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Creeping Sharia and Islamic Misogyny

Feb 23, 2017

Here are some truths you can bank on:

-Truth number one: Islam treats women as second class citizens.
-Truth number two: Much of the West treats Islam as a protected species.
-Truth number three: Much of the mainstream media will always rally to the defence of Islam.

We see this occurring every day. It is infuriating of course. The real mind-bender is the near universal silence of the leftists and the feminists whenever these cases of Islamic misogyny and sexism take place. Indeed, they will almost always defend Islam at all costs instead of denouncing it.

In my books this is no different than Jews defending the Nazis, blacks defending the Ku Klux Klan, or the Untouchables defending the caste system. The term here is dhimmitude. Most Western elites, leaders, media personnel, and academics have become second class citizens – dhimmis – in submission to Islam. It is the Stockholm Syndrome on steroids.

Examples are off the charts, and a daily supply of fresh horror stories seems ever on offer. Let us consider just a few recent examples of this taking place in Australia.

Exhibit A: Islamic Conferenceislam 31

Consider this shocker of a news item from two weeks ago, discussing a forthcoming Islamic conference to be held in Melbourne March 11-12:

The Australian Islamic Peace Conference posted the pamphlet on Facebook last week with the leaders who are set to speak at the event next month. But three female speakers — psychologist Monique Toohey, social worker Nina Trad Azam and Islamic teacher Umm Jamaal ud-Din — had their faces replaced with black ink. The faces of all other 12 male speakers are displayed.
Organisers have been slammed on social media with one user posting: “I came across the flyer earlier and was shocked. I couldn’t articulate myself or write something about it. Seeing sister Monique’s name made me sure that it’s not their choice and also made me feel sick”.

Folks, this is Islam. Nothing more needs to be said. It is the same misogyny we have seen repeatedly. Remember the Islamic conference held at the University of Western Sydney’s Parramatta campus in May 2015 in which men and women were segregated, with the women forced to sit at the rear of the hall? I discussed this at the time here: billmuehlenberg.com/2015/05/16/the-death-of-western-universities/

Exhibit B: Public School dhimmitude

My second example from a few days ago is no better. Consider this from NSW:

A public school in Sydney’s west has adopted a policy permitting Muslim male students to decline to shake hands with females, despite the practice having been denounced by many senior Islamic figures. The Hurstville Boys Campus of Georges River College in Sydney recently hosted an awards ceremony at which female presenters, including several accomplished and respected members of the local community, were told by one of the school’s two principals that some students would not shake their hands because of their Muslim faith.
The instruction is understood to derive from an Islamic hadith — a report describing the words, actions, or habits of the Islamic prophet Mohammed — stating that “it is better to be stabbed in the head with an iron needle than to touch the hand of a woman who is not permissible to you”. The NSW Education Department has confirmed the school had an “agreed protocol” regarding handshaking and Muslim students.

Wow. This is creeping sharia pure and simple, and a slap in the face to every female in Australia. This is yet another clear example of how Islam views women. And all the usual suspects came out defending the school. Imagine the immediate uproar and shouts of discrimination, hatred and bigotry if a public school in Sydney’s west has adopted a policy permitting Christian students to decline to shake hands with non-Christians, or homosexuals, or aboriginals.

We all know that every lefty and every lefty media outlet would have been in an uproar about it. They would have demanded that this school be shut down or lose its funding, or that those responsible for it be expeled. But because it is Muslims doing the discrimination, it is just fine.

The only thing more shocking than this were various clueless Christians getting in on the act, defending the school. One fellow elsewhere said – incredibly – that we should not impose our Christian values on such a situation. Good grief. One does not need to be a Christian of course to be outraged at this sexist, misogynist reality in Islam.

This guy went on to claim that this is about religious freedom. Um no, this is about human rights: the basic rights of women to be treated with respect, dignity and equality. This is just so appalling on so many levels: it is another Australian institution bowing to Islam and succumbing to dhimmitude, as they readily allow women to be treated as second class citizens.

