Misogyny Of Islam
Arab Spring? In Egypt? For Women?
Submitted by Betty Krawczyk, Cumberland
Things will be worse for Egyptian women if the projected results of the
current elections (by CBC, BBC, and Aljazeera) hold true. The Muslim
Brotherhood will have the most votes (60 per cent first round vote) with the
Salafists (ultra hard liners) and the Gamaa Islamiya, (more hard liners)
taking most of the rest of the votes. Under these circumstances what can
Egyptian women expect?
Oh, the usual suspectsÖblack robes for women, de-schooling of girls and
women, forced marriages of young women to old men as second, third, or
fourth wives, death by stoning if women provoke jealously in their
households, more honour killings. It means constant fear of menís
accusations of wrong doing, in other words, the complete captivity of women.
But wait a minute. Didnít many young, seemingly well educated Egyptian women
help start the Egyptians revolution, didnít they work for it, risk their
lives for it? Yes, and that was perfectly fine with the Muslim Brotherhood,
the Salafists, and the Gamaa Islamiyas. But that was then, they seem to say,
and this is now. Now that the battle is primarily won, itís ďGet back into
your cages, women. And this time we will lock the gates good and tightĒ.
And many Islamists donít necessarily cease to be hard line Islamists when
they come to Canada. Islamic women continue to be treated as inferiors by
their men in Canada in many instances. Remember the little girls in the
Ontario school that holds Friday prayers for Muslims? And the young girls
having their periods have to sit in the very back row away from the others?
Boys in front, girls kneeling behind, then the menstruating girls, who are
not fit to even kneel behind the boys in their supposed unclean condition
and are delegated to the rear of the room.
What is wrong with Canada, with Ontario, to allow such a practice in public
schools? Public displays of little girls being humiliated because of their
life giving functions are akin, in a very real way, to pornography. And
certainly itís also akin to barbarism, that period of time when women were
banished to special huts, away from any possible damage to men when the
women were bleeding. I think Canada has gone bananas with trying to
demonstrate how wonderfully political correct we are.
Enough is enough. Immigrants should adjust to Canadian society, not try to
transform Canadian laws and social mores into what they left behind. The
misogyny of Islam is notorious throughout the world. Why do we try to
pretend that this isnít so?
And how did Mohammad Shafia, ( Muslim from Afghanistan, making news right
now for killing three of his daughters and his first wife) even get into
Canada with two wives? I understand the first wife was listed as a cousin on
the familyís immigration papers. How could a cousin be allowed entry into
Canada when so many parents and adult children of immigrants are not allowed
to be brought in with their families? Was it because Shafia is rich? Did
immigration know or suspect the listed cousin was really the first wife and
didnít care because he was rich?
And how many other additional wives of rich Muslims families are allowed
entry into Canada simply by being listed as cousins and aunts? This case is
surely not the only one. And this case only came to light because the man
killed his first wife along with his three daughters. Doesnít Canadian
immigration investigate the additional cousins and aunts that are brought in
with these rich Muslim families? Especially since rich Muslim men are
usually the only ones who can afford the two, three, or four wives that
Islam allows. Curious minds want to know.
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