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Tolerance and Diversity: Teaching Girls That Misogyny And Beatings Are An Honor

posted at 9:08 pm on October 13, 2010 by

Originally published at NewsReal:

Allah honored wives by instating the punishment of beatings.” So said Cleric Sa’d Arafat earlier this year. Last month, a Wellesley, Massachusetts public school took a trip to a mosque, where the school children were taught to pray to that same Allah.

The result is stunning: an unabashed exercise in Islamic dawa, the “call to Islam” and the manner by which the Brotherhood’s spiritual guide, Yusuf Qaradawi, promises that Islam will “conquer America” and “conquer Europe.” Qaradawi — wonder of wonders — is a trustee of the Roxbury mosque (although he is banned from the U.S. for sanctioning terrorism). As the video relates, “Dawa Net,” one Islamic organization that instructs on how to use the schools to inculcate the young, explains that public schools in America are “fertile grounds where the seeds of Islam can be sowed inside the hearts of non-Muslim students.”

Well, except for the icky girls. Cooties, and all. They were not allowed to take part in the “tolerance” indoctrination. Have to teach these girls how to show respect! And teach them a little about  the benefits of misogynistic subjugation in the Muslim world, right? See, they were shockingly told – as they were shuttled off to an area away from males – that Islam is “pro-women” and“Islam was actually very advanced in terms of recognizing women’s rights.” They were also told this:

At the time of the Prophet Muhammad, women were allowed to express their opinions and vote. In this country, women didn’t gain that right until less than a hundred years ago.

Of course. Blame America and try to make some sort of sick moral relativism argument. What’s the matter with you rube Islamophobes? Muhammad let women vote and express their opinions. Of course, they were then beaten for them, but still. In Islam, it is an honor to be beaten by your husband! There is even etiquette and stuff. We honor women by beating the crap out of them. Sheesh!

I mean, just let the cleric S’ad Arafat explain further:

The full and highly disturbing transcript can be read here, but let’s hit some of the lowlights, shall we?

Cleric Sa’d Arafat: The Prophet Muhammad said: “Don’t beat her in the face, and do not maker her ugly.” See how she is honored. If the husband beats his wife, he must not beat her in the face. Even when he beats her, he must not curse her. This is incredible!

HE beats her in order to discipline her. In addition, there must not be more than ten beatings, and he must not break her bones, injure her, break her teeth, or poke her in the eye.

There is a beating etiquette. If he beats to discipline her, he must not raise his hand high. He must beat her from the chest level. All these things honor the woman. She is in need of disciplines.

It’s totally okay, you see – there’s etiquette!  Oh, it’s fine – sure you can beat me. Just make sure you don’t curse me at the same time and keep your hands at chest level only. Otherwise, that would be bad.

It’s actually more than fine; it honors the wife. She should be proud, if beaten. You know, he only hits you because he loves you. Plus, it’s not like he hit your face and made you “ugly” or used a long rod which would totally be disrespectful. Unlike a nice respectful beating with a short rod.

He then goes on to inform men of when is the proper time (it’s all about the etiquette) to beat their wives:

These are all choices made during the process, but beatings are allowed only as a last resort. The honoring of the wife in Islam is also evident in the fact that the punishment of beating is permissible in one case only: when she refuses to sleep with him.

Commentator: When she refuses to sleep with him?

Cleric Sa’d Arafat: Yes, because where else could the husband go? He wants her, but she refuses. He should begin with admonishment and threats,

Commentator: Allow me to repeat this, A man cannot beat his wife over food or drink.

Cleric Sa’d Arafat: Beating are permitted only in this case, which the husband cannot do without.

Isn’t it good to know that if your wife doesn’t feel like letting you “hit that” one night, you can simply hit her. I mean, really, you would dishonor her if you did not hit her. Oh, the shame!

You know what actually is shameful? The fact that some want us to teach our children to accept this, because it would be intolerant and meany pants if we dare to point out anything that doesn’t fall in line with the Religion of Peace ™ meme. American citizens are demonized as biased and hateful if even bringing up the subject. Those who not only subjugate women, but also wish to kill us receive apologies. The media frantically avoids perceived “profiling”, including avoiding the use of the word Islam at all costs in any negative stories, out of the insane fear of looking non-politically correct.

