Shikha Dalmia in TIME on How Sharia is Liberating Saudi Women

Sharia that advises men to treat women like their property is symptomatic of everything that is wrong with Islam in the eyes of the West. But Reason Foundation Senior Analyst Shikha Dalmia points out in a TIME column this morning that this "backward" law is what Saudi women are using to fight for their rights. It is worth remembering, she notes that:

arguments that are regressive in one context are progressive in another. There are universal rights, but not a universally valid playbook for achieving them. Western freedoms too were won by precisely such piecemeal, ad hominem arguments.

John Locke, the English 17th Century political theorist credited with launching the Enlightenment, argued for the separation of church and state — the centerpiece of liberal democracy — not by a frontal assault on Christianity. 

Rather, he used the New Testament’s own central teaching — that faith when forced brings no salvation — to stop the state from imposing one official religion.

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  • EDG reppin' LBC||

    How quaint.

  • John||

    I a sure she will be writing about how traditional Christian values are liberating American women real soon.

  • From the Tundra||

    John, be fair. Stoning, genital mutilation, rape victim murder. These are small prices to pay for Progress.

    Remind me again - wtf are we doing in the ME?

  • Alan Vanneman||

    Nice piece, but it should be "ad hoc," not "ad hominem." "Ad hoc" means "suited (only) to the particular matter at hand," while "ad hominem" means "against the man"--like refuting Chris Christie's arguments by calling him a loud-mouthed lardbutt.

  • Shikha Dalmia||

    Another meaning of ad hominem is using arguments appealing to prejudice, interest or emotion.But agree this usage might be confusing.

  • Steve G||

    Newton's 3rd law, unintended consequences, etc, etc. Yep.

    "The more you tighten your grip, Tarkin, the more star systems will slip through your fingers."

  • T. Walls||

    Take a letter, Sharia
    Send it to my wives
    Send a copy to my Imam
    Gonna start a new life.

  • Robert||

    Does not your law say that good is stronger than evil?

  • Corporate Serf||

    Does Ms Dalmia's defense of the tactical arguments of Arabian women libbers (which I actually agree with) also apply to, say Sen Paul, when he says things which are not libertarian?


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