Pamela Geller, WND Column: Muslim women who enable sisters’ oppression


Sisters? Not so much. Check out my column in today's WND.

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Muslim women who enable sisters' oppression
Exclusive: Pamela Geller hails Topless Jihad Day in support of stoning-threatened girl

A group of courageous women have come out against the oppression of
women under Islamic law – and Muslim women are siding with their

Last week I reported
deep concern for a young Tunisian Muslima who had disappeared after she
posted topless photos of herself to protest the Shariah oppression and
subjugation she suffered as a Muslim girl. One controversial image
showed the young Muslimah, Amina Tyler, smoking a cigarette, baring her
breasts, with the message in Arabic written across her chest: “My body
belongs to me, and is not the source of anyone’s honour.”

A Muslim cleric in moderate Tunisia called for her stoning death. Tunisian newspaper Kapitalis quoted preacher Almi Adel, who heads the Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice, saying:
“The young lady should be punished according to Shariah, with 80 to 100
lashes, but [because of] the severity of the act she has committed, she
deserves be stoned to death.” And: “Her act could bring about an
epidemic. It could be contagious and give ideas to other women. It is
therefore necessary to isolate [the incident]. I wish her to be healed.”

There were rumors that her family had her locked up in an asylum. Amina now fears for her life.

Such is the life of millions of Muslim girls who want to be free in
Islamic society. Thankfully, Amina’s story went viral and gained
international attention. One of the more outrageous reactions was from
the Ukraine-based feminist group, Femen, which staged a Topless Jihad
Day to stand in solidarity with Amina. It’s not what I would do, but I
loved the moxie and in-your-face action to call worldwide attention to
misogyny under Muslim rule. These feminist activists held “International
Topless Jihad Day” in major European cities, including Berlin, Kiev and
Paris. They painted their bodies with slogans such as “bare breasts
against Islamism,” and they protested outside of mosques in various

“We’re free, we’re naked, it’s our right, it’s our body, it’s our
rules, and nobody can use religion, and some other holy things, to abuse
women, to oppress them,” Femen member Alexandra Shevchenko said during a
demonstration outside a Berlin mosque on a freezing day.

Finally, a well-publicized response to the crushing subjugation of
women under the Shariah. But what happened next was … unforgivable.
Reminiscent of the Muslim women who hold down their daughters for FGM
(clitoridectomy), a group of Muslim women came out against the Amina
Tyler supporters. “Muslim Women Against Femen” was formed to show that
Femen “does not speak for all members of their community.”

The members of Muslim Women Against Femen encouraged
other self-defeating supporters to participate in Muslimah Pride Day.
They are posting pictures of themselves on social media, declaring that
they are not oppressed. Well, bully for them. Are they really that selfish? Self-absorbed? Inhuman?

If they are not oppressed, then this campaign has nothing to do with them.

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