Exhibit C: Keysar Trad and wife-beating

If my first two examples do not fully convince you, then this one must. One of Australia’s main Muslim “moderate” leaders has spilled the beans on Islam, women and violence in marriage. Consider this lulu from today’s press:

A senior Muslim leader has said using violence against women is a “last resort” for men. President of the Australian Federation of Islamic Councils Keysar Trad described beating women as “step three” in a process of dealing with issues in relationships, after counselling and buying chocolates or “taking her out on a dinner”.
The outspoken author and commentator made the remarks on conservative commentator Andrew Bolt’s Sky News program. Asking how Islam could be considered a “feminist religion”, Mr Bolt quoted a modern interpretation of the Koran.
“It is permissible for him to beat her lightly with his hands, avoiding her face and other sensitive areas,” he read. “Which is better than nothing, but mate, that’s a modern interpretation.” Mr Trad responded saying he had studied the verse in detail, and said it was all about “human psychology”.

You can see him actually saying this by clicking on the link below. The Muslim leader is of course now back-peddling because of the backlash he got, but what he told Andrew Bolt was entirely correct. Beating wives is fully permissible in Islam. See for example Sura 4:34 which says this:

“Men have authority over women because God has made the one superior to the other, and because they spend their wealth to maintain them. Good women are obedient. They guard their unseen parts because God has guarded them. As for those from whom you fear disobedience, admonish them and send them to beds apart and beat them. Then if they obey you, take no further action against them. Surely God is high, supreme.” (Dawood’s version)

But let me share one more translation from the various Korans I have just pulled off my shelves:

“Men are in charge of women, because Allah has made the one of them to excel the other, and because they spend of their property (for the support of women). So good women are the obedient, guarding in secret that which Allah has guarded. As for those from whom you fear rebellion, admonish them and banish them to beds apart, and scourge them. Then if they obey you, seek not a way against them. Lo! Allah is ever High Exalted, Great.” (Pickthall’s version)

Exhibit D: Ayaan Hirsi Ali

Finally, by way of a nice wrap-up, the Somalia-born champion of freedom against Islamic tyranny and oppression has just the other day provided us with a handy listing of how women fare under sharia law. She writes:

As a moral and legal code, sharia law is among the most dehumanising, demeaning and degrading for women ever devised by man:
• Under sharia law, a woman’s testimony is worth half of a man’s testimony in court (Koran 2:282).
• Under sharia law, men are the “guardians” of women; women are to be obedient to men, and husbands may beat their wives for disobedience (Koran 4:34).
• Under sharia law, a woman may not refuse sexual access to her husband unless she is medically incapable or menstruating, a teaching based partly on Allah himself saying in the Koran, “Your women are a tillage for you; so come unto your tillage as you wish” (Koran 2:223)
• Under sharia law, a woman inherits less than a man, generally half as much, again based on holy writ: “Allah enjoins you concerning your children: the male shall have the equal of the portion of two females” (Koran 4.11, 4.12).
• Under sharia law, men and women who commit fornication are to be flogged. As to the punishment for fornicators, the Koran says: “Let not compassion move you in their case, in a matter prescribed by Allah, if ye believe in Allah and the Last Day: and let a party of the Believers witness their punishment” (Koran 24:2).
• Under sharia law, a man may unilaterally divorce his wife through talaq, whereas women are limited to divorce either under specific circumstances, such as the husband’s impotence, or with the husband’s consent and payment of a certain amount of money (khul).
• Sharia law permits fathers to contract binding marriages for their children so long as they are minors; and although a boy married against his wishes may exercise his power to divorce his wife unilaterally once he matures, a girl’s exit from such an unwanted marriage is much more difficult.
• Under sharia law, the custody of children is generally granted to fathers, and mothers lose custody if they remarry because their attention is supposed to go to their new husbands.
• Although majority-Muslim countries have in practice abolished slavery (Saudi Arabia did so mainly as a result of foreign pressure in 1962), slavery still has not been abolished in sharia law. Sexual slavery was common in Islamic history and is accepted by sharia law.

