It is time for us to be free once more.
Oh yeah, this is going to work. Forget about the Qur’an’s anti-woman passages.
The Qur’an likens a woman to a field (tilth), to be used by a man as he wills: “Your women are a tilth for you (to cultivate) so go to your tilth as ye will” (2:223).
It declares that a woman’s testimony is worth half that of a man: “Get two witnesses, out of your own men, and if there are not two men, then a man and two women, such as ye choose, for witnesses, so that if one of them errs, the other can remind her” (2:282).
It allows men to marry up to four wives, and have sex with slave girls also: “If ye fear that ye shall not be able to deal justly with the orphans, marry women of your choice, two or three or four; but if ye fear that ye shall not be able to deal justly (with them), then only one, or (a captive) that your right hands possess, that will be more suitable, to prevent you from doing injustice” (4:3).
It rules that a son’s inheritance should be twice the size of that of a daughter: “Allah (thus) directs you as regards your children’s (inheritance): to the male, a portion equal to that of two females” (4:11).
Worst of all, the Qur’an tells husbands to beat their disobedient wives: “Men are in charge of women, because Allah hath made the one of them to excel the other, and because they spend of their property (for the support of women). So good women are the obedient, guarding in secret that which Allah hath guarded. As for those from whom ye fear rebellion, admonish them and banish them to beds apart, and scourge them” (4:34). It allows for marriage to pre-pubescent girls, stipulating that Islamic divorce procedures “shall apply to those who have not yet menstruated” (65:4).
But never mind all that. Islam and women’s rights are compatible! The State Department is on the job: “State Dept. Trained 450 Imams on the ‘Compatibility of Women’s Rights and Islam,’” by Elizabeth Harrington for CNS News, August 16 (thanks to David):
(CNSNews.com) – As part of its effort to combat “gender-based violence,” the U.S. State Department has trained 450 Muslim leaders (imams), using a curriculum focusing on the “compatibility of women’s rights and Islam,” according to a report released on Friday.
The report, “United States Strategy to Prevent and Respond to Gender-based Violence Globally,” was released by the State Department and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) on Aug. 10, after President Barack Obama issued an executive order instructing government agencies to come up with a “multi-year strategy that will more effectively prevent and respond to gender-based violence globally.”
The report cites “anecdotal evidence,” gleaned form interviews and focus groups, to show how the imam training has helped, as follows (verbatim):
— One religious leader from Herat (Afghanistan) explained that since participating in project trainings, when he presides over marriages, whether he officiates the wedding ceremony or not, he asks the age of the bride and for proof of her consent, and he uses the opportunity to publicly discuss the importance of the bride’s consent to marriage. He even reported stopping a marriage when he found out that the bride had not given her consent.
— Focus group participants agreed that since their local imams have started discussing women’s right to education in Friday sermons, the barriers for women going to school have been reduced.
— Several focus group participants recounted stories about women’s families providing them with a fair share of inheritance after the imams in their communities were
influenced by the curriculum and trainings.
— Community members in the focus groups agreed that most imams have been speaking out about women’s rights in Islam, women’s inheritance rights, and condemning violence against women.
— In some communities, wives of imams trained in the curriculum were using it to educate women in their communities of their rights.
The U.S. government defines gender-based violence as violence that is directed at an individual based on his or her biological sex, gender identity, or how a person is perceived to follow socially defined norms of masculinity and femininity.
The State Department says such violence includes physical, sexual, and psychological abuse; threats; coercion; arbitrary deprivation of liberty; and economic deprivation.
Millions of U.S. taxpayer dollars are poured into the effort: For FY 2013, the State Department and USAID requested $147.1 million for programs addressing gender-based violence worldwide, an increase of approximately $30 million over the FY 2012 request of $117.2 million.
In many Muslim-majority nations, the harsh and unequal treatment of women stems from strict Islamic (shari’a) law.
In its 2011 report on Human Rights Practices for Afghanistan, the State Department noted that “endemic violence and societal discrimination against women and girls” remains one of the country’s most significant problems.
The human rights report cites forced marriages, child marriages, the practice of exchanging women to settle disputes, forced isolation, and honor killings as “customary practices” in Afghanistan.
Some observers point to verses in the Koran that justify discrimination against women in society. For instance, Sura 4:3, sanctions polygamy, saying men can have up to four wives. “And if you fear that you will not deal justly with the orphan girls, then marry those that please you of [other] women, two or three or four,” the Koran states.
