Obama Visits Mosques-An Affront to Women

 

Islam Is At War With Its Own Women

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Obama:  “Islam has always been part of America,”

“If we’re serious about freedom of religion, and I’m speaking now to my fellow Christians, who remain the majority in this country, we have to understand, an attack on one faith is an attack on all our faiths.”

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We are in a Fight to Preserve Our Heritage and Our Culture and Our President Blames us for Standing

Our Heritage, Culture and Faith Dictate that All People are Equal, including Men and Women

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In yet another bashing of Christians in the US, Obama blasted our “bigotry”, “intolerance”, “Isolation of”, “profiling”, and slamming our candidates for “inflaming hatred against the Muslim community”.  Obama added speaking to the Muslims in attendance, “Let me say it as clearly as I can, as President of the United States, you fit in here. Right here. You’re right where you belong. You’re part of America too.”

No American is prohibiting anyone from becoming part of the American Dream as long as they are committed to our founding principles, condemn any acts committed against America and its people, diligently seek to rid our nation of radical ideologies and assimilate into our culture.

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“Support of Apartheid of Women”

Islam Needs to Accept Women as Being Equal To Men,

to Begin ending the Radicalization of their Faith.

If Islamic Women are viewed as Subservient to Islamic Men,

How Could Non-Islamic Men and Women Be viewed as Equal to Followers of Islam?

Islamic treatment of Muslim women as second class citizens is an anathema to American beliefs.  In many Mosques, women are not allowed to pray in the “main halls” that are the prayer areas for men.  Asra Q. Nomani has been fighting for reform within American Islam for years.  She has described what is like for women and girls inside of American Mosques: 

“Today, in an estimated two-thirds of mosque around the United States, women and girls are segregated in dark basements, sparse balconies, separate rooms and even behind shower curtains in the “sisters’ section,” listening to Friday sermons piped in through shaky sound systems and watching them, if we are lucky, via TV screens. It’s too often only on “interfaith” occasions like the president’s visit that women and girls get to step forward into the “brothers’ section.”

Regarding the isolation of girls versus the boys in the Mosque, Nomani writes: 

“Girls, to inside the gym! Boys to in the musallah.  The girls, shrouded in headscarves that, in some cases, draped half their bodies, slipped into a stark gymnasium and found seats on bare red carpet pieces laid out in a corner. They faced a tall industrial cement block wall, in the direction of the qibla, facing Mecca, a basketball hoop above them. Before them a long narrow window poured a small dash of sunlight into the dark gym. 

On the other side of the wall, the boys clamored excitedly into the majestic musallah, their feet padded by thick, decorated carpet, the sunlight flooding into the room through spectacular windows engraved with the 99 names of Allah, or God, in Islam. Ornate Korans and Islamic books filled shelves that lined the front walls.”

This is how girls are brought up to accept gender apartheid and their role as subservience to men as being normal!  It gets worse.  Honor killings, genital mutilation to control wives’ libido, acceptance of polygamy with 3 other wives, having to be covered in public, are just some of the condoned sexist practices of Islam.  By the President and the First Lady visiting this Mosque, and ignoring the plight of women in Islam, they gave tacit approval to codified abuse of women and their relegation to be second class citizens.

Nomani writes in her Blog questioning Obama’s Choice of this Particular Mosque:  “The president has an opportunity to shine light in a place once associated with the darkest extremes of Islam. His motorcade will re-trace the path of al-Qaeda leader Anwar al-Awlaki: FBI surveillance notes document that al-Awlaki, then a local imam, drove down Johnnycake Road to enter the Islamic Society of Baltimore at 5:56 p.m. on the evening of November 11, 2001. (A copy of the notes was released under the Freedom of Information Act).

Raheel Raza, a Pakistani-Canadian activist opined regarding Obama’s disregard to Islam’s treating women as second-class citizens:

“While the free world awaits a Muslim reformation, the leader of the free world shows blatant disregard for gender equality by visiting a mosque that treats females like second-class citizens.”  “This makes our work as activists extremely difficult because equality is one of the main tenets of our reform movement.”

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Access to prayer areas in Mosques may seem like a small “inconvenience” for women but when coupled with the facts that many male followers of Islam will not allow their wives to go out in public unescorted, without at least a hijab and loose clothing; may have up to 4 wives, believe that corporal punishment of their wife is their right as the husband, and in some more extreme cases the men insist that their wives under go genital mutilation and may even condone and undertake honor killings.  Freedom for Muslim women is vital before any reforms of the more radical forms of Islam that lead to terrorism against the West will be affected.

Obama Needs to Change His Focus:  Obama needs to confront Islam in America with the challenge to reform their treatment of Women and that it is their responsibility to rid Islam of the radical elements before they will be unconditionally welcomed into the American community.  When 98% of the world’s terrorism has its roots in Islamic extremism, and there are a lot of acts of terror daily, it is difficult for people to openly accept Islam as a religion of peace nor not to be suspicious of their Islamic neighbor’s motives. 

Europe is Lost:  Europe has lost the battle of radical Islamic terrorism through their wide open immigration of Muslim populations.  Statistically, 2% of Muslims are radicalized which means that POTENTIALLY 2,000 out of every 100,000 Muslim immigrants may be radicalized!   

Obama is right that we need to assimilate the Muslims living in America.  But, the process needs to be driven by the Muslims themselves through reforms toward their own women and then to those who do not share their religious beliefs.

And we have not even begun to discuss Islam’s view and treatment of Gays!

Appendix: 

The Islamic Bill of Rights for Women in the Mosque is a list of rights for Islamic women in the mosque written by Muslim author and feminist Asra Nomani. The Bill of Rights was vanguarded in the United States in 2004 by the Daughters of Hajar, a group of 7 prominent progressive Muslim feminists.

  1. Women have an Islamic right to enter a mosque.
  2. Women have an Islamic right to enter through the main door.
  3. Women have an Islamic right to visual and auditory access to the musalla (main sanctuary).
  4. Women have an Islamic right to pray in the musalla without being separated by a barrier, including in the front and in mixed-gender congregational lines.
  5. Women have an Islamic right to address any and all members of the congregation.
  6. Women have an Islamic right to hold leadership positions, including positions as prayer leaders, or imams, and as members of the board of directors and management committees.
  7. Women have an Islamic right to be full participants in all congregational activities.
  8. Women have an Islamic right to lead and participate in meetings, study sessions, and other community activities without being separated by a barrier.
  9. Women have an Islamic right to be greeted and addressed cordially.
  10. Women have an Islamic right to respectful treatment and exemption from gossip and slander.

 

Hat Tip:

http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2016/02/03/obama-visits-mosque-islam-has-always-been-part-of-america/

http://nytlive.nytimes.com/womenintheworld/2016/02/03/obamas-mosque-visit-demonstrates-tacit-acceptance-of-a-form-of-gender-apartheid/

http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2016/02/03/obama-to-speak-to-anti-lgbt-baltimore-mosque/

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Islamic_Bill_of_Rights_for_Women_in_the_Mosque

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