by Dale Hurd, CBN News Senior Reporter | blogs.cbn.com | February 23, 2011
Islam has had a woman problem from the beginning. One of the pillars of radical ( some would say “true”) Islam is the subjugation of women. Perhaps you got the left-wing public school version of Islam, about how Mohammed pioneered the women’s liberation movement.
But this was a man who, at the age of 52, consummated his marriage to a 9 year old girl.
Today, we call that first degree criminal sexual conduct. And the continued control and dehumanization of women remains so central to the power of radical Islam that women who resist it are often beaten or killed.
But Islam has a new “woman problem.” And it’s a media problem. With the brutal sexual assault and beating of CBS News reporter Lara Logan by Egyptian men, and revelations last month about Pakistani gangs preying on white girls in Britain, the western media has been dragged into an issue it should have been fully exploring long ago, and that is the pattern of sexual abuse and violence against women by Muslim men.
National Review’s Andrew McCarthy writes that sexual violence against non-Muslim women is “perpetrated by Islamic supremacists acting on a sense of entitlement derived from their scriptures, fueled by the rage of their jihad, and enabled by the deafening silence of the media.”
Islam expert Robert Spencer details how rape and the sexual abuse of non-Muslim women is central to Islam. He writes, “After one successful battle, Muhammad tells his men, “Go and take any slave girl.” He took one for himself also. After the notorious massacre of the Jewish Qurayzah tribe, he did it again.”
Spencer adds that, “the Islamic legal manual ‘Umdat al-Salik, which carries the endorsement of (Egypt’s) Al-Azhar University, the most respected authority in Sunni Islam, stipulates: “When a child or a woman is taken captive, they become slaves by the fact of capture, and the woman’s previous marriage is immediately annulled.” Why? So that they are free to become the concubines of their captors.”
Last month politically correct Britain was rocked when a Labor Party Parliament Member, Jack Straw—he’s no right-winger—publicly accused British Pakistani gangs of preying on white girls because they are seen as ‘easy meat’.
British columnist Melanie Philips writes that the problem in Britain is more serious and widespread than described by Straw, and that, “Police operations going back to 1996 have revealed a disturbingly similar pattern of collective abuse involving small groups of Muslim men committing a particular type of sexual crime. This has typically involved abducting, raping or otherwise sexually attacking hundreds of mainly white girls aged 11 to 16, as well as enslaving them through alcohol and drugs and grooming them for sex.”
McCarthy writes that Muslim men learn from the Koran and Islamic Sharia law that women are less than fully human and mere toys for sexual gratification:
As documented in “Sharia Law for Non-Muslims,” a study published by the Center for the Study of Political Islam, Mohammed declared that women are inferior to men in both intelligence and religious devotion (Bukhari hadith 1.6.301), and that women will make up most of those condemned to Hell. (Bukahri 7.62.132). Sexual abuse is encouraged not only by hadith but…by sharia standards…
I have interviewed Muslims and former Muslims from many different nations and yes, there are seemingly “normal” Muslim families where women appear to have equal rights. But that should not divert our attention from what the Koran and Hadith teach Muslim men about women, and the terrible consequences of that.
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