The Great Muslim Cover-Up

Daniel Greenfield, a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the Freedom Center, is a New York writer focusing on radical Islam. He is completing a book on the international challenges America faces in the 21st century.


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Over in Toronto, a Muslim cleric with the unwieldy name of Al-Hashim Kamena Atangana had a great idea. Al-Hashim’s idea was for Toronto to pass laws forcing women to wear burkas. “Cover up or get raped,” was the implied message. Toronto only has an estimated 5.5 percent Muslim population so the Toronto Taliban probably won’t be getting their way until they have higher double digit numbers, but they can wait.

Meanwhile in Egypt where the population is 90 percent Muslim and the other 10 percent are running for their lives, a new TV channel represents a brave new frontier in Islamic feminism. Maria TV features women giving lifestyle and makeup tips while wearing full niqab, which covers their faces and leaves only their eyes exposed. According to some Saudi clerics who think that women are only allowed to leave one eye exposed, this makes them either a bold feminist experiment or shameless strumpets.

In a country where Tahrir Square has become synonymous with sexual assault; the Al-Hashim paradigm is taking hold. There are photos of female students at Cairo University from the 60′s and 70′s that showed them dressing like women did in the 60′s and 70′s. But by the time Obama showed up to praise Cairo University as a great representative of Islamic civilization, the cover-up had begun. The question is where will the cover-up end and what will the Cairo University class of 2020 look like? They probably won’t have faces, but will they even have eyes?

You can attend a university with your head covered, even with your face covered, but it gets harder to attend class when your eyes are covered. If the trend means anything in a decade Muslim feminism will mean fighting for the right to keep one eye open in a creed that wants everyone to keep their eyes shut.

The West has reacted to the Islamic cover-up with its own cover-up. The Western liberal will run through the gamut of his own civilization’s sins before reluctantly admitting that some parts of the Muslim world may not be an ideal place to be a woman, but he immediately reaches for a rolled up copy of the New York Times and uses Tom Friedman’s latest report from an airport’s luxury lounge in Dubai or Kuala Lumpur as proof that the reforms are coming.

Indeed if you read anything from Tom Friedman, who is expert at writing books about how the world is becoming a global village because it’s so ridiculously easy for him to fly anywhere on his frequent flyer miles, that is all he can talk about. Saudi Arabia is constantly being reformed. Why in 1962 it abolished slavery and recently the Saudi king has agreed to let women vote in municipal elections in 2015. This is naturally a big deal in an absolute monarchy that has been ruled by the same family for longer than it had oil companies.

There is no question that King Abdullah is a great feminist. If you doubt that just ask any one of his 13 wives. It may be true that women in Saudi Arabia are not allowed to drive or leave the country without permission from their husband; but so long as Tom Friedman has a comfortable seat and an alcohol-free drink whenever he flies to Saudi Arabia, the reports of reforms will keep on coming about this cheerful outpost in our global village.

We all live in villages. Our village is a place where women are considered human beings, but in the village that is an ocean and a desert away, women are considered property. The problem is that lately our two villages have been overlapping thanks to the heap big magic of the airport. Americans travel to Saudi Arabia, where they are told to cover themselves up and respect the local customs, and Muslims travel to Canada where they tell the city of Toronto that it needs to cover up its women or they won’t be responsible for the consequences. Our village just can’t seem to win.

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  • JAMAL

    FRIENDS IN THE NAME OF THE GOD WITH GRACIOUS AND MERCIFULL I BRING YOU MANY GREETS AND PEACE. BUT YES I AM SAD FOR YOUR HATES ON ISLAM THE PEACEFUL RELIGION AND THE GREAT PROPHET PEACE ON HIM. I THOUGHT YOU ON JEWIST ZIONIST LIES AND FALSES YOU BE HEARING. I WRITE NOW TO TELL YOU TRUTHS ON ISLAM FOR SURPRISE OF YOU. DO YOU KNOW NOT OF ISLAM AND WOMANS, THAT ISLAM MUCH RESPECTS WOMANS. THEY COVER SO MEN DON'T TREAT BAD THEM. I AM SAD IN SAYING ON THE WEST THAT WOMANS DRESS BAD AND NOT MODEST AND HOLY. THIS IS FOR THE MANY RAPES OF WEST THAN FOR MUSLIM LANDS. WOMANS NEED RESPECT I THINK.

