Something to Ponder: Has Radical Feminism Paved the Way for Islam in America?
Posted by Admin on September 14, 2006
SOMETHING TO PONDER…
HAS RADICAL FEMINISM PAVED THE WAY
FOR ISLAM IN AMERICA?
Updated: 9/17/06 1:00 a.m. – Added several links under Current Events
Most often we only see and speak of the danger of Islam in terms of the radical, violent elements that plague our world. However, there is something even more sinister afoot within the world of Islam – the ability to trick a woman into thinking she is safer following the teachings of Mohammed, but instead leading her into a world of true slavery and abuse.
I have often pondered myself why the left and feminists in particular would insist on defending a society where the subjugation of women is astounding. It is far worse than anything the feminists in the 70s were fighting against while I was growing up. Islam itself is a culture in which for example, rape is prosecuted as adultery with the punishment against the woman being death by stoning. That is, unless a woman has four male witnesses that actually observed the act in question — including the act of penetration itself. (If the woman is Muslim, the witnesses must be Muslim men as well.)
Still, Islam finds among its “devout” some women in America as well as other “westernized” cultures. What is the attraction? Could it be that western men have become too feminized by their attempts to appease the “modern woman”? Could it be that some women yearn for the protection and classical family structure of the past?
I have a hunch that women are drawn to Islam because it appears to the outsider that these are more classical men. That Islamic males revere their women and believe in “protecting” them from harm – even that of a roving salacious eye. However, when one looks deeper it becomes frighteningly obvious that most of these men consider women as their possessions, indeed that is what they are taught by some of their clerical leaders – that women truly belong to their husbands in every sense of the word, and their very life is in his hands.
Islam is a not a culture that contains freedom of choice for either sex. A woman cannot decide to leave her husband, or Islam at all. Those who leave Islam become apostates, a crime which itself is punishable by death. It is the ultimate example of spousal and societal abuse more akin to evil than the wish of a loving, righteous God.
One of the goals of Islam is world domination — to bring Islam to all cultures and to establish sharia law as the governing rule of society. The threat of infiltrating a society and destroying all even moderate feminists have struggled for is perhaps greater than the threat of the outright death and destruction that is often associated with Radical Islam. There are far more Muslims – even so-called “moderates” – who believe in instituting this religious form of tyranny than believe in the killing of innocents in Jihad.
Some Muslim scholars and western converts to Islam claim that the subjugation of women is not Islam, and it is not the will of Mohammed. However, in every society where Sharia law exists the rights of women are far less, and consequences unbelievably more harsh, than in other parts of the world that exist with even a moderate amount of democratic rights. It is not words one must look at in studying these things, but actions which point to the truth. Even in America there are examples of “honor killings” and spousal abuse. This is not to say that this never happens among Christians, or Jews, or even atheists. However, it is only within some of the teachings of Islam that this is accepted, and yes, even praised as righteous.
A very detailed examination of this phenomena among westernized cultures has been examined and explained in detail by a writer at the Brussels Journal. This writer does a far better job than I at explaining the apparent attraction to western women, with a lot of evidence to back up his theories. Some of the comments already left in response to his writing seem to support some of his hypothesis at least as it applies to the European world. I think some of what he has written could also be applied to life in America as well.
I would like to urge all of my readers who are truly worried about protection of women and their rights to read what “Fjordman” has written. You can access his article at the link I have provided below. I may not agree with everything he has written but it is definitely something to ponder…
“HOW THE FEMINISTS’ “WAR AGAINST BOYS”
PAVED THE WAY FOR ISLAM”
by Fjordman – The Brussels Journal – 4 September 2006
~ RESOURCE LINKS FOR FURTHER STUDY ~
These resources will be added to as I study more on this subject.
I also plan on creating a focus page for this specific topic which will cover many different topics relating to Islamic Law, Human Rights, Women’s, & Religious Freedom.
WOMEN IN ISLAM:
I have included in these links information from Muslim authors as well as non-Muslim authors. I willingly admit that I do not agree with the explanations some have given regarding the standing of women in Islamic society, however you are free to read and form your own conclusions. I will be the first to admit that I need to educate myself further on this topic as most of my understanding of Islamic culture has been gained by what some may call biased sources (such as the Mainstream Media).
The first article – “The Place of Women in Pure Islam” is particularly enlightening, including the answer page to those who have commented to the authors. I highly suggest reading it. Many of the article links that follow were found using the bibliography from the first article. I must also advise that I have not read all of the information I am linking to. Therefore, please use your own judgement when reading these selections. I too will be reviewing these links and no doubt will have more to say on this subject as I become better educated on this topic.
