ABSURD! Italian female politician fined for staging an anti-burqa protest

images1-vi4The absurdity of this charge is clear. In 2011, Italy was hailed as the country most likely to become the next European Union member to introduce a burqa ban, after parliament announced it would debate legislation after the summer recess.


Europe Online  Daniela Santanche, a well-known Italian right-wing politician was fined Monday for staging a protest against the wearing of burqas and other Islamic veils for women. 


Santanche, a leading member of the conservative Forza Italia party of former premier Silvio Berlusconi, organized the action in Milan four years ago, outside a building where Muslims were holding end-of-Ramadan prayers. She was handed a four-day jail sentence and a 100-euro (135-dollar) fine for not warning police about her protest. The punishment was converted into a 1,100-euro fine.

The politician criticized the ruling and said she would appeal. Courts also slapped a 2,500-euro fine on an Egyptian man who punched Santanche during her protest.

Santanche’ was running a campaign in Italy to expose the burqua and veil as oppressive to women. She took the fight to the front line , entering a muslim ‘prayer meeting’ and asking to speak to some women to tell them they were being oppressed by a male-dominated regime masquerading as a religion, and was subsequently attacked.

In 2006, when she was given a police escort after being threatened by an imam, Santanche said that “the veil is a symbol of women‘s submission.” She also wrote a critical book on the condition of Muslim women.

Fearless leader of ‘Forza Italia (Movement for Italy), hot tempered Daniela Santanchè rails about the Prophet Muhammad’s sexual perversions which enraged a Muslim in the audience, who had to be restrained.

Santanche is the outspoken Italian political leader has long engaged in a battle for integration and against Islamic fundamentalism. She was recently assaulted for protesting against the burka. 

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AFGHAN Female Rapper gets death threats for her songs that condemn Islam’s violence against women

414295_322822264451880_1019396815_o“I wanted to run and they hit me on the back; I wanted to think and they hit me on the head; they burned my face in the name of Islam, cut my nose for revenge; poured acid on my hands and body; sold me because I am only a woman,” sings Paradise Sorouri, the first female Afghan rapper.

Observers.france24  Paradise and her fiancé are both Afghans born in Iran, but moved back to Herat in Afghanistan in their late teenage years. After singing about love and other rather tame subjects, they moved to Tajikistan in 2010, where they started writing songs about violence against women. Today, they tour in Tajikistan and Afghanistan.

“During the three years that Dairos and I were working in Herat, I realized that there was a lot of violence and discrimination against women. In Afghanistan’s highly patriarchal society, if a woman has a job, she is looked down upon and will definitely be subjected to vulgar language. So just imagine what it is like for artists. Most people consider female artists as nothing more than prostitutes. All female artists who work in Afghanistan today are risking their lives.”

“When we decided to do a song about women, and the  violence against them, called ‘Nalestan,’ we started receiving many threatening messages ordering us  to stop our work. Despite Afghan women’s efforts to participate in public life, female artists are often threatened by religious radicals. Female politicians face increasing threats, too – and are regularly murdered. According to the UN, more than 87 percent of Afghan women have experienced some form of violence.

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CANADA: Edmonton Police working on a sharia-compliant uniform to attract more Muslim women to the force

1297495307680_ORIGINAL-500x350A new sharia-compliant uniform could open doors for Muslim women looking to begin a career in law enforcement in Edmonton. At an Edmonton Police Commission meeting, it was revealed that EPS is working on introducing a hijab option to the uniform.

Edmonton Sun  Natasha Goudar with the Equity, Diversity and Human Rights Unit said the conversation started when a recruiter was asked if EPS would “ever even consider allowing someone to wear a hijab.” Goudar says officers have been working closely with various Muslim communities, talking to Imams about cultural implications and requirements.

Hijabi police in the UK

Hijabi police in the UK

“One of the big concerns for them was an educational element to the introduction of the hijab. They didn’t want to just bring it in and have it sit on a shelf,” she told the commission. Goudar added that so far news of the new uniform piece is having a positive impact on young women in Muslim communities. (What about the negative impact it is having on the Edmonton community?)

Those wearing a hijab, who thought a career in policing was out of reach because of their cultural practices are not seeing it as a tangible goal, she said. “One young lady told me that she couldn’t wait to pass this along to her sister, who didn’t think it was possible because she wore a hijab. Now it’s an option,” she said.


“We started that conversation, and we’re hopeful we’re going to have a recruit wearing one soon.” The headbag would be black in colour, and sit underneath the standard issued Edmonton police hat. It’s projected that the hijab could be ready to go in spring or summer 2014, Goudar said.

