The Islamic Feminism of All-American Muslim

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Once upon a time there used to be billboards for Virginia Slims cigarettes with the slogans, “You’ve come a long way, baby.” The billboards are gone now, but in their place are billboards for All-American Muslim which substitute the hijab for the cigarette. The same left which was outraged at a company marketing cigarettes as a form of female empowerment is completely supportive of marketing 7th century Islamic misogyny as female empowerment.

“The Fast and the Furious,” the second episode of TLC’s All-American Muslim, plays out like a hijab commercial, along with a pitch for the Ramadan fast. But what is missing is any acknowledgement of the violent means by which the hijab is imposed on Muslim and non-Muslim women around the world. For many women, even in North America, the consequences of not wearing the hijab can be fatal.

Sixteen-year-old Aqsa Parvaz was strangled to death by her father because she refused to wear a hijab… not somewhere in Pakistan, but in Ontario. In that same city, Mohammad Shafia killed his three daughters, ranging in age from 13 to 19, over their refusal to wear hijabs. There is no way to know if Virginia Slims or the hijab killed more women, but we do know that today it is unacceptable to show women smoking, but it is acceptable to promote treating them as chattel.

All-American Muslim had set out to show that Muslims weren’t terrorists, that they are just the neighbors next door. What a pity then that the second episode features a terrorist supporting cleric providing hijab counseling to one of the show’s stars.

Imam Abdul Latif Berry spoke at a 2009 commemoration ceremony for the Ayatollah Khomeini which took place at his own Islamic Institute of Knowledge. And he’s also quite a feminist. His website features an opinion that a husband can deny his wife a divorce if she does not return the dowry and in another appears to justify marital rape.

So, the wife must obey her husband by giving him his physical rights which he asks from her; she has to make herself available to him when he wants her; she has no right to abstain unless she has her period, a medical condition, or a difficulty that keeps her from responding favorably to him. If he demands his right and obliges her, this would not be rape in the Islamic Law, but something basic in the concept of marriage contract. Otherwise, what would marriage be without mating?

What about beating your wife? Imam Abdul Latif Berry has the answer for how to deal with a wife who won’t perform her “marital duties.”

When all peaceful methods have been exhausted and attempts to fix the problem have failed, and if this is the only means for reform, practice disciplinary confrontation with the rebellious wife. Again, Islam poses extreme conditions on this last step. The confrontation must not lead to injury or leave bruises. It must not be done in revenge or be based on hatred which trespasses the set limits, but instead be prescribed like the bitter medicine with calculated dosages to speed reform while still protect from harming the self and others.

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  • esperantominoria

    Well,at least in IRAN the majority,it seems,are out of Islam.It is the only country in the Middle East where MODERNITY has a real chance.Iranians are nationalists,one case is that the Iranian Assasin of the 2nd Caliph of Islam,Friend of Muhammad,is a National Hero in Iran.

    • ObamaYoMoma

      Old habits are hard to break. Spaces after periods, commas, question marks, exclamation points, colons, and semi-colons are your friend.

  • Beth

    There is something seriously wrong with any woman who would agree with an advocator of rape. Berry's words are very very sick.

    • guest

      Women don't agree. They are lied to until its too late.

      In the Philippines, I heard one discussing how we both had Jesus with a girl friend. They lie and when that woman goes behind the black curtain, she is never seen again it will be a real experience she won't forget. Education is so important.

      Watch sally field in "not without my daughter" to get the flavor of Islam.

      My cousin Bonnie went there to teach. Now she is dead. Typical. She just didn't listen. I guess the beating she took over there was a little much and she did not survive it. Not enough witnesses to take the perp to court. Needed four. Too bad.
      Hope she liked forced sex.

  • John_Kelly

    As Serge Trifkovic aptly stated in his book The Sword of the Prophet, "Islam is a collective psychosis seeking to become global, and any attempt to compromise with such madness is to become part of the madness oneself."

    The women of Islam are arguably the greatest victims of this totalitarian cult.

  • Mike

    I can't wait for this show to get pulled from the air. All American Muslim is rediculous. TLC can take their show and shove it. I'll never be convinced.

  • voted against carter

    ' TAQIYYA '
    Do your own research about it if you don't know what this means.

    i s l a m IS EVIL. PERIOD.

    i s l a m strives for world domination.

    The q u r a n commands m u s l i m s to exercise jihad.

    The q u e r n commands muslims to establish s h a r i a h law.