Another verse, Sura 2:282, indicates that a woman’s testimony is worth only half that of a man: “And bring to witness two witnesses from among your men. And if there are not two men [available], then a man and two women from those whom you accept as witnesses – so that if one of the women errs, then the other can remind her”…
Gd bless these men and women who risk serious retribution. But they do, and they do it for their nation.
Intelligence and Special Operations forces are furious and frustrated at how President Obama and those in positions of authority have exploited their service for political advantage. Countless leaks, interviews and decisions by the Obama Administration and other government officials have undermined the success of our Intelligence and Special Operations forces and put future missions and personnel at risk.
The unwarranted and dangerous public disclosure of Special Forces Operations is so serious — that for the first time ever — former operators have agreed to risk their reputations and go ‘on the record’ in a special documentary titled “Dishonorable Disclosures.” Its goal is to educate America about serious breaches of security and prevent them from ever happening again.
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Enter Eliot Ness
Eliot Ness is running for vice president of the United States.
When Chicago gangs were running roughshod over cities and towns across the nation and all hope was seemingly lost, the FBI brought in the “G Men,” led by Eliot Ness. Ness was good, righteous, and uncompromised. Ness could not be bought. And Ness brought the forces of evil to its knees.
He wasn’t glam, and his arrest of Al Capone, the kingpin of the outlaws, wasn’t sexy (tax evasion), but it worked.
Why do I bring this up? Because I can’t help but see the ghost of Eliot Ness when I look at Paul Ryan. The paradigm is the same. Of course, this time evil is cloaked in a rogue presidency, and they are making the laws, but the battle is the same: right and wrong, good and evil, etc. And Ryan, like Ness, is righteous and uncompromised.
Eliot Ness took on mob boss Al Capone and his army during the Prohibition Era. He assembled a special force of agents who were known for their incorruptibility — “the untouchables.” Like Ness, Ryan came from humble beginnings. And he believes firmly in individual rights.
According to the Republican National Convention Blog, “Paul Ryan developed his political philosophy reading the works of free market authors including Milton Friedman, F. A. Hayek, and Ayn Rand. ‘The reason I got involved in public service, by and large, if I had to credit one thinker, one person, it would be Ayn Rand,’ Ryan said at a D.C. gathering four years ago honoring the author of ‘Atlas Shrugged’ and ‘The Fountainhead.'”
When he was announced as Romney’s choice for vice president, Ryan’s words were a direct rebuke to Obama’s socialist rhetoric of class warfare: “We look at one another’s success with pride, not resentment, because we know that as more Americans work hard, take risks, succeed, more people will prosper, more communities will benefit. And individual lives will be improved. … America, America is just more than a place, though. America is an idea. It’s the only country founded on an idea. Our rights come from nature and God, not from government. That’s right. That’s who we are, that’s how we built this country. That’s who we are. That’s what made us great. That’s what made us great. We promise equal opportunity, not equal outcomes.”
Ryan has, according to the Washington Times, “a very conservative voting record during his seven terms in Congress, including repeated votes against spending bills, unemployment-benefit extensions and most of President Obama’s agenda.”
The Times noted his stellar record on reining in out-of-control government spending — a record that betters those of most of his fellow Republicans: “His chief breaks with most Republicans usually came on spending bills, where he regularly voted against his party leadership when they controlled the chamber before 2007. In 1999, he voted against expanding the Peace Corps, and voted against expanding debt relief to impoverished nations.”
And in stark contrast to the Obama administration’s enabling of the Muslim Brotherhood’s stealth jihad in the United States, Ryan “voted for the Patriot Act and later voted to preserve federal authorities’ ability under that law to seek library records in their investigations — a major test point for the legislation.”
I believe that Paul Ryan, an intellectual leader, and his ilk are the antidote to what ails this suffering nation. Barack Hussein Obama and his band of moochers, looters, and destroyers are no match for the likes of him. I underestimated Romney, and I am glad to say it. Paul Ryan was an inspired choice. What a clear and clean message. Despite the media’s war on American exceptionalism, capitalism, individual rights, business and businessmen, the producers, the family, and conservatism, Romney did not blink. He picked an uncompromised conservative (and in doing so gave the media the middle finger). Romney chose well.
With the selection of Paul Ryan as Romney’s vice presidential candidate, the choice could not be more clearly defined.
