There is nothing honorable about killing and that is exactly what this film depicts. There is rampant killing in Muslim culture in the name of honor. ‘Honor Diaries’ is one brave film that focuses on this very volatile social and political issue as invariably attention oh this heinous practice gets termed into Islamophobia. In reality, it is nothing of the kind and Muslim groups in America should be glad that a social ill has been identified and is out in the open. This however does not seem to be the case as evident in the reaction from two American Universities: University of Michigan at Dearborn and University of Illinois at Chicago. Both Universities cancelled the screening of this film for fear of offending Muslims! More disturbing is the deathly silence from women’s groups and Feminists in America in defense of this Film depicting violence against Muslim women at the hands of men and society!
Honor Diaries is about rampant murder of women in the Muslim culture in the name of honor! Whose honor and why? Isn’t it the purpose of feminists to stand up for the rights of women especially if they are being trampled and crushed on a regular basis? Isn’t feminism for equal rights and justice for women, all women NOT just women with Left leanings or Liberal thoughts? Apparently absence of reaction from feminists and feminist groups in America has proven irrevocably their narrow political interest at the expense of women. CAIR, a very vocal terrorist affiliated group has been in the forefront of leading the above two universities into cowering down in the face of threat and anti-Muslim perception. Universities in America are supposed to be bastions of liberal thought, where students learn tolerance and acceptance. Nonetheless, these two universities have caved in to CAIR’s vicious agenda.
New age College Women are supposed to be free; free thinking beings, free acting beings; women who stand up for other women; clearly this is not happening because feminism as taught in colleges has come to be strictly limited to Left thinking and Left agenda; to go after minor transgressions as opposed to major occurrences of discrimination, hate and violence against women. The two universities should be ashamed of themselves for allowing a terrorist and radical Muslim group to dictate to educational institutions regarding disturbing issues for women. In reality, CAIR should be in the forefront for the rights of Muslim women; not stifling focus on honor killings. Qanta Ahmed says in National Review, ” American universities, especially vulnerable to accusations of discrimination or even marginalization, are easily frightened and persuaded to do the bidding of entrenched political Islamists. Political Islamism is a distinct and predatory beast, quite different in intention and action from mainstream Islam and its followers in all our varied manifestations.”
Feminists, wake up! Honor Diaries is about women specifically Muslim women suffering horrific deaths just so men and entire societies can keep their honor while men from that culture go around raping, killing and beheading women! Honor killings are crimes against women, plain and simple. Pew Research states on their findings of whether honor killings are ever justified as punishment for pre- or extra-marital sex; in Honor Killings, a person is killed often by his or her own family for having sex out of wedlock. The victim is typically a woman. Majorities of Muslims surveyed rejected the practice in only 14 out of 23 countries and support for honor killings appears to be highest in Afghanistan, Iraq, Egypt and Jordan. Nonetheless, Honor Diaries is a film made by Americans for everybody; it’s there to shed light, yet again, on a subject that affects women everywhere, especially Muslim women and other women in oppressive cultures.
Previously Published in Politisite.com