“Book tells [insert religion here] men how to beat and control their wives” The original headline says, “Muslim,” but when I read the headline the first time, my first thought was, “That could just as easily say Christian given the literature that’s out there.”
We have a tendency to vilify Islam and behave as if it’s the only religion that truly treats women like crap (or property, or crappy property). It’s not, though, and I wouldn’t be surprised if I were shown a list of Christian books that tells fundamentalist Christian men how to maintain control over their wives, just as there are lists of Christian books telling parents how to
discipline abuse their children.
I am not, of course, saying that most Christians read or use these books. What I am saying is that the criticism of Islam often sounds very hypocritical coming from the mouths of certain Christians. Especially given that there are plenty of moderate Muslims that would never use or read such books, just as there are many moderate Christians.
One thing is for sure, there are definitely some major problems.