Women and sharia do not mix. Women and Islam do not mix. But sadly in the West it seems that the left and feminism and Islam do mix very well indeed. Islam and much of the left and most feminists hate the West, so most lefties and feminists are quite happy to get into bed with Islam in their war against it.

They are, as Lenin said about Western lefties in earlier times who defended communism at all costs, “useful idiots”. They are useful, but expendable. Once Islam gets into power, these dhimmis will be the first to go. But in the meantime, women suffer – big time.

www.heraldsun.com.au/news/womens-faces-hidden-on-australian-islamic-peace-conference-flyer-sparking-outrage/news-story/565ef11479ce53341a1dc9b8fd17fbc6?nk=7f3e8c0e78d7555e19d1b6b215a6ba1f-1487848888
www.theaustralian.com.au/news/nation/muslim-public-schoolboys-excused-from-shaking-hands-with-women/news-story/c4adb75696227c673b6760e859323895
www.news.com.au/entertainment/tv/muslim-leader-says-violence-against-women-a-last-resort-for-men/news-story/c45b0b7ec96a203d34936daaecabbf8b
www.theaustralian.com.au/news/inquirer/how-do-you-solve-a-problem-like-sharia/news-story/9e6efee3160373ccf9cf4dda8c6daf33?nk=6f78a887cfaf1427d7e2ec53c6cc74a8-1487721412

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12 Responses to Creeping Sharia and Islamic Misogyny

  • Islamists are chipping away at Western civilisation bit by bit.

    I am waiting to hear about the Women’s marches and demonstrations as well as the feminist speeches that will be held/given to protest about the misogyny and sexism ( cough cough )…oh wait…

  • Ayaan Hirsi Ali’s film-maker, Theo van Gogh was murdered in broad daylight because the docu-drama film Submission they made exposed the realities of traditional Islamic ill-treatment of women by men. Ayaan herself was forced to become a virtual political refugee from the Netherlands, moving to the USA, because her Netherlands citizenship was revoked and her life was in danger after Theo’s murder.

  • We are frequently told that we live in a ‘post Christian’ society. Islam considers it has divine authority. We are not going to successfully defend ourselves and our country against Islam unless we turn back to God with genuine repentance, beg His forgiveness and ask for God’s help to keep His laws. Mrs. Trump opened a big rally in Florida last Saturday by praying aloud The Lord’s Prayer – to a tremendous ovation afterwards from the audience. That’s a start, maybe we will follow America’s example.

  • Perhaps Islam and feminism have more in common than we thought. It could easily be argued that feminism is a form of oppression against women, considering many of the disgruntled ex-feminists there are.

    e.g. http://www.wnd.com/2015/12/ex-feminist-apologizes-to-christians-shocked-at-forgiveness/

    Consider that arguably the most powerful and influential woman the world has ever seen, Queen Victoria, was staunchly anti-feminist.

    David Clay, Parkes

  • And of course – silence by the left-leaning shows on the ABC and The Project about this.

  • Imagine if a major Christian leader said it is OK for men to beat their wives. All hell would have broken out, especially with the lefties and feminists. Yet when a Muslim says exactly this, most come out and defend him. Consider this shocker:
    “Well-known feminist Eva Cox said those attacking Mr Trad didn’t ‘give a stuff about feminism and women’s safety, just cyn¬ically and nastily use it when they want to have a go at Muslims’.”
    Why am I absolutely certain she never would have said this if it was a Christian:
    “Well-known feminist Eva Cox said those attacking Mr Christian leader didn’t ‘give a stuff about feminism and women’s safety, just cyn¬ically and nastily use it when they want to have a go at Christians.”

    http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/nation/outrage-forces-islamic-leader-to-apologise/news-story/26d864715f60adde289bab280201cd0c

  • As a white Western born and raised female who also considers herself a feminist – I am sick to my back teeth of the women from my culture who apologize this horror away. Who use the guise of feminism to promote self absorbed, vindictive aims that ultimately, cause great harm to what feminism truly is and thus, ultimately will cause great harm to our societies.

