Signs posted on the walls of several girls’ schools in Saudi Arabia have prompted concerns after they appear to suggest that the modesty of a woman is dependent on the men in their family. With slogans such as “your manhood can be judged by kind of abayas the women in your family wear.”
Abayas are a traditional loose over-garment, essentially a robe-like dress, worn by most women in the Gulf.
FrontpageThe objection here is to Abayas that are overly fancy or women who wear them without entirely covering the face. It’s telling that Saudi Muslims link manhood to forcing women to cover their faces. That is the real origin of the Hijab and other forms of repressive Purdah clothing for women.
Muslim masculinity is pathologically insecure. It’s burdened by a sense of paranoia about the chastity of a man’s mother, sister and daughters. The Muslim man goes through life terrified that his “honor” will be mocked when a woman disobeys him. Islamic religion expresses itself in dominating non-Muslims and Islamic honor culture expresses itself in dominating women.
Al-ArabiyaHowever, one man, Majed Al-Dhowayyan, tweeted that no one has the right to issue such judgments and asked radicals to correct their thoughts and ideas before judging others on appearances. Meanwhile, other residents said they considered the signs to be a new method for improving behavior and ethics.
A faculty member at Dammam University’s Psychology Department, Dr. Fatimah Al-Ali, criticized the absence of monitoring bodies that allow such signs to be posted without understanding their true meaning.
Official spokesman of the Ministry of Education, Mubarak Al-Esaimi, said such signs are the responsibility of the guidance section, but refused to say whether the ministry agrees or disagrees with the message in the signs. He simply said: “I do not have an answer.”
According to the newspaper, a source in the Ministry of Education said one of the most leading causes of the spread of extremism is allowing extremists access to the education sector.
Say this in many EU countries, and you are punished because the EU now follows Islamic blasphemy laws.
They call her a ‘fire cracker‘. SisterHatune Dogan is a Turkish/Aramean refugee whose Syrian Orthodox Christian family had to flee their home town in South East Turkey from horrific Muslim treatment of Christians and threats of violence against them. Today she lives in Germany and regularly travels to Islamic countries where she helps other Christians who have been abused, kidnapped or tortured by their Islamic neighbors. Sister Dogan has made some controversial videos with gruesome photos attesting to the atrocities going on in the Muslim world against Christians.
A teenager survived being shot twice and thrown in a canal by her family for marrying the man she loved, police in Pakistan said. Saba Maqsood was attacked by her father, uncle, brother and aunt before she was tossed into the canal, said Ali Akbar, a spokesman for police in Hafizabad.
UK Daily Mail It comes just a week-and-a-half after the broad daylight ‘honour killing’ of another woman in a city centre drew worldwide condemnation. Mr Akbar told Reuters that the most recent case was also ‘an honour-related incident.’
‘The victim, Saba … married her neighbour Muhammad Qaiser for love five days ago against the wishes of her family,’ he said.
‘They took her to Hafizabad, shot her twice and threw her in the canal after putting her in a sack, presuming that she was dead.’ Mr Akbar said Ms Maqsood was wounded in her cheek and her right hand. Her relatives fled the scene, he said, and after minutes in the water she regained consciousness and struggled to the bank, where passers-by helped her.
‘She is a brave girl. She came out of the canal and approached a nearby fuel station from where a rescue team rushed her to hospital,’ he said.
Many devout Pakistani Muslim families believe it is dishonourable for a woman to fall in love and choose her own husband. Women from such families are expected to agree to arranged marriages. Refusal can lead to honour killings.
Women planning to go to the World Cup in Qatar in 2022, better bring their summer burqas, it will be 120 degrees. Homosexuals are advised not to come at all.
The Australian FOR those of you wondering whether it’s acceptable to wear leggings without tunic tops over them, Qatar has an answer: “leggings are not pants”. The Arab emirate has launched a social media campaign to educate Western tourists on appropriate clothing ahead of the 2022 World Cup, which is likely to bring an influx of badly-dressed visitors to the state.
Campaign group “Reflect your Respect” has created a graphic to share on Instagram and Twitter showing what sort of outfits are considered immodest in the Islamic country.
