The War on Former Muslim Women

Ayaan-HirsiIt is a tragedy and a shame that it had to take the mass kidnapping and sexual enslavement of 300 Nigerian girls by Muslim jihadists for the world to finally express its outrage over Sharia’s evil deeds. Similar stories of Christian girls being kidnapped, forcibly married and converted to Islam by their Muslim captors, have been a reality for decades. But unfortunately, and tragically, they have been ignored by our mainstream media. Only a few “Islamophobic” journalists have cared enough to report on such atrocities in Egypt, Syria and elsewhere — until reality exploded to such a great magnitude that it awakened the world’s conscience.

Former Muslim women like Wafa Sultan, Ayan Hirsi Ali and myself have been writing and speaking about the oppression of women in Islamic society for a long time now. I have written a book dedicated to connecting the dots between Islamic law and such kidnappings, rapes and other forms of oppression of women. But instead of helping our voices be heard, the leftist media and academia have ignored us, called us names and done everything in their power to silence us. They have treated the American people like children who are told they should not be outraged about far away cultural practices — because all cultures are equal.

Advocates of cultural relativism who are brutal in judging conservative and Christian Americans, and call them slanderous names, have no problem in tolerating Islamic tyranny over women and other minorities.

After 9/11 Americans asked: “Where are the voices of Arab Americans who condemn Islamic terrorism?” This question led a few brave former Muslim women to stand up and speak. But when we did (at our own peril), the leftist media and academia called us “Islamophobes” and “racists.” What is Islamophobic and racist about warning America about the tyranny of the barbaric religious legal system that we lived under and came to America to escape from its vicious clutches?

Muslims have convinced the leftist elites that criticism of Islamic doctrine is a hateful phobia equal to hating all Muslim people. Students who wanted to learn the truth about Sharia and its implications on women, jihad, the Arab Israeli conflict and terrorism, have been intimidated and forced to withdraw their invitation to former Muslim women speakers.

Not only have Muslim Brotherhood front groups and the Left succeeded in silencing speech critical of Islam, but reports about Islamic atrocities around the world have been suppressed — until now, when one horrifying story of an Islamic crime against humanity could not be contained.

And so now, with the Nigerian kidnapping story, Islam’s dirty little secret has been exposed: Sharia legalizes the taking of female hostages as sexual slaves in the jihad battle against non-Muslims. And since the jihad battle against non-Muslims is taught as a permanent institution, the kidnapping, rape and enslavement can happen at any time. In fact, the Islamic Nigerian mass kidnappers, who are experts on Sharia, are bragging on camera about their actions because they are told by their books and Islamic education that what they did is holy and legal under Allah.

American students who invite experts on Middle Eastern culture and critics of Sharia, like myself, must endure horrific pressure to cancel our invitations. No matter what horror happens under Islam, we end up being dismissed by the Left as “Islamophobes.”

As a result of the suppression of the truth about Islamic oppression of women, the American public is left ignorant about what is going on in the Islamic world. Thus it takes huge acts of violence, such as the Nigeria mass girl kidnapping or 9/11 to wake Americans up. But for how long can the West afford to ignore Islamic tyranny? I hope not until Islamic jihadists do a similar kidnapping of 300 American girls.

Our culture’s suppression of speech is severely detrimental to the future of this country, which is on its way to embracing Sharia as just another set of laws that must be respected, since, as we are taught, all cultures and religions are equal.

It is high time for American leftist feminists to acknowledge the truth about Islamic oppression of women. Kidnapping of girls, sexual slavery, female genital mutilation, wife beating, legal discrimination against women in the courtroom and other forms of oppression of women, must never be tolerated under the excuse of cultural relativism.

The same leftists who ignore Islamic Sharia tyranny are also the ones who support anti-Semitism also spreading on college campuses.  The offensive annual Israel Apartheid Week must end, otherwise pro-Israel students must be free to invite speakers to counter the anti-Israel propaganda.

Just in the last month, I was cancelled twice after being invited to speak on college campuses due to intimidation by leftists and Islamic groups. Muslim radical groups brag about our cancellation like a badge of honor, the same way the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt brags about silencing the opposition. Suppression of speakers who expose the atrocities of Islamic law has become a shameful chronic condition on American campuses. It is true that Sharia forbids the criticism of Islam, but we should never forget that the US Constitution does not.

