What is going on in much of Islam today is horrific if you are a girl, woman, or gay. Thousands of girls are be circumcised, otherwise known as female genital mutilation, every day. Not all are Muslim but most are. And it's happening in the US, the UK, Canada, Australia, Europe, anywhere there are Muslims.
The point of FGM is supposedly to keep the girl from desiring sex and thereby losing her virginity before being married. They say the family's honor is at stake. I see two other reasons for this inhuman butchery (often done without anesthetic):
1) Virgins are worth more than non-virgins. In many societies where FGM is practiced, men will pay the parents more money for a virgin. That's not honor, that's commerce.
2) Removing part of a girl's sex organs means she can never experience a real orgasm. This is good for Muslim men because they don't have to worry about satisfying their wife (wives). Many, I suspect, are incapable of satisfying a woman because that requires a certain level of communication and humility to learn; neither of which are strong points for Muslim men. Consequently, they can just help themselves and not be the least concerned about their wife's needs.
Thousands of girls under 17 years of age are being married off to older men every day, some as young as 8 years old. Often sold by their parents to some pedophile who takes delight in raping little girls.
Some of these girls begin having children before they are even 12 years old. This causes serious damage to their bodies and often leaves them in constant pain, incontinent, and vulnerable to infections. Some die from their injuries; some commit suicide like the 14 year old aunt of the extraordinary Nada al-Ahdal, (seen left) who self-immolated to escape the pain.
Women and children are being bought and sold in marketplaces in ISIS controlled areas of Iraq and Syria. They are non-Muslim women, usually Yazidis or Christians, and they become slaves in every sense to the men who buy them, many of whom are brutal. They are frequently traded like baseball cards among the lunatics fighting for IS. They are treated exactly as the Quran and Mohammed allow. It is fundamental Islam, but it is Islam.
In many Islamic societies, women must be covered from head to toe if the venture out of their home. Some are allowed to show their faces, some only their eyes, and some cannot be seen at all. They are invisible and that's how the men want them. It's supposed to be so that men will not be tempted. It appears Muslim men cannot handle temptation, not even the sight of a face or a woman's eyes. How pathetic is that? But then, self-control is not a Muslim virtue either, or they wouldn't need a thousand rules to follow.
In some Muslim societies women are not allowed to drive a car, or attend sporting venues, or talk to a man not related to them. In some Muslim societies a teenage girl can be beaten or murdered or have acid thrown in her face (see photo left) for merely looking at a boy. In many Muslim societies, a woman's testimony is worth only half that of a man's, apparently because women are bigger liars than men. So if a woman is raped by a man and there aren't any witnesses (how many rapes have you heard of with witnesses?), then the man goes scot-free. In fact, the woman is likely to be thrown in jail for being raped. Happens all the time.
Where's the outcry?
How many times have you seen a woman's rights activist stand up for those girls? I have seen a few; of course, I blog about things like this. But it strikes me that the only women I have seen willing to stand up and speak out are Muslim women, or black women from societies where FGM is practiced.
Where were the wonderful, white, western women with woeful stories of abuse? They are as invisible as Muslim women in burkas. They will get all riled up about something relatively minor in western society, but say not a word about the horrible conditions girls and women endure in Muslim countries.
ISIS gay solution
ISIS has a solution for gays - throw them off a building, then stone them to death. Happens about once a month in ISIS territories. And it's not just ISIS, gays suffer terribly under Sharia law in many countries.
Do you hear gay-rights activists in the west screaming blue murder about them? No, they have important stuff to do; they're busy destroying Christian bakeries.
The great irony here is that it is Christians who are standing up for women's rights in Muslim countries, and it is Christians who are screaming about gays being executed in the worst possible way by ISIS. The question is still - why?
Pamela Geller exposed the plight of gays in IS and was criticized by transgender and gay leaders and advocates such as Theresa Sparks and Chris Stedman - for daring to call attention to it.
Is it because gays and many feminists prefer Islam to Christianity, so they don't want to defame Islam, or, God forbid, agree with a Christian? Are they so anti-Christian as to support an evil religion just because Christians don't like it? Or maybe they just don't care what happens to people in other countries.
What a crazy world when Christians stand up for women's rights and for gays, while women's and gay rights activists are silent except to criticize Christians. Crazy world!