COMMENTARY | While liberal activists such as Sandra Fluke bellyache about an alleged “war on women” there is a real one going on in a number of Islamic countries, as documented in a new film called “The Honor Diaries.”
It is no secret that women living in many Islamic countries are subjected to human rights abuses that range from forced marriages, denial of education, to violence and even murder due to an “honor” code that empowers men to punish women brutally for what they consider unacceptable behavior. Female genital mutilation is the worst practice, designed to literally surgically remove sexual desire from girls and women.
As Fox News reports, the Council for American Islamic Relations (CAIR) has launched a campaign to suppress the film, claiming that it stirs bigotry against Islam. CAIR does not deny the facts presented in the film, but has taken to attacking the messengers as a way to suppress what it has to say.
CAIR’s campaign may be backfiring, however, as it is providing publicity for the movie that it otherwise might not have gotten. It’s playing of the Islamophobia card to try to stop screenings of the movie is likely to rouse curiosity about it. One suspects that more people will see the movie than otherwise would be the case had not CAIR decided it was dangerous.
It is as it should be. Political correctness and the fear of being labeled a bigot should not be an impediment for pointing out a severe problem that festers in Islamic countries and attempt to remedy it. “Culture is no excuse for abuse” as the tagline of “The Honor Diaries” states.
Highlighting the brutal oppression of women in Islamic countries would actually be beneficial to the Islamic community in the long run. Only when that problem is addressed will the Islamic world take a much needed step to joining the modern world and all that implies.