Newly appointed city councillor Scott McKeen was also sworn in as a member of the Edmonton Police Commission Thursday, and said he was impressed and proud of the work Goudar and her team have done. He added that given the lengths that Quebec has gone to ban the cultural headpieces, the progress seen Thursday was even more impressive. (Given the lengths that Quebec has gone to ban Muslim headwear, they can expect an influx of new residents fleeing Edmonton )


“This is coming at a time when another province is going in another direction,” he told the commission. “For that reason, I’m most certainly impressed.” The proposed Quebec Charter of Values threatens to forbid Quebec’s public employees from wearing visible religious symbols – including hijabs, turbans, yarmulkes and larger-than-average crucifixes.

It wasn’t that long ago that RCMP officers were prohibited from wearing turbans, a ban was lifted by the Canadian government in 1990 allowing members to don the cultural headpieces.

Pretty soon Edmunton police women will look like this:


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New Jersey Muslim woman sues uber-progressive ‘The New School for Social Research’ in NYC over anti-Muslim rhetoric

logoCould it be? Are we seeing ‘progressives’ in one of the most leftist universities in the country finally waking up to what Islam is really all about?


NY Post  A New Jersey Muslim woman slapped The New School with a lawsuit on Friday alleging she had to quit her job there in March after being routinely bombarded with racist (what ‘race’ is Islam?) slurs by co-workers — and was even ordered not to wear her Muslim hijab (headbag) to work.

Jamilah Moudiab filed a civil-rights lawsuit in Manhattan federal court that also alleges her supervisor, Monique Ngozi Nri, told her shortly after she was hired in 2011 that the Manhattan university is a “religious free zone” and that “if [she] wants to stay at The New School, [she] must not wear a headdress.”


Moudiab, who quit her job as an international student advisor in March, claims mischievous co-workers even anonymously placed a Christian cross and Rosary beads on her desk to “further castigate” her Muslim beliefs. Among the other complaints in the suit is that the Clifton, NJ-resident was harassed by co-workers for putting up photos of Trayvon Martin after he was shot to death by cops.

She claims she was scolded by Nri for expressing her belief to co-workers that Martin was “murdered for walking,” adding Nri felt the Florida teen was the “aggressor” with authorities in the high-profile shooting. Both The New School and Moudiab’s lawyer, Laurie Morrison, declined comment.


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Muslim Women’s Workout Video? Now, THERE’S a product with no market

Why do Muslim women need to work out if they’re always covered up in what looks like oversized garbage bags? ‘Nadoona Extreme’ is billed as the first ever workout DVD for Muslim women.


RFERL  The video features a woman named Zainab Ismail, the ‘Hijabi Drill Sergeant,’ with a unique story: she’s Puerto Rican, a former national body building champion, and a fitness trainer with 20 years of experience. She’s also a fairly recent convert to Islam. In the video, Ismail wears athletic pants, a long-sleeved tunic, and a hijab as she performs simple but demanding moves like squats and lunges to a thumping soundtrack.

Because the video is being marketed to Muslim women, Ismail’s workout outfit was the subject of some discussion. We wanted to have Zainab comply to the religious attire of having her body covered, but at the same time not make her look like a bag.

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Western Australia joins New South Wales in passing a law to force Muslim women to show their faces to police


A new law requiring Muslim women to remove a burqa or niqab (full-face covering headbag) to prove their identity to West Australian police has been passed by the state’s parliament. (Why not just ban burqas and niqabs anywhere in public? They frighten small children and are offensive to normal people)

WA Today  (h/t Colin W) The legislation was drafted in response to public outcry about the case of niqab-wearing mother-of-seven Carnita Matthews, who had a conviction of knowingly making a false statement quashed.


Ms Matthews was originally given a six-month jail sentence after being found guilty of falsely accusing a senior constable of forcibly trying to remove her niqab when she was pulled over while driving in Woodbine in Sydney’s southwest in June 2010.

She was later acquitted on appeal after the prosecution could not prove she was the woman who signed the statement while wearing the garment. WA acting Police Minister John Day said the legislation, which was passed on Thursday, had been amended after consultation with the Muslim and Sikh communities.

“Initially, the legislation stated police would be able to require someone to remove their headwear for the purposes of identification,” Mr Day said. “However, following consultation with the Muslim and Sikh communities, the government agreed to change the word headwear to face covering.”


He said the change had removed all of the concerns of the communities, while police had advised it was acceptable.”So I am confident a satisfactory compromise has been reached,” he said.

The new law also makes it easier for police to take DNA from suspects, with the definition of “identifying particular” expanded to permit the taking of dental impressions, hair samples and other body tissues.

