How my eyes were opened to the barbarity of Islam: Is it ‘racist’ to condemn fanaticism?

Phyllis Chesler

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Once I was held captive in Kabul. I was the bride of a charming, seductive and Westernised Afghan Muslim whom I met at an American college. The purdah I experienced was relatively posh but the sequestered all-female life was not my cup of chai — nor was the male hostility to veiled, partly veiled and unveiled women in public.

When we landed in Kabul, an airport official smoothly confiscated my US passport. “Don’t worry, it’s just a formality,” my husband assured me. I never saw that passport again. I later learnt that this was routinely done to foreign wives — perhaps to make it impossible for them to leave. Overnight, my husband became a stranger. The man with whom I had discussed Camus, Dostoevsky, Tennessee Williams and the Italian cinema became a stranger. He treated me the same way his father and elder brother treated their wives: distantly, with a hint of disdain and embarrassment.

In our two years together, my future husband had never once mentioned that his father had three wives and 21 children. Nor did he tell me that I would be expected to live as if I had been reared as an Afghan woman. I was supposed to lead a largely indoor life among women, to go out only with a male escort and to spend my days waiting for my husband to return or visiting female relatives, or having new (and very fashionable) clothes made.

In America, my husband was proud that I was a natural-born rebel and free thinker. In Afghanistan, my criticism of the treatment of women and of the poor rendered him suspect, vulnerable. He mocked my horrified reactions. But I knew what my eyes and ears told me. I saw how poor women in chadaris were forced to sit at the back of the bus and had to keep yielding their place on line in the bazaar to any man.

I saw how polygamous, arranged marriages and child brides led to chronic female suffering and to rivalry between co-wives and half-brothers; how the subordination and sequestration of women led to a profound estrangement between the sexes — one that led to wife-beating, marital rape and to a rampant but hotly denied male “prison”-like homosexuality and pederasty; how frustrated, neglected and uneducated women tormented their daughter-in-laws and female servants; how women were not allowed to pray in mosques or visit male doctors (their husbands described the symptoms in their absence).

Individual Afghans were enchantingly courteous — but the Afghanistan I knew was a bastion of illiteracy, poverty, treachery and preventable diseases. It was also a police state, a feudal monarchy and a theocracy, rank with fear and paranoia. Afghanistan had never been colonised. My relatives said: “Not even the British could occupy us.” Thus I was forced to conclude that Afghan barbarism was of their own making and could not be attributed to Western imperialism.

Long before the rise of the Taleban, I learnt not to romanticise Third World countries or to confuse their hideous tyrants with liberators. I also learnt that sexual and religious apartheid in Muslim countries is indigenous and not the result of Western crimes — and that such “colourful tribal customs” are absolutely, not relatively, evil. Long before al-Qaeda beheaded Daniel Pearl in Pakistan and Nicholas Berg in Iraq, I understood that it was dangerous for a Westerner, especially a woman, to live in a Muslim country. In retrospect, I believe my so-called Western feminism was forged in that most beautiful and treacherous of Eastern countries.

Nevertheless, Western intellectual-ideologues, including feminists, have demonised me as a reactionary and racist “Islamophobe” for arguing that Islam, not Israel, is the largest practitioner of both sexual and religious apartheid in the world and that if Westerners do not stand up to this apartheid, morally, economically and militarily, we will not only have the blood of innocents on our hands; we will also be overrun by Sharia in the West. I have been heckled, menaced, never-invited, or disinvited for such heretical ideas — and for denouncing the epidemic of Muslim-on-Muslim violence for which tiny Israel is routinely, unbelievably scapegoated.

However, my views have found favour with the bravest and most enlightened people alive. Leading secular Muslim and ex-Muslim dissidents — from Egypt, Bangladesh, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Pakistan, Syria and exiles from Europe and North America — assembled for the landmark Islamic Summit Conference in Florida and invited me to chair the opening panel on Monday.

According to the chair of the meeting, Ibn Warraq: “What we need now is an age of enlightenment in the Islamic world. Without critical examination of Islam, it will remain dogmatic, fanatical and intolerant and will continue to stifle thought, human rights, individuality, originality and truth.” The conference issued a declaration calling for such a new “Enlightenment”. The declaration views “Islamophobia” as a false allegation, sees a “noble future for Islam as a personal faith, not a political doctrine” and “demands the release of Islam from its captivity to the ambitions of power-hungry men”.

Now is the time for Western intellectuals who claim to be antiracists and committed to human rights to stand with these dissidents. To do so requires that we adopt a universal standard of human rights and abandon our loyalty to multicultural relativism, which justifies, even romanticises, indigenous Islamist barbarism, totalitarian terrorism and the persecution of women, religious minorities, homosexuals and intellectuals. Our abject refusal to judge between civilisation and barbarism, and between enlightened rationalism and theocratic fundamentalism, endangers and condemns the victims of Islamic tyranny.