The situation in America today is upside down, where we see the American Left tolerating Islamic intolerance and protecting Islam’s dirty little secrets from coming to light. We are not doing Muslims and Islam a favor with this cover-up and appeasement. Blatant atrocities against women by Muslims around the world must be exposed and rejected.

It is time for the West to condemn Islamic Sharia law by name.

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  • DogmaelJones1

    The decades-long silence of mainstream “feminists” about the Islamic persecution of women is shameful. They ought to be trotted out to recant their “cultural relativism” and then they can go back into hiding. However, when I hear someone say, “It is time for the West to condemn Islamic Sharia law by name,” I must wonder if the speaker or writer is committing the same error as Washington’s policy commits, of divorcing Sharia from Islam. Without Sharia, Islam is nothing. Without it, Islam is demoted to just another California-style cult. Its importance and nemesis would shrink like a child’s party balloon after two days. If you condemn Sharia law, you condemn Islam. Why do so many people avoid reaching that conclusion?

    • Brenda

      Islam is the problem of Muslims and not ours to solve its problem for them. If they love Islam, they can keep it, but we have the right to reject the bulk of it, which is Sharia, and say NO to Sharia. They can keep their little useless cult religion, that is Islam. Of course Islam is Sharia and Sharia is Islam, but it is the moderate Muslims who claim that it is not, so we will take their word for it and tell them get rid of Sharia, which is a grotesque human rights violation, and they can keep their prayers, Ramadan and Haj, if they wish.

      • Coincoin

        Just recently, Fox News’s Megan Kelly uncritically accepted the words of a liberal who insisted that Sharia and Islam are separate. She probably prances around bragging that, “I read the “Koran” as well.

      • IronMaidenaregods

        Rubbish. Islam is the problem of non-muslims since Muslims want to impose totalitarian rule on us.

        • Brenda

          It is their problem TO SOLVE I said. We do not need to solve Islam’s problems. We need to make it illegal in the West

  • jwmiller

    One has to wonder who’s fooling who here. Islam by the Godless Marxists who will use anything to realize their Agenda/NWO; or, the Marxists by Islamists who also have every intent for a Global Caliph.

    • Softly Bob

      I think you’ll find it’s the Marxists who are being fooled. Those lovable, cuddly, oppressed but exotic Muslims will crucify the lot of them once their useful idiocy no longer has any use.

      • Notalibfool

        “…will crucify the lot of them once their useful idiocy no longer has any use.”

        Isn’t that what happened in Iran after the 1979 revolution?

        • Softly Bob

          Pretty much so.

      • iluvisrael


    • Habbgun

      I would say neither are being fooled. We are being fooled into thinking these are separate movements. It’s either Islamunism or Marxslam but it is all the same. As soon as we realize that it is a broad front and that the Left is Islam and Islam is the Left we can eradicate it much faster.

      • Brenda

        Brilliant! Islam is the Left and the Left is Islam.

  • john spielman

    Thank you Ms Darwish for your courageous stand in the world’s fight against this evil “theocracy” of Islam

  • Jason P

    “In contrast to the Atlantic slave trade where the male-female ratio was 2:1 or 3:1, the Arab slave trade usually had a higher female:male ratio instead, suggesting a general preference for female slaves. Concubinage and reproduction served as incentives for importing female slaves (often European), though many were also imported mainly for performing household tasks.”

    Ehud R. Toledano (1998). Slavery and abolition in the Ottoman Middle East. University of Washington Press. pp. 13–4.

  • Bamaguje

    “Muslims have convinced the leftist elites that criticism of Islamic
    doctrine is a hateful phobia equal to hating all Muslim people” – Nonie Darwish.

    Muslim propagandists don’t need to convince leftists about anything.
    Both are united by their hatred for the West and all it stands for. Deep down even leftists must know Islam is barbaric… the abundant evidence is all too glaring for even dunderhead leftists not to get it.
    It’s just that Western leftists believe they can use Muslims to bring down the capitalist West… Just as Islamists consider leftists useful idiots in the Jihad to conquer the infidel West.
    Once either of them succeeds in seizing power, they will not hesitate to exterminate the other.
    After the 1979 Iranian revolution, tyrannical Islamists brutally wiped out the leftists, even though the leftists had helped them overthrow the Shah.
    In China and the defunct Soviet Union, commies did not hesitate to crush Islamists.

