Priceless: Topless women disrupt Muslim conference in France
Finally, some radical feminists who "get it" about Islam.
Two Femen activists tore off their Arab-style clothes and charged the stage of a Islamic conference on the role of women in Muslim society. Topless, the two women berated the fundamentalist imams on stage who were discussing if it's OK to beat your wife.
According to Inna Shevchenko, a spokeswoman for the feminist protest group, two fundamentalist preachers were discussing the question of “whether wives should be beaten or not” when the activists, aged 25 and 31, ripped off their Arab-style cloaks and jumped on to the stage on Saturday evening. One had the slogan “No one subjugates me” inked across her torso. The other bore the words “I am my own prophet.”
The protesters, aged 25 and 31, grabbed microphones and shouted feminist slogans in French and Arabic before being roughly bundled off the stage by about 15 men and handed over to police. Video footage of the incident shows a man apparently kicking one of the women.
According to Ms Shevchenko, some of the men shouted “dirty whores” and “kill them”. She thanked the police for protecting the two women, who were taken into custody. They were released after being questioned by prosecutors, who said they would continue investigating what happened. Conference organisers said they would press charges against the activists.
They were not alone in taking exception to the presence of fundamentalist preachers at the event, where shopping and cooking were showcased as appropriate “feminine activities”. One speaker at the conference has reportedly posted calls on social networks for women to veil their faces or risk hellfire and sexual assault in the afterlife.
Nearly 6,000 people signed an online petition against the event.
Twitter posts called for the protesters to be stoned or collectively raped.
Ah, the glory of modern Islam. Unfortunately for women, it's also the glory of ancient Islam. To me, it is the biggest reason Islam is going to lose in the end; they are fighting without 50% of their population. It is analogous to the Civil War South not drafting its slaves to fight. And it's for pretty much the same reason: Islam won't employ women in its war because if it did, it would invalidate its entire worldview – a similar reason to why the South didn't give its slaves guns to join the fight.
Femen, a radical feminist hyper-activist group, has been showing up all over Europe in churches, public events, and other venues where its members perceive a bias against women. They always show up topless, and they always scream incoherently at their targets. It was refreshing to see them pick a target that so richly deserves to be pointed out and laughed at.