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Women Leading the Fight Against Islamist Extremism ^ | March 7, 2014 | Linda Chavez

Posted on 03/07/2014 7:10:11 AM PST by Kaslin

International Women's Day, celebrated this week for the 106th year, marks continued progress for women across the world, but that progress has been reversed in countries where Islamic fundamentalism has taken hold. And nowhere is women's freedom more under official assault than in Iran.

Prior to the Islamic Revolution in 1979, women in Iran had significant personal freedom and protection under the law. One of the first changes the Ayatollah Khomeini made after taking power was to revoke the 1967 Family Protection Law, which governed marriage, divorce and family custody.

Today, women have less than second-class status in Iran. Their husbands may divorce them at will and take as many as four concurrent wives, and divorced women have no custody rights to their own children once the child reaches age 2. Women are denied the right to study what they choose and are forbidden from entering certain professions and from studying abroad unless accompanied by their husbands. Their testimony in court is devalued: Two women must testify to carry the same weight as one man.

The court system is an arm of fundamentalist Islam. Female victims of crime receive less justice than male victims. Punishment for harming or even killing a woman is less harsh than if the victim is a man. What we in the West might consider moral transgressions, such as adultery, incur the severest criminal penalties, including the stoning to death of female adulterers. Even minor transgressions, such as failing to wear the hijab, can result in beatings and imprisonment.

Last week in Paris, however, I joined a group of prominent women gathered to draw attention to the plight of women in Iran and under other Islamic extremist governments. The conference theme, "Women Leading the Fight Against Islamic Fundamentalism," drew speakers including former Canadian Prime Minister Kim Campbell, former president of the German Bundestag Rita Sussmuth, South African activist Nontombi Naomi Tutu, and Mariane Pearl, journalist and widow of reporter Daniel Pearl, whose videotaped execution by Khalid Sheikh Mohammed became a symbol of the barbarity of al-Qaida.

Maryam Rajavi, the conference organizer and president-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran, described the outrageous misogyny that the mullahs inflict on Iran: an acid attack against a woman and her daughter in the streets of Tehran, forced marriages for girls under 15, and new laws (unopposed by the so-called moderate Iranian President Hassan Rouhani) that allow men to marry their adopted daughters at age 13.

But Rajavi's message was not one of despair. "Iranian women and all women in the region must move from being hopeless to being hopeful. They have to move from simply being angry to becoming inspired to change and to bring about change."

It was the same message Tutu invoked. Recalling her famous father, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, she described a visit he made to Alaska during the apartheid era where he met a woman who told him that she woke every morning at 3 o'clock to pray for the liberation of South Africa. "And he said, 'What chance does the apartheid regime have when we were being prayed for at 3 o'clock in the morning in Alaska?' ... What chance does the regime stand when there are young women inside Iran leading protests on college campuses. What chance does the regime stand when the opposition is lead by a woman named Mrs. Rajavi. No chance! No chance!"

Pearl spoke of resistance in personal terms. "The women that we talked about today are those ordinary women with a mighty heart -- and they can defeat terrorism," she said. "They also know that we have no choice but to win that fight."

Women make up more than half of the population of Iran. The mullahs may try to silence them, deprive them of their rights, even take away their children. But women will be the face of change in Iran. And it is time feminists in the West stood by their side in the fight against Islamic extremism.

TOPICS: Culture/Society; Editorial

1 posted on 03/07/2014 7:10:11 AM PST by Kaslin
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This is a great article.

Right from new world order.


Conservatives should support new world order, the new world order of our hero, George HW Bush.

Let’s promote “civil society”, “empowering women”. Let’s make sure women aren’t oppressed in non-Western-banking countries.

What a great cause for war if some “holdout” regime rebuffs the State Department/NGO/Investment advances.

Let’s keep the propaganda rolling out to conservatives ! woo-hoo !

We can all “hate” Soros, but support the exact same things he does.


Does anyone need me to put a /sarc here...

3 posted on 03/07/2014 7:34:29 AM PST by PieterCasparzen (We have to fix things ourselves)
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Honor killings expected to skyrocket in five, four, three, two......

5 posted on 03/07/2014 8:02:54 AM PST by elcid1970 ("In the modern world, Muslims are living fossils.")
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Lots of propaganda is directed at Christian conservatives like myself.

Starving children. Sick puppies. Honor killings. People who need medical help. Etc.

All in foreign countries.

All such propaganda is aimed at getting Christians and other conservatives to support a) USAID / State Department / World Bank / CIA etc. initiatives in foreign countries, b) non-governmental organizations (NGOs), using billions in taxpayer dollars and new world order corporate funding, operating in other countries to open them up, soften them up for US/UK/Euro influence on their economy and government, c) US military actions, d) US covert operations, e) tax-exempt charitable organizations activities which work hand-in-hand with the globalism mentioned above.

If you really think honor killings are bad - and you want me, as an American to do something about it - then ask me to support your call for making US laws compatible with the Bible.

See, that would be in America - where America has jurisdiction and responsibility. It would not be in a foreign country where America has neither.

And, if US law was compatible with the Bible, “honor killings”, disfigurement, etc., all these things would not be legal in America.

But since America’s laws and Constitution are based on secular humanism, the Bible is actively rejected, and wicked cults are allowed to persist with the full protection of the law.

We can’t have it two ways; law is either Biblically-based or not.

When you say honor killings are expected to “skyrocket”, that implies that if the US exceeds its jurisdiction, and takes some sort of action in Iran, that a) this will somehow restrain the number of honor killings there and b) the US has any sort of responsibility to take some action, both of which are ludicrous.

Actually, the more Western NGOs and the State Department keep up their programs that are called “empowering women”, but really are about changing their mindset to an IMMORAL Western secular-humanist mindset of coveting career, clothes, shopping, immodest dress, etc., the more we will see conflict between the “Westernized” women and the rest of the societies they live in. I would thus expect honor killings to rise the more the NGOs and State Department try to “help” these women.

But then again, that’s the purpose of these programs, to foment a call for a change of government. If you have a society that represses or oppresses women, women can then be used to mobilize against the current government. The more they are punished by their government, the more the sads stories of punishment can be used to garner more support in America. Well, I don’t buy it. No matter how sad the story, Iran is not within American jurisdiction, and these wrong punishments are not a valid casus belli, nor do they justify any covert operations against the Iranian regime.

As a Christian, I would agree if someone suggested that spreading the gospel is a good thing in every nation of the world. Trouble is, NGOs, corrupt globalist mainstream Churches, monopolist capitalists, etc., are not spreading the gospel; in fact, what they are spreading, i.e., covetousness, immorality, immodesty, etc., is all decidely against the gospel. The gospel is not spread with money or war or wordly things of the flesh.

For a righteous war, a nation must sacrifice its sons - but not for an unrighteous one. For an unrighteous war, one that is instigated by a few war criminals, those few instigators should be brought to justice. War is no game. Covert operations are an act of war, and can rise to the level of a casus belli. The Opium Wars are a good example of illicit trade being a casus belli.

6 posted on 03/07/2014 9:01:20 AM PST by PieterCasparzen (We have to fix things ourselves)
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