    • Atikva

      You got it right, Bamaguje. Two separate and seemingly opposite totalitarian ideologies, islam and socialism, have allied themselves some sixty years ago with a view to subjugating the West. Each one has its own agenda, and each one is planning to destroy the other to avoid sharing power after having reached its goal.

      One provides the plan and the know-how (socialism), the other provides the cannon fodder (islam). islam pretends it needs to rule the world to please its imaginary god, socialism pretends it needs to rule the world to make it happy under the guise of a utopian “equality”. Both are using lies, stealth and violence, although socialism is more discrete nowadays than islam in doing so.

      Once in power, islam would use terror and impose total ignorance to rule (nothing new here). Socialism, for its part, would anesthetize through deceit and massive indoctrination, without barring force to crush resistance whenever necessary.

      The promoters of this fine plan are no useful idiots, they know very well what this is all about. They are biding their time, lying, appeasing, bowing and twisting reality to make it palatable to the dumber of us, right until the moment when they will pretend to discover a big flaw in the ointment – and start fighting their previous ally.

      Those who cannot learn from history are doomed to repeat it.

  • Charles Martel

    If you want to get a clear picture of the actual war on women being waged by Islam check out Nicholas Stix’s article this morning regarding the same subject. I will warn you, the pictures are graphic.

  • Lanna

    Yes, Good article that everyone should read about Sharia and the Sex slave Trade. Miss Ali is standing up for her sisters as well as Wafa Sultan who is a great lady, have heard many of her videos about the oppression of Islam!

  • ObamaYoMoma

    The truth is had Wafa Sultan, Ayan Hirsi Ali, and Nonie Darwash continued living in the Islamic world after they apostatized, they’d all be dead today, as apostasy and blasphemy in Islam are capital offenses. Is apostasy and blasphemy capital offenses in true faith based religions like Christianity, Judaism, Buddhism, or Hinduism? Hardly!

    Also, what religious faiths like Islam also require first and foremost that all adherents totally, completely, and unconditionally submit to the “will of Allah” under the penalty of death for blasphemy and apostasy? Of course, the answer is none of them.

    Furthermore, what is the “will of Allah” that all Muslims totally, completely, and unconditionally submit to under the penalty of death for apostasy and blasphemy? In essence, it is Sharia, i.e., Islamic totalitarian world, which is extremely draconian, especially against females and non-Muslims since it is the product of a 7th century megalomaniac who was incredibly barbaric.

    Additionally, after the Hijra in 622 AD, Islam underwent an enormous transformation from what was at the time a wannabe religion modeled off of various religions of the time into what it is today, which is an extremely barbaric totalitarian cult that has its sole fundamental purpose the subjugation into Islamic totalitarianism of all religions and all infidels through both violent and non-violent stealth and deceptive jihad and the eventual imposition of Sharia (Islamic totalitarian law) to ultimately make Islam supreme throughout the world.

    In other words, Islam intends to eventually subjugate all infidels in the world, i.e., all Christians, Jews, Atheists, etc., into harsh and degrading dhimmitude, in order to make Islam supreme. Indeed, Muslims aren’t migrating to the USA to assimilate and integrate into becoming Americans, as assimilation into the infidel world would be extremely blasphemous in Islam, and blasphemy in Islam, just like apostasy, is a capital offense. Muslims are migrating to America instead for the nefarious purposes of mass Muslim infiltration and eventual demographic conquest. As a matter of fact, mass Muslim immigration to the infidel world with all of its excess baggage is in reality non-violent stealth and deceptive jihad (holy war), and Muslim organizations like the MB and its many affiliates are its leaders.

    Does any other religious faiths in the world have similar aspirations? Hardly! Which demonstrates that Islam is not a religion at all, but a very barbaric totalitarian cult instead. Now to all Muslims, Islam is a religion. Indeed, it’s their faith, as Muslims don’t know anything other than Islam. But any infidel or any infidel country that regards Islam as being a religious faith on a par with other religious faiths, as the elites in America do today, is asking to become subjugated into Islamic totalitarianism, i.e., into harsh and degrading dhimmitude under Sharia.

    • callaspadeaspade

      Thank you. Your comments put the issue of Sharia/Islam/Jihad so lucidly that, with your permission, I will copy them and send them to my friends.

      • ObamaYoMoma

        Be my guest.