    BUT NOW I SURPRISE YOU. I READ HERE ON ISLAM HATE. I WANT THAT YOU KNOW OF IBRAHIM AND MUSA PEACE ON THEM. YOU JEWISTS AND CHRISTIANS WORSHIP THESE PROPHERTS YES. YOU KNOW NOT THAT THEY WERE MUSLIMS DID YOU. AND TRUE OF EESA/JESUS PEACE ON HIM THAT HE WAS MUSLIM. YES IT IS TRUE. IN ISLAM LIE YOU ARE FORBIDDEN. SO MY TRUTH OF GREAT PROPHETS IS FOR THEY IS MUSLIM AND YOUR WORSHIP. SO YOU CAN NOT ON MUSLIMS HATE NOW!

    PLEASE YOU READ THE HOLY KORAN. YOU WILL KNOW ON THE TRUTH. I WISH YOU AND YOUR FAMILY MUCH BLESSINGS

    • Kufar Dawg

      Sahih Muslim 19.4366.
      "I will expel the Jews and Christians from the Arabian Peninsula and will not leave any but Muslim."

      (Quran 5:49-51) O YOU WHO BELIEVE! DO NOT TAKE THE JEWS AND THE CHRISTIANS FOR FRIENDS; THEY ARE FRIENDS OF EACH OTHER; AND WHOEVER AMONGST YOU TAKES THEM FOR A FRIEND, THEN SURELY HE IS ONE OF THEM; SURELY ALLAH DOES NOT GUIDE THE UNJUST PEOPLE.

      Soddy Barbaria, religious apartheid:
      http://s668.photobucket.com/albums/vv43/JKL-Hide/

    • Advocatus

      Thanks for the tip, Jamal. I have had the pleasure of reading the Koran. I must say I didn't find it a particularly appealing document. Reading it did help me understand more fully, though, what many jihadists and their ilk are on about so it wasn't a complete waste of time.

      Why don't you do yourself the favor of broadening your intellectual horizons by doing a bit of reading outside the stultifying confines of the Koranic tradition? There's a whole world of fascinating discoveries awaiting you, I can promise you that.

      • Kufar Dawg

        When a muslim conqueror burned down the library of Alexandria (supposedly the largest collection of ancient literary works the world had ever seen up to that time), the muslim leader is reported to have said something like if the library contains books about Islam we don't need them as we already have the holy Quran, if it doesn't well then they need to be burned anyway.

    • kafir4life

      jamal, why is it that your false prophet, inventor of islam, and shatter of the terror guide, the most unholy koran (aka used toilet paper) liked to have sex with pigs and camels?

    • Lan Astaslem

      suck on some pig turds jammy

    • Ghostwriter

      Sorry,JAMAL. We're not buying what you're selling. You're going to have to do that by force,and that will make you less popular than you are now. But,I do hope your English improves. Otherwise,you sound like a snake-oil salesman,trying to give us what we don't want or need.

    • http://frontpagemag.com Dan Fagan

      Read the Koran, a few times some of the Hadith, There is nothing in ether that I found particularly enlightening. I will bet my soul that the monster Mohammad and his soc puppet god Allah are one and the same. Why should I believe a serial rapist, pedophile, murderer, thief, plagiarist, treaty breaker, slaver, torturer, and demon possessed individual says about God? I think that God judges us by what we do, not what we profess. Every thing I accuse Mad Mo of is in the Koran and Hadith. If you are in this country, please leave. Go back to your Islamic paradise.

    • Guest

      Go nuke yourself, you pig. Islam is the world biggest fraud.

    • Bone in my Trous

      Up your arse, boy! I wouldn't pass water over your fairytale book of lies. Get out of the Dark Ages, mummy boy!

      The only good repository for a 'holy book' is the toilet.

  • Semolina

    Jamal, please don't shout. And anyways, you cannot go raping women even if they are naked. It is *your* responsibility to hold your horses.

  • Chezwick

    Great article, Daniel. And of all the obscenities in the liberal/left cover-up of Islamic misogyny, that perpetrated by Western feminists is the most rank. These professors and cultural narrators travel to the Muslim realm, don the niqab, and then sing its praises…about how "liberating" it was to divest themselves of the burden of make-up and dress, and be perceived and accepted only for what they are internally.

    Of course, these empathetic crusaders are free to come home, shed the "tent" that liberates, and resume their life-styles as free-minded, empowered women, unfettered in their pursuit of career goals, sexual satisfaction, personal expression, etc….and they can do so in the heart of what they routinely rail against as the fount of all evil, the "institutionally racist, sexist" USofA.

    Meanwhile, the sisters in the Islamic realm that they left behind have no such recourse, not by a long shot. These poor souls – in the hundreds of millions – are lifelong prisoners of the religion/culture that obsessively constricts (by law and custom) the parameters of freedom and self-expression to such an extent that they blindly and meekly accept their suffocated (and mutilated) existence as the natural order of things.

