Friday, December 16, 2011

They Still Miss The Point

It is hard to believe that this video was found at, "... an American non-profit, progressive or liberal public policy advocacy group and political action committee ..."

The many points raised in this video describe the horrific conditions that women live with in Muslim nations. This highlights the modern ideals we hope could become part of the culture of the Middle East with the introduction of Democracy:

  • Education for Women
  • Stop Mutilation of Women
  • Stop Honor Killings
  • Stop Pedophilic Marriage
  • Financial Freedom for Women

So it may seem that the American Liberal/Progressive point of view may be coming around to supporting what the Conservatives felt was so wrong, right? I don't know. This is the caption that MoveOn put to the video:
Did you catch that shocking statistic? “Women are half the world’s population, yet they do two-thirds of the world’s work, earn one-tenth of the world’s income, and own less than one per cent of the world’s property.” (Source: World Bank) Let’s change that!
Yes MoveOn, and I caught this; You are reframing the horrific Muslim culture as an argument to support the ideals of the OccupyWallStreet movement. MoveOn is shocked by the lack of land ownership but genital mutilation is not so shocking. Given a choice, most people would choose to keep their genitals instead of owning property.

I hope that people will share this video with their friends. To improve humanity we have recognize and identify where it has gone wrong and correct it.

The video does start off its solution strong with the signs:
if she can stay in school, fight custom and tradition, and refuse to be married to a strange and older man
if she can pursue an education and get a job
she would not change only her own fate
she would change the fate of her community
perhaps her entire nation
Unfortunately after this the solution tries to fine tune the idea to all that is needed is an education. Education is not enough. Back when America had slavery, if a slave was educated it would not make them free. Likewise, education will not free women while Sharia keeps them down. Laws, customs, and traditions need to change.

I fear that with the Muslim Brotherhood becoming part of the political establishments in the aftermath of the Middle East revolutions, this problem will only get worse.

Just in case MoveOn realizes their callousness about the plight of women described in the video, here is a screen capture for posterity:

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