The advert, also being handed out in leaflet form at Qatari airports, reads: “If you are in Qatar, you are one of us. Help us preserve Qatar’s culture and values, please dress modestly in public places.” The words are printed alongside pictures of four stick figures wearing unsuitable outfits, each with a cross underneath.
Three are women — one in a sundress, another in shorts and a singlet and a third wearing leggings and a T-shirt, with a muffin-top of bare midriff clearly visible. The fourth figure is a man in shorts and a singlet. The advert clarifies that “modesty” means being covered from shoulders to knees, and that “leggings are not pants”.
It is part of the Qatari Islamic Culture Centre’s efforts to educate foreigners on local customs and practices.
Nasser Al Maliki, Chief of Public Relations in Fanar, told Gulf News: “The amount of immodest clothing is growing in public places, especially shopping malls. Such foreigner behaviour conflicts with our traditions. We do not want our kids to be exposed to it or learn from it, and that’s why we will start this campaign.”
The Arab state also forbids residents and visitors from uttering “indecent phrases”, displaying affection in public, drinking alcohol and taking photos of people they do not know. Any behaviour considered obscene under Sharia law — including homosexuality — is punishable with a fine and up to six months in prison.
Many tourists have previously fallen foul of Islamic law in Muslim countries. One British couple were arrested for kissing in a Dubai restaurant in 2009, while another pair were sentenced to jail for having sex on the beach. Other visitors have been imprisoned for exchanging steamy text messages or drinking.
The Islamic Culture Centre launched a similar campaign in 2012 under the name “One of Us”, but it was withdrawn after expats said it made them feel excluded, according to Doha News.
Some American women are all ready to go
And the latest campaign has drawn a mixed reaction from observers. Some Twitter users called it an “excellent project which everyone should support” and said “expats should respect local tradition”. But others responded by claiming that Muslims did not “respect local traditions in Europe”.
Several even suggested that the campaign could be misused in Western countries to discriminate against Muslims and justify a ban on traditional niqabs and hijabs.
The group plan to hand out chocolates, flowers and shawls along with their information, in the hope of engaging with tourists in a positive manner.
Shhh, the dirty little secret about foreign workers who work for slave wages and are regularly abused in the wealthy Gulf States
In what Muslims like to call an “honor killing,” a pregnant woman who married the man of her choice, was beaten and stoned to death by her own family members and the cousin she denied.
The terrible fate of Farzana Parveen, 25, is one shared by many Muslim women in Pakistan and around the world, even in the West. She was killed in the name of “honor,” on the grounds her actions had brought shame on her family. “Her father who took part in the killing expressed no regret. As many as 800 women and girls are killed for ‘honor’ in Pakistan each year, making Pakistan one of the most dangerous countries for women.
Husband of the pregnant woman says police watched the murder and refused to do anything.
Now it gets really weird. The husband says he killed his first wife in order to marry the one who was just stoned to death.
CNN(h/t Martin) The husband of Farzana Parveen, the Pakistani woman stoned to death for refusing to participate in an arranged marriage, told CNN he killed his first wife so he could marry Parveen. Authorities said the first wife was killed six years ago.
“I wanted to send a proposal to Farzana, so I killed my wife,” Mohammad Iqbal said Thursday in an interview with CNN. Zulfiqar Hameed, district inspector general for the Punjab police, said Iqbal’s son from the first marriage alerted police to the slaying six years ago. Iqbal was arrested but later released on bail because his son forgave him, Hameed said.
A Queensland Christian college principal has come under fire from parents and members of the public after he turned away two Muslim women who wore hijabs (headbags) on their first day as student teachers. Leftists took to social media to express their disappointment at Principal Mark Bensley’s decision. (It’s a CHRISTIAN college for heaven’s sake!)
