Assigned Reading: Obama Adviser Loves Sharia
(FROM: Human Events)
Dalia Mogahed, Barack Obama’s adviser on Muslim affairs, appeared on British television last week, where she said: “Sharia is not well understood and Islam as a faith is not well understood.” How have we misunderstood Islamic law? We have associated it with “maximum criminal punishments” and “laws that… to many people seem unequal to women.” The Western view of Sharia was “oversimplified,” said Barack Obama’s adviser on Muslim affairs; most Muslim women worldwide, she said, associate it with “gender justice.”
On the same show, Dalia Mogahed described her job in the Obama administration as involving efforts “to convey…to the President and other public officials what it is Muslims want.” What Muslims want. Not what America might want from Muslims — i.e., a recognition of the ways in which Sharia contradicts the Constitution regarding the equality of all people before the law, and a forthright rejection of those elements of Sharia. No one, Muslim or non-Muslim, seems concerned about any challenge to those provisions from the adherents of Sharia. Perhaps they should listen more closely to Dalia Mogahed.
I’m a big fan of Robert Spencer and his Web site, JihadWatch.
Particularly interesting in Spencer’s Human Events piece, though, are the Koran passages dealing with the Sharia idea of gender justice. I’ve asked before and I’ll ask again — where are the women’s groups when it comes to Islam? We see women stoned after getting gang-raped, female schoolteachers threatened with death for naming a classroom stuffed bear “Mohammed,” and stories of honor killings abroad and on our own shores. Where is the National Organization for Women? Come on, people!
Ugh. Here’s to hoping that this particular adviser to President Obama gets as much attention as some of the others.