It also provides a process for applying to a magistrate for a warrant when samples are needed from juvenile suspects who have not been charged when there is no responsible person, or they cannot be found, or it is impracticable to make requests to them.


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PRAGUE nursing school bans Muslims from wearing headbags

As a result, two Somali Muslim students have withdrawn from the nursing school and are planning a discrimination lawsuit.


Praha iDNES  (h/t Susan K)  Two Muslim girls left nursing school in Prague, because they were not allowed to wear a head bag. According to Czech Television, this the first time Muslim students have left school because of this rule.

Case soon ended up with the ombudsman and the lawyers are considering an anti-discrimination lawsuit. (OH! Does CAIR have an office in Prague, too?)


“The director called me and said, ‘If you want to be in school, do not wear a head bag.’ “I said that it is against my religion, I am a Muslim,” said one of the girls.

Director of the School of Nursing in Prague says the school is not at fault. Schools are free to enforce their own rules about student attire. The school, which has has a large number of foreign students from four continents has had similar problems with Muslims before, when they opposed compulsory gym class and other compulsory activities. 

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AUSTRALIA: Muslim Convert Cheri Bernice Joan Hays

Some people are just so hideous they do the rest of us a favor by covering themselves. Australian Muslimah Cheri Bernice Joan Mays, who chose the Islamic name Ayisha after Muhammad’s child bride, has started pretending it is Halloween everyday.


Your Daily Muslim  The Muslimah now wears the niqab (ninja costume) on a daily basis to hide her grotesque appearance, and frequently posts images and messages from both jihadis and anti-western clerics. Mays is a divorced mother of two, and is raising both of her offspring to value their religion over being able to integrate into society at large. Let’s see how far off the deep end this young Muslim has gone.


Mays supports the following hate preachers: anti-Western, homophobic mufti Ismail Menk, violently homophobic sheikh Khalid Yasin, recently-arrested anti-Semite Yousef al-Khattab, and terror-enabling imam Abu Taubah, among plenty of others. Instead of being a “moderate” Muslim and pretending to care about the laws of the west, Mays is fairly open about her extremist leanings.


Between postings of her crappy gothic lyrics reminiscent of Evanescence gone Islamic, Mays shares messages on all sorts of subjects Muslims love, including jihad in Syria and forbidding women from showing their faces on Facebook. Sorry, but I’m not gonna add a pair of eyes. Seeing that in my newsfeed would just be creepy.


Introducing YDM TV! Here’s a video from Mays’ Facebook, titled “How you eat and drink in niqab lol.” The use of the “lol” shows that Mays is aware of the absurdity and impracticality of the garment, but still chooses to wear it to please her imaginary friend despite its unwieldy nature. Of course, what she eats is halal – slaughtered according to Islamic standards of utmost cruelty.

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PAKISTAN: Muslim man forces acid down his wife’s throat for giving birth to a girl instead of a boy

UnknownA man in Sheikhupura district of Pakistan forced his wife to drink acid after she gave birth to a baby girl. Even worse, according to reports, family members of the man assisted him in this heinous act.

SIOTW  God blessed Nawazish, a resident of Jandyala Road, with a daughter but he got so upset over the birth of a daughter that he decided to punish his wife. He did not even bother to look at the newborn girl and decided. He brought a bottle of acid and made his wife drink it with the help of his family members.  The neighbours took the woman to hospital where her condition is stated to be critical.

Acid seems to be the weapon of choice against women in Pakistan. There are more than 100 of these kinds of attacks every year, and those are just the ones that get reported.











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Majority of British people now favor a ban on Muslim full-face niqabs (headbags)…it’s about time!


A poll for Channel 4 News showed that more than half of the public believe women should not be allowed to wear the niqab in public – with 55% (ONLY 55?) backing an outright ban similar to the one in France. An even greater proportion, 81%, say they support a ban on wearing the niqab in certain public places, such as schools, courts or hospitals.

Channel 4  British people are broadly opposed to the niqab – the full-face veil which shows only the wearer’s eyes – being worn in any public place, exclusive research for Channel 4 News reveals.


An exclusive ComRes poll for Channel 4 News showed that more than half of the public believe women should not be allowed to wear the niqab in public – with 55 per cent backing an outright ban similar to the one in France. An even greater proportion, 81 per cent, say they support a ban on wearing the niqab in certain public places, such as schools, courts or hospitals.

Controversy has dogged the niqab in recent weeks. In September, a college in Birmingham was forced to drop a ban on Muslim face veils after a Channel 4 News report, but in the same month a judge ruled that Muslim women must remove the full face veil to give evidence. However, he said that women would be allowed to wear the niqab when facing trial, and called on parliament to provide a definitive answer.

