A while back, a friend of mine posted a status on Facebook that I thought was a bit sexist, and being the girl I am, I could not let it go without having a say about it. In a humorous way, I wrote to my friend what I thought of her status (yes, my friend is a female, and still managed to write something ridiculous about females- tells you a lot about our sexist upbringing). A bunch of my friend’s friends were commenting on that status, (mostly non-Muslim ones, knowing that she herself is not a Muslim). Among the commentators was this guy, one who was answering everyone’s comments with even more sexism than that held in the original status. I breathed, smiled, and replied to that young man’s comment by saying that we are a sexist society, and that his comments are a proof to my point. The guy confirmed my observation, and started blaming the Muslim Brotherhood for our sexism as a society. The young man then added another comment against Islam and Muslims before he found out I was a Muslim.
So, this guy, a fully mature young man, was just unable to take responsibility for his own views which he was supporting a couple of minutes earlier, and found it easier to blame it on the Muslim Brotherhood, the Jordanian sect that practically does not control ANYTHING in Jordan.
Now I think it is important to note that this man had the following lines as one of the quotations he used in his profile information page:
“Matthew 43:6: «You have heard that it was said: Love your neighbor and hate your enemy. 44 But I tell you: Love your enemies. Bless those who curse you. Do good… to those who hate you, and pray for those who mistreat you and persecute you 0.45 so you will be sons of your Father which is in the heavens, the sun shines on the wicked and the righteous, and sends rain on the just and the unjust. 46 For if you love those who love you, what reward do you have? Not even the publicans do so? 47 and ye salute your brethren only, what do you do? Not even the publicans do so? 48 Be ye therefore perfect as your Father in heaven is perfect.”
So as can be seen, he did not even follow his own favorite quotations, and preferred attacking another religion instead, to justify his own twisted views on women.
I however was more saddened, not by how mislead and blind to his own demeanor this young man was, but by the fact that his comments were deleted by my friend without tackling the offensiveness it contained towards another religion… deleting a conversation does not “Undo” it, and keeping quiet is the same as accepting sometimes…
Until the day we stop discriminating, we will keep on fighting…