By Ruth King
When the French résistance was fighting the Nazis in 1940, the British and the Americans encouraged them with oratory but withheld any material help. This led the French to say “the British will fight the Nazis to the last drop of French blood.”
I hesitate to encourage the women to resist to the last drop of their blood, but I am dismayed by a number of stylish, well coiffed, décolleté and manicured “feminists” in America, including Iranian expatriates, who urge the courageous women of Iran to continue their bloody struggle against the regime in Iran without naming the real enemy….Sharia. It is like telling them to die in vain.
The poster-boy for the rebellion is Moussavi and he and his “reformist” wife, who dresses in hijab, utter not a single word of opposition to Sharia, the cruel, misogynist Islamic law that oppresses women and reduces them to the status of animal.
The women of Iran were led down this path before by their mothers and grandmothers who encouraged them to overthrow the Shah and plunged that nation into the repressive hell-hole ruled by the Ayatollahs.
Revolution cannot be successful if sacrifice brings more Islamic repression and degradation with another face and a new set of Ayatollahs. Their jail is Islam and changing the warden from one thug to another will not set them free.
Women of Iran:
Freedom is what I see daily in my supermarket…women in saris, in hijab, Orthodox Jewish women in wigs or headscarves, girls in miniskirts, girls with navel rings who live and play and love and pray without fear of “honor killings” or stoning or lashing or rape, or forced marriages even at the pre-puberty age of nine.
Freedom is not just the right to vote for candidates that are both sides of the same coin. It is the right to live without fear that your father or your brothers will murder you for committing adultery or apostasy or a perceived insult to the Prophet. It is the right to read books…porn if you choose….see movies from musicals to erotica….to dance and to kiss in public….to divorce or marry …to drive and to travel and to choose how and when and if you must wear that scarf, all with the protection of the state and not the religious dictates of the state.
You are being compared to the crowds of oppressed people who brought down the Soviet Empire. They named their enemy. It was an evil ideology named Communism. Your enemy is an evil ideology named Sharia, which enables your tormentors.
While Muslim men are permitted to marry outside the faith and have many wives, you are forbidden even innocent and playful flirtation. The Koran in Sura 4:34 tells it:
“Men have superiority over women because God has made the one superior to the other, and because men spend their wealth to maintain them. Good women are obedient. They guard their unseen parts because God has guarded them. As for those among you who fear disobedience, admonish them and send them to beds apart, and beat them.”
Stoning in other cultures has long been abolished, but in Iran and other Sharia compliant countries it is still widely practiced. In Iran, stoning as a punishment was implemented in 1983, when the Islamic Penal Code was ratified. In 2002 Iran’s “judiciary” indicated that stoning will no longer be practiced but it continues to this day.
Honor killings are condoned in Iran under Sharia law. Article 220 of the Iran criminal code clearly states: “If a father – or his male ancestors – kill their children, they will not be prosecuted for murder.” For good measure Article 1179 of the Civil Code states “Parents have a right to punish their children within the limits prescribed by law.” And “punish” does not just mean a “time out.”
On June 21, 2009, in the New York Times, Neil Farquhar wrote:
“The opposition leader, Mir Hussein Moussavi, in criticizing the government, demanded the kind of justice promised by the Koran and exhorted his followers to take to their rooftops at night to cry out, “Allahu akbar,” or “God is great.”
In the battle to control Iran’s streets, both the government and the opposition are deploying religious symbols and parables to portray themselves as pursing the ideal of a just Islamic state.… Both sides say they are the true heirs of the revered revolutionary patriarch, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, in trying to carry out Islamic principles.”
And, who knows better than you how they carry out “Islamic principles.” Protect your children’s’ future.
Women of Iran….grandmothers, mothers and daughters….you have chosen resistance and courage. Throw off your veils and your head coverings…dye your hair green or purple….and break the shackles of Sharia.
Then you will be free to worship and dress as you please. You will be the modern world’s first example of the power of moderates in Islam.
God bless you in your struggle.