    The Western feminist betrayal of their Muslim sisters is perhaps the greatest moral crime of our age….and history will judge them harshly one way or the other. Should the truth prevail, they will be infamous for their cowardice…and should Islam prevail, their female descendents will be permanently consigned to the same niqab that they once so vapidly saw fit to validate.

    • Kufar Dawg

      CNN did a disgusting puff piece w/exactly that above tone (i.e. that the burka was "liberating" for women). The
      reporter even donned a burka herself!

  • kingofdisco

    Exactly……perhaps the thin edge of the wedge is personal hygiene? And how do we persuade feminists to stop fighting shadows, and start fighting burkhas? They are a mainstream these days, and cowards mostly. The bravery of the early feminists who had genuine dragons to slay is long gone. What stands for feminism today hasn't got the stomach for the fight, just a long list of petty grievances. Not the group you want in the trenches. And most of the muslim victims suffer from Stockholm Syndrome, they have been in the darkness for so long, that if you lead them out into the light, they scratch you, and retreat further back into the comfortable darkness of their culture. Light is the answer, but its application must be thought through. Invade, carry the young men off into enlightened slavery, and marry the women. If you are going in, go in proper, and under no illusions, and prepared to lose everything. You will be attacked from every side. But it will make a man of you, my son, and that might make the whole thing worthwhile. Unless someone's got a better idea!

  • Schlomotion

    “Cover up or get raped” is also the message of the Chabad sect of Orthodox Jews, and we don't need to look as far away as Toronto. Their fanatics also have "unwieldy" names.

    • MikeWood

      Schlomotion, you commit the logical fallacy of Tu Quoque: Tu Quoque is a very common fallacy in which one attempts to defend oneself or another from criticism by turning the critique back against the accuser. This is a classic Red Herring since whether the accuser is guilty of the same, or a similar, wrong is irrelevant to the truth of the original charge. However, as a diversionary tactic, Tu Quoque can be very effective, since the accuser is put on the defensive, and frequently feels compelled to defend against the accusation.

      • Schlomotion

        Mike, you are wrong. Although you have appended this tag with all of the diligence of a Wikipedia Bot, you clearly miss the point. I don't deny that a wingnut Muslim cleric in Toronto does the stupid things that Mr. Greenfield accuses him of. He most likely does. I am simply adding the fact that Mr. Greenfield overlooks people of his own religion who do the same thing in his own city. That is not a fallacy. Firstoff, my statement is true. Secondly, Mr. Greenfield's article is not a true and valid syllogism, it is a propaganda piece. It is inherently a case of SPECIAL PLEADING and AD HOMINEM and GUILT BY ASSOCIATION. Nearly none of the articles posted at Frontpage are formally true statements linked to a valid conclusion. The accuser should be on the defensive because the accuser is a malevolent person with bad motives and poor writing skills.

        • MikeWood

          Mike, you are wrong. Although you have appended this tag with all of the diligence of a Wikipedia Bot (attempt to undermine through personal insult), you clearly miss the point (bluff). I don't deny that a wingnut Muslim cleric in Toronto does the stupid things that Mr. Greenfield accuses him of. He most likely does. (your original post neither confirmed nor denied; it simply deployed a red herring) I am simply adding the fact that Mr. Greenfield overlooks people of his own religion who do the same thing in his own city (irrelevant and the precise nature of tu quoque). That is not a fallacy (yes it is). Firstoff, my statement is true (irrelevant – and you accuse me of missing the point?).

        • MikeWood

          Secondly, Mr. Greenfield's article is not a true and valid syllogism (irrelevant), it is a propaganda piece (unfounded assertion designed to discredit). It is inherently a case of SPECIAL PLEADING (how?) and AD HOMINEM (really? Would you care to refrain from ad hominem attacks yourself?) and GUILT BY ASSOCIATION (how?). Nearly none of the articles posted at Frontpage are formally true statements linked to a valid conclusion (irrelevant). The accuser should be on the defensive (should submit to tu quoque) because the accuser is a malevolent person with bad motives and poor writing skills. (resort to denigration of character – you cannot know his motives and what exactly is wrong with his writing skills?)

          • aspacia

            Mike,

            Schlock is a pseudo intellectual. I saw no emotional appeal, ad hom, nor guilt by association in Greenfield's argument.

          • Schlomotion

            Congratulations. You discovered that you can misapply a baroque Logical Positivism to a comments section. That's right up there with insisting on Kosher culinary criteria at a dumpster dive.

          • MikeWood

            My apologies. I mistook you for someone rational.

          • Schlomotion

            I am. I just use more than two integers at a time.

          • Kufar Dawg

            And many half truths as well.