    The q u e r n commands m u s l i m s to impose i s l a m on the entire world.

    i s l a m is NOT a religion, it IS a totalitarian ideology.

    i s l a m IS and has remained a death cult from its beginnings.

    i s l a m wants to dominate all aspects of life, from the cradle to the grave.

    s h a r i a h law is a law that controls every detail of life in a i s l a m i c society.

    From civic- and family law to criminal law.

    It determines how one should eat, dress and even use the toilet.

    Oppression of women is good, drinking alcohol is bad.

    The core of the q u r a n is the call to j i h a d.

    J i h a d means a lot of things and is a r a b i c for battle.

    i s l a m means submission, there cannot be any mistake about its goal.

    i s l a m and freedom, i s l a m and democracy are not compatible.

    They are opposite values.

    m o h a m e d 's "wife" was six years old.

    That makes m o h a m e d a P E D O P H I L E!!!

    And you want to base a "R e l i g i o n" on this a z s -holes rantings?

    Are you INSANE?

    I STAND with Israel

    fyi on the extra spaces on certain words. Gets this post by a LOT of site filters in case any one wants to copy and past this around the web. HINT HINT.

    • Jaladhi

      I am glad you keep reminding people of the basic truths about islam, Mo/allah, Quran, sharia and Muslims!!! These truths should be widely disseminated in MSM, if that is possible!!

  • jacob

    Has anybody wonder in which amount were the TLC palms greased to produce
    and air such a shameless and ridiculous whitewash of ISLAM ????
    I believe most people watching it as I did, must have all be saying to the screen
    YES, IN A PIG's EYE..! ! !
    What worries me are the same ignorants who made OBAMA President may end
    up believing and repeating, as GWB did at the very evening of the 9/11 horror, that
    "ISLAM IS A RELIGION OF PEACE", to which I adhere, except that the "PEACE" it
    refers to is that of the graveyards or cemeteries….
    Interesting to learn that our innefable FBI refused to investigate the "LONE WOLF"
    terrorist captured by the NYPD…
    Is this part of the same policy dictating to ignore the report of one of their agents
    alerted by the flight instructor of the WTC terrorists about the curious way they
    were learning to fly.????
    But wait : isn't the FBI under the jurisdiction of Mr. HOLDER ????
    Then there is nothing to wonder about……..

  • Adam

    This is absolutely stomach churning. Pretty soon this will all pave the way for sickos like Jerry Sanduski to claim in court that he was just following the will of Allah. There is no reasoning with these people, and there are no good ones as far as I am concerened. Perhaps that is the intent by TLC for airing this show. To show those who are to ignorant to know any better what theses people are about. I know, wishful thinking. Any group that openly accepts and practices spousal rape and abuse, and pedophilia needs to be destroyed. Unfortunately our government won't do it, perhaps it's time We The People make the right decisions?

  • StephenD

    Good work Mr. Greenfield. I love that they have this show (though I haven't watched it). You just know they can't hide from those that know better.
    They think they are going to show us what being a Muslim is really all about. They may show more than they intend with a 7th century mindset, it won't be hard to see. In a highlight I did see, a hajib wearing woman discussed it with a non-hajib wearer and just the fact it was a topic of discussion shows the importance a head covering (acknowledged subordination to men) has in this death cult. LOL
    Like I said, they can't hide from those that are aware. This gives us Ammo to share with the less informed

  • Marty

    Notice that the TLC whitewash doesn't really do much with the koran's contents, but, then, doing so would make the program both interesting and "islamophobic." We can't have that. I wonder if any future installments will reveal the thriving democratic institutions in the islamic world or the many nobel prize winners who are muslims or the discrimination against and the occasional murder of non-muslims in overwhelmingly islamic countries. Probably not. TLC wants to believe that American muslims are different and just like us. TLC may be correct about some muslims in the United States, but is completely wrong and misleading about the islamic genocidal cult.

    • StephenD

      "TLC wants to believe that American Muslims are different and just like us."

      As was pointed out in an article here, it is precisely because "they're just like us" that this thing called Islam is dangerous. They suffer the same foibles and follies as the rest of us. But instead of seeking to better themselves personally they consider themselves superior to everyone else around them. Since Islam has no personal liberty there can also be no individual responsibility “if it be Allah’s will” sounds more of a defeatist mindset than not. Those in this death cult cannot help but be deviants in Western Society because of this.

  • PhillipGaley

    The "real" Islam goes far beyond offering license to beat a wife:

    "The ideal Islam is the religion of peace that so many Americans wish it could be.", and: ". . . . the real Islam is the one that defines rules for beating your wife."?

