Pat Condell hits the bull’s eye with this video.
Pat Condell hits the bull’s eye with this video.
In Afghanistan senior Western elite figures are openly talking about negotiating with the Taliban, the group who were regarded as so dangerous that invasion of that country was regarded as an urgent necessity. Furthermore, Western Governments’ approach to the Syrian conflict is to empower the Islamists rather than more secular elements, just as they did previously in places like Egypt.
With regard to Egypt during the so-called ‘Arab Spring’, commentators following the principles of political realism who warned that it would bring the Muslim Brotherhood to power were openly condemned and mocked.
Of course, the Muslim Brotherhood came to power as just predicted and religious minorities were persecuted just as predicted. Such persecution was largely ignored by the Western press! When the Muslim Brotherhood was removed from power following their period of misrule, Western commentators openly showed their profound disappointment at this turn of events.
Actual Western policy suggests that Western policy makers, many of them self-described as progressives, appear to sympathise with the Muslim Brotherhood and act to help its cause, perversely in the name of democracy and tolerance.
The views of the Muslim Brotherhood on the subject of women’s rights should alarm such progressives, but probably will not because they are progressive in name only. They will continue to undermine secular elements in both Syria, and Egypt, and will continue to encourage Islamism at home.
Read the rest and find out how exactly the Muslim Brotherhood is opposed to gender equality.
Wake up liberals and progressives!
Remember the feminists of the ’60s? Women’s liberation? Remember the women who made feminism the issue of the day? They demanded roles in government, careers, independence, and the right of women to control their reproductive lives. They marched and formed NOW, which describes violence against women as one of their core issues.
The book that started the second wave of feminism was The Feminine Mystique, by Betty Friedan,the doyenne of feminism, who described the bored housewife in the suburbs as the “problem that has no name.”
On the other side of the world, we can see many problems for women in Muslim societies. But contrary to Friedan, these problems “have names“: honor-killing, stoning for adultery, rape, child marriage, sex slavery, and female genital mutilation (FGM). FGC/FGM (pictured at right) refers to all procedures involving partial or total removal of the external female genitalia or other injury to the female genital organs for cultural or other non-medical reasons. Type 2 is the excision of the clitoris, with partial or total excision of the labia minora. Most girls and women are traumatized from this; many die of infection, and those who survive suffer complications during pregnancy and childbirth.
FGM is a barbaric practice widespread in many countries, but the vast majority are either Muslim-majority or home to a large number of Muslim immigrants. Those who claim that it is “cultural” fail to link the approval given to it by Reliance of the Traveler, a manual of Islamic jurisprudence certified as “reliable” by Egypt’s Al-Azhar University.
Child marriage is another problem in Muslim countries, following the example of Mohamed himself, who at 53 married Aisha, a six-year-old, and consummated the marriage when she was a child of nine. Yet Muslims believe that Mohamed provided a “beautiful pattern of conduct.” The number of child brides is on the rise — the Grand Mufti of Saudi Arabia, Sheikh Abdul Aziz bin Abdullah, recently issued a fatwa authorizing marriage to girls as young as 10 years old, and in 2011, a similar fatwa by Salafi preacher Sheikh Mohamed al-Maghrawi permitted girls as young as nine to marry.
So here you have children subjected to the destruction of their innocence and sold for abuse. The New York Times reported on this phenomenon in Yemen, where a nine-year-old ran away from her husband and demanded a divorce because of sexual abuse. And in Britain, authorities are now reporting the forced marriage of girls as young as nine on British soil. By contrast, Betty Friedan was outraged that young women of 19 and 20 chose to drop out of college to get married.
Read the rest of this important article here. http://www.americanthinker.com/2013/03/a_violent_kind_of_silence.html
Afghan girl Mah Gul was beheaded on the instruction of family because she rejected prostitution. Fifteen-year-old Malala Yousufzai was shot in the head by Pakistani Taliban gunmen in the Swat Valley because she campaigned for women’s secular education. Absence of outrage by Muslim leaders is shameful, but why are so many Western feminists silent?
In Swat, the Pakistani Taliban systematically restricted girls’ education. During 2008, they destroyed about 150 private schools and converted others into madrassas, or religious seminaries. Government schools were closed down, teachers murdered, acid was thrown on to the faces of schoolgirls and several officials were beheaded.
A local Islamist leader explained: “Female education is against Islamic teachings and spreads vulgarity in society.”
The attack on Malala and two companions on a school bus has shocked Pakistan, especially in view of the bloody war in Swat fought by the army in 2009 to unseat the Taliban and enforce national law. In Pakistan, more than half the adult population is illiterate and in rural Sindh and Balochistan, female literacy rates are less than 2 percent. “Honor killings,” bartering of women for land and animals, domestic violence and rape are endemic.
Many intellectual feminists value cultural practice, but as Afghan women’s rights activist Sima Samar asserted, this respect does not apply to traditions that oppress women and violate human rights. Some feminists have joined an unholy alliance with political Islam, disregarding the oppression of women and homosexuals in favor of overarching aims to rid the world of colonialism, neo-colonialism and capitalism.
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Pressing for basic women’s rights in Pakistan and Afghanistan is part of a regional challenge and should be a priority for Western feminists. Instead, many tolerate sexist violence in the area and subjugation of women through customary law and religious legislation mandated by the state. While they continue to ignore Islamist misogyny, feminists are dallying while their Muslim sisters burn.
Read more of this excellent article: Feminists Betray Islamic Women.