Health Minister Jeremy Hunt said he wouldn’t want to be treated by a nurse or doctor wearing a veil.

Just over half of all those asked (51 per cent) said that women who wear any type of veil or head covering at all, not just the more controversial niqab, face widespread discrimination.



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Following the suicidal path taken by deposed Egyptian dictator, Mohamed Morsi, Turkish PM Recep Erdogan lifts the decades-old ban on hijab (headbags)

images-1Having been stripped of the chance to turn Egypt into an Islamic state, the Muslim Brotherhood is stepping up its slow march to sharia in Turkey, by lifting the ban on headbags for women in civil service. As part of a package of ‘reforms’ by the government, this allegedly is meant to improve ‘democracy.’

And how long before this ‘democratic’ reform morphs into a requirement for all women?


al-Jazeera  (h/t Maurice) Tuesday’s measure was hailed by Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, whose wife wears a headscarf, as a “step toward normalisation” and came into effect after it was published in the official gazette. “We have now abolished an archaic provision which was against the spirit of the republic. It’s a step toward normalization,” Erdogan said in a parliamentary speech to his ruling party lawmakers.


“A dark time eventually comes to an end,” he said. “Headscarf-wearing women are full members of the republic, as well as those who do not wear it.”

The ban, whose roots date back almost 90 years to the early days of the Turkish Republic, has kept many women from joining the public work force. Critics accuse Erdogan of lifting the ban to force his Islamic values on the majority Muslim but staunchly secular nation.


When plans to remove the ban were first announced last week, the main opposition party labelled it “a serious blow to the secular republic” created by modern Turkey’s founding father Mustafa Kemal Ataturk in 1923.

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CANADA: Muslims protest that Muslim honor killings being called ‘honor killings’ is racist (What ‘race’ is Islam?)

honour-killings_50Are they willfully misleading? Or are Canadian Muslims who are fighting against federal funding to investigate honor violence in the Muslim community simply naïve victims of the same propaganda used routinely to explain away the religio-culturally-based murders of Muslim women?

IPT  Every year, according to United Nations reports, 5,000 women worldwide are killed for reasons of “honor” that relate to matters of modesty and obeyance, though most experts maintain the numbers are far higher. And the number of victims of honor violence, which can involve beatings, acid attacks, or locking a woman in her home, is literally incalculable.


In the United Kingdom alone, more than 3,000 such honor crimes occurred just in 2010, according to a study by the Iranian and Kurdish Women’s Rights Organization (IKWRO). The vast majority of those crimes, the organization states, were committed by Muslims, though Sikhs and Hindus have also been known to commit honor-related crimes.

In Canada, the decision to earmark funds to combat honor violence began in 2007, after a series of honor crimes over the previous two years resulted in the deaths of two women and one man. Soon after the program was announced, on Dec. 10, 2007, the father and brother of 16-year-old Toronto native Aqsa Parvez, strangled her to death. The reason: she had refused to wear the hijab, or scarf.


Yet recently, some groups have begun speaking out against the idea of specifying these crimes as “honor killings” and providing targeted programs to address them, even as two subsequent events underscore just how urgently such funds and programs are needed.

The first of these was the 2012 conviction of Mohammad Shafia, his wife Tooba Yahya, and their son Hamed in the murder of Mohammad and Tooba’s three teenage daughters and of Rona Amir Mohammad, Mohammad Shafia’s other wife in a polygamous arrangement – a case that received worldwide attention. 



That conviction confirmed the findings of a University of Sherbrooke study released earlier that year showing an exponential increase in the number of honor killings in Canada. Only three known victims were killed between 1954 and 1983. Since 1999, 12 women have died in honor killings.

All of the murders, the study reported, took place within immigrant families. (It is worth noting that the increase may or may not reflect either the growing numbers of Muslim immigrants to Canada over the years, or a better understanding of honor crimes among law enforcement and other agencies.)


Yet according to a recent report from Women’s e-News, many Canadian Muslim women now are speaking out against the government’s new focus on these crimes, arguing that honor violence is no different from any other form of domestic abuse.

Opponents of the idea call the projects “racist,” and claim they put an unwarranted and biased focus on Muslim families. “When women of color are killed, we ask these larger questions around their culture. We ask what’s wrong with their entire people – their culture, their religion – instead of a particular person,” Itrath Syed, who is pursuing a Ph.D. in “Islamophobia” in Vancouver, for instance, told Women’s e-News.


