fear and not even feminism.”
In an online video posted Wednesday, Ahmad Mahmoud Abdullah, known as “Abu Islam” and owner of the private television channel of “al-Ummah,” said these women are no red line.
“They tell you women are a red line. They tell you that naked women — who are going to Tahrir Square because they want to be raped — are a red line! And they ask Mursi and the Brotherhood to leave power!,” he said.
Abu Islam added that these women activists are going to Tahrir Square not to protest but to be sexually abused because they had wanted to be raped.
“They have no shame, no fear and not even feminism. Practice your feminism, sheikha! It is a legitimate right for you to be a woman,” he said.
“And by the way, 90 percent of them are crusaders and the remaining 10 percent are widows who have no one to control them. You see women talking like monsters,” he added.
From the quotation above he did not say it is justified raping women. Islam does not allow this, period.
He used the classic excuse for rape that is used by rape apologists everywhere: the victims “wanted” to be raped. Not only is this misogynistic but it also expresses a pathetic view of men — that supposedly we all harbor a desire to go around raping women and that desire can only be held in check if women dress and behave “appropriately”. And he refers to naked women in Tahrir while neglecting to mention that they end up naked because they have been attacked by groups of men and youths who ripped their clothes off.