    I think rather, that, our dear author 1) fails to apprehend what a religion is and is not; and conjointly that, 2) Islam is not the religion of peace nor even "a" religion of peace; and 3) the real Islam is the one which, in one moment may define the subterfuge which is the life's blood of the organization of bad men, and in other moments, may forego or conceal that subterfuge.

    • Daniel Greenfield

      And I'm afraid that you failed to apprehend my meaning, which is the same as yours.

  • JOHN

    It is a graphic demonstration of the latent self distructive tendecies of the post-cultural revoultion generation. To embrace an evil as monstrous as Islam that has burned, raped, looted, enslaved, tortured and murdered countless millions since it's first march of conquest across the rim of North Africa in the early 600 AD is sucidal. The Muslims have dedicated themselves to our distruction, that of Isreal and Western culture. To think of them in the same way as we think of any Westerner is madness.

  • mrbean

    There is no doubt Islam is misogynistic. The Qur'an is clear and unmistakable. Exactly mirroring all legal systems that administer increasingly harsher penalties for continued wrongdoing, the Koran says the Husband should first verbally admonish her, next ground her to the bedroom like a child, and finally when all else fails, to beat her. Give her a piece of your mind by scolding and rebuking her. Ignore her, ground her to her room, starving her of sex, affection and attention. (This is recognized to day as a form of passive wife abuse) Physically beat her is advocated by the Koran and instructions regarding wife beating (Qur'an 4:34): Koran Version Clause 1 Clause 2 Clause 3:

    So when you meet a Muslim who beats his wives, kick him in the cajones serveral times and let him listen to his little girl squeals that he spews forth as payback. Good karma.

    • virginia dare

      MRBEAN, it would be wonderful to kick these whackos in the cajones, but alas, they have none. Only real men have balls, only real men protect women and children, only real men know that they are not gods with the power to kill/maim/rape/defile. These born again neanderthals never know in their heart of hearts what it really means to be a real man, for they have been taught for centuries they should resemble animals. And worse, as animals with no soul, heart or intelligence. Hell, I know of more animals in that kingdom who have more more love and an innate sense of caring than the imams who put out youtubes telling faux men 'How to beat your wives properly".

      • virginia dare

        Hey, Mr. Imam, how about videos for the wives telling them how to shove a hot iron up the old boys area near the lacking cajones. I agree with all above who say that any women who goes along with this wretched, evil, utterly sickening mindset is more than disturbed. And sadly, it is she who will have to stand before THE REAL GOD someday and account for why she agreed to be part of a death cult when the REAL GOD gave her the womanly sexual powers to bear REAL LIFE. Does such a woman actually beleive that the REAL GOD will praise her for allowing her boys to be raped at the hands of perverts…or given a purple medal for strapping a suicide belt on her kids?

        • virginia dare

          What is really dangerous is the muslims coming to america who have degrees and are quasi educated..I mean quasi for if you have no comprehension of what philosophy means or any idea of the meaning of life, no matter how many degreesyou have, you remain worse than the village idiot…and far more dangerous as you believe that the meaning of life is death…death by misogyny, or by beheadings. If that isn't twisted satanic thinking I don't know what is. Every Christian priest and Jewish rabbi should be screaming from their pulpits about the advancement of Satan in our midst…does anyone know of any religious figures actually warning americans? I doubt it, for they too lack the cajones that our previous feedbacker is speaking about.

  • ObamaYoMoma

    If ever there was a more splendid example of non-violent stealth and deceptive jihad taking place today in America completely unacknowledged and unopposed, All American Muslim is it. Indeed, this is a direct manifestation of jihad routinely being conflated and morally equated with terrorism, which as it names implies is always violent, while jihad, on the other hand, can be both violent and non-violent and All American Muslim is a perfect example of non-violent stealth and deceptive jihad taking place again totally unacknowledged and unopposed.

  • LindaRivera

    G-D's Word is eternal and NEVER changes. G-D's Biblical requirement for ALL people is KINDNESS:

    Bible, Micah 6:8 And what does the L-RD require of you but to do justice, to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your G-D.

    There is no love or mercy in Islam.

  • Ghostwriter

    A couple of nights ago,I had second look at "All-American Muslim." It was still stupid and I went to another channel. The show is so dumb that I predict that it will soon be off the air. Hopefully,they'll put something better in it's place,like another Roger Ebert movie review show. That would be infinitely better than this drivel. And far more enlightening and entertaining as well.