What is so tragic about this remark is not just the half-dozen or so ways in which it is patently untrue, but that it seeks to nullify the horror that is honor violence, to deny the profound distinctions between honor crimes and other forms of domestic violence and femicide.

What Syed really was referring to was religion, not race. Or rather, the implication that domestic abuse in Muslim families is related to Islam, and that Muslim families are therefore treated differently than everybody else. It’s a common accusation, and an ongoing question: are honor crimes culturally-based, or founded in interpretations of the Koran?


It’s a bit of both, according to Carla Rus, a psychiatrist in the Netherlands who specializes in working with victims of both domestic abuse and honor violence. “Honor violence involves a kind of ideology, which you don’t find in domestic violence,” she points out. “In [Islamic] cultures, where church and state are not separated, it’s difficult to distinguish whether honor violence comes through cultural or religious motives – culture and religion are inseparable in those cases.”

Moreover, not all domestic violence occurring in Muslim families (some of whom are white) is automatically categorized as an honor crime. But call a crime what it is. When Mohammad Safia curses his daughters for “dishonoring” and “betraying Islam;” when Iraqi-American Aita Altameemi’s mother burns and beats her for engaging in “non-Islamic behavior” – and the family says they “are proud of it” – there is no reason not to take them at their word.


Understanding how dramatically honor violence differs from other domestic abuse is, however, critical – a point that the recent Canadian funding aims to address, as do similar efforts in the UK and the Netherlands. As Phyllis Chesler, author of the landmark study, “Worldwide Trends in Honor Killings,” has noted, “Westerners rarely kill their young daughters, nor do Western families of origin conspire or collaborate in such murders.”

Similarly, domestic abuse in Western families does not involve brothers murdering their sisters, as happens in cases of honor killings. To the contrary, siblings most often protect one another.


Moreover, while domestic violence may relate to a man’s sense of self-respect, reputation, or “honor” among his peers, it does not – despite what some Muslims argue – reflect his sense of religious honor or his sense, as patriarch, of responsibility for his family’s perceived insults to his god.

Yet it is precisely this mindset which incites much honor-based violence and murder – and not only on the part of the father or husband. Frequently, religious devotion and patriarchy places pressure on other family members – siblings, aunts, uncles, spouses or even mothers of a victim –to commit the act, often under threat.


That fact underscores two other critical points that opponents to Canada’s focus on honor killings apparently do not wish others to see – or perhaps are too culturally blinded to see: Ordinary domestic violence is nearly always spontaneous, while honor violence (and especially honor murder) is almost always calculated, often planned out over time through numerous family meetings.

And the horrific reality is that, these women simply have nowhere to run: no mothers who will shelter them from the husbands they are trying to escape, no sisters or brothers to protect them from their fathers – no one. (Indeed, the sisters and brothers are often recruited to assure a girl hiding from her family to come home, that all is forgiven. But this assertion is almost always a ruse; once she returns, the child is usually killed within days.)


It is, in other words, a long-term family affair, and one that, unlike the problems of domestic violence, can be changed. Which is precisely why funding for, and attention to, understanding and preventing honor violence is so very critical, not only in Canada, but everywhere in the West. It is why women – and especially Muslim women – should be welcoming it, even demanding more.

And yet, countless Canadian (and other) Muslim activists and apologists remain far more devoted to shaping public vision of their culture – even if it means disguising the truth – than to protecting the lives of their Muslim sisters. In some cases, they may go so far as to contend that the very notion of “honor killings” is a “Western propagated myth,” reports Darpan.


Indeed, one Muslim women’s advocate, Rubaiyat Karim, told Women’s e-News that, “Immigration policy can be very inclusionary and preach the language of multi-culturalism. But if we really want to talk about multiculturalism, we need to address the Orientalist mentality of government.”

She’s wrong. What we really need to address is the refusal of some Muslim families to advance beyond medieval and barbaric religio-cultural practices – and to stop excusing them when they don’t. Not to do so is to abandon thousands of women, not just in Canada or the United States, not just in countries like Pakistan and Saudi Arabia, but in every country, every city, every town across the world. We cannot let that happen.


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JEALOUS Saudi man divorces wife after learning she’d kissed a horse


After discovering a photo of his wife kissing a horse posted on popular social networks, the Saudi man divorced her.

Emirates  The unnamed woman said she had published her own photograph while kissing the horse in the Gulf Kingdom, adding that she does not regret what she has done. “After he saw the picture showing his wife kissing a horse at a farm near Riyadh, the man divorced her,” Sada newspaper said.

“The wife said she is not sorry for what she did and was not upset by splitting from a man who cannot distinguish between humans and animals. She said she is very proud about that picture as it expresses her love for Arabian horses.”


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