I read this article recently about Malaysia that I found comical and wanted to share. Malaysia’s National Fatwa Council recently issued a religious ruling that wearing trousers was un-Islamic.  It said that, by wearing trousers, young girls risked becoming “tomboys” who became sexually active.  Ok, so I can see the connection between trousers and tomboys, but why are tomboys more at risk for becoming sexually active?  And why is it only women’s sexual activity that is considered a risk and not men’s?

That fatwa triggered small protests later from two non-Muslim non-government organizations.  Malaysia’s police say that protests are a security threat.  Clearly two non-profits against the whole of Malaysia are a very dangerous threat…

To me, this fatwa illustrates that while we are celebrating equality in America, we still have such a long way to go before reaching equality both in America and throughout the world.  On the other hand it also makes me proud about how far we have come in the U.S.

The article also illustrates the need for moderate Muslim voices.  Just over half of Malaysia’s 27 million people are Malay Muslims, practicing the moderate form of Islam, yet it is the fundamentalists that have the loudest voice.

-Liza Butler-