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women and religion

I am reminded of a conversation I had last week.

I was arguing with them about religion, particularly extreme Islam. The other guy was taking a completely relativist position (he was a theist, btw, he kept talking about the importance of faith). He said that if it worked for them, we should just let it be. And what was wrong with primitive cultures where women died in childbirth and lived to an average age of 23? And what was wrong with Saudi Arabia where women couldn't drive and were stoned to death for speaking to a man not in their own family? Nothing, he concluded.

I wonder if he would say the same thing if it was blacks who weren't allowed to drive and were being stoned for talking to whites, and it was justified on the basis of religion?

I wonder if he would claim that since some black people were afraid enough to say they deserved to be treated badly, if that would make it okay?

I think I found myself a closet chauvinist.

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