        • Drakken

          Hey dummy, when those jews start blowing things up like the muslim savages, then come back with a logical arguement instead of the usual the jews are just as bad tripe.

          • Kufar Dawg

            Considering the millions of Christians, Hindus and Sikhs slaughtered by muslo-nazis in places like Armenia, Turkey, Bangladesh, E. Timor, Sudan/Darfur in the 20th and early 21st centuries the Jews are way behind in the body count necessary to match the muslime apes — probably by at least two orders of magnitude. To mention nothing of the hundreds of millions of Jews, Bahais, Christians, Druze, Siks, Hindus, Buddhists slaughtered by muslo-nazis over the lifetime of their religion of genocidal hatred and death.

    • Harb

      The Chabad sect of Orthodox Jews do not number in the billions and proclaim world domination for their religion. At this point I have yet to hear of any Chabad members blowing things up and killing masses of people.

      Somehow I have problems believing this sect has anywhere near the societal influence that Islam has.

      • Schlomotion

        So what. Is Islam is more popular than Judaism. Maybe it's Judaism's fault.

        • Raymond in DC

          At one time there were more Jews (and Christians) in Arabia than Muslims. Mohammed (according to Islamic sources) solved that problem by assembling an army and driving out or killing the Jews (and Christians).

          Unfortunately, one can’t say “Well, that was then…” There are roughly 40 conflicts in today’s world where Muslims are fighting someone else.

        • Kufar Dawg

          Since ten billion flies eat excrement maybe you should as well.

    • Ghostwriter

      Well,one thing's for sure,Schlobrain. I haven't heard Jewish people screaming for my death because I'm American or strapping bombs to themselves and blowing themselves up in restaurants,movie theaters,and the like just to kill non-Jews. Your argument falls flat and you have nothing to back it up other than your own hideous prejudice.

      • Schlomotion

        Try disagreeing with them. They'll scream for your death then.

        • Kufar Dawg

          Is you density only exceeded by your arrogance?

    • Advocatus

      Slow Motion, please enlighten us with statistics of rape by Hassidic Jews vis-a-vis those committed by Muslims in, say, countries like Sweden, Norway and the UK. Thanks, mate, looking forward to your ever delightful comments. Now over to you.

  • oldtimer

    Are Muslim men so perverted that they can't even look at a women without lust? YES…. Evil, pure evil….

    • ameer

      I would say why men so pervert they want to t
      Dectate women what should they wear & what shouldn't !

  • Ain't No Dhimmi

    The World is Flat until Friedman is asked to speak. Then miraculously, The World isn't Flat Anymore."

  • Ain't No Dhimmi

    Will someone please tell Jamal that Jesus was a very Orthodox Jew and a Master Kabbalist in Healing.

    Will someone please tell Jamal that John The Baptist was a very Orthodox Jew and Master Kabbalist in the
    practice of Mikveh, or Baptism.

    Resh Yud Yud
    Resh Yud Yud
    Resh Yud Yud

    Your soul knows what this means Jamal.

  • Marty

    No doubt saudi women suffer from vitamin D deficiency. Those dhimmis who reveal how well the saudis are doing when it comes to modernizing and reforming tend to neglect the facts that they continue to be enthusiastic and generous sponsors of international terrorism, squander billions of dollars (mostly ours) at casinos in Monte Carlo, regularly practice sexual slavery, persecute and often slaughter shiites living in the country's eastern regions, and enjoy public beheadings for adultery, apostasy, and blashphemy each Friday afternoon. Yes, indeed, saudi arabia is a real showcase of reform.

  • Schlomotion

    I got all these boils on my butt – anyone know a good boil-sucker?

    • Drakken

      Ask your boyfriend shortbus.

      • Schlomotion

        I can't find a boyfriend – no women or men are attracted to me – even the goats and sheep run for the hills when i approach. what's a boil plagued loser to do??

        • Germal

          Convert to Islam. Then you'll be a boil plagued loser towel head.

    • Kufar Dawg

      Try eating both wings of a common fly simultaneously and wash it down with a camel urine cocktail.

  • Asher

    Good article…keep putting the truth out there…we want no part of the Islamic regime in any form!

  • Leland64

    Islam is a totalitarian ideology. Western style democracies permit infestation by Muslims at their peril. Muslim true believers seek conquest of non-Muslim societies – not assimilation or peaceful co-existence.

  • Jack

    Come on Muslims you can’t control women for ever, they are human, they are not sex objects. In Muslim countries it is fact that women are treated like second citizens, they get covered up but men don’t, that really shows that Islam is made up by men to serve men so they could control women. Muslim women don’t give up on your rights and freedom