Ibn Warraq has written a devastating work that will be out by the summer. It is entitled Defending the West: A Critique of Edward Said’s Orientalism. Will Western intellectuals also dare to defend the West?

Phyllis Chesler is an Emerita Professor of Psychology and Women’s Studies at the City University of New York

The Sheik on other Blogs

http://illustratedpig.blogspot.com/index.html

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Okay, now I have to dash. Blogging will be light for the next couple of days because I’ll be going on a short trip. From Monday on we will be sheikin’ again….

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Meanwhile, mosque-building mania continues in the Dar’al Harb:

http://www.jihadwatch.org/archives/015556.php

And here’s some more ‘vulgarity’- Mr. Editor:

http://illustratedpig.blogspot.com/2007/03/citadel-of-terror.html

The Multi-Purpose Islamic Garment

With thanks to LGF

The versatile burqa—it’s a political statement, a tool to keep women suppressed, and a disguise for fleeing terrorists!

Burqa-clad Taliban leader caught as NATO attacks.

KABUL, March 7 (Reuters) – Afghan soldiers have captured a Taliban leader who tried to flee a security operation in the south dressed in a burqa, NATO said on Wednesday.

Tuesday’s capture in Kandahar province came as NATO launched a major offensive in neighbouring Helmand to secure a key hydroelectric dam and combat the opium trade.

The man was named as Mullah Mahmood and described as an expert bomb-maker. U.S.-led coalition forces also detained five more suspected militants in eastern Khost this week.

‘Vulgar?’ This is Vulgar, Mr. Editor:

A Cairns Post Editor describes the Sheik Yer’mami website as ‘vulgar’- and claims the moral high-ground: ‘Objections’- (against a mosque) he says, are ‘patently ludicrous and absurdly racist’- whereby he absurdly plays the race-card on behalf of the most intolerant ideology without being able to differentiate between ideology and race.

Once again, nutroots, moonbats & pink brigades hard at work to bring us multiculti diversity. Winds of Jihad a ‘hate site?’ Ridiculous.

This here is a hate site, Mr. Editor, from your Islamic friends, calling for the murder of all who insult the prophet Muhammad: Click here

Obviously you don’t object to that. We shall be waiting for your comment!
You won’t find sheik yer’mami calling for first degree murder. Mr Editor. And when I see such comments they are deleted.
It worked with Cronulla, right Mr. Editor? After years of harassment, revolting rape-epidemics and assault and battery by Muslim thugs the Aussies decided to do something about it. It went horribly wrong, because the liberal media betrayed them: ‘Racism’ killed the ugly reality.  Shooting the messenger will make sure nobody points the finger at the unpleasant fact. If we don’t talk about it it will just go away, right? Right. Its a formula that always works. Almost.
Misguided tolerance  towards those who would never tolerate a church, or a synagogue, or a temple in Saudi Arabia or other Muslim countries. Ask the Imam, Mr. Editor. Ask him what happens if you bring a bible with you to Saudi Arabia. Ask the imam what happens to Christians or Hindu’s who are caught praying in the privacy of their own homes in Riadh or Jeddah.

One of our readers was deeply offended by your comments, Mr. Editor. He has a completely different concept of ‘vulgar’: He finds chopping off heads (of unfortunate infidels) in front of video-camera’s much more vulgar. And he pointed out that blowing up 200 young Aussies in Bali restaurants and pubs in the name of Islam is simply revolting. He sent this in just to show you the difference:

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Video: UK Imam Justifies Beheading of Ken Bigley

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In this clip, a British Muslim cleric praises the videotaped beheading murder of British hostage Ken Bigley as an act of war, says Bigley embraced Islam before he was slaughtered—then jokes about it. You may need to double up on your blood pressure meds before watching this, and remove throwable objects from the vicinity of your computer display.

The face of evil: imperviously stupid and violent.

Rusty points out that another video shot at the same time shows recently-arrested terror supporter Omar Brooks, aka Abu Izzadeen, sitting next to this cleric (off-camera here), which means these Muslims are probably followers of Omar Bakri.

And Rusty’s right on target with these comments:

In the video, the speaker justifies Kenneth Bigley’s murder on the grounds that Bigley was in Iraq to help fix military hardware which would then be used to “kill Muslims”. This is not true. Kenneth Bigley, Jack Hensley, and Eugene Armstrong were in Iraq to work on civilian reconstruction efforts. They were there helping Muslims. It is al Qaeda in Iraq that continues to murder Muslims to this day.