UK Daily Mail(h/t Colin W) Redlands College parent Jennie Duke wrote she was ‘so very sad’ her daughter attended the school and her university sent student teachers there, The Courier Mail reported. Others re-branded Redlands College as ‘Redneck College’ and questioned Mr Bentley’s Christian faith. (Commies)
‘It’s not very “Christian like” for a Christian school to tell student teachers that they are not welcome to teach and learn because they wear a headbag,’ a reader wrote on the newspaper’s website. ‘Shame on you Redlands College. This could have been a very good way to show Christian love and acceptance.’ (How about Muslim love and acceptance of Christians and Jews? Try wearing a cross in a college in Saudi Arabia)
The two Muslim women were allocated positions to start their work placement at Redlands College, as they are in their final year of studying teaching at university. (Let them go teach in the Middle East where they belong)
But Mr Bensley didn’t allow the women to go ahead with their placement, and justified his decision in the college newsletter on Tuesday, claiming he acted inside his duty of care, according to the paper. ‘I have a duty of care to ensure that those teaching at the College are actively supporting the Christian principles, practices and beliefs of the College,’ he wrote.
He continued by writing that he viewed the wearing of the headbag (symbol of oppression) to be in direct opposition to the principles which the college upholds. Mr Bensley said he respected the two women’s right to wear the headbag but felt it was inappropriate at his school, and had them transferred to another school to complete their placement.
Redlands also claimed that they would not hide their Christian values and were there to provide for the families seeking a Christian education. According to Section 25 of the Anti-Discrimination Act 1991, employers are allowed to enforce a ‘genuine occupational requirement that workers act in a way that is consistent with the religious beliefs of the school’.
However, the move has upset many, including the Muslim community with the Islamic College of Brisbane principal saying the decision was a matter of great concern. (Who cares? What the hell are they doing in a Christian college to begin with?)
LAHORE: A 19-year old girl is in critical condition in Jinnah Hospital Lahore with multiple vaginal injuries where she was reportedly admitted by a rescue team that recovered her while she was unconscious in the Quad-i-Azam Industrial Area Township.
DND(h/t HPS) She claims she was brutally raped by several Muslim men including two policemen because she submitted an application to Chief Minister Punjab Mian Shahbaz Sharif against 5 alleged culprits who ganged raped her earlier and the policemen who were harassing her. The rapists are so powerful that the mainstream media is avoiding any mention of this case, claimed people in hospital.
According to hospital sources, doctors pulled out the complaint paper from her vagina because the police rapists shoved it up there after sexually attacking her.
According to the victim, she was raped in in an industrial area sometime back and police refused to take any action against her attackers. She submitted a complaint application against the police and the first rapists to Chief Minister Punjab and went back to her home in Karachi.
Some days later she got a telephone call from Lahore police and was directed to return to Lahore because an inquiry had been started on her application. She reached Lahore and contacted police officials by phone. When she came out of Kalma Chowk metro station, she was abducted by 5 alleged rapists who took her to a secluded area and raped her brutally, then shoved the application she had submitted against them inside her private parts and then left her in the Township Industrial area.
Hospital sources say her vagina is severelly mutilated.
This kind of gang rape by Muslims has become routine in Pakistan and there is little or no response coming from the public, NGO’s, or the media.
Defense attorney Julie Clark admitted Noor Hussain beat his wife — but argued that he is guilty of only manslaughter because it’s a cultural thing. In Pakistan, Clark said, beating one’s wife is customary. There are even rules about the proper way to do it in the quran.
NY Post A Pakistani Muslim immigrant beat his wife to death in their Brooklyn home after she made the mistake of cooking him lentils for dinner instead of the hearty meal of goat meat that he craved, according to court papers.
Noor Hussain, center
Noor Hussain, 75, was so outraged over the vegetarian fare that he pummeled his wife, Nazar Hussain, 66, with a stick until she was a “bloody mess,” according to prosecutors and court papers.
“Defendant asked [his wife] to cook goat and [his wife] said she made something else,” the court papers indicated as Hussain’s murder trial opened on Wednesday. “The conversation got louder and [his wife] disrespected defendant by cursing at defendant and saying motherf- -ker, and . . . defendant took a wooden stick and hit her with it on her arm and mouth.”
“Hussain comes from a culture where he thinks this is appropriate conduct, where he can hit his wife,” Clark said in her opening statements at the Brooklyn Supreme Court bench trial. “He culturally believed he had the right to hit his wife and discipline his wife.”
Prosecutors, however, said Hussain meant for his wife to die. “His intentions were to kill his wife,” Assistant District Attorney Sabeeha Madni said in court. “This was not a man who was trying to discipline his wife.”
Madni said that Hussain “brutally attacked his wife as she lay in her bed” — leaving deep lacerations on her head, arms and shoulders, and causing her brain to hemorrhage.
