The following comments appeared during the night on an old post (June 2008) about Afghanistan’s nancy boys. The commenter complains about my lack of “bloody research”, ignoring the well-attested sources I presented in the linked posts about the persistence of boy-love in Islamic cultures, particularly in Afghanistan and the Arabian peninsula.
I have to be out most of the day today, so I won’t have time to do these comments justice. Since most of you probably missed what Naila had to say — and some of you may be interested in responding — I’ve reproduced his/her/its comments below:
A very interesting shindig u have going here. Quite sad really but nice enough for all you narrow minded people to show how much you don’t know.
Just so u know, pederasty began and is synonymous to Hellenic culture (for those who don’t know what that is, its called Ancient Greece and if u want details of man-boy love, read Plato’s work).
Secondly, before condemning Islam and pinpointing it as a breeding ground for pederasty due to women being ‘scarce’and in hijab and what not, look at Christianity. I have no disrespect for the religion but many a priest have been condemned for such practices, and pederasty was accepted until the late 19th century in Russia, which is would u believe a oh-so orthodox land. German aristocrats still fight for acceptance of this which began as a movement in the the late 60’s.
So really is this a ‘Afghanistan’ thing that only occurs there due to their religious practices? Clearly not but how would u tell that to a bunch of rednecks who think they know it all? Apologies to those who have actually learnt something from this.
Blame the people. Not the religion. I don’t accept pederasty as something that should be ignored, but next time u want to put up a post/article like that at least do ur bloody research.
And before I end this, its funny how u post up the ‘abuse’ that the soldiers saw in Afghanistan, yet failed to include any abuse that those soldiers committed to the citizens of the land? And if u say ‘oh but the soldiers are innocent n have only been doing their job’- think again coz you’ll only voice ur ignorance.
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And another thing, Islam does NOT accept homosexual relationships and condemns it in its books like Christianity.
The punishment for such is death.
These soldiers that have watched this event every thursday are NOT upholding Sharia law hence I have no pity for them if they allow for these activities to take place before their eyes as they are simply viewing this as entertainment. If it struck them as wrong, they’d intervene. Considering its only struck them as ‘odd’, it means they accept it not because their hands are tied but because they find this grossly amusing.
This has nothing to do with the government, rather what people are happy to turn a blind eye to.