We are instead to pretend that Islam is super awesome always and stick our fingers in our ears singing la-la-la as the abuse of Muslim women continues. Because, tolerance. Well, guess what? Barbarism should not be tolerated nor should it be “appeased.”  Silence is not just consent when it comes to such wrongs; it makes one complicit in their perpetuation.

While leftist feminists (femisogynists) continue to screech about perceived systematic misogyny in America, all made up out of whole cloth, we are encouraged to teach our daughters to respect Islam and Sharia Law.  We are expected to worship at the altar of Better Than You ™ multiculturalism. And we are to ignore the actual oppression and subjugation of women in the Muslim world – and of Muslim women here in America. Because, George W. Bush. And oil or something.

I refuse to do so. As do many strong conservative women and men. Including George W. Bush. It is he who is continuing to aid the women in the Middle East who are truly oppressed and abused. The George W. Bush Institute has a women’s initiative, chaired by Mrs. Laura Bush, that is focusing on empowering women in the Middle East, where it is desperately needed.

I won’t, however, hold my breath and wait for N.O.W. or any of their fellow sister travelers to weigh in. They are too busy demonizing American conservative women and endorsing the men who call them whores.

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Well said, LZ. Very well said.

Dominion on October 13, 2010 at 10:05 PM

It’s not only some public schools, it’s also our U.S. Army under Imam David “Howling Mad” Petraues.

“I can tell you through my interaction with Afghan officials, there is women’s equality (in Afghanistan).”
(Col. James Blackburn)

Luka on October 13, 2010 at 11:54 PM

Our liberal elite like to point to the plays of Ibsen to illustrate how horribly women were treated in Western patriarchies in the past; yet, none of Ibsen’s heroines endured even a fraction of the misogyny of the average Muslim woman of today.

Why was it a good thing to change our cultural traditions but intolerant to expect the same of others?

Disturb the Universe on October 14, 2010 at 8:39 AM

I have two daughters, any man hits them and they are going to get beaten like Sonny Corleone beat Carlo during the godfather.

Muslim, Christian, atheist, Hindu or wiccan, I will treat them all the same.

And I’m going to teach my daughters how to use firearms as well.

NoDonkey on October 14, 2010 at 8:58 AM

Paraphrasing: “Last month, a Wellesley, Massachusetts public school took a trip to a mosque church, where the school children were taught to pray to that same Allah God.”

Makes the double standard obvious, doesn’t it?

LarryD on October 14, 2010 at 9:42 AM

Wait, a public school took kids to a religious house? Where’s the ACLU? Oh, wait, it was a mosque, not a church.

rbj on October 14, 2010 at 10:54 AM

While leftist feminists (femisogynists) continue to screech about perceived systematic misogyny in America, all made up out of whole cloth, we are encouraged to teach our daughters to respect Islam and Sharia Law.

Really? Have you bothered to look at all before making this sweeping allegation? I’s great that cases of abusive behavior towards women within Islam are being reported as the crimes they are but then you start making silly accusations like this one and it undermines the rest of your argument.

lexhamfox on October 14, 2010 at 9:00 PM

Really? Have you bothered to look at all before making this sweeping allegation? I’s great that cases of abusive behavior towards women within Islam are being reported as the crimes they are but then you start making silly accusations like this one and it undermines the rest of your argument.

lexhamfox on October 14, 2010 at 9:00 PM

In what way is this a sweeping allegation?

No less than the president of the United States announced in a major overseas speech our fundamental respect for the burqa, the most iconic symbol of Islamic oppression of women.

We’ve got a judge in the Massachusetts saying it’s okay for a man to rape his wife as long as they’re both Muslim, because Islamic law forbids the wife from withholding sex.

We’ve got the entire bloody media and fully half the nation whining and moping about how terribly we treat Islam, even as they are bringing Europe slowly to its knees.

We’ve got little girls being herded off by those warm-and-fuzzy people into a seperate room, so the boys can learn about prayer seperate from the girls, and the girls be taught how much Islam respects and loves women, and even gave them voting rights.

And Mz. Ziganto is somehow making sweeping allegations?

