Aussie mufti to women: Hey, sorry about blaming you for your own rapes; Update: No sermons for 2-3 months

He’s just looking out for you, ladies.

If he’s guilty of anything, it’s of loving too much:

Sheik Taj Aldin Alhilali apologized after The Australian detailed his comments, which compared women who do not wear Muslim headdresses to “uncovered meat” that attracts hungry animals, the Sydney Morning Herald reported Thursday.

“I unreservedly apologise to any woman who is offended by my comments,” Alhilali said.

I had only intended to protect women’s honor, something lost in The Australian presentation of my talk.”

“Protecting women’s honor” is virtually a science in some Muslim countries, which is one of the reasons why Wafa Sultan escaped to the west. JPost has an interview with her today about the state of feminism over there — and over here:

Are Western feminists on your side? I have encountered Americans and Israelis who – when it comes to the rights of women in Arab countries – side with multiculturalism. Has this been your experience as well?

Yes it has. I haven’t received the kind of support I expected from women in the US. Recently, I gave a speech at the University of California, and during the question period, an American woman told me she didn’t believe the things I was saying about Muslim men’s treatment of women. She said: “Muhammed was the first man on earth to give women rights.”

I responded, “Would you please tell me what some of those rights are, so I can tell Muslim women to be aware of them?”

She said, “I don’t know, but I was invited to a mosque in LA, and that’s what the mullah told us.” Can you believe how naive these women are?…

How do you feel about Saudi Arabia – in which women are not even allowed to drive cars – sitting on the human rights commission at the UN?

I blame the free world for this travesty. Shame on America! Shame on any country that calls itself civilized and has relations with Saudi Arabia.

There is a saying in Arabic: When Pharaoh was asked, “Who made you Pharaoh?” he replied, “Nobody stopped me from becoming Pharaoh.”

If there is no one to stop evil, don’t blame the evil.

The piece is longish, but at least read her exchange with a Palestinian on page six.

Iowahawk tries to find the humor. And succeeds.

Update: The good sheikh’s been informally suspended — but won’t be censured.