    What is feminism but a movement that seeks the rights of women to be equal to the rights of men? That irrespective of the gender you were born with, you are no more or less capable and thus should not be treated so. That we are all equal. That is feminism. Ensuring women receive the same rights and advantages as men. Nothing more. It does not mean advancing women’s rights above and beyond the rights of men. It does not mean vindictive spiteful vengeance against men for what women have endured for centuries.

    And as Western women, by God, we should be screaming from the rooftops, about the shockingly horrifying treatment of women across Islam and we should be fighting, tooth and nail to prevent Islam and Sharia Law from ever occupying even the smallest of spaces in our societies.

    It genuinely hurts me, when I see people lambast feminists and how the title of feminist is becoming a denigration. But I understand why it is so. Pushing aside the odd, vindictive and insecure men’s rights activists who are looking for any excuse to jump on, I believe wholeheartedly that most people who are sneering at feminists in this context in today’s world, do so, not because they believe women are inferior and should be subjugated. But because feminism as an ideology has been utterly corrupted by so-called ‘progressive’ politics and is no longer about simple EQUALITY between the two genders.

    I cannot in good conscience, support that movement either. I, along with most women I know and have ever met – still believe wholeheartedly in gender equality and equal rights irrespective of your genitals and gender. But I refuse to join the team of shrieking hysterics, high-jacked by utterly unrelated groups; such as Trans Rights while they commit a form of ideological suicide that is a betrayal and a disgrace to all women across the globe.

    Please remember, most of us women who consider ourselves feminists are not attached to this idiotic movement and do not represent their views. In the same way that most White Western Male’s are not attached to Naziism.

  • Thanks Sarah. My commenting rules require a full name. But I will let you through this time.

  • Here’s more dhimmitude.

    http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-02-28/beaconsfield-mosque-plans-church-offers-land/8312112

    Listen to the reverend’s bizarre speech:
    “Everyone who builds a wall or stops the boats is basically trying to halt evolution,” he said.
    “But the good news is evolution takes no notice of walls or stopping boats or any of that — we’re moving towards oneness and it’s just a shame that some will cling onto what they’ve got.
    “To be quite honest it shows how backward religions have become — and I count all of them in that.
    “Instead of leading the way we’re actually all guilty of clinging on to our own, rather than leading into the unknown, which is where we should be going.”

    I don’t know what the Reverend is advocating but it doesn’t sound anything like Christianity at all.

  • An excellent article Bill followed by some great points from your readers. I have discussions almost daily on my Facebook wall about Islam and it never ceases to amaze me that most of the people arguing that I’m being racist (sic) and anti Muslim are Australian women! I have just found your article and am glad to share it instead of repeating myself ad nauseum.
    Today I posted a petition calling for the removal of the curtain at the PUBLIC Auburn swimming pool. This conversation followed:
    Female Friend: Oh my! This has nothing to do with Sharia, it there for 2hours a week for women who want privacy that is ALL women, those with disabilities those who are receiving physio and elderly women as well as Muslim women it is not just for Muslims, the Council is happy about it, the community is happy about it, why do others feel they have to control everything and have their way.

    Sue Tamani: It’s a public swimming pool. There are physio pools all over Sydney. And don’t make the idea up that anyone other than Muslims wanted this and pushed for it. I worked in Auburn for many years, teaching in public schools and TAFES and have watched the islamisation first hand. It is a true melting pot of immigrants but it’s always the Muslims who want things their way.