The speaker then says Bigley was in Iraq to “steal the money of the Muslims”. Which, of course, is also patently untrue. Ken Bigley was being paid by the U.S. government to help the Iraqis rebuild their country so that Muslims in Iraq would have a functioning economy so that they could earn money for themselves. It is those that murdered Ken Bigley that steal money from Muslims by blowing up Iraq’s infrastructure.

The speaker, in what seems to be a bit of “humor”, warns that people involved in the reconstruction effort—or, as he deems it, “stealing from Muslims”—-should “mind your head”. No doubt, a reference to the dozens of civilians beheaded by al Qaeda and other jihadi groups in Iraq.

Last, even though Bigley “converted” to Islam at the point of a knife, the speaker reiterates that since Islam forbids forced conversions, then Bigley must have become a Muslim of his own free will. See if you follow that sick and twisted logic? And if that is the case, even though the speaker does not say it in this video, those listening would undoubtedly understand another reason why his murder was “justified”. To the Salafi jihadi mind, Muslims helping the U.S. and U.K. in Iraq are “traitors”.

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Update:

Some papers, radio & TV stations have requested interviews with regards to the Winds of Jihad website and about my motivation. I am not interested to be the sacrificial lamb on the altar of political correctness. Critics should concern themselves with the subject matter and educate themselves before they rush to uninformed judgment about ‘racism’- The subject is militant Islam and the global jihad, and every mosque in the land of the infidels, deep in the Dar al Harb, behind enemy lines, advances that cause. This is about our future and the future of our kids, not about my person. If you have any questions, please direct them to this site and I will answer them right here in undisclosed Locationville…

“Holy War” in the Cairns Post: ‘Mosques, Churches, Sikh-& Buddhist Temples all the same’ -Claims Editor

‘Holy War’ is today’s trashy headline in the Cairns Post. It shows a picture of the ‘Imam of Cairns’ in front of an old Queenslander in 31 Dunn Street in traditional Muslim costume. The Imam Abdul Aziz is well known around Cairns over his unrelenting attacks on the mayor Kevin Byrne for pulling a prank wearing a ‘Kaffieh’- (traditional headgear of Middle Eastern terrorists) along with a fake nose some years ago, impersonating the terrorist Yasser Arafat .

It also shows a picture of the planned mosque, complete with minaret, from where powerful loudspeakers will call the believers to prayer five times a day, as early as 4:00 am.

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Next to it a ‘faked photo’ of Sheik Yer’mami- and the text is already a foreboding of dark clouds on the horizon: ‘Federal Police are investigating an anti-Islamic website that calls on supporters across Australia to oppose a mosque planned for North Cairns.’

Great. Attack the messenger.

Once again, we see the Muslims as victims.
Victims of what exactly? Victims of scrutiny?

Victims of ‘racism?’ Right. And which race would that be? Last time I checked, Muslims, like communists, Catholics or Republicans were not a race. Muslims come in all colours and sizes, from just about any country in the world. Islam is not a race but an ideology. An ideology that strictly separates between believer and unbeliever. An ideology that uses terror and violent jihad to spread the faith of Islam. This rather unpleasant truth can no longer be hidden. There are many, hundreds of anti-Islamic websites. ‘Winds of Jihad’ is one of them. We expose the cult of hate.
We post videos and transcripts of hate speeches by Muslim clerics and others.

The cat is out of the bag. The genie is out of the bottle. People around the world are realizing that Islam, the faith of a billion adherents is not ‘just another religion’- It is an ideology. Everywhere, where Muslims have been allowed to settle in the lands of the infidels they demand that these infidels (that’s US,- yes: YOU & ME!) Change their laws to adopt the sharia, Islamic law, complete with public flogging, beheading and chopping off arms and legs including the stoning of women.

Too funny that the Imam is ‘offended’ over the ‘Winds of Jihad’ website. Muslims are offended all the time. Over cartoons. Over a remark by the Pope. Over a Koran that was flushed down a toilet. (As it turned out, the latter was a false claim) Everyday when we open a newspaper or watch the news on TV we see offended Muslims, slashing burning, bombing themselves and others. Cairns Post today on page 16: Holy Massacre: 149 Shiite pilgrims killed by suicide bombers in Iraq, and below that is an article from Thailand, where Islamic ‘rebels’ beheaded 3 of their victims and burned them afterwards.

This, of course, has nothing to do with Islam. According to George W. Bush, president of America, Islam is a ‘Religion of Peace’…

Interesting: The Imam of Cairns tells us that ‘Islam has been in Cairns for 100 years, (really?) and then goes on to say that he ‘doesn’t preach hatred or jihad against anybody’- But he doesn’t tell us what he preaches. Neither did anybody accuse him of preaching violent jihad or hatred against infidels and Jews. But what does he preach? Did anybody ever check?

