Columnist Jeff Jacoby documents the horrible treatment of women in Islamic cultures — both in Islamic nations as well as Western nations — and asks, where is the outrage?
All these are only examples – the tip of a dreadful iceberg that will never be demolished until Muslims by the millions rise up against it. As for the rest of us, we too have an obligation to raise our voices.
Two observations here:
First, this is further evidence that Islam is a sick religion. I know, I know — many Muslims will protest that these incidents represent only a radical fringe element, and not the “true” Islam. But look at the correlation between the prevalence of these crimes against women and the role of Islam as official government policy. It is in those countries that are most tightly in the grip of Islamic law (Saudi Arabia, Taliban Afghanistan, Pakistan) that these monstrosities most often occur. Moderate Muslims can protest the charge all they want, but the record is clear: Islam, as the world currently knows it, is an enemy of women.
Second, it is curious that the radical feminists who are so quick to criticize the slightest hint of patriarchy in Western cultures are strangely silent on this subject. By passing by these crimes against their sisters in other cultures, they expose the hypocrisy of their agenda. Others have written extensively about this (here and here).
There is, however, a silver lining behind these dark clouds. As more people become exposed to the barbaric treatment of women in Islamic cultures, and hear the deafening silence of the feminists in response, both Islam and feminism will be forced to either moderate their positions, or face further marginalization. Either path suits me fine.