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February 20, 2007
Pakistani Minister Zilla Huma Usman Killed for Forgetting Her Place
Provincial Pakistani minister Zilla Huma Usman — an advocate of woman's rights — has been shot dead by a Religion of Peacenik for violating Islam's dress code for women and for participating in politics while female.
According to local officer Nazir Ahmad:
He killed her because she was not observing the Islamic code of dress. She was also campaigning for emancipation of women.
A police statement said of the killer, Mohammad Sarwar:
He considers it contrary to the teachings of Allah for a woman to become a minister or a ruler. That's why he committed this action.
Such attitudes are hardly surprising in the Islamic world. Yet the feminist Left that managed to set aside its alleged principles to support the sexual predator and probable rapist B.J. Clinton also has no problem siding with Islam in its war with Western Civilization.
Posted by Van Helsing at February 20, 2007 11:58 AM
Umm...so called "moderate" muslims will have you believe that this dude doesn't represent Islam.
Posted by: Al-Ozarka at February 20, 2007 12:43 PM
Pakistan is an esteemed member of the UN's Human Rights Committee. Think the UN will take up the case? Nah.
Posted by: Jay at February 20, 2007 12:56 PM
Don't expect Eve Ensler to take on this case of violence against women...it's not within the PC sphere. Muslim violence against women is okay in the left's book because the right condemns it.
Posted by: Pam at February 20, 2007 1:40 PM
This made front page news on FoxNews.com.
A search of CNN.com revealed nothing, not even a mention of it.
Posted by: NudeGayWhalesForJesus at February 20, 2007 3:39 PM
That's okay Nude; WaPo had a headline, but the Reuters article said the reason for the shooting was "unknown."
Posted by: Pam at February 20, 2007 3:59 PM
Muslimana: the only country where feminists fear to tread.
Posted by: InRussetShadows at February 20, 2007 6:29 PM
Again here we have a case that is based on the actions of ONE person. Many Muslims don't believe in some of the things this women said,but do you see all of them acting like this ONE man did? No, you don't, so don't blame all Muslims for this ONE man's actions.I am a American Muslim Woman and I didn't agree with somethings she said, because it went against the Holy Qur'an.But that is something she will have to take up with Allah, it's not my right to judge her on it,because that is how she felt.I am truly sorry for her family and will pray for them during their time of loss.But I want everyone to remember it was the actions of ONE man that took her life and not all the Muslims like some are trying to make you believe.And for whoever wrote the comment about "so called moderate Muslims" why don't you go and ask some real Muslims how they feel about this matter and I bet most of them who are true Muslims will tell you that she did not deserve to die.That this is a tragic thing that has happened to a Muslim Sister.And also true Muslims respect their Sister's, because without our Sister's we would have no life.They are our mother's and women are treated with high respect in the true Muslim Community's.
Posted by: SouthernMuslimBelle at February 20, 2007 11:50 PM
When we hear more moderate Muslims publicly decrying the barbaric acts of those who are garnering these shocking headlines, then we'll take you more seriously. An anonymous comment on a blog (even one as worthy as Moonbattery) just doesn't cut it in my book.
Posted by: Pam at February 21, 2007 8:30 AM
Every time a Muslim kills in the name of HIS religion there is always a legion of apologists to declare that it was the action of just one extremist or a small group of extremists.
Every time... over and over and over and over and over and over and over again...
Those that want to wallow in their ignorance do so at their own peril. However, the longer that this problem goes unaddressed the more entrenched this ideology will become.
The true Muslim community of tolerance only exists in the Western world. In its native countries it is overrun by sexism, homophobia and bigotry against other religions.
Enough propaganda. If you want a true Muslim community then you will have to fight for it. You will not achieve it through denial.
Posted by: Freedom Now at February 21, 2007 10:18 AM
No, not "one" Muslim, HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS around the world. From your screen name, I take it that you live in the Southern state of America where women are respected and are either protected or can protect THEMSELVES. Feel privledged, because there are millions of Muslim and NON- muslim women in the world who are in danger just because they are not MALE.
Our country, yours and mine, is in a war to protect you and our sisters. If we lose, the FREE WORLD will lose everything.
Posted by: KHarn at February 21, 2007 11:02 AM
another example of fanatic muslims killing in the name of Allah
Posted by: Roger/USA at February 21, 2007 2:25 PM
The American Muslim woman posted above is revealed by her prose style to be a Western convert. The choice to adhere to a misogynistic, woman repressive religion, by an other wise free person, is a priori evidence of neurosis. She is nuts.