He beat her with a stick that the family had found in the street and used to stir their laundry in a washtub, the court papers state. He then tried to clean up the blood that had splattered onto their bedroom wall before calling his son for help, Madni said.
“I killed her. Hurry up and come over,” Hussain told his son, according to prosecutors.
Madni also said Pakistani women who lived in the same building as the Hussains would testify about the beatings Nazar received at the hands of her husband. “They have told us about years of abuse they witnessed,” Madni said. Hussain met his wife in Pakistan and the couple married before moving to Brooklyn, prosecutors said.
YES, Iran, home of the burqa-clad morality police who enforce strict Islamic dress codes for women, has won seats on five subcommittees of the U.N. Economic and Social Council earlier this week, including one to the Commission on the Status of Women — a body tasked with pressing for women’s rights around the world.
Washington Times At the same time, theUnited Nations announced that this year’s priorities at UNESCO would be to further “the future of humanitarian affairs” by working toward “greater inclusiveness,” Breitbart reported.
The United States sent out a statement of condemnation about Iran’s appointment to the committees, calling it a farce that a nation with an egregious human rights record could actually contribute anything of value, Breitbart reported.
In a statement, U.N. Ambassador Samantha Power said: “The unopposed candidacy of Iran, where authorities regularly detain human rights defenders, subjecting many to torture, abuse and violations of due process, is a particularly troubling outcome of today’s election.”
Even the United Nations is on record as doubting Iran’s ability to uphold basic human rights, as well as women’s freedoms, inside its own border. Earlier this month, a U.N. human rights official petitioned for Iran to halt the planned execution of Reyhaneh Jabbari, sentenced for murder but who claims she was raped by a former Iranian intelligence official, Breitbart reported.
One courageous Iranian woman kicks the crap out of one of the morality police who harasses her about her uncovered head:
In December last year, 23-year-old Sitara was asleep on the floor with her daughters when her husband woke her. He needed money for a fix of heroin and crystal meth — an addiction he’d developed over the course of their marriage. When she was married off to him as a child bride at the age of seven, his drug of choice was hashish. But now this man, 20 years her senior, was a full-blown addict.
Answering Muslims He wanted to divorce Sitara so he could take their daughters and marry them off for a few thousand dollars for each girl’s virginity. But Sitara refused — this protective mother adamant her children were not going to suffer the same fate as her.
She’d reached her limit with his destructive drug use and the monster he’d turned into. But she didn’t realize just how much of a monster he’d become. That night he demanded money and a simple ring she was wearing — the only jewelry she possessed. When Sitara said no, he bashed in her head until part of her brain was protruding from her skull. She was almost unconscious. He then pinned her down, got a knife and cut off her nose and upper lip.
‘Racist’ Brandeis University has withdrawn the honorary degree promised Ayaan Hirsi Ali after realizing that Ali, a former Muslim herself, has criticized Islam in the past. In fact, criticizing Islam was the focus of her best-selling memoir ‘Infidel.’
HUFFPO The petition to reject her was writtenby a barely literate undergrad peeved that the university would honor someone who is “an outright Islamophobic.” (An “outright Islamophobic? Oh my, Brandeis certainly doesn’t have the high admission standards it used to)
It’s one thing to point out that, generally speaking, Islamic cultures worldwide tolerate what non-Islamic people would call misogyny more than other cultures. Female genital mutilation, child brides, violently enforced dress codes for women are more prevalent in Islamic societies than in non-Islamic societies. This is true, and needs to be said.
But it’s quite another to say Islam itself is misogynistic. Ali has pointed out that the Quran mandates harsh punishments for women and described the religion as a “cage.” Her message is that Islam oppresses women. She has said, “I think we are at war with Islam.” (And as someone who was born and raised into that culture, who better to speak for it, or, in her case, against it?)
