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Brandeis Disses Hirsi Ali

ayaan-hirsi-aliAyaan Hirsi Ali, an advocate for women’s rights and outspoken critic of Islam, sharply criticized Brandeis University today for abruptly withdrawing its offer of an honorary degree.

Facing public [Muslim] pressure, the Waltham university announced late Tuesday it would not honor the Somali-born activist, a week after announcing she would receive a degree at next month’s graduation ceremony.

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A former member of the Dutch parliament who has spoken out against female genital mutilation and honor killings, she said she was “completely shocked” when Brandeis President Frederick Lawrence told her the university was rescinding its offer, just a few hours before issuing a public statement.

 “I assumed that Brandeis intended to honor me for my work as a defender of the rights of women against abuses that are often religious in origin,” she wrote. “For over a decade, I have spoken out against such practices as female genital mutilation, so-called “honor killings,” and applications of Sharia Law that justify such forms of domestic abuse as wife beating or child beating. Part of my work has been to question the role of Islam in legitimizing such abhorrent practices.”

Read the rest: Brandeis Caves to Islam and Uninvites Hirsi Ali

This is dhimmitude, bowing to Islam and its sharia law.

Has Brandeis no shame?  It certainly has no honor or courage.

No Gender Equality in the Mosque

segregated-worship-for-women-in-islamWhen Matea converted to Islam in December 2013 she looked forward to joining the life of her local mosques here. Today Matea, like many Muslim women, is disillusioned.

“When I first converted I wanted to be part of the mosque environment. But I went to mosques and what I found was sort of an unwelcome environment for women,” she told Women’s eNews during a discussion organized last week by Women in Islam, a New York-based organization working to empower Muslim women through knowledge and practice of Islam.

Matea didn’t want her full name published.

“The spaces are separated, there are different rooms and sometimes it was even in the basement,” Matea continued. “And as a convert, it feels very strange to you. I used to go to church and everybody is part of the same community. You can see the preacher. You can hear the sermon very well.”

Read the rest: Woman Converts to Islam and Faces Discrimination in Worship.

There won’t be any Muslim woman like Rosa Parks to change the mosque apartheid.  The discrimination of women is built into Islamic doctrine and is the pivot of the tribal Islamic culture of honor/shame. In fact, if the ideology is taken to the extreme, this is what the society looks like.

Women Should Cease to Exist Says Council of Islamic Ideology

Anime style picture of womanThis is not a spoof.  This is the Islamic doctrine taken to its (il)logical conclusion in the Pakistani honor/shame misogynistic tribal society. 

The Council of Islamic Ideology (CII) concluded their 192nd meeting on Thursday with the ruling that women are un-Islamic and that their mere existence contradicted Sharia and the will of Allah. As the meeting concluded CII Chairman Maulana Muhammad Khan Shirani noted that women by existing defied the laws of nature, and to protect Islam and the Sharia women should be forced to stop existing as soon as possible. The announcement comes a couple of days after CII’s 191st meeting where they dubbed laws related to minimum marriage age to be un-Islamic.

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Officials told Khabaristan Today that the council members deliberated over various historic references related to women and concluded that each woman is a source of fitna and a perpetual enemy of Islam. They also decided that by restricting them to their subordinate, bordering on slave status, the momineen and the mujahideen can ensure that Islam continues to be the religion of peace, prosperity and gender equality.

Read the rest: Women Defy Islam Just by Existing   (h/t to American Thinker)

Jordanian Women Without Hijabs Called Sluts

Woman in veilThe Jordanian Women’s Union, along with lawyers across the Hashemite Kingdom, expressed shock last week after a ruling discriminating against women who do not wear the Islamic hijab was issued by the Amman Sharia Court of Appeal, according to Al Medanah News.

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According to the fatwa, which the court’s decision was based on, women who aren’t covered up are “sluts,” and that gives those women a bad name. Furthermore, the court was unable to support this fatwa apart from with something written in the introduction of a book by Egyptian Islamic Theologian Sheikh Yusuf Al Qaradawi.

Read the rest: Jordanian women called sluts for not wearing hijab

Actually Islamic law does not require women to wear a veil much less a burka and niqab.  But because men cannot contain their lust when they see women’s hair and neck and arms and legs, women must guard themselves or be sexually harassed.

Poll Shows Gender Discrimination in North Africa

Muslim women in AfricaA new poll of 50,000 people across 34 African countries finds attitudes toward women’s equality are dimmest in the predominantly Muslim north.

The poll by Afrobarometer, conducted between 2011 and 2013, found women in general are at a disadvantage compared to men, but support for women’s equality is growing more widespread.

But while 68 percent of respondents across Africa felt women could be leaders, that number dropped to 50 percent in North Africa.

Read the rest: Discrimination Against African Women Worst in Muslim North  More on Muslim oppression of women in northern Africa. 

These articles don’t mention that the reason for the discrimination is Islamic ideology and its sharia law which makes wife beating sacred and describes women as inferior and worth half the value of a man.  Is it ignorance or fear that keeps the reporters from this truth?

