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Lesbian Couple Discover Islamic Culture During Exciting International Trip

Posted on | April 28, 2017 | 2 Comments


Maria Jimena Rico Montero and her girlfriend Shaza Ismail are alive, and reportedly being detained in Turkey, after the London couple got an unexpected lesson in Islamic culture. Ms. Ismail’s Egyptian-born father was determined to break up his daughter’s lesbian relationship, so he told her that her mother was seriously ill in Dubai. Did you know that homosexuality is a crime punishable by death in the United Arab Emirates? Neither did Ms. Ismail, until she and her Argentine-born girlfriend arrived in Dubai. After learning that she had been deceived — her mother isn’t sick — Ms. Ismail and her girlfriend then booked a return trip to England via Tblisi, in the former Soviet republic of Georgia. However, Ms. Ismail’s father followed them there, where he reportedly tore up his daughter’s visa and stole both her and her girlfriend’s passports. They contacted a friend in London, who booked a hotel for them in Istanbul, which they were expected to reach after a cross-country bus ride. When the couple didn’t show up in Istanbul on schedule, fears for their safety made international headlines (“Lesbian couple vanish after father ‘tricked’ them into flying to Middle East”) but now they have been found, alive, after being “arrested for having no passports and were being held by Turkish authorities ahead of their deportation.”

What have we learned from this story? First, if you’re gay, don’t ever go to Dubai — or anywhere else in the Islamic world. Buy yourself an atlas and draw a big red “X” on every Muslim country on the map.

Second, maybe you should have a serious conversation with your liberal friends about immigration policy. It is often the case that people who immigrate to prosperous Western democracies believe that they can (and should) bring with them the customs of their native lands. In Detroit, for example, three people — Dr. Jumana Nagarwala, Dr. Fakhruddin Attar, and Attar’s wife, Farida — have been indicted by a grand jury on charges related to performing female genital mutilation on little girls. Perhaps some of your friends don’t like a certain politician whose policies are aimed at preventing the United States from being destroyed by a tsunami of immigration, but how much Third World savagery are you willing to endure for the sake of your liberal principles?

Third, let’s talk about the definition of “homophobia.” In recent years, liberals seem to have decided that we are guilty of “homophobia” if we either (a) express any negative opinion about gay people, or (b) oppose any LGBT-related policy advocated by the Democrat Party. One of the most basic principles of a free society, however, is the right to your own opinion and especially to express your opinion about public policy. Yet our liberal friends would have us believe that anyone who quotes Justice Scalia’s dissent in Lawrence v. Texas, for example, is perpetrating hate speech that justifies censorship, or maybe a violent riot in Berkeley.

A free society cannot survive the extinction of free speech. Nor do I think that “the blessings of liberty,” which our Founding Fathers sought to secure for us through the Constitution, are likely long to endure if Americans abandon our Christian heritage. It was Jesus, after all, who taught the principle of mercy when, confronted with a sinful woman for whom the law prescribed death by stoning, instead saved her from the legal punishment and told her, “go, and sin no more.”

That particular passage is often taught incorrectly as if the lesson was that no one may disapprove of sin, nor even call sin by its right name. Yet how was it, then, that Jesus could instruct the woman to “sin no more”? He taught the scribes and Pharisees that their own hypocrisy made them unfit to impose death on the woman, but certainly this could not be taken to mean that Jesus was endorsing adultery.

Modern liberals, however, have seized upon this Bible story to chastise Christians against being “judgmental” (and never mind, of course, that no modern liberal actually believes the Bible is true). Too many Christians have abandoned the Bible in favor of liberalism, so that the salt has lost its savour and is good for nothing. If there is no such thing as sin — which is the arid moral wilderness towards which liberalism leads — then why the need for repentance? Or why the need for an atoning sacrifice? Ah, but liberalism in theology is as bankrupt as liberalism in politics, you see, so that on the one hand liberals would punish Christian bakers and florists for not providing services to gay weddings, while on the other hand liberals insist America must throw out the welcome mat for Muslims whose religion commands them to murder gay people and Christians alike. But I digress . . .

One of the dishonest tricks of liberalism is to claim that “religious fundamentalism” is all the same, that the Bible-believing Christian is as dangerous, as ISIS or al-Qaeda. This is a falsehood that deceives only fools, but in a country that twice elected Obama president, there is obviously no shortage of fools who can be easily deceived. If anyone wants to know the truth, however, let them read Phyllis Chesler’s 2005 book The Death of Feminism. Ms. Chesler’s credentials as a feminist are impeccable, but in the wake of the 9/11 terrorist attack, she took alarm at how ignorant her fellow feminists are about the menace of what she describes as “Islamic gender apartheid.” As she points out, American feminists have largely been silent about the murder of Theo van Gogh and other Islamic terrorist atrocities in Europe. You could probably survey every student enrolled in university Women’s Studies programs in the U.S. and not find half a dozen who could correctly identify Irshad Manji or Ayaan Hirsi Ali, both of whom are marked for death by Muslim terrorists because they have spoken out about the plight of women under Islamic rule. Go ask those women — or Brigitte Gabriel, author of Because They Hate — if they think “fundamentalist” Baptists and Catholics are as dangerous to women as Islam.

America is a free country because America is a Christian country, and anyone who thinks they can attack Christianity and still preserve “the blessings of liberty” is either evil or a fool, or perhaps an evil fool.

Well, I didn’t plan to preach a sermon when I started writing this post, but the escape of this naive couple from the trap set for them by Ms. Ismail’s father is a latter-day parable, a warning to those in the West who think they can advance “human rights” by destroying Western civilization. Your rhetoric about “human rights” is utterly worthless in those parts of the world where the brutal regime of Islamic sharia law is enforced. If you want to preserve your life and liberty, you may need to reconsider your politics, because modern liberals are never going to summon the courage necessary to stand up to the Islamic menace.