It is lazy and unhelpful to take the craziest, worst people/aspects of a religion or ideology and use them to critique it as a whole. (But it’s not the craziest, worst people, it is most people, following the teachings of the quran)
It’s lazy because it lacks nuance and understanding. (Ah yes, “nuance,” the left’s new favorite buzzword to diminish the opinions of anyone with whom they disagree)Islam is the fastest-growing religion on the planet (mostly by force or intimidation). It’s been around a while and is practiced in a multitude of ways throughout the globe. To say it is necessarily anything, other than maybe monotheistic, is necessarily to stereotype and overgeneralize. (Spoken like a true ignorant liberal who knows nothing about Islam)
And it’s unhelpful. Because Islam isn’t the enemy, misogyny is. Calling Islam misogynistic makes Islam the enemy, which makes the Muslims who love it and hold it dear the enemy. (DING DING DING! That’s the first correct thing you’ve said)
You simply cannot decry an entire religion and then expect to be considered a credible source on how to make it better. (Ever hear of the Reformation?) Defeating the misogyny lurking in how many people practice Islam is best done by first understanding Islam, its context, and its history. (Something you obviously do not, but Hirsi Ali does)
It’s when people fail to do this that they are charged with “cultural imperialism.” And as culture reformers, it’s important to recognize the real threat it poses. There is an imperialist element and history to Western desire to go and tell the rest of the world how they should live. It is presumptuous, at the very least, to assume “our way” is better. That doesn’t mean we’re wrong. It does mean, however, that we should be careful. (Ah yes, a blame-America-first, self-hating, dhimmi Jew if ever there was one)
“Here’s how it might benefit you to do Islam this way,” is an easier, less problematic sell than “Islam is bad.”(Only if you haven’t been a victim of it)
However, we cannot be so afraid of cultural imperialism, as Brandeis appears to be (Brandeis IS), that we refuse to point out, or listen to those who point out, the ways the current practices of many Islamic communities are major human rights violations. (Exactly what Hirsi Ali does)
We need a healthy fear of cultural imperialism. But we cannot let that fear silence cultural critique. We must remember that respect for culture is needed to understand culture, which is needed to critique culture, which is needed to improve culture. (Let’s see how much “respect” you have after they slice off your clitoris)
While there is a tension, and we must beware of cultural imperialism and making enemies out of Muslims, that tension is not best dealt with by silencing Islam’s critics. The way to rebut Ali’s claims that Islam is fundamentally misogynist is to bring in Muslims who agitate for female equality. Because ultimately, a university which prides itself on social justice and equality should not be so afraid of charges of Islamophobia that it squelches critiques aimed at improving life for women and girls throughout the globe. (Yet, that is exactly what you have just done, Cathy)
In her recent report to the U.N. Human Rights Council, High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay, revives the bizarre, unsubstantiated accusation, made by one of her colleagues in 2005, that when Palestinian men beat their wives, it has to be Israel’s fault:
Violence against women:
UN WatchWomen in the Occupied Palestinian Territory face multiple layers of violence and discrimination. The analysis made by the Special Rapporteur on violence against women in 2005 remains valid. She found that the combination of decades of Israeli occupation, the use of force against Palestinians by Israel, the different forms of resistance used by Palestinians against such use of force and the patriarchy prevailing in Palestinian society expose women to a continuum of violence in all spheres of life.
The 2005 analysis invoked by Pillay was published in a reportby Yakin Ertürk, then the UN Special Rapporteur on violence against women.
Why do Palestinian men beat their wives? The report tells us:
“Women with husbands explained that the dire economic situation and the pressures of the occupation have made men more violent because they have lost their ability to provide and protect — two essential elements of manhood in a traditional patriarchal society. As men become stripped of their manhood, women become the shock absorbers of the crises as targets of domestic violence.”
In other words: it’s Israel’s fault.
This dangerous theme of moral displacement pervades:
“Security measures are directed at the entire Palestinian population; in this regard, women are subjected to violence emanating from these measures in similar ways to other members of the society. However, owing to the diverse ways in which occupation and patriarchy intersect, the direct and indirect impact of security measures tends to have specific and compounded consequences for women. In order to demonstrate this, I focus on four measures employed by the Israeli authorities…”
By Navi Pillay regurgitating Erturk’s 2005 canard, the UN is once again telling Palestinian men that they have no moral agency, and bear little or no responsibility for their inhumane actions against women.
What the UN is doing, once again, is to displace moral responsibility and prime agency. Palestinian men are not primarily to blame for their violence against women, says the UN. Israel is.