Below is a report titled “Islamifornia Dreamin’: Maha ElGenaidi Comes to Nashville” by Rebecca Bynum who writes for and publishes New English Review website. She attended a lecture given by Maha ElGenaidi who runs the Islamic Networks Group, a Muslim speakers training bureau (for Non-Muslims) which affiliates with ISNA , a Muslim Brotherhood offshoot.
I attended a lecture entitled, “Women and Sharia,” held at David Lipscomb University (a Church of Christ college) on August 23 in order to observe the latest manifestation of mass psycho-social delusion. After all, it is obvious to even the most reality averse that women are not considered the equal of men in Islamic countries all over the world. The doctrine of male superiority becomes obvious from the most cursory reading of the Islamic texts and yet there are apparently quite a number of people (over 300 in attendance) who are willing to set reality aside and suspend critical thought in order to believe a comfortable lie; men and women are “absolutely equal under Islam” and that “Muslim women actually enjoy more rights than American women.”
This was the thrust of Maha ElGenaidi’s talk delivered in a soft voice tempered by a slight New York accent. She had come with her parents from Egypt to the United States at the age of seven and now lives in “the Bay area” which must be uttered with proper reverence given its status as the progressive capital of the known universe, second only perhaps to Boulder, Colorado. Mrs. ElGenaidi is the CEO of something called the Islamic Networks Group (to which she devotes a grueling 6 to 8 hours a week) and speaks under the aegis of the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA). Ingrid Mattson, the current President of ISNA, provided the talking points for ElGenaidi’s power-point presentation, or so she said.
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The first thing we were handed was a paper put out by the Center for American Progress entitled “Understanding Sharia Law: Conservatives’ Skewed Interpretation Needs Debunking.” This was an unapologetic attack on the Center for Security Policy’s Team B Report, “Sharia: The Threat to America.” Authors Wajahat Ali and Matthew Duss argue that Sharia is fluid, ever-changing and ultimately no more a threat to anybody anywhere than the old Testament’s more unsavory passages. Of course, to believe this, one has to ignore all the resurgent, expansionist Islamic movements active all over the world today on every continent, or alternately, that there are suicide bombers blowing people up on a weekly basis while yelling, “Jesus Saves!” Jews used to stone adulteresses too, you know, and what about those Crusades?
Mrs. ElGenaidi gave the strong impression that Islam is in the process of a great renaissance of change, that female imam’s are just round the corner and in fact, there is a mosque specifically for homosexuals in her hometown. Along with many other dubious assertions, she actually said that homosexuality is an entirely private affair under Islam and Sharia law has nothing to say on the matter.
Read the rest: New English Review Article About Maha ElGenaidi.
See the FrontPage Mag video here.
And where are the voices of Western feminist groups who will speak out against the gender apartheid in Islam and its violence toward females and its complete lack of human rights . . . where are they?
Nonie Darwish is an Egyptian Arab Muslim apostate. She is a wonderful human being who has taken on the job to educate Westerners. She holds a degree in Anthropology and understands Islamic religion and culture inside and out. Listen to her speak about what it means to be a Muslim women under the laws of shariah.
“ . . . They hate us. It must be said.
Some may ask why I’m bringing this up now, at a time when the region has risen up, fueled not by the usual hatred of America and Israel but by a common demand for freedom. After all, shouldn’t everyone get basic rights first, before women demand special treatment? And what does gender, or for that matter, sex, have to do with the Arab Spring? But I’m not talking about sex hidden away in dark corners and closed bedrooms. An entire political and economic system — one that treats half of humanity like animals — must be destroyed along with the other more obvious tyrannies choking off the region from its future. Until the rage shifts from the oppressors in our presidential palaces to the oppressors on our streets and in our homes, our revolution has not even begun.
This month the UN Commission on the Status of Women failed to adopt agreed conclusions at its 56th session on the basis of safeguarding “traditional values” at the expense of human rights and fundamental freedoms of women. Together with our partner feminist and women’s rights organisations, we say NO to any re-opening of negotiations on the already established international agreements on women’s human rights and call on all governments to demonstrate their commitments to promote, protect and fulfill human rights and fundamental freedoms of women.
Read more here.
To go into action immediately, just click this link and follow the instructions to protest the despicable UN decision to ignore the rights of women due to pressure from the Islamic nations.
(h/t to Atlas Shrugs)
Mirza Ghalib, an Islamic apostate, writing for Ali Sina’s web site FaithFreedom.org asks Muslim Arab women to wake up. Just imagine what would happen if all the compressed energy of those 1,400 years of oppression would be released!
Arab women! It’s time to stop cursing your fate! Enough is enough! It is a pity to be born as women in Muhammadan society in general, and in the Arabian Muhammadan society in particular. It’s a 14-century-old curse upon you. Let us not lose hope. Instead of resigning to your fate, as you have been forced to for centuries, it is time to stand up to reverse the fate of your daughters and granddaughters.
You Arab women are the direct descendents of the deprived and oppressed Safiyah, Jwairiyah, Raihaana, Umm Qirfa, Asma Bint Marwaan and thousands of others. It is the time to bring back the freedom, which your foremothers enjoyed in the pre-Islamic period, as well as the women of other parts of the present world.
Having worked in Saudi Arabia for many years, I have known about the pain of Arab Muslim women, which people of other parts of the world do not know. It is nearly impossible for you to think, demonstrate or protest openly for your rights in Arab countries. It is the responsibility of those Arab women, who have managed to “escape” from Arab countries to the other parts of the world, to raise their voice in support of the Arab women sufferers.