Defiant Muslim Women Need Our Support

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Women Attending a Duke Wellington Concert in Kabul
Women Attending a Duke Wellington Concert in Kabul

Did you know there is a movement to liberalize Islam? Did you know the photo shown here was taken in Afghanistan in the 1960s?  It is of women attending a Count Basie concert.

Good liberals and progressives in Western society are determined to stand up for the rights of Muslim women, demanding we accept them as they go covered in a burka or a hijab, even though moderate and liberal Muslim women the world over are protesting just that.  It is a strange thing.  These women are willing to risk death to defy hard-line mullahs and dictators to have the freedom to go without their hair covered, yet hard-line liberals, who are determined to do good no matter how many people they hurt, are standing tall – with hard line mullahs, who are determined to destroy the rights of women, everywhere.

“…Whether in Iran and Saudi Arabia, where women’s dress is government enforced, or in Syria and Afghanistan, where Islamist terrorists seek to enforce it, or across Muslim-majority nations more generally, sexual expression has fast become a dividing line for fundamentalists harboring presumptuous assumptions about a “pure” East and a “promiscuous” West.

Oddly, hundreds of years ago it was the opposite. A Europe in the Dark Ages, plagued by the Inquisition and conflicts caused by religious intolerance, placed a similar premium on sexuality. Back then, it was the East that European Orientalists fetishized as overly “promiscuous,” while the West valued its prudishness. The one common factor is a correlation between the rise of theocratic demands anywhere, and restrictions on sexuality.

In this way, sexuality has become the axis upon which enlightened values and progress have pivoted between nations. Sexual freedoms have become a litmus test between open societies and closed ones. The drug that dogmatic ideologues are usually addicted to is control, and the thirst for control almost always manifests itself in sexual control. This is why the subject of sex among women, gays and “unmarried” youth fascinates extremists of all bents. And it is why—regardless of our gender or sexual orientation—the struggle against controlling sexuality should preoccupy us all…”

I have been writing about the ‘War on Muslim Women’ for ages.  It is a terrible thing, enabled by good, pandering liberals, who think they are helping the average Muslim woman by expressing sisterhood with them.  Instead, they are harming them.  The average Muslim woman in the US does NOT cover her head.  She does not wear a burka.  The average Muslim women in the US would like to have the same religious rights as the average Christian or Jewish woman here in in the US, but this constant pandering to the worst elements is preventing this.  If women here in the US really wanted to take a stand, we would go out and protest with them, as they demand their religious rights, and demand religious equity.

“…Naive non-Muslims need to be aware that their intervention and interaction with Muslims’ intra-religious debate around these issues is not neutral. Liberal Muslim theologians such as Britain’s Usama Hasan and Pakistan’s Javaid Ghamidi argue that the hijab is not a religious duty (fard) at all, but a religious choice (mubah). Then there are progressive Muslim voices such as the late feminist Huda Sha’rawi, who argued that, as it is merely a choice dictated by custom (‘urf), and because that custom has moved on, Muslim women should be encouraged to remove their headscarves. In 1923, in Egypt’s public square, Sha’rawi did just that….”

We need to stand up for women who are trying to modernize their faith.

 

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