Feminists Supporting Muslim Women; IWD Action Report
Maryam Namazie, the Muslim feminist founder of "One Law for All," a group which opposes Shari'a law has just posted a report, images, and a video of her rally in London HERE.
I especially loved her placards: "End Racism and Cultural Relativism," "Sharia Law Discriminates Against Women," "Equal Rights for All," and "No to Sexual Apartheid." Judging by the images, the rally and the conference were attended by both men and women, and by Muslims, ex-Muslims, and non-Muslims. I loved the fact that Namazie described the rally as an "anti-racist rally against Sharia and religious-based laws in Britain and elsewhere." An inspired touch.
Even more, I loved the fact that there was no violence, no threatened violence, and no signs demonizing either America or Israel; absolutely no scapegoats or diversions from the issue at hand.
Namazie’s rally and public meeting featured speakers from the Southall Black Sisters and Women Against Fundamentalism; the Central Council of Equal Rights Now–Organization against Women’s Discrimination in Iran; Democratic Muslims; British Muslims for Secular Democracy; One Law For All; and many other groups and speakers including Kenan Malik, Naser Khader, A.C. Grayling, Terry Sanderson, Sohaila Sharifi, Yasmin Alibhai-Brown, etc.
I wonder what these folks might have to say about honor killings in general and about the Buffalo beheading in particular, a gruesome incident, which has seen so much newsprint as of late. (NOW New York State President, Marcia Pappas, has just again been attacked, this time by a coalition of domestic violence workers, for having called the Buffalo crime an “honor murder” and for having related it to Islam; that will be the subject of a future blog).
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