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Two Muslim Feminists
Nancy Morgan
RightBias.com
November 27, 2007

They don't call themselves feminists. They don't belong to any groups or organizations. They don't claim victim status, and they aren't members of NOW or Code Pink. They don't have big bucks or political backing. They don't have the ear of the media or the establishment press. They most assuredly don't have the backing of the plethora of established human rights, civil rights or women's rights groups who claim to be the voice of the underdogs and the champions of the oppressed.
 
All they have is their own experiences, their passion and their voices, which are raised in unison against the religion of Islam.
 
Meet Wafa Sultan: She was born and raised in Syria. She is one of the lucky ones who, though indoctrinated in Jew hatred, the Koran and the Arab version of 'history,' was able to emigrate to the U.S. and become a citizen in 1989.
 
To Wafa, Islam is not a religion of peace. It is evil. Mohammed was an evil man who proclaimed himself the voice of God. His word was law and he fashioned it according to his whims and enforced it at the point of a sword. Wafa condemns all of Islam. Not just the terrorists. Wafa calls the religion of Islam a "brainwashing machine" for 1.3 billion people. It is only because she was born Muslim that Wafa can get away with condemning Islam. If Americans dare to criticise the 'religion of peace' they would be branded Islamophobes and shunned for not paying proper obeisance to alternate cultures.
 
Wafa thanks God every day that she can walk alone in America without being condemned as a whore. That she can engage in conversation with a male neighbor without being subject to 200 lashes or death by stoning. She remembers her niece, who, at age ten, was married off to a 40 year-old cousin. A practise made legal, she points out, because Mohammed wanted to marry his own 6 year-old cousin. (Can you spell pedophile?) At age 25, her niece set herself on fire, leaving behind four children.
 
Wafu is passionately pro-American. More so than many Americans who had the good fortune to be born here. Hearing her shout "God Bless America" affected me in a way I can't describe.
 
Meet Nonie Darwish: She was born and raised as a Muslim in Egypt and the Gaza Strip. She is the author of Now They Call Me Infidel, which explains much about the mindset and conditions of women living under increasingly extreme forms of Sharia law.
 
"In the Arab world, you are either the oppressor or the oppressed," she says. For Muslim women, the only way to obtain status or respect is to join the oppressors - to become a fanatic observer of Islam's teachings. This is the only choice or free will available to many Muslim women.
 
Muslim wives are the property of their husbands. As in chattel, slavery. Their word is worth only half of a man's word in the court system. They can be divorced on a whim, losing their children, honor and future. Their husband can take other wives, and/or beat his existing wives if he happens to have a bad hair day. A man's honor is, to a large part, dependent on the behavior of his female family members. And woe to her if she brings disgrace on the family by talking with a man not her husband, or having the misfortune to be raped.
 
Many Muslim women have absolutely no support systems, not even have the support of other women. Because Mohammed wanted a variety of women, the Koran allows polygamy. (Can you spell David Koresh?) This means a Muslim wife must constantly be on guard that another woman doesn't catch the eye of her husband. This makes trust between women non-existent. Their lives are without friends or hope.
  
The plight of many Muslim women is getting worse. Last week, Iran sentenced fifty young people to death for "immorality." Saudi Arabia sentenced a girl who was gang raped by seven men to six months in prison and 200 lashes. For adultery.
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This news was met with a big ho-hum by the American media The same media that gave 24/7 coverage to the inhumanity of U.S. troops forcing terrorists to wear panties on their heads. The same media who highlight the virtue and morality of America by roundly protesting the treatment of terrorists in Guantanamo - yet blithely pass over the story of Muslim school girls being shot as they exit a burning building. Shot because they didn't cover their hair before fleeing for their lives. Go figure.
 
Nonie has learned that Muslim women can count on no help from their American sisters. "American women are abetting Sharia," she points out. She noted, with scorn, the fact that Nancy Pelosi publicly kow-towed to Syrian dictator Assad by wearing a scarf. "They were laughing at her. Even Assad's wife doesn't wear a scarf."
 
No help is forthcoming from the American government which remains in perpetual appeasement mode - ever wary of the geopolitical ramifications of policies made on other than strategic considerations.
 
No help is forthcoming from the United Nations, which is too busy offering resolutions condemning Israel.
 
No help is forthcoming from the plethora of human rights watchdog groups and civil rights leaders. The misnamed Human Rights Watch has its hands full calling for homosexuals to boycott Wal-Mart.
 
The misnamed 'civil rights leader,' Al Sharpton, is busy trying to make martyrs out of the Jena 6 - 6 black thugs who piled on a white guy, sending him to the hospital - last seen on YouTube posing with the thousands of dollars useful idiots sent them for a 'defense fund.'
 
Meanwhile, 'civil-rights leader,' Rev Je$$e Jackson, is very busy - waiting for anything shaped like a noose to pop up so he can prove to the American people that racism is alive and well, and he's still relevant, by golly. 
 
No help is forthcoming from American feminists. The National Organization of Women is too busy protecting the right of women to abort a baby in the birth canal. Oh, and they're also heavily involved in the campaign to educate one and all on the burning issue of discrimination against the transgendered.
 
No help is forthcoming from the usual celebrities, who regularly champion causes in order to aquire virtue on the cheap. No, the celebrities are focusing their efforts on the sexy, accepted cause du jour. And the current cause du jour is global warming and protecting Mother Earth. Not a peep is heard about the millions of women living in conditions worse than slavery. To them, it's just another example of diversity.
 
Meanwhile, a handful of women like Nonie and Wafa continue to risk their lives by spreading their message. Hoping that one day they can help change a system that allows millions of women to be treated worse than animals. Maybe they should try to enlist the aid of PETA.
 
Nancy Morgan is a columnist and news editor for www.RightBias.com
She lives in South Carolina'
 
 
Article may be reprinted, with attribution
 

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