I was astonished and appalled by Ingrid Mattson's comments regarding Mohammed's and Islam's view of women! Furthermore, her statement about the West's treatment of women is, at best, an affront to truth in its misleading and selective content. The only way anyone can make that kind of statement is to be completely ignorant about the subject or a bald-faced liar! The facts are that: Islam treats women as mere possessions.
Here are some parts of the Qur'an that stand in the way of Ingrid Mattson's ridiculous statements:4:34 - "Men have authority over women because God has made the one superior to the other."2:223 - "Your women are tilth for you to cultivate so go to your tilth as ye will."2:282 - "Get two witnesses, out of your own men, and if there are not two men, then a man and two women…"4:34 - "Good women are to be obedient, guarding in secret that which Allah hath guarded. As for those from whom ye fear rebellion, admonish them and banish them to their beds apart, and scourge them."I wonder what Mattson would say regarding Mohammad's "love" for women to the fact that he married Aisha when she was six years old, and consummating that marriage when she was nine years old! Or what she would say regarding the fact that in Egypt 29 percent of married adolescents have been beaten by their husbands, and 41 percent were beaten during pregnancy. Or the Pakistan Institute of Medical Science's statement that over 90 percent of Pakistani wives have been struck, beaten, or sexually abused — for offenses on the order of cooking an unsatisfactory meal. Others were punished for failing to give birth to a male child.
Or Mohammed's statement: "A man will not be asked as to why he beat his wife." Or his wife, Aisha's, statement about Mohammad's treatment of her after she followed him somewhere: "He struck me on the chest which caused me pain." Or how Allah conveniently tells Mohammed that he can marry however many women he wants and says it is "a privilege for thee only, not for the (rest of) believers." Or how a woman's testimony is counted: In court a woman's testimony is worth half as much as a man's. Or how, after a woman came to Mohammed with a child from an adulterous encounter, he told her to come back after the child was weaned. When she did, Muhammad, that lover of women and peace, pronounced judgment: she was put into a ditch and stoned to death. Or that, if raped, a woman has to produce male witnesses. If she cannot, she can be accused of adultery. As many as 75 percent of imprisoned Moslem women are behind bars because they were raped. Or regarding other facts such as female circumcision, women not allowed to go to school, etc. etc. etc.
Mattson's statements are disgustingly, and chillingly, deceptive. She is either a clueless pawn of those wanting to continue the myth of Islam being peaceful, or a willing accomplice. No, not every Moslem believes in these things, but that is not because of Islam, but in spite of it.
People better wake up and actually study what Islam is about instead of listening to what others tell them. In the late 1930s people like British Prime Minister Chamberlain based his views of Germany's growing power not on facts and common sense, but on what the Germans themselves claimed. "Peace in our time!" He said. We know what the outcome was.
Today we are faced with a threat that has been gnawing at the world for centuries. From its inception Islam has sought to conquer the world and to enslave, rape, and slaughter those who do not submit (Islam means submission). Islam is still at it. Take a little time to search for facts, and the truth, for the predator seldom warns its prey.
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