- Posted by Maryam Namazie
- On December 15, 2011
- 10 Comments
- cultural relativism
Indonesian sharia police arrested more than 60 youth at a punk rock concert in the provincial capital Banda Aceh on Saturday night, and forced them to have their hair cut, bathe in a lake, change clothes and pray (definitely not the same as my extending a handshake in case you were wondering).
Now there are at least two responses to this. One very sad group of people will say the youth shouldn’t have defied Islamic culture and religion; they should have respected it; blah, blah, blah.
The rest of us, however, will side with the youth.
It’s not difficult to see that the side one takes is a matter of choice.
I know which side I’ve chosen but do you? (And you know who you are.)