Dude, are you even awake when you read these things?

KinleyArdal on October 15, 2010 at 9:23 AM

And Mz. Ziganto is somehow making sweeping allegations?

Dude, are you even awake when you read these things?

KinleyArdal on October 15, 2010 at 9:23 AM

Yes. The same sweeping allegation she always makes. That somehow women on the left turn a blind eye to the plight of women in the Muslim world and it just isn’t true. I just read about a campaign being run by a well known feminist of the left against the imposition of the laws and sentences you yourself cite. And sh was not whining about the right when she did it. It’s boring partisan droning and it is indeed hard to stay awake reading this. I quoted the sweeping allegation so you did not have to guess (and guess wrong) about what I was writing about. Clearly it was a sweeping allegation easily refuted.

lexhamfox on October 15, 2010 at 7:41 PM

Funny no one in the comments has challenged this absurd statement:

At the time of the Prophet Muhammad, women were allowed to express their opinions and vote. In this country, women didn’t gain that right until less than a hundred years ago.

“Vote”? Ridiculous. Voting was not a practice of Mohammed’s people, or in any of his haunts, during his 7th century lifetime. It wasn’t a functioning practice in the local remnants of the Roman Empire or the satrapies and tribal fiefdoms struggling to supplant it. The men in this area didn’t vote, much less women. Voting at this point was seriously attenuated as a legacy Roman practice, for which only a tiny number of propertied Roman male citizens, in a few places, were even eligible. Our modern idea of voting was linked through this period by a thin thread of practices in the assemblies of Teutonic tribes in Europe; the features of Roman citizenship had largely fallen into disuse even in the European part of the empire, and their aspect of propertied-citizen voting and republican representation had never taken hold in the Eastern empire at all.

J.E. Dyer on October 15, 2010 at 9:31 PM

“Vote”? Ridiculous. Voting was not a practice of Mohammed’s people, or in any of his haunts, during his 7th century lifetime. It wasn’t a functioning practice in the local remnants of the Roman Empire or the satrapies and tribal fiefdoms struggling to supplant it. The men in this area didn’t vote, much less women. Voting at this point was seriously attenuated as a legacy Roman practice, for which only a tiny number of propertied Roman male citizens, in a few places, were even eligible. Our modern idea of voting was linked through this period by a thin thread of practices in the assemblies of Teutonic tribes in Europe; the features of Roman citizenship had largely fallen into disuse even in the European part of the empire, and their aspect of propertied-citizen voting and republican representation had never taken hold in the Eastern empire at all.

J.E. Dyer on October 15, 2010 at 9:31 PM

In honesty, it flew right over my head. The premise was simply too outlandish for me to compute at the time.

KinleyArdal on October 16, 2010 at 10:31 AM

Yes. The same sweeping allegation she always makes. That somehow women on the left turn a blind eye to the plight of women in the Muslim world and it just isn’t true. I just read about a campaign being run by a well known feminist of the left against the imposition of the laws and sentences you yourself cite. And sh was not whining about the right when she did it. It’s boring partisan droning and it is indeed hard to stay awake reading this. I quoted the sweeping allegation so you did not have to guess (and guess wrong) about what I was writing about. Clearly it was a sweeping allegation easily refuted.

lexhamfox on October 15, 2010 at 7:41 PM

Apparently she isn’t that well known. I certainly have not heard of this campaign.

Even if I grant you this point (it would be helpful to have a name rather than a generality), the majority – really vast majority – of Leftists and “independents” I know – and read online – attribute these things either to cultural differences, or simply none of our business, as it’s elsewhere in the world.

I hear extensive whining and complaining the moment anyone threatens Leftist women’s right to murder their own helpless children, but it is rare to the point of near nonexistence to hear Leftist women and women’s organizations buckle down on Islam’s misogyny.

A strongly worded memo doesn’t cut it. More public denouncements, donations to groups fighting it, how about support for the war on terror. These things are useful. Elsewise, it’s a waste of time.

I’d be happy to be proven wrong, as it might show that some on the Left have a little spine and actual human compassion left in them. Please present the campaign and campaigner!

KinleyArdal on October 16, 2010 at 10:38 AM