Sharia Law for Iraqi Women Proposed

Operation Iraqi FreedomIf you think the Iraqi government has reached its limit in violating women’s rights, think again. On 25 February, the Iraqi council of ministers approved a new personal status law called Ja’fari law, named after the sixth Shi’ite imam Ja’afar al-Sadiq, who founded his own school of jurisprudence (Shi’ite). It was submitted to parliament for a vote.

The bill “sets the legal age of marriage for females as nine and males as 15, although it could be even lower with the consent of a guardian, father or a grandfather.

Article 104 permits unconditional polygamy.

Article 101 says men have the right to “enjoy” sex with their wives any time they want, and wives cannot leave their marital home without their husband’s permission.

Article 126 says husbands are not required to pay financial support when their wife is either a minor or a senior and hence unable to sexually satisfy them.

Article 63 prevents Muslim males from permanently marrying non-Muslim females, which means a Shi’ite Muslim male is allowed to marry non-Muslim females temporarily in what is called mut’a marriage. Mut’a is when a man who wants to have sex with a woman “marries” her in the presence of a religious figure, who acts as a mut’a broker. The man will specify how long the marriage will last, ranging from a few hours to many years.

Read the rest: New Iraqi Bill Would Legalize Marital Rape and Child Marriage.

This is none other than Islamic sharia law with a Shia flavor. This is what American soldiers fought and lost their lives for?  How sad.

Men More Intelligent Than Women Says Imam

islam says men are smarter than women.“ . . . Note that I am not saying women are “dumb”. What I am saying is men are “more intelligent” than women. Men have always been dominated women. This proves men are more intelligent than women. Note that men don’t dominate women with their superior physical strength. We know that intelligence is greater than physical strength which is why human beings dominate elephants.

Men dominate women with their superior intelligence. What’s the proof that men dominate women? Well, to be honest with you, if you keep your eyes shut, you will not see any proof. You need to open your eyes and look around for proof. Women have always been complained that men dominate them. Feminist movements or women’s liberation movements prove men dominate women.

Note that I do not support men’s domination over women. Men should not take advantage of women’s less intelligence and dominate them. If we follow Islam, men’s domination over women will end. Islam treats men and women based on substantive (real) equality.

If you want to read more, go here.

Cover Everything Up Says ISIS – Huge Blow to Women’s Rights in Syria

woman-in-full-body-coverThe Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), a Syria-based Islamist militant group, has imposed strict rules in Syria’s northern city of Raqqah, after gaining complete control in the beginning of this year.

Rules established by ISIS in a statement released by the group last year include banning music, singing and smoking, as well as making head-to-toe coverings for women mandatory.

According to the new regulations, which carry the threat of harsh penalties for violators, women must be fully clothed with abaya (a loose fitting cloak commonly worn by Muslim women) the hijab (head covering scarf), niqab (face-covering veil) and gloves.

Additionally, women may not walk down the street without a male relative present, Al Arabiya News Channel reported.

Read the rest: Women in Syria Lose Rights Under Islamists. 

Muslim Women Challenge 1,400 Years of Islamic Ideology

Zainah AnwarIf a Muslim woman opens up the text of the Holy Qur’an and leafs through its pages until she reaches chapter 4, which is titled “The Verse of Women,” and continues on until she reaches verse 34, she will find the following proclamation: 

“Men are in charge of women by [right of] what Allah has given one over the other and what they spend [for maintenance] from their wealth. So righteous women are devoutly obedient, guarding in [the husband’s] absence what Allah would have them guard. But those [wives] from whom you fear arrogance — [first] advise them; [then if they persist], forsake them in bed; and [finally], strike them. But if they obey you [once more], seek no means against them. Indeed, Allah is ever Exalted and Grand.”

Growing up in Pakistan, I remember reading the verse myself, from a copy of the Holy Qur’an that belonged to my grandmother. I remember my twisted set of feelings that followed — confusion, betrayal, and disappointment.

Read the rest of this amazing article:  Muslim Women Challenge Islamic Patriarchy.

Zainah Anwar and her activist colleagues seek to clarify the language of the Quran and challenge the 1,400 year old gender discrimination deeply embedded in the “DNA of patriarchy” in the doctrine of Islam and its sharia law.  I sincerely hope that they succeed but doubt that they will be able to do so and fear that they will be declared apostates (who can be killed according to sharia law) if their campaign grows.

Gender Discrimination in Muslim Boys’ School

Muslim Boys in School

A Muslim boys’ school is facing claims of segregation after advertising for a temporary science teacher but making clear that women need not apply.

The advert published by the outsourcing company Capita requested a “Male Science Teacher” to cover lessons, including some mathematics classes, until the end of the current academic year on a short term contract for up to £150 a day.

Secular campaigners said the advertisement was just the latest in a series of demands for religious customs and practices to be “accommodated” in the education system as a result of giving faith groups the power to run schools.

It follows a storm over allegations that non-Muslim female staff at the Al-Madinah free school in Derby had been forced to wear headscarves in line with strict Islamic practices.

There have also been concerns that girls at other Islamic schools are being required to wear full veils as well as questions over segregation in classes.

Read more: British Muslim School Bans Women from Science Teacher Position.

We wouldn’t want those boys think that females are as smart as males, would we?  Or be contaminated by being around a female other than ones in their family.  That would be bidah according to sharia law.