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Friday, March 31, 2006

What Victory for Islam Means, Part 2

Here's an interesting little demographic tidbit:

One United Nations estimate says from 113 million to 200 million women around the world are demographically "missing." Every year, from 1.5 million to 3 million women and girls lose their lives as a result of gender-based violence or neglect.

How could this possibly be true? Here are some of the factors:

In countries where the birth of a boy is considered a gift and the birth of a girl a curse from the gods, selective abortion and infanticide eliminate female babies.

In countries where women are considered the property of men, their fathers and brothers can murder them for choosing their own sexual partners. These are called "honor" killings...

Young brides are killed if their fathers do not pay sufficient money to the men who have married them. These are called "dowry deaths"...

The brutal international sex trade in young girls kills uncounted numbers of them.

Domestic violence is a major cause of death of women in every country.

So little value is placed on women's health that every year roughly 600,000 women die giving birth.

Six thousand girls undergo genital mutilation every day, according to the World Health Organization. Many die; others live the rest of their lives in crippling pain.

And nowhere is womanhood honored more than in the nations blessed to be under submission to the Religion of Peace.

The author of the piece comes to an interesting conclusion:

A culture that carves the genitals of young girls, hobbles their minds, and justifies their physical oppression is not equal to a culture that believes women have the same rights as men.

The author is one Ayaan Hirsi Ali, about whom the International Herald Tribune has this to say,

Ayaan Hirsi Ali, a Somali-born Dutch legislator, lives under 24-hour protection because of death threats against her by Islamic radicals since the murder of Theo van Gogh, with whom she made the film "Submission" about women and Islam.

If islam wins the world war we are in, the conditions described above will be the fate of half the world's population.


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