    Female Friend: That does not seem to be true Sue but you seem to hate Muslims so I guess you will believe what you want to believe, from what I have read and what the council has said that is the case and as for physio pools being all over Sydney you may find that is not true either, of course there pools but does that mean that a public pool cannot be used for 2 hour a week, and what about the elderly women and disabled who also want privacy or don’t they count in this anti Muslim stuff.

    Sue Tamani: I am not anti Muslim. I live with them in my house!! As a feminist, I strongly object to the unequal treatment of women under sharia. It never ceases to amaze me that most people who accuse me of being anti Muslim are Australian women who have never lived under sharia or even seen it in action.
    Just a couple of personal examples for you. A 5 year old boy who was in charge of his 10 year old sister – he had the money for school lunch and the keys to the house.
    An English class I set up for Muslim women at Auburn High School – one husband came with his wife in a niqab, refused to look at, address me or shake my welcoming hand as the coordinator because I was female, then proceeded to search the whole building, including opening all cupboards, making sure all windows were covered and no males were inside. The other women who came from about 8 different countries were embarrassed for me but said nothing.
    It is up to us women who have been brought up differently and are treated equally under the law to demonstrate our freedoms to these women.

    Female Friend: Sue I have no words you have an answer for everything I disagree and know a few Muslims myself who are not like this but then I guess not all Christians are the same either, lots of sects there too, personally I don’t see this as a problem if it’s not limited to Muslim women but you obviously do, so best to leave it at that, I am just not as fearful as you appear to be. BTW the council just wish everyone would mind their own business as there have been no problems only those created by people who don’t live there or use the pool.

    Sue Tamani: That’s why it’s called creeping sharia. https://billmuehlenberg.com/…/creeping-sharia-islamic…/

    So thanks again Bill for your fab site

  • Thank you Bill you for your insightful articles.

    That was not the first time Ms Baird was been “caught out”.
    She takes too little notice of ACTUAL FACTS; dwells on the most dubious / manipulated ideological myths and presents them as facts; she “carefully ignores REAL science and pay too much notice of SCIENTISM (science according to dubious criteria).
    … and here is how some reporters are lulled into a false sense of security:

    1. The Editor-in-Chief of World’s Best Known Medical Journal, “The Lancet” (considered to be one of the most well respected peer-reviewed medical journals in the world), WARNS us that “a lot of published research is in fact unreliable at best, if not completely false.”
    [That afflicted by the fear of lack of research-funding if a “story” is not “eye-catching” or “news-worthy” enough] … and “Afflicted by studies with small sample sizes, tiny effects, invalid exploratory analyses, and flagrant conflicts of interest, together with an obsession for pursuing fashionable trends of dubious importance, SCIENCE HAS TAKEN A TURN TOWARDS DARKNESS.” – http://www.thelancet.com Vol 385 April 11, 2015.

    2. Another scientists reported to Alan Jones (Radio 2GB) this week that when certain temperature figure recordings on logs and graphs seemed “suspect” or not recorded, some scientists began taking photos of the temperatures being recorded on their instruments in-situ (including time and date and surrounds) – YET the ACTUAL temperatures on the instruments (confirmed by photos) were either not entered into the logs and graphs or were completely FALSIFIED to dove-tail with the current fashionable “story” about global-warming. The falsified temperatures were so often incorrect by significant margins, that they were worthless as reliable data. YET these incidence of “falsified data” (“scientism”) were conveniently “swept-under-the-carpet” but accepted by reporters as alarmist “sure evidence global warming.”

    To avoid future incidence of yet more “Thalidomide-accident” tragedies (also resulting from sloppy science), we, a civilised and responsible society MUST return to the Ten Commandments, and the teachings of Christ and the resulting in-built imperative to TRUTH and to do ONLY GOOD while we are on this planet. We MUST heed the words of Jesus to treat others as we ourselves wish to be treated.

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