Sunday, April 13, 2014

The Real War on Women

"They simply wanted me to be silenced."
Ayaan Hirsi Ali

Liberals seem to enjoy nothing more than touting the imaginary "war on women" perpetuated by the Conservatives in the U.S. The "war" consists largely of denying taxpayer funding of abortions. Even if a woman in this country is free to pay for her own abortion--and she is--not providing a free ride to the nearest Planned Parenthood clinic constitutes "war."

And then there's the Islamic version of the war on women. Now we're getting somewhere.

In a society where "honor" killings of women, female genital mutilation, and girls forced into marriage as young as age nine are all routine, even required, elements of faith, totalitarian control of women is the inevitable outcome. Women's rights activist Avaan Hirsi Ali has suffered all of the aforementioned indignities and abuse. Last week, due to pressure from extremist Muslim groups, students, and faculty, Ali was disinvited from speaking at Brandeis University because she was going to tell the truth. Truthfulness about Islamic abuse of women, especially when presented by a woman with firsthand knowledge, is now labeled "Islamophobic." So much for independent thought and diversity of opinion in the hallowed halls of academia. How pathetic that the motto of Brandeis is "Truth even unto its innermost parts." 

The Wall Street Journal was good enough to publish Ali's prepared remarks, which due to willfully blind intolerance shall remain unspoken. I've linked the speech here, with hopes that her words will at least be read

Reading what Ali has to say will go a long way towards teaching us what a real "war on women" looks like.