It’s worth noting that Shelpa Shetty, the Indian actress whom Gere oversmooched on the cheek at a recent AIDS-awareness event in New Delhi, admonished her countrymen when they screamed for blood after the incident. She said that while the kiss “may have gone a ‘little overboard,’ it was not obscene and the protests made India look regressive,” adding that she didn’t want foreigners to be left with a bad impression of India.

Note the difference between this kind of reaction and that of Muslim women in situations comparable to Ms. Shetty’s. When has a Muslim female talked back to or reprimanded her countrymen in instances like these? Just look at the reaction of Hammasa Kohistani — the first Muslim Miss England — when her co-religionists condemned her and/or made death threats against her. She saved her harsh words for those who gave her the title:

Born in Uzbekistan and raised in Afghanistan, Miss Kohistani divided Muslim opinion when she entered and won the Miss England pageant in Liverpool. Several community leaders openly declared her to be betraying the laws of Islam while radical Muslims sent the teenager and her family death threats.

But after a busy year travelling around the world as an ambassador for England, Miss Kohistani said she feels Muslims are unfairly being branded as terrorists.

She [said]: “For a Muslim to represent England is asking for controversy at the moment. I feel after everything that’s happened Muslims are being stereotyped negatively. The whole community has been labelled and, whether they are guilty of crime or not, they are getting penalised for it.

Another example can be seen in British Channel 4’s “alternative Christmas message” last year:

A British-born Muslim who delivered Channel 4’s alternative Christmas message wearing a full veil was forced to keep her identity a secret yesterday. The woman replaced Khadija Ravat, a 33-year-old Islamic teacher who pulled out earlier this month following criticism from both inside and outside the Muslim community.

Of course, when one changes plans because of criticism from “inside and outside” the Muslim community, one does so mostly because of the “inside” part, since no one sweats the wrath of Western dhimmis. So despite what were obviously the usual threats emanating from Muslim quarters, a Muslim went ahead and delivered an alternative holiday message, emphasizing the need for an understanding of Islam — and of course condemning Jack Straw for saying that the full veil is a sign of separation.

That is, despite death threats from Muslims, Muslims continue to defend Muslims — and condemning the West.