Two Muslim Feminists|
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
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.
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
No help is forthcoming from the United Nations, which is too busy offering resolutions
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.
She lives in South Carolina'
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