American progressives strangely silent about mistreatment of women in Muslim cultures
WASHINGTON, D.C. – There’s a new movie out that progressives don’t want the public to see.
That’s because “Honor Diaries” exposes the blatant hypocrisy of the progressive movement by highlighting the frequent murder and abuse of women in Islamic societies.
American progressives stubbornly refuse to criticize Muslims, even when innocent lives are lost.
The killings – typically committed by family members against women who “shame their honor” by refusing arranged marriages or rejecting sexual assault – occur in Muslim nations across the world. But the American progressive movement’s unholy alliance with the Council on American Islamic Relations has resulted in a self-imposed “gag order” regarding these unnecessary horrors.
“People prepared to label opposition to employer-paid contraceptives a ‘war on women’ are generally much less willing to channel their outrage at the savagery of honor killings or child marriages in non-Western societies,” wrote Jeff Jacoby, a columnist for the Boston Globe.
Many believe it’s the progressive movement’s ties with groups like CAIR that are preventing good people from speaking out against honor killings, and it’s likely a major motivation behind “Honor Diaries” – an award-winning documentary about honor violence in the Muslim world.
The move was released last month to coincide with International Women’s Day, but “it didn’t take long for the (CAIR) to slap its all-purpose ‘Islamophobic!’ label on it,” Jacoby wrote.
“The film has been shown in dozens of venues, but CAIR has raised enough of a stink to get screenings cancelled on several college campuses, including the University of Michigan and the University of Illinois.”
CAIR doesn’t want the public to know the truth behind these extreme Islamic practices, and its liberal allies in the media seem more than willing to help. Liberal universities are in on it too, as are CAIR’s “civil rights” partners at the American Civil Liberties Union, who support the group.
In April, “Brandeis University caved in to demands that it rescind its offer of an honorary degree to Ayaan Hirsi Ali, a heroic defender of women’s rights in the Islamic world,” Jocoby wrote.
CAIR has formed working relationships with numerous progressive ‘civil liberties’ groups like the Rainbow PUSH Coalition, American Civil Liberties Union, Amnesty International, NAACP, Hispanic Unity and others. The group, which has been under investigation by the FBI in the past for helping to funnel money to the terrorist group Hamas, was even honored by the ACLU “for contributions to the advancement and protection of civil liberties.”
The Rev. Jesse Jackson has keynoted several CAIR events.
Ayaan Hirsi Ali helped produce “Honor Dairies,” which tracks the lives of nine women from the Islamic world, several of whom are Muslims, and “all of whom are passionate about exposing the terrible abuses women and girls in many Muslim cultures suffer in the name of family honor,” according to Jacoby.
The British Broadcasting Corporation reports that the United Nations estimates that roughly “5,000 women are killed each year in honour-related crimes. Women’s advocacy groups, however, suspect that more than 20,000 women are killed worldwide each year.”
The honor-related violence isn’t limited to executions. Women and gay men who dishonor their families in Islamic nations are also subject to acid attacks, abductions, mutilations, beatings and other crimes, according to media reports.
The whole situation has left Iranian immigrant Nazie Eftekhari, a “bleeding-heart liberal” and Minnesota entrepreneur featured in “Honor Diaries,” perplexed as to why progressives speak out against the ‘war on women’ in America while simultaneously ignoring much more brutal atrocities.
“The biggest human-rights crisis of our generation is the treatment of women in Muslim-majority countries, and we’ve applied a gag order to ourselves,” Eftekhari told Jacoby. “We won’t talk about it. Where are my fellow liberals? Where are the feminists?”
Authored by Victor Skinner