Phyllis Chesler is one of the greatest female academic minds. She's a truth tellers truth teller. I've talked about her on my blog before. If you don't know anything about her...good. I'm going to clip a few quotes from her latest blog post to give you some things to think about. Then I ask that you go to her blog and read the full post. And then I ask that if you don't already know about her background you read about it on her website.
Why am I asking you to do it this way? Easy! Because I want you to test your own openness and biases. Can you do it? Can you stand to be tested?
"Many male immigrants look as if they’ve assimilated to western ways. They dress in western attire, speak the language of their adopted country, study, socialize with, and work alongside native citizens. They may do all these things even if they wear Muslim, Sikh, or Hindu religious attire.
When it comes to many female immigrants, especially if they are Muslim, things are different. The women are forced into (or “choose”) to wear hijab, niqab, burq’a, or chador. Their movements are closely supervised and monitored. They suffer daily threats: If they do anything that is viewed as “too western,” or do anything against their parents wishes, they will be beaten, cursed, grounded, stalked, spied on, and threatened with death."
Still think you understand the Muslim immigrants in your country/neighborhood? Still think they are just like anyone else? Still believe with your Western ideals that you should live and let live?
OR maybe your own Western ideals are betraying your own Western ideals of women's rights, freedom, and plain old basic human rights.
"It's only a few" - OH REALLY? Hmmm
"Now is the time to start wrestling with certain questions. What does it cost, in terms of social services and welfare, to feed, house, educate, and provide medical care for a large percentage of the 30-50 million Muslim immigrants who live in Europe? These immigrants are also rapidly procreating and rapidly marrying cousins from the Old Country. Their care and feeding will eventually bankrupt Eurabia. In addition, it will cost even more to protect immigrant girls and women from being battered and honor-killed. To its credit, Britain has set up a special police division to handle honor-related violence. And, right now, there are 100 girls being sheltered in hiding to protect them from honor-related violence in just one Swedish county. (Vastra Gotaland). Protecting each one costs “1,500-3,500 kroner a day. “ Multiply that by every county in Sweden."
On May 12th this happened:
"for the second time in two weeks, 50 innocent schoolgirls were poison-gassed at school and had to be hospitalized. Many girls lost consciousness and collapsed. Some girls were dizzy, nauseous, and threw up. Amazingly, Noor Jahan, a ninth grader at the Ura Jalili Girls High School said:
“I am pretty sure whoever has done this is against education for girls, but I strongly ask the parents not to be discouraged by such brutal action and send their children to school.”