That's Fox News' bon mot. By Kelli Morgan:
They may call it the "Land of the Pure," but Pakistan turns out to be anything but.
The Muslim country, which has banned content on at least 17 websites to block offensive and blasphemous material, is the world's leader in online searches for pornographic material, FoxNews.com has learned.
“You won’t find strip clubs in Islamic countries. Most Islamic countries have certain dress codes,” said Gabriel Said Reynolds, professor of Islamic Studies at the University of Notre Dame. “It would be an irony if they haven’t shown the same vigilance to pornography.”
Actually, I'm not sure that Islam would punish the viewing of pornography. After all, when a woman is raped, it is the woman's fault for not covering up, not the man's fault for raping her, according to mainstream Muslim clerics. Mohammad allowed the raping of female prisoners of war; allowing the viewing of unclothed (non-Muslim) women seems a trifle in comparison. Islam is not puritanical when it comes to sex; in fact sex is arguably used as a recruiting tool to appeal to the base desires of a certain subset of men, with Islam's view of women as fields to be tilled as the husband desires, it's acceptance of pedophilia and polygamy, and it's promise of ghostly virgin-sex-slaves in the afterlife as a reward for killing and being killed in the name of Allah. In fact, Islam (which sprang from the feverishly unhealthy mind of Mohammad) seems peculiarly obsessed with sex. Islam may stone Muslim women for having sex outside of marriage (i.e. outside of the control of their male "owner"), but Muslim men who have sex (especially with non-Muslim women) face little or no sanction.
One wonders how familiar Gabriel Said Reynolds, professor of Islamic Studies at the University of Notre Dame, and who thinks that there are no strip clubs in Islamic countries, actually is with Islamic countries. Napier Road in Karachi, Pakistan is a world-famous red-light district, where "dancing clubs" and brothels work in the open. Here is a story from 2006 about the Karachi sex trade in the Pakistani Daily Times. It's not just Pakistan. The entire Arab peninsula has a thriving sex worker trade, where the sex workers (like most workers on the Arab peninsula) are foreigners brought in specifically for the purpose, sometimes by deceipt or by force.
Pakistan is top dog [geddit?] in searches per-person for "horse sex" since 2004, "donkey sex" since 2007, "rape pictures" between 2004 and 2009, "rape sex" since 2004, "child sex" between 2004 and 2007 and since 2009, "animal sex" since 2004 and "dog sex" since 2005, according to Google Trends and Google Insights, features of Google that generate data based on popular search terms.
The country also is tops -- or has been No. 1 -- in searches for "sex," "camel sex," "rape video," "child sex video" and some other searches that can't be printed here.
I'm no puritan, and don't want to get into a self-repression contest between Dar al-Harb and Dar al-Islam. But this story is not just about looking at pictures of naked women. Look at the search titles that are so interesting to them. Islam encourages a sense of male entitlement to do with a woman's (or a child's, or a camel's) body as he pleases, and to treat her as an object for his sexual pleasure. The Qur'an unambiguously places a woman as subservient to "her man," for example:
"Men are managers of the affairs of women because Allah has made the one superior to the other." Qur'an 4:34
Those search terms, with their emphasis on rape, bestiality, and pedophila, show a view of sex that is very different from the Western view, one might even say it is unhealthy. It is a window into the mind and soul of the Muslim male, and it is unflattering.