Calling all feminists! Here's your chance to show yourself strong in the fight for women's rights.
But, we must all face reality. In the past, you have shown yourself worthless when it comes to standing up for the rights of females in Islam. How, pathetic are you? It will be a cold day in hell before we will see you speak out on behalf of young Muslim girls like the one you will be reading about in this Jihad Watch article.
Girls in Islamic countries are treated as nothing less than chattel--abused; married off at ridiculously young ages, often to men many decades older than they are; taught that they are good Muslim mothers if they encourage their sons to become shahids or martyrs for the cause of Islam; and if they get out of line, they run the risk of being a victim of an honor killing.
Watch an eye-opening video about radical Islam, produced by an American Muslim. It's lengthy, but towards the end, a Muslim mother of ten sons who has given up two or three of her sons for suicide missions is interviewed. She states that she would willing give up all ten sons for Allah.
Just try for a moment to imagine a god who would require such a sacrifice. That certainly does not strike me as a loving god. What a raw deal these women receive.
BTW, I have great respect for the Muslim man who dared to speak out about the radical elements of his faith.
Now, read a story that should disgust anyone who has an ounce of compassion. From Jihad Watch:
Yemen: 12-year-old girl, pregnant by 24-year-old husband, dies in childbirth
"Said one doctor: "The case of Fawziya illustrates the tragedy of those whom we call 'the brides of death', who are little girls...."
That makes Muhammad's wife Aisha one of those 'brides of death' herself. And he set the disastrous precedent -- as a 'beautiful pattern of conduct,' per Qur'an 33:21 -- that leads to cases like this. That is the ultimate reason that child marriage has persisted so stubbornly across the Islamic world.
"Yemen child bride dies giving birth: rights group," by Hamoud Mounassar for Agence France-Presse, September 13 (thanks to all who sent this in):
SANAA — 'A 12-year-old Yemeni girl, who was forced into marriage, has died during a difficult delivery in which her baby also died, a children's rights organisation said on Sunday, demanding action to stop Yemeni men taking child brides.
"The child, Fawziya Abdullah Youssef, died on Friday September 11 in western Yemen at the age of 12 due to a complicated delivery," the Yemeni Organisation for Childhood Protection (Seyaj) said.
The organisation said its volunteers had confirmed that doctors had been unable to save Fawziya's life after she suffered complications from the delivery.
Raised in an impoverished family with a father suffering from kidney failure, Fawziya was forced to drop out of school and married off at the age of 11. She got pregnant a year later, the group said.
"The lack of a statutory minimum age for marriage makes it impossible for local officials to ban child marriages, especially among girls, or to punish their parents or spouses for the disastrous consequences of such marriages," Seyaj said, adding that such marriages are widespread on Yemen's Red Sea coast.
"The case of Fawziya illustrates the tragedy of those whom we call 'the brides of death', who are little girls, less than 15 years old, forced into marriage, mostly due to financial reasons," Seyaj director Ahmed al-Qorashi told AFP.
"The proportion of little girls and teenage females married before 15 is nearly 50 percent" in rural parts of Yemen, one of the world's poorest countries despite its proximity to oil-rich Saudi Arabia.'
The zakat check must have gotten lost in the mail again.
'"These marriages are the result of poverty, ignorance and illiteracy, and lead to the destruction of the lives of these young girls, whose opinion is not taken in consideration," Qorashi added....'"