- Pro-America vs. anti-America
- Individualism vs. Statism
- Capitalism vs. socialism
This campaign should be not called “restore America.” It should be “Free America.”
Pamela Geller is the publisher of AtlasShrugs.com and the author of the WND Books title Stop the Islamization of America: A Practical Guide to the Resistance.
Image of Robert Stack portraying Eliot Ness copyright (c) American Broadcasting Company.
Dhimmitude on the Hudson: Mayor Swiderski and Board of trustees submits and requests the whole town do the same
To: Mayor Peter Swiderski (email@example.com) From: Pamela Geller
Mayor Swiderski,Before I file my story can you tell us why no such mailing went out concerning the vicious anti-Semitic ads. The anti-Israel ads were twice the buy (100 kiosks.) This speaks to a systemic, institutionalized anti-semitism prevalent in your administration and among the Board.
Care to comment?
The dhimmi Mayor of Hastings-on-Hudson sent me the email below to ….. taunt me? It is jawdropping. The Board of Trustees sent a letter to the entire village last night asking residents “to express their dismay” to Joseph Lhota (here) concerning our islamorealism ad. I suggest you do the same, shruggers. I would write to everyone (even to this clown of a Mayor). But be polite. Hastings-on-Hudson, this is your taxpayer dollars at work!
Do these polticians really believe that all Muslims support jihad? And if they believe it, why surrender so swiftly?
The Muslim Brotherhood groups don’t even have to agitate anymore. They can just sit back and watch these useful idiots and dhimmis do their work for them.
The Mayor and this Board of spineless wonders maintained their neutrality about the anti-semitic ad; they were silent about that. Notice how these clowns at one government entity has “complained” to another about private citizens exercising their constitutional rights
Again, I encourage all Atlas readers to write to Joseph Lhota, Chairman, MTA, 347 Madison Avenue, New York, NY 10017 or to the general comment email at the MTA website at http://mta-nyc.custhelp.com/cgi-bin/mta_nyc.cfg/php/enduser/ask.php, to express your support for these ads and your “dismay” at Hastings-on-Hudson’s politically correct pandering and running interference for genocidal jihadists, as well as for their craven and disquieting disregard for the freedom of speech of those with whom they disagree.
From: peter swiderski<br>firstname.lastname@example.org</blockquote>
To: Pamela Geller</blockquote>
August, 17, 2012 (10.21 pm)<br></blockquote>
I wanted to share with you what our Board of Trustees sent to the entire village tonight. Peter Swiderski Mayor ================= Date: Fri, 17 Aug 2012 22:08:43 -0400<br> From: “Village of Hastings-on-Hudson Announcements” Subject: Message from the Board: Controversial MetroNorth Billboard on train platform
Fellow Residents –
A few days ago, a billboard appeared on the city-bound MetroNorth platform (as well as, apparently, throughout Westchester) sponsored by “The American Freedom Defense Initiative”. This billboard starts with “19,250 Islamic attacks since 9/11” and states that “It’s not Islamophobia, it’s Islamorealism.”
<p>While the Board respects everyone’s right to free speech, we categorically condemn the bigotry and innuendo expressed by this billboard message. To tar a faith and its followers because of the actions of a few is deplorable, hateful and morally repugnant. Such an ad neither reflects the ideals of this community, nor, we believe, of our nation. America welcomes people of all faiths, including millions of the Muslim faith who call our country (including those who live in our village) their home. They, like the vast majority of believers in that (and all other) major religions, embrace peace and do not endorse the violence wrought by a fanatic few.
<p>The Board of Trustees have joined the many others who have already complained to MetroNorth about this ad campaign placement. MetroNorth’s Media Relations department has issued a statement that concludes with “The MTA does not endorse the viewpoint expressed in these ads or any of the ads that the MTA accepts for display on its facilities.” Apparently, after legal review, this ad did not qualify as hate speech and falls under First Amendment protection. If any resident would like to express their dismay, they should address their letters to Joseph Lhota, Chairman, MTA, 347 Madison Avenue, New York, NY 10017 or the general comment email at the MTA website at . http://mta-nyc.custhelp.com/cgi-bin/mta_nyc.cfg/php/enduser/ask.php.
Thank you for your attention,
The Board of Trustees of the
Village of Hastings-on-Hudson
Trustee Marge Apel
Trustee Nicola Armacost
Trustee Bruce Jennings
Mayor Peter Swiderski
Trustee Margaret Walker