  • Omar Khalid,Cairo

    Islam is the death of a person's soul. Loved by satan, driven by pedophile urges and lust for babies. I would lie, cheat, steal, deceive alo to cover this filth. BHO must go.

  • tanstaafl

    The firms that sponsors this propaganda are nothing more than modern quislings.

  • No Dhimmi

    Oh, for God's sake, TLC. Islam is hateful, violent and vicious misogynistic cult, period. The people following Islam are either idiots, immoral psychos or brainwashed beyond cognizance, especially the women.

    Stop putting lipstick on that pig – we ain't buying it, no matter how much you try to prettify it.

  • Reese

    SO MANY WOMEN'S HEADS CUT OFF IN THE WATER THAT THE SHIP'S PROPELLERS WERE TANGLED IN HAIR AND HEADS AND COULDN'T LEAVE. That's what Islam does. In 1914-1917 the Islamic Ottoman Turks slaughtered and almost completely wiped out all of the Armenians of Armenia. Armenia is Smyrna in the Bible. Armenia was the first nation to declare itself a Christian nation in 301 AD when Constantine was their Emperor. Satan hates Jews and Christians so that’s why he inspired the Muslims to wipe the Armenians out. Muslims tortured, raped women and children, beheaded, threw girls in the air to land on swords they had stuck in the ground, crucified girls, burned them alive, ripped out their fingernails, unimaginable butchery. So many women’s heads cut off and thrown into the sea port that the 5 American ships that were there could not leave port because of women’s heads and hair caught in propellers. America and Europe and the world did nothing to stop this genocide even though our ships were in port because the government did not want to harm the Turkey-American peace treaty. What a shame and disgrace.

  • Reese

    ARMENIAN GENOCIDE BY MUSLIMS: You can see pictures and read about this horrible Islamic evil here. Why don’t they teach this in schools? Because Islamists are paying the US Dept of Education so the DOE loves Islam and promotes it in our schools. The Islamists are on the school textbook writing committees and have changed the text in our kid’s history books …so our kids are being taught to hate America and Israel and Jews and to like Islam and Socialism and Communism. Read and see for yourself:

    Kim Kardashian is Armenian. It’s a wonder her family is even here today. Why are they not using their fame to bring attention to what was done to their people at the hands of Islam and to stop the Islamization of America and Europe?

    Need more evidence of the evils of Islam?,,,

  • guest

    Israel cannot allow Iran the bomb. Obama will be forcing Israel to act.

  • winoceros

    I will quibble with the statement that the "ideal Islam is the religion of peace that so many Americans wish it could be." Ideal Islam is nothing like a religion of peace.

    An "idealized" (aka Western view of "ideal") Islam may be the sort that is a religion of peace, but that unicorn ain't in this forest.

  • winoceros

    Whether they are or not is a matter of opinion. It is the imposition of a physical punishment which is of course the detestable thing.

  • winoceros

    I'm sure you do agree.

    I would say that the reason the sura and ayat is trotted out as an example of why Islam is so very wrong can be summed up in analogy.

    Suppose the IRS asked us all very nicely to submit some taxes, please, if we really want to. Do you think people would send taxes?
    Now compare to the reality: taxes are remitted under threat of prison.

    One is an idea, one is a demand. That's why Islam is wrong for human beings.

  • Colleen Murphy

    Having just watched tonight's episode, it hardly seem that women have no power. Quite the opposite. The newlywed couple had this big deal about the newly-sworn Muslim husband's (Jeff, I think) dog of SIXTEEN years. His new wife couldn't handle the dog's smell due to her allergies, so the dog had to go! Geesh, what about making a nice area for her outside or in the garage so that Jeff and his dog could still see each other? Family wouldn't come over because you can't get a DOG HAIR on you when you say your prayers! Good grief! This poor guy had to part with this dog who had been with him through good times and bad because of his wife's nagging. She knew he had the dog, but she waits until they are married to this up and force him to take his old dog to a dog sanctuary. He left in tears and the dog stood there watching their vehicle leave. It may not seem like much to others, but it sure does to me. "It's me or the dog!" He should have stood up and fenced off a part of the yard and taken care of her to the end. Women have way too much power as far as I can see. Pressure by family and the new wifey and the loyal, adoring dog gets dumped. I just had to cry. I would not have asked that of my husband, and I'm sorry Jeff gave in. This marriage will never last!

  • winoceros

    But surely you find a punishment for "dereliction" of sexual duty to be egregious, and the support of such a thing equally egregious?