1. The article is interesting – because if you spend time in the Islamic world – you will find that the people there are not aware that westerners are upset with their laws and practices – for example it is just normal to view women as inferior – kind of like the sky is blue -so we are not talking about bad and good people – we are talking about a system of beliefs.For western ears – we get the whole moderated version. Islam means peace – Islam treats women with respect. While at the same time in the Islamic world and in Islamic households women live in fear – that if they don’t behave in a certain way they could lose their lives. That’s normal.And Namazie is right – what you don’t see is the prominent western Islamic speakers taking a stand against these practices – and that is likely because they agree with them – but realise that they can’t do them in the west. In the west you can kill your sister or wife – but likely you will go to prison – in the Islamic world – a woman is half that of a man – and as she is the man’s property he can do with her what he wants – The conundrum is that good people in the Islamic world believe that these things are okay. And they also believe that these host of medieval practices – and limited freedoms – should also be acceptable in the western world. That would be the creeping Sharia – as many educated Muslims believe that the world needs to adopt their way of doing things – over democratic rule.And this is where the fight is – to maintain our freedoms and rights for all — and that should include Islamic men, women and children.

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