The Democrats' Anti-Woman, Anti-Gay Elephant in the Room
In this highly polarized, contentious election season, the media frequently portrays the GOP as anti-woman and anti-gay. The desire of most Republicans to protect the unborn has been speciously transmogrified into hatred of women and a plot to control their reproductive systems and, ultimately, their lives.
It's what prompted Code Pink to protest at the Republican National Convention with members dressed up as vaginas to graphically bring home what they perceive as a war on women by Republicans who they claimed want to set the clock back several decades, erase the progress made by the women's rights movement, and relegate women to second class citizenry.
The ardent protests against Republicans and the concomitant apocryphal charges that they are anti-woman and anti-gay are par for the course. In actuality, Republicans are merely advocating for the sanctity of life and traditional marriage and do not demonstrate hatred against any group. However, to hold an opinion contrary to the leftist dogma of the day is obviously enough to spur public vilification and rampant allegations of malfeasance.
The anti-woman, anti-gay allegations Democrats use to characterize Republicans are all the more astonishing in light of the tolerance and accommodations that are conferred on Islam. While Islam is given a pass on these issues, Democrats freely malign Republicans who speak out about repressive Islamic doctrine or sharia, an ideology that is truly anti-woman and anti-gay.
It's worth noting that the Democratic Party's friendliness toward Muslims has prompted an extraordinary gathering in Charlotte, North Carolina, where the Democratic National Convention begins on Sept. 4. As part of the pre-convention festivities, a "Jumah at the DNC" was held through Sept. 1 by the Bureau of Indigenous Muslim Affairs (BIMA), an Islamic nonprofit headquartered in Newark, New Jersey. The Washington Times estimates that "between 500 and 1,000 participants" attended the Jumah, while 20,000 had been predicted to attend the entire three-day event.
The opening prayer was led by Siraj Wahhaj, an advocate for an Islamic state in America, a "potential unindicted co-conspirator" in the first World Trade Center bombing, and a member of CAIR. Event co-organizer Jibril Hough has ties to Islamic terrorists as the imam at a Muslim Brotherhood-owned mosque in Charlotte. That mosque is listed by the U.S. Justice Department as an "unindicted co-conspirator in the largest terror finance case in U.S. history."
The Muslim-friendly Democrats have stayed mum on the subject of this ominous gathering in the shadow of their own convention. The silence is not surprising, given the recent Democratic response to an exposé on the infiltration of the U.S. government by the Muslim Brotherhood.
Six weeks ago, five brave members of Congress led by Michele Bachmann reported on the government infiltration and the MB goal to achieve a "grand jihad to eliminate and destroy Western civilization from within" until "G-d's religion [Islam] is made victorious over all other religions." Instead of registering concern about the well-documented strategy to Islamize America and impose sharia, Democrats accused the congressmen of Islamophobia and McCarthyism. Yet Democrats claim to stand for women's rights, homosexual rights, and the separation of church and state, in direct contrast to the tenets of Islam.
The hypocrisy of the left's defense of Islam is glaringly obvious when it comes to its treatment of women, which goes far beyond decisions about abortion and birth control. The left's feminist sisters may think that Republicans want to repeal women's rights, but the Koran (4:34) expressly states, "Allah has made men superior to women because men spend their wealth to support them."
The Koran sanctions wife-beating with "[a]s for women whom you fear will rebel, admonish them first, and then send them to a separate bed, and then beat them." Furthermore, Muslim women may be beaten for refusing sexual relations with their husbands.
Within the Islamic doctrine that Democrats are promoting and defending are provisions to devalue women by allocating half the share of women's inheritances to men, valuing the testimony of a woman as half that of a man, and providing indemnities for death or injury of a women at half the dollar value of men. In Islam, women are ruled by male relatives -- fathers, brothers, husbands -- who restrict their movements, monitor their dress, and decide whom and when they will marry, the latter of which can be as young as six years of age.
A Muslim husband can divorce his wife by stating his wish to do so three times and is under no obligation to economically provide for her. He can have up to four wives and countless sex slaves, while a Muslim woman can be stoned for adultery, rape, or the appearance of impropriety.
As for homosexuality in Islam, homosexuality is considered vile and punishable by death. The applicable Hadith states that "if a man comes upon a man, then they are both adulterers," and "[i]f a woman comes upon a woman, they are both Adulteresses[.]" "When a man mounts another man, the throne of God shakes"; "[k]ill the one that is doing it and also kill the one that it is being done to."
No debate exists about homosexuality in Islam; the only point of contention is the punishment, which can be beheading, hanging, stoning, or throwing the person from the tallest building. These punishments are not unusual and are frequently meted out in Islamic sharia countries such as Iran, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Yemen, the United Arab Emirates, Somalia, and Mauritania.
It is the height of hypocrisy and irony that, although Democrats freely criticize the policies of Republicans as anti-woman and anti-gay and worry about a conservative agenda that will result in a setback of the gains enjoyed by women and homosexuals over the past several decades, they fail to address the greater threat Islamic doctrine represents. Democrats are silent about Islamic relegation of women to second-class citizenship and the life-and-death dangers it poses for homosexuals.
Clearly, the peril with Islam goes far beyond a choice on abortion and the recognition of homosexual marriage. The unlikely alliance the left has cultivated with Islam, not the left's differences with the Republican Party, is the farthest departure from their espoused pro-women, pro-homosexual platform. As such, it represents a danger to all Americans.