- “THE PLACE OF WOMEN IN PURE ISLAM” – by M. Rafiqul-Haqq & P. Newton – 1996 –
< http://debate.domini.org/newton/womeng.html >
Also please see: “An Answer to the usual responses to “Women in Islam”
< http://debate.domini.org/newton/wresponse.html >
- “WOMEN, ISLAM AND THE STATE: SUBORDINATION AND RESISTANCE” – by Tazeen Mahnaz Murshid, University of North London – University of Chicago Library –
< http://www.lib.uchicago.edu/e/su/southasia/Tazeen.html >
- ““WOMAN’S RIGHTS” HAS NO LEGITIMACY IN ISLAM” – by Yamin Zakaria, London, UK – 17 April 2005 – Published by the International Institute of Peace –
< http://www.iiop.org/index3.php?recordID=25 >
[NOTES: The above article is written by a Muslim male speaking to why women’s rights are not accepted by Islam. Some interesting points are made which will make modern feminists – even moderate ones – shudder with disbelief.]
- “ISLAM FROM PATRIARCHY TO FEMINISM” – by Zeeshan Hasan via Liberalism.net (This article was first published in the April 14, 1998 issue of Star Weekend Magazine) – Accessed on 14 September 2006 – < http://www.liberalislam.net/women.html >
- “WHY TWO WOMEN WITNESSES” – by Shamshad.M.Khan with modifications and additions by Abû ‘Iyâd – http://www.Sunnahonline.com – 2 December 2001 – Accessed on 14 September 2006 –
< http://www.sunnahonline.com/ilm/dawah/0030.htm# >
[NOTES: The above attempts to explain why under Islamic law two female witnesses are needed if one male is not available. Simply astonishing…]
- “GENDER EQUITY IN ISLAM” – by Jamal A. Badawi, Ph.D. – World Assembly of Muslim Youth – WAMY Studies on Islam – The Religion of Islam (www.iad.org) – Accessed on 14 September 2006 –
< http://www.iad.org/books/GEI.html >
- “WIFE BEATING IN ISLAM” – by Silas – Answering Islam – Accessed on 14 September 2006 –
< http://answering-islam.org/Silas/wife-beating.htm >
- “THE PLACE OF WOMEN IN CHRISTIANITY & ISLAM” – by Salman Hassan Jabbaar (1994) – Answering Islam – Accessed on 14 September 2006 –
< http://answering-islam.org/Women/place.html >
- “THE POSITION OF WOMEN IN ISLAM” – by Hamdun Dagher – Light of Life – Villach – Austria – Last Modified 23 April 1997 – Accessed online 14 September 2006 –
< http://www.light-of-life.com/eng/reveal/ >
[NOTES: The link above is to an online publication of a book which contains a full 29 chapters, Introduction and Bibliography.]
- “WOMEN AND ISLAM” – Snorri G. Bergsson – Accessed on 14 September 2006 –
< http://notendur.centrum.is/~snorrigb/hijab.htm >
- “CIRCUMCISION (OF MALES & FEMALES IN ISLAM)” – Answering Islam – Accessed on 14 September 2006 – < http://answering-islam.org/Index/C/circumcision.html >
SHARI’A LAW (OR ISLAMIC LAW):
- “THE SHARI’A” – by H.A.R. Gibb – Answering Islam – Accessed on 14 September 2006 –
< http://answering-islam.org/Books/Gibb/sharia.htm >
- “THE PENALTIES FOR APOSTASY IN ISLAM” – by ‘Abdurrahmani’l-Djaziri – Light of Life – Accessed on 14 September 2006 – < http://www.light-of-life.com/eng/ilaw/ >
- “STONING TO DEATH IN IRAN: A CRIME AGAINST HUMANITY CARRIED OUT BY THE MULLAHS’ REGIME – Stoning women to death in Iran – A special Case Study” – National Council of Resistance of Iran (http://www.ncr-iran.org) – Accessed on 14 September 2006 –
< http://iran-e-azad.org/stoning/women.html >
- “BEING A NON-MUSLIM UNDER ISLAMIC RULE – The theory and the reality…” – Answering Islam – Accessed on 15 September 2006 – < http://answering-islam.org/NonMuslims/index.htm >
[NOTES: The above link makes available many essays examining different aspects of “tolerance” of non-Muslims under Islamic Law. These articles appear at first glance to be quite educational on this subject. Some of the article titles included are; “Tolerance and the Qur’an”, “The Jizyah Tax: Equality and Dignity Under Islamic Law?”, & “The Punishment of the Apostate According to Islamic Law” the last of which includes general discussion of issues applying to Non-Muslims in Islamic states.]
- “THE UNVEILING OF PAKISTAN – A Current Report on the Persecution of Christians in Pakistan” – Domini.org – January 2000 – Accessed on 15 September 2006 –
< http://www.domini.org/openbook/unveiling_of_pakistan.htm >
- “THE GIRL IN LOVE WHO LOST HER LIFE FOR A PICNIC” – by Stephen Farrell – The Times Online – Times Newspapers Ltd. – London, England, UK – 16 September 2006
- “WHO WILL DEFEND IRAN’S WOMEN?” – by A. Yasmine Rassam & Lida S. Noory – Human Events Online – 15 September 2006
- “ORIANA FALLACI, 1929-2006” – Inkwell Blog – Independent Women’s Forum – 15 September 2006
- “The Offence of Zina (Enforcement of Hudood) Ordinance, 1979. Ordinance No. VII of 1979” – Manual of Hudood Laws in Pakistan, Kausar Brothers, Law Publishers, Lahore via Pakistani.org – <http://www.pakistani.org/pakistan/legislation/zia_po_1979/ord7_1979.html>
The above entry illustrates the laws regarding rape in Pakistan. Recently President Musharraf attempted to modernize laws regarding rape by taking it out of the sphere of Islamic law and bringing it totally into the realm of civil law. His efforts have been quashed by “Conservative” Islamic Clerics. Please see the articles listed below for information on this recent development.