If you are interested to hear what Islam teaches you can watch the videos here, or you can go to the video section. Undercover Mosques

Gavin King, editor of the Cairns Post, is not exactly helpful if he portrays concerns about a ‘mosque plan caught up in a web of hate’- nothing could be further from the truth. It is not we Australians who hate, but it is concerned citizens who object to having a mosque in their neighborhood.

The unsigned editorial on page 12, which presumably is written by the same editor, claims it ‘is sad that people e-mailing their ‘ignorant’ objections to a mosque are wasting their time..’ How so? Last time I checked, ‘ignorance’ meant uninformed.
If people take time out to inform themselves, why should that be ‘ignorant?’
Is this website stopping anybody from making objections to the Cairns City Council? Absolutely not.

‘Objections raised on the website range from patently ludicrous to absurdly racist’- Please explain ‘Racism’- Mr. Editor. Racism is discrimination or vilification based on race or color. Since Islam is not a race but an ideology are you unable to make the distinction?

The Editor then goes on and compares Muslims with Sikhs. What do you know about Sikhism, Mr. Editor? Do Sikhs wage a global Jihad to make the world Islamic? When was the last time we heard of a Sikh suicide bomber blowing himself up for his religion?
Buddhists? Fine, let me know when a bunch of Buddhists fly’s jumbo jets into tall buildings, will you? Let me know when a Christian group uses their church for weapons storage, please!

Apples and Oranges. There is a difference! Learning about the different religions should be a requirement before rushing to judgment.

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Winston Churchill on Islam:

Short speech from Winston Churchill, delivered by him in 1899 when he was a young soldier and journalist. He was a brave young soldier, a brilliant journalist, an extraordinary politician and statesman, a great war leader and Prime Minister, to whom the Western world must be forever in his debt. He was a prophet in his own time, He died on 24 January 1965, at the grand old age of 90 and, after a lifetime of service to his country, was accorded a State funeral.”

“How dreadful are the curses which Mohammedanism lays on its votaries! Besides the fanatical frenzy, which is as dangerous in a man as hydrophobia in a dog, there is this fearful fatalistic apathy.

The effects are apparent in many countries, improvident habits, slovenly systems of agriculture, sluggish methods of commerce, and insecurity of property exist wherever the followers of the Prophet rule or live.

A degraded sensualism deprives this life of its grace and refinement, the next of its dignity and sanctity.

The fact that in Mohammedan law every woman must belong to some man as his absolute property, either as a child, a wife, or a concubine, must delay the final extinction of slavery until the faith of Islam has ceased to be a great power among men.

Individual Moslems may show splendid qualities, but the influence of the
religion paralyses the social development of those who follow it.

No stronger retrograde force exists in the world. Far from being moribund, Mohammedanism is a militant and proselytising faith. It has already spread throughout Central Africa, raising fearless warriors at every step; and were it not that Christianity is sheltered in the strong arms of science, the science against which it had vainly struggled, the civilization of modern Europe might fall, as fell the civilization of ancient Rome.”

I suppose Sir Winston should also be investigated for speaking out?

France: Between Gulag and Islamistan

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France bans citizen journalists from reporting violence

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With thanks to Charles from LGF

The French government, in inimitable French fashion, have decided that they can prevent more riots like the intifada that tore apart French suburbs in 2005 by cracking down on free speech: France bans citizen journalists from reporting violence.

The broad drafting of the law so as to criminalize the activities of citizen journalists unrelated to the perpetrators of violent acts is no accident, but rather a deliberate decision by the authorities, said Cohet. He is concerned that the law, and others still being debated, will lead to the creation of a parallel judicial system controlling the publication of information on the Internet.

The government has also proposed a certification system for Web sites, blog hosters, mobile-phone operators and Internet service providers, identifying them as government-approved sources of information if they adhere to certain rules. The journalists’ organization Reporters Without Borders, which campaigns for a free press, has warned that such a system could lead to excessive self censorship as organizations worried about losing their certification suppress certain stories.

The Saudi’s, Israel & Friends like This…

The Slime & the Crime:

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Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, center-left, is greeted by Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah, center-right, on his arrival at the airport in Riyadh, Saturday.

Our World: Israel’s man in Mecca by Caroline Glick

The Saudi plan includes two stages. In the first stage, Israel divests itself of defensible borders by surrendering the Golan Heights, Jerusalem and Judea and Samaria. It also allows itself to become inundated with millions of hostile foreign-born Arabs who call themselves Palestinian refugees.

After Israel completes these tasks, the Arab world will agree to sign peace agreements with Israel and have “normal,” (but not diplomatic), relations with the indefensible Jewish state. Given that it was acceded to by such terror states as Syria, Libya, Sudan and Saddam Hussein’s Iraq, it should surprise no one that the Saudi plan included no mention of the need to end terrorism, incitement or jihadist indoctrination and violence in its pledge to have normal ties with Israel.

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