RE: Islam's Captive Women

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Date: Mon Feb 04 2002 - 16:32:42 GMT

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    Name me a religion that doesn't oppress women (or men for that matter).

    BTW, can you remind me of the piece you posted a couple of weeks back (I've
    lost it in the mire of posts lately) that was talking about democracy, or
    the lack of it, in the Islamic world. I vaguely recall that the author went
    on about Switzerland and Hong Kong as great examples of the benefits of
    democracy. I want to check it again to see if I'm remembering that right,
    because Hong Kong under British rule was never a democracy (indeed the last
    governor-general Chris Patten quite upset the Chinese by trying to introduce
    it before the handover in 1997).

    Keep these interesting pieces coming though.


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    > or read below.
    > The title of this piece is itself a redundancy. All Muslim women
    > are captives, if they live according to the Koran and the Prophet
    > Muhammad. Muslim women are considered to be one-half of a
    > human. "Honor killing" still exists and calls for the death of
    > women who have lost their virginity before marriage-even if they
    > were raped. Murder because of hymens. Unbelievable.
    > One of the most touching, heart wrenching speakers I've ever been
    > privileged to hear was Taslima Nasrin, at a May 2000 conference
    > of the Council for Secular Humanism. Nasrin delivered a talk to a
    > pin-drop quiet audience. She is eloquent; she is an M.D.; she is
    > kind; and she is lovely. She is also living under a death sentence.
    > She outgrew her Muslim upbringing, and began writing against its
    > misogyny. Her novel, Shame, however, was the last straw. It
    > criticized Muslims' cruel persecution of Hindus. Fundamentalists
    > issued a fatwa, a literal death sentence, against her and she was
    > forced to leave her native Bangladesh. She has bodyguards now.
    > Allah be praised.
    > How did Islam become so cruel and intolerant? Easy. It began that
    > way. When the Prophet Muhammad uttered his first sura (similar
    > to a biblical chapter) Muslim women were doomed. The
    > introduction to my copy of the Koran is a whopping 58 pages of a
    > defensive harangue about how bad the Koran isn't. Example: "In
    > the matters of marriage, divorce and inheritance women are given
    > the same rights as men." Oh, really? Koran 4:20 tells men that
    > they may take one wife in place of another. They can trade in their
    > wives like used cars. Of course there is no equivalent trade-in
    > policy offered to women. Koran 4:3 says men should marry
    > whichever women appeal to them, "two or three or four"-you
    > know, shop around. Collect a whole set! Since male divorce is so
    > easy (just say a few words like "Get outta here!" and you're
    > divorced-true story) men can have innumerable wives in a
    > lifetime.
    > Further, in Koran 4:34 men are described as being superior to
    > women because Allah made them to "excel over the other" and
    > because men spend money supporting women. In Koran 2: 223
    > wives are described as "tilled fields" that men should, literally,
    > plow through. You know, have a good time, get some kids going.
    > The Prophet Muhammad had a baker's dozen wives, and countless
    > concubines. His third bride was nine years old at the time of
    > consummation. But little Aisha was at least allowed to keep her
    > toys and dolls when she went to Muhammad's bed. I may throw
    > up. Muslim paradise consists of males lounging on couches, being
    > waited on by virgins who don't sleep, perspire, get pregnant,
    > menstruate, or get sick, and intercourse goes on forever. No
    > mention is made of how this could be considered "paradise" for
    > the females.
    > When stoning men and women for adultery (adultery meaning
    > another man's property, one of his wives, has been tampered
    > with), the offending male is to stand in a clearing while people
    > throw stones at him till he dies. If he runs away, escaping, he's
    > safe. Death sentence over. But a woman to be stoned is put in a
    > pit, waist/chest high, for "decency." Imagine a "decent" stoning.
    > Wouldn't want to see any naughty bits of her body while you're
    > bashing her bloody! Tsk, tsk! Of course escape for her is
    > impossible, isn't it? These still take place, in some countries, as I
    > write.
    > Another wonderful writer who spoke at the May conference,
    > Parvin Darabi, wrote a grim book describing fundamentalist Islam
    > titled, Rage Against the Veil. It is about her sister, Homa Darabi,
    > who was a child psychiatrist in Iran. She and others were hounded
    > relentlessly about observing hijab (dress code) in their practices.
    > Seems logical. "Push, Mrs. Ali, it's almost here, but I can't tell if it
    > it's a girl or boy because my veil is in the way." Of course there is
    > nothing funny about veiling, and its sole purpose is to eliminate
    > any possible sense of female personal identity. Because of this
    > nonsensical insistence on veiling, Homa Darabi was finally forced
    > to give up her private practice and then her professorship at the
    > University of Tehran. She never recovered from her despair. On
    > February 21, 1994, in the middle of a square in Tehran, she
    > poured gasoline on herself and set herself on fire to protest the
    > tyranny of her native country. She died, as planned. Allah be
    > praised.
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