1.) “PAKISTAN DELAYS RAPE REFORM PLANS” – BBC News – British Broadcasting Company (BBC) – London, England, UK – 13 September 2006
2.) “MUSHARRAF RETREATS ON RAPE LAW” – The Times Online – London, England, UK – 14 September 2006
3.) “PAKISTAN: GOVERNMENT GIVES IN TO RELIGIOUS PARTIES ON CHANGES TO RAPE LAW” – Integrated Regional Information Network (IRIN) – Reuters AlertNet – Reuters Group plc – London, England, UK – 13 September 2006
4.) “RIGHTS GROUPS DEPLORE PAKISTAN RAPE LAW COMPROMISE” – by Robert Birsel, Reuters – The Washington Post – The Washington Post Company – Arlington, Virginia, US – 12 September 2006
5.) “PAKISTAN RAPE REFORM FAILS AFTER MUSHARRAF CAVES IN” – by Jerome Taylor – The Independent – Independent News & Media Limited – London, England, UK – 11 September 2006
- “ADVOCATES FOR MUSLIM WOMEN FACE CONSTANT DANGER – Those who take a stand for the rights of Muslim women — by criticizing the practice of forced marriage, for example — put themselves at considerable risk in Germany. Murder threats and attacks by conservative Muslims are common, and the police can offer only limited help.” – by Cordula Meyer – Spiegel International – Hamburg, Germany – 11 September 2006
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If you are suffering from abuse of any kind please know you are not alone – although it truly may seem that way. There are many people who are willing to help you, all you need to do is take the first step and ask. I do understand how incredibly frightening the world can be to someone who is being abused, especially if you are dependent upon that person for financial well-being at this time – however, you don’t have to wait… Others are more than willing to help you, many have been in your position before and truly understand even the most secret of your feelings for they have had them as well.
There are many resources available to you even in the smallest of communities. Many resources you can contact in private by phone, or mail, or on the internet. There are also many programs now available to abusers in which they can get the help they need to stop what they are doing, but first you must think of your safety, and that of your children if you have them. You are not abandoning anyone by seeking help, and it does not mean you don’t still love that person (if the abuser is a parent or spouse). Getting help is in fact, the most loving thing you can do for yourself, your family, and the abuser. Get help before it reaches the point of no return – in many cases the abuse will not stop until a victim is gravely injured or even dead… Most importantly please know I am telling you the truth when I say…
YOU DO NOT HAVE TO LIVE THIS WAY ANYMORE!
If you know of anyone who is suffering from physical, emotional, or economic abuse it is important that you give her (or him) your support. In most cases abuse cannot be stopped without outside intervention. Following are resources that you can utilize in your efforts to assure that abuse is prevented, and stopped when it is already occurring. I understand how difficult it can be for someone who has not experienced abuse themselves to understand why people “put up” with it all. As someone who survived the horrors of childhood abuse I can say that some of us are more fortunate than others in regards to our ability to see past the lies and twisted thinking abuse causes. Those that are unable to see through the abnormal thought processes and such need our protection and help, they truly can’t do it alone…
United States Department of Justice: Office on Violence Against Women – http://www.usdoj.gov/ovw/
(This website offers a wide variety of information dealing with violence against women)
DOMESTIC VIOLENCE RESOURCES:
- National Domestic Violence Hotline – http://www.ndvh.org
1-800-787-3224 (TTY)Get Help in your area (From NDVH) – http://www.ndvh.org/help/help_in_area.html
- Domestic Violence Agencies on the Internet – http://www.silcom.com/~paladin/madv/dvagencies.html
- State Domestic Violence Coalitions – http://www.usdoj.gov/ovw/statedomestic.htm
- Tribal Coalitions – http://www.usdoj.gov/ovw/tribal_coalitions.htm
- National Organizations – http://www.usdoj.gov/ovw/nationalorg.htm
- Federal Government Resources – http://www.usdoj.gov/ovw/fedresources.htm
SEXUAL ABUSE AND ASSAULT RESOURCES:
- RAPE, ABUSE, AND INCEST NATIONAL NETWORK (RAINN) – http://www.rainn.org/
- NATIONAL SEXUAL VIOLENCE RESOURCE CENTER (NSVRC) – http://www.nsvrc.org
- STATE SEXUAL ASSAULT COALITIONS – http://www.usdoj.gov/ovw/statesexual.htm
- STALKING RESOURCE CENTER (From the National Center for Victims of Crime) – http://www.ncvc.org/src/Main.aspx
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