Why do bigoted Westerners expect Muslim nations to have the same "human rights" record as them?

This is unfair. I always hear Westerners saying, "Well, Finland or Norway or Australia are countries in which people are not stoned for adultery, gays are not executed, non-believers can be citizens, people aren't caned, there are no beheadings, women are allowed to drive and vote, women can wear the... show more This is unfair. I always hear Westerners saying, "Well, Finland or Norway or Australia are countries in which people are not stoned for adultery, gays are not executed, non-believers can be citizens, people aren't caned, there are no beheadings, women are allowed to drive and vote, women can wear the clothing they want, gays can live openly.....but in Saudi Arabia or Afghanistan or Iran or parts of Pakistan or Sudan, it's different."


So what if women can't drive in Saudi Arabia or no one votes, Britain has a monarchy and so does Saudi Arabia, so how come England isn't condemned? Don't you think it's arrogant on our part as westerners to expect Muslim societies to have our values? Their culture is different, not wrong. Yes, we don't stone homosexuals and adulterers to death, how does that make us better when we are slaves to materialism and hedonism?

In many Muslim societies women are honored through the preservation of their dignity while we parade them around as objects, how is that freedom? So, another society has a different attitude towards gays, what makes us better just b/c we allow them to live openly or marry and some of those countries kill them? That is a cultural different, not a moral one, nor is it indicative of a superior culture or people. We need to leave Islamic/foreign societies alone, if they don't agree with us on whether or not gays should be murdered or women should be allowed outside the home, that is their business and it is not our right to judge. Cultures are different, not superior or inferior, we just have an ethnocentric, imperialist attitude borne of our colonialist, patronizing ways.
Update: Human rights' is a Western construct, invented by those who operate within the hegemonic apparatus ----countries have sovereignty and the right to make their own laws. If a country wants to murder gays or stone women, it is not the right to impose your values on them! This is what we are forgetting in the West.... show more Human rights' is a Western construct, invented by those who operate within the hegemonic apparatus ----countries have sovereignty and the right to make their own laws. If a country wants to murder gays or stone women, it is not the right to impose your values on them! This is what we are forgetting in the West. I am tired of hearing for example, British people, complaining about Muslim immigrants who use rape as punishment or throw acid in the faces of unfaithful women ----it is their culture! We have to accept diversity, not condemn it. Different groups have different ways of dealing with matters. We like letting gays live and they like stoning them; we like letting women out of the house, they like keeping them veiled; we like separation of church and state, they prefer theocracy. We need to embrace differences, not criticize them.
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