Posted by: drmiltown at February 21, 2007 8:50 PM
Feminists of all stripes, around the world, protest this sort of violence against women and oppression of women in the name of "religion", Islam and otherwise. If you get your heads out of the sand and listen to actual feminists and not your fantasy of what a feminist is, you'll see that.
Some idiot shooting a doctor and saying he did it for Christ, or blowing up a health clinic and saying he did it for Christ, makes those actions about as Christian as some idiot killing a woman and saying he did it for Allah: no, it's not just the act of an individual, and neither is it representative of the entire faith: what it shows is a dangerous, fanatical subsection of religious fundamentalism that believes it's the only truth and everyone else better get out of the way or be killed. And against this, feminists have fought for a long time and will continue to fight.
A useful quote from Human Rights Watch's Women's Rights Division: "We reject specific legal, cultural, or religious practices by which women are systematically discriminated against, excluded from political participation and public life, segregated in their daily lives, raped in armed conflict, beaten in their homes, denied equal divorce or inheritance rights, killed for having sex, forced to marry, assaulted for not conforming to gender norms, and sold into forced labor. Arguments that sustain and excuse these human rights abuses - those of cultural norms, "appropriate" rights for women, or western imperialism - barely disguise their true meaning: that women's lives matter less than men's."
And a few other links out of the thousands you could find if you bothered to look:
"The Middle East: Under the reign of imperialism and fundamentalisms" http://www.whrnet.org/fundamentalisms/docs/issue-mojab-0608.html
Stop Stoning Forever campaign: http://www.meydaan.com/English/aboutcamp.aspx?cid=46
International Campaign Against Honor Killings: http://www.stophonourkillings.com/
Women's rights and fundamentalist religions, including Islam: http://www.whrnet.org/fundamentalisms/
Work of the Feminist Majority in Afghanistan: http://www.feminist.org/afghan/
From an article about women protesting honor killings: "Hundred of protesters marched through Berlin's Turkish community at the beginning of March to protest the rise in so-called honor killings. The protesters called for an end to forced marriages, more protection for women against domestic violence, and an end to using multiculturalism as an excuse for ignoring problems within immigrant communities"
Some useful books on these and related subjects (reading is a good way to learn things, instead of assuming) http://www.wluml.org/english/index.shtml
Posted by: Hank Hardy at February 22, 2007 12:56 AM
"They are our mother's and women are treated with high respect in the true Muslim Community's."
Right, thanks for the insight on that one. Women fall in a category between dogs and homos in a "true mulim community". but enjoy all your respect.
Posted by: Tomslick at February 22, 2007 11:27 AM
Do you deny that Islam has a unique problem with extremism?
In the name of Islam fanatics are waging war against every major religion on this planet.
Against Jews, Christians, Hindus and Buddhists. There is no other religion that can say that it has followers that are at war with any other religion besides Islam. This indicates that there is a need for reform in Islamic thinking to discourage this phenomenon.
But let’s get to the point at hand. While there similarities between violent attacks on abortion clinics by Christian extremists (which have virtually ceased since 9/11) and the activities of Islamic extremists, it would be a gross exaggeration to say that women in Christian societies and women in Islamic societies suffer from similar oppression.
Islamic societies deny women the right to drive, go out unescorted, hold jobs, acquire an education, legal protection, etc… It is only the influence of Western civilization that has brought a small degree of liberalization to these countries.
Western civilization has long formulated a secular society that exists in harmony with Christianity. The Islamic world has yet to accomplish a similar relationship to religion and there is a large militant population that advocates a return to complete Sharia law.
I would like to remind you that the Moonbattery post was published in support of a feminist who was killed for her activism.
The comment you are referring to was the condemnation of Eve Ensler who has been a staunch apologist for the Taliban regime, even though she used to harshly oppose it. Her activism is motivated by her hatred of her own country.
Women have made great strides in Afghanistan. They have become political leaders, obtained jobs, enrolled in school and have more rights. However, Afghanistan is religiously conservative and women are still oppressed. Ensler’s activism is self-defeating and if she is successful - it will lead to the eradication of these newly gained rights for women. Your Socialist friend, Shahrzad Mojab, is another example of an activist for women’s rights that is corrupted by partisan politics.
Posted by: Freedom Now at February 22, 2007 12:03 PM