Nearly as revolting, though, is how my some of my feminist friends have been using this story. They’ve effectively told me, “See? Muslim women aren’t the only ones who face heinous male behavior. It’s a global phenomenon.”
Violence against women is, indeed, a global phenomenon. But — and this what many of my fellow feminists don’t own up to — Mel’s aggression is almost universally condemned. The same can’t be said of the “honor crimes” so often experienced by Arab and South Asian women.
It's worth adding that Mel Gibson is not far away in his mental outlook from Muslim fundamentalists. Gibson's anti-Semitic rants after being arrested by a cop, his pathological anti-Semitism that has crossed from confronting Jewish news anchors to his filmmaking (in the form of The Passion of the Christ, wherein Jews appear quite villainous and manipulative of helpless Roman officials) and his apparent belief that "Jews are responsible for all the wars in the world" all could be emanating from the mouth of a radical Islamic cleric of either of the Ahmadinejad or Bin Laden variety (being united in anti-Semitism as they are). In his most maddened state of beardedness, he even looks the part.
Ahmadinejad's father would have been at home at Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's Holocaust-denying conference with his absurd hate-filled claims:
"It's all -- maybe not all fiction -- but most of it is," he said, adding that the gas chambers and crematoria at camps like Auschwitz would not have been capable of exterminating so many people.
"Do you know what it takes to get rid of a dead body? To cremate it?" he said. "It takes a litre of petrol and 20 minutes. Now, six million of them? They (the Germans) did not have the gas to do it. That's why they lost the war."
At the core of both Gibsons is, as I said at The Liberty Papers, a traditionalist Catholicism that carries with it prejudices that are thousands of years old. This characteristic makes Gibson an ideological cousin of fundamentalist Islam.