The Honor Diaries is making headlines for documenting the challenges faced by female activists taking on the abuse of women in the Muslim world. The movie focuses on Muslim female activists and was screened at the Museum of Tolerance.
But Islamist groups, whether it’s the Taliban or CAIR, are notoriously unhappy with any criticism of the Islamic abuse of women. But CAIR usually has better and slicker PR than the Taliban. Not this time.
The film follows nine women whose lives have been affected by what is known as the “honor culture” in certain Islamic cultures. Practices such as female genital mutilation, honor violence, honor killings and forced marriage at young ages make up the panoply of horrors these women or their family members experienced first hand.
Approximately 150,000 to 200,000 American girls are at risk for female genital mutilation – frequently misleadingly referred to as female circumcision. It is estimated that approximately 1,500 forced marriages take place each year in the United States, and approximately 3,000 honor attacks take place in the United Kingdom every year.
The film opened on March 8, International Women’s Day.
It is hard even for an organization such as CAIR to publicly defend the abuse of women that is described in the film. Instead, CAIR vilifies the Clarion Project, which produced the film, because “Jews produced the film,”…
What happened was that CAIR chose to outsource its attack on Honor Diaries to loony bigot Richard Silverstein who last came to public attention when he began hurling racial slurs on Twitter at African-American activist Chloe Valdary.
The consequences of that left CAIR with egg on its face for objecting to a movie because it was produced by Jews. So CAIR compensated with a generic letter, but by then the damage was done.