Sunday, June 5, 2011

The WHM Supremacist Christian-controlled Press, Islamophobia, and Misogyny: the Reporting of the Murder of Katya Koran

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It's strange to me that a book about Islamophobia would have this cover. Islamophobia is a xenophobic Western phenomenon that includes the stereotyping, persecuting, and mass murder of Muslim women and men, particularly but not only in or from Central Asia. Are we supposed to be sure we view this bigotry and violence towards followers of Islam as something aimed primarily at women? Is "the covered woman" supposed to adequately represent Islam? Usually men who abuse women want to pretend the "real" harmed ones are all male. That's why the cover is strange to me--not because Muslim women are spared abuse from Muslim men, Christian men, Jewish men, and women who are not Muslim; they are not spared. 

For whom do women publicly represent the members of a Ibrahimic/Abrahamic religion? When white Christians write about Christianity, do they assume an image of a female on the cover will suffice?

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Apparently not. Here we have a cover showing a dark--get it? DARK, as in black, as in NOT WHITE--hand hovering behind "the" cross. That cross was one Roman soldiers killed hundreds or more Jews on. That it has become a symbol of something non-Jewish is already strange enough. But we can notice no women on the cover; in fact, we have two men--maybe gay, so maybe too feminine--too much like het men imagine het women to be? On this book cover, women are only represented symbolically in the lower right--and it's appears to me to represent the allegedly topsy-turvy morals of lesbians--because of course the morals of het white Christian het men haven't been tumbling around at all. (Cough.)

From the website promoting this vile book:
Gay apologists continually claim that there is an unreported epidemic of hate crime against members of their community. The author tackles this contention head on by analyzing statistics from various police departments and by examining just how law enforcement concludes whether or not a particular incident qualifies as a hate crime. His critique simply blows away the assertion that homosexuals qualify as a persecuted minority in Canadian society. He also exposes that the way the police delimit such crime is seriously flawed, at least in part because of their dependence on the testimony of the “victim.”
In the closing portion of his book, Emmanuel explores the term “Christophobia” and how it has informed his views on hate crime legislation. He concludes that while there are a number of factors driving legislation of this kind, one of the most basic factors is a “thoughtless and irrational reaction to Christians, Christianity and Christian teaching.” He points out that the moral absolutism of Christianity is totally at odds with moral relativism, the reigning philosophy of our age. His implicit conclusion is that people with an animus toward Christian absolutist values exhibit such hostility precisely because their moral relativism brings them into conflict with eternal Christian values. On a personal note, one could wish that Emmanuel had done a more thorough job of developing his assertions for “Christophobia” as being a key factor behind hate speech legislation, given that he chose to use the term in the title of his book.
In an interesting chapter entitled, “Stop Being Defensive,” the author takes careful aim at the common practice among Christians of issuing disclaimers whenever they critique homosexuality. Emmanuel does not approve, for instance, of disavowing hatred by saying, “While I may not morally agree with the homosexual lifestyle, I certainly do not hate them as persons.” He maintains that such “defensiveness” is unnecessary, plays into the hands of the other side, is a concession to political correctness, and is not helpful in advancing our cause in the culture war. While I endorse strongly most everything in this excellent book, I must confess that I see this point of view as misguided. Simply put, we must deal with the reality that gays and lesbians have succeeded in convincing the population that they are victims of ongoing hatred. It’s not true, of course, but perception is just as important as reality. Millions of moderate people who are not on one side or the other of this question must hear Christians renounce hatred for homosexual people. In the present cultural and political context, silence on this point simply gives fodder for gay apologists to use against us. [source: *here*]
As should be clear to most everyone, there is a direct relationship between the persecution of lesbians and gay men and the persecution, discrimination against, and domination of women generally, by men. While the debate above appears to be concerned with Christian het men vs. "homosexuals", we might take a moment to remind ourselves that Christian white het men are committing atrocities against the following groups of people: Christian white het women; Jewish and Muslim het women; lesbians of all religions and ethnicities; Jewish, Muslim, and Christian Black and Brown men; women of color of all sexualities; and Indigenous people across gender. That's quite a list to be targeted--all without the Western dominant press seeming to notice. Certainly without the corporate media posting notice to beware of this group of politically active extremists and terrorist.
White Male Supremacist Media cannot accurately report on the politically motivated death of a woman or girl, at the hands of one man or boy, or many men or boys,  unless the politics involved are connected to some demonised group of men, such as Islamic men. Because if non-Islamic men kill women, we are left to question other dominant societies, like white Christian male-dominated society, white secular male-dominated society. White Christian or secular men are not to be demonised; we're too busy giving them medals for murdering Islamic men and women across Central Asia, calling them heroes for their efforts and murderous "accomplishments". Do we need many more stories like this partially fabricated one, partially corrected below, to prove these points? A very young Ukrainian non-Muslim woman, Katya Koran, was murdered by a man, a boy, or a group of males. This is the salient political feature of this crime and human rights violation. Beyond the male supremacy and masculinist violence, we might notice the very particular patriarchal atrocities of the Christian-dominated European man.

My heartfelt condolences to the loved ones of Katya Koran.

Please click on the title below to link back to the source website. Shame on Western men's media. Please click on the title just below to link back.

Murder of beauty pageant contestant not connected to Islam

01 June 2011, Wednesday / YUSUF ERDOĞDU , KIEV

The murder of Ukrainian teenager Katya Koren (19) was not connected to Shariah law, as had earlier been reported in the media, with reports stating that she had been stoned to death for participating in beauty pageants.

The British Daily Mail newspaper reported that Koren was Muslim and that she was killed by three Muslim youths who claimed her death was justified under Islam. According to the daily, one of the three said Koren violated Shariah law and that he did not have any regrets regarding the murder.

The media was put to the test on Islamophobia worldwide as numerous websites covered the story without checking the facts, including in Turkey. Ukrainian authorities told the Cihan news agency that the report was made up and that the murdered teenager was Christian with Russian roots.

In a news conference in Simferopol, Crimean police officer Sergey Reznikov said they did not see any religious motives behind the killing and that the possibility of a sexual motive seems highly possible. "A student did it, killing his classmate. There is no other underlying reason, neither religious nor linked with inter-ethnic conflicts," said Reznikov.

The Ukrainian Interior Ministry also issued a statement and said that those who stoned the 19-year-old to death did not use Shariah law as a justification. Crimean authorities told the Cihan news agency that one of Koren's male classmates was detained as part of an investigation into the girl's death. The boy's statement, made in the presence of his lawyer and a teacher, was recorded. In his initial statement he said he helped the girl find something in forest and killed her there; however, he later denied this. Ukrainian authorities said police teams are continuing to search for the other assailants.

Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar People Chairman Mustafa Abdülcemil Qırımoğlu, commonly known as Mustafa Cemiloğlu in Turkey, said the detained teenager, Bilal Gaziyev, who is of Crimean Tatar descent, was pressured by police into accepting the blame for the murder. “The killing was covered in a distorted way, as if it was a religiously motivated murder, by the media around the world. The girl was not Muslim. All these [reports] are a provocation and fabricated news,” he told Cihan.

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