Over at Big Government, Danielle Avel is taking feminists to task for their silence in the wake of Evangelical Rev. Franklin Graham’s disinvitation from the National Day of Prayer event at the Pentagon “because of his remarks about Islam which included, ‘When you look at what the religion [Islam] does to women and women alone, it is just horrid’“:
Feminists certainly could have come out in support of Franklin Graham’s truthful remarks and brought attention to some simple facts, like how women who live under Shariah Law are virtual prisoners and are not allowed to leave their home unless accompanied by an appropriate male guardian. Or perhaps, start a discussion on the fact that over 90% of married women in supposedly “moderate Islamic” countries like Pakistan report being “kicked, slapped, beaten, or sexually abused” for crimes like failing to cook or clean to their husbands’ approval or for giving birth to a girl instead of a boy. Maybe it would have been a good time to mention that now even here in the United States, fathers, brothers, and sons sometimes feel they have the right to viciously attack and murder their own female relatives in order to preserve their so-called “honor.” At the very least, it would have been an appropriate moment for some feminist group to denounce the heinous practice of female genital mutilation or the stoning to death of women who are raped. What about the Islamic tradition of forcing children to “marry” adult men who then take complete control over their little bodies — control enough to rape little girls to death as we saw in Yemen just weeks ago.
Even though feminists generally remain silent about this issue, the treatment of women in Islam can be, as Franklin Graham stated, “horrid.”
Guess the feminist groups fear that if they dare condemn the violence against women in Islamic cultures, they might forfeit their membership in the “Coalition of the Oppressed.” Seems these feminist groups have a lot in common with European gay groups — and indeed gay groups in the United States.