For the liberation of women in Islam

How can I speak out against Islam when I am not a Muslim? Its so terribly politically incorrect and possibly offensive and for that I apologize. But I support women’s rights and I want freedom for women. I am against the burqa and Sharia because I feel that it represses women. I have “many stories” about women being repressed by Muslim men and I don’t like it. See gang rapes in .. where was it? Is that a result of Islam? See acid attacks on women because they had shame on their hands when raped by men.

I would like the world to be different, but acid attacks are carried out by the same type of nutters who go into gay clubs and spray bullets, the Bataclan etc? I could even say I hate Islam when it comes from ISIS. But I cannot be against Islam if it is a religion and it is people’s choice.

I don’t believe that women choose to be repressed and I wonder if they are Muslim because their families, culture and country are Muslim. I tell myself that women would choose freedom and liberty, even if that does not mean bearing all and even if many perhaps like being modest and retiring. There are many women who are outspoken and daring – see Mary Winehouse, Madonna, Lady Gaga, Hilary Clinton. Society accepts them and embraces them or criticizes them for their views – not because they are women.

But it is not because women may want to be reserved that they need Islam. In Iran in the eighties, women clearly felt fine and I do not think it was women who asked for draconian laws. Some say that Islamic law is there because men could not control themselves. What truth is there in that? Most of this stuff was invented in another age, like outdated kosher laws, but while kosher laws are not harmful to people, they have a right to exist.

If the Qur’an enslaves women, what can we do about it? And who is we? Society? Christians? Jews? The United Nations? Why is there not an Islamic mens’ movement for the freedom of women and the overturning of these laws. Anyone outspoken is perhaps frightened of reprisals, social pressure etc.

Are are we suggesting a complete change of the Islamic world? There seem to many supporters of it. Who am I to ask for change? Perhaps it is just a question of women grouping together and
can we equate all this to the women’s suffragette movement in the 1920s? How was that won? By women taking risks, demonstrating, putting themselves in danger. Is that what we are asking of Muslim women to get religious laws changed? Like bating the dog from the outside the ring?

Who in the Muslim world, men and women alike, have courage to speak up for women, for the secularization of Islam. How does society move forward? And how do we in the west come to terms with women dressed in what we see as symbols of repression. The only logical conclusion is, as is suggesting Germany and in France – is to ban the burqa.

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