  • SoCalMike

    There is a special place in hell for media leftists with their names on it.

  • Wilecoyote

    Good article. This is a known fact in many part of the world where we still see jihad being carried out against non-muslims but the West has been cowed by islamist infiltrators and multicultural weaklings to turn a blind eye to this tragedy… now they cannot denied it is happening.

  • ObamaYoMoma

    Folks, what is happening in Nigeria, Israel, India, Thailand, Chechnya, Sudan, Somalia, Kenya, throughout Europe, Australia, New Zealand, China, America, Canada and too many other places to name is both violent and non-violent stealth and deceptive jihad is being waged against the infidels to ultimately make Islam supreme. While it manifests for the most part violently in Nigeria, it manifest for the most part non-violently through stealth and deception in America.

    It kind of depends on the circumstances, if the countries are less developed, then the jihad will be more violent. If the countries are more developed, the jihad will be more non-violent. Nevertheless, no matter whether it is violent or non-violent, it is always very stealthy and deceptive. As Islam insist it is a religion and should be accorded equal status with all other religions.

    Nonetheless, if Islam is a religion, then it is the first religion that has as its sole fundamental purpose the subjugation of all religions and all infidels into Islamic totalitarianism through both violent and non-violent stealth and deceptive jihad and the eventual imposition of Sharia (Islamic totalitarian law) to ultimately make Islam supreme throughout the world.

    In Israel, the Jewish infidels believe that their conflict is between Arabs and Jews. I hate to rain on their parade, because their conflict is not a conflict at all, but an old fashion run of the mill jihad, and its aim is to make Islam supreme in Israel and to render the Jewish infidels into Islamic subjugation, i.e., harsh and degrading dhimmitude. Indeed, the so-called Palestinians are the proxies of the Islamic totalitarian world.

    In addition, it is impossible to make peace with Muslims whose sole fundamental purpose is to subjugate the entire infidel world into Islamic totalitarianism. Thus, a negotiated peace settlement between Israel and the so-called Palestinians, which are the proxies of the Islamic totalitarian world, is absolutely impossible.

    However, Israel isn’t the only country with an Islamic problem. Indeed, the entire infidel world at large has an Islamic problem. Thus, any solution must involve the entire collective infidel world acting together in unison to solve our collective Islamic problem.

    • liberalism is a mental illness

      Well said

    • Nagesha

      Well said! Check out the song that I wrote and performed. At the end of the song, I sing the lyrics ‘infidels, we’ve got to unite and expose the darkness and live for the light’. It’s called ‘Taqiyya Dance’. Here it is:

  • john53

    The Liberal Media and the “Academic Community” will never admit that they are propagandist for the “Animal of Islam”. They have no experience about what they speak and their idyllic agenda is based on wants not facts. Most feminist groups will never take a stand that they know will not be supported by the power of the media and so remain silent, that is those groups that actually care about abuse of women and not the power that their positions allow them. These people (the Media, Academia and Women’s Groups) consider themselves elitist and will do nothing that would interfere with their ego boosts.

    Most Muslims are honest, hardworking and loving people but like any group you have the 10% that are animals. The 90% want to live their lives, love their family and worship as they want. The Media and Academia will never admit this; they will tell you they are defending the 90% by not allowing any criticism or facts about the 10%, which is nonsense and stupid.

    Since they cannot justify their biases, they persecute any and all that would tell the truth about the world that they do not understand or comprehend. Because of their elitist status and egos they will never admit to their lack of knowledge, integrity or courage to face the obvious problems.

    Thank you Ms. Darwash and the others (Wafa Sultan, Ayan Hirsi Ali) for having the courage to at least try and allow the world to know the truth at the cost of condemnation and threats and the ridicule of the elitist bigots.

  • Not Chicken Little

    Obama is really showing us what kind of “leader” he is especially on this issue, isn’t he?

    This is so outrageous it does call for special action – it should have been done about three weeks ago, by the US. No, it would not mean we are the police of the world – that argument is just an excuse to do nothing.

    If this does not warrant action, then nothing does. I’m not holding my breath, though, I know that Obama is a little man not up to the job.

  • TxnFl

    What brings the Left together? They are prohomosexual, profeminist, etc. yet embrace so fully islam and islamic sharia? They are as far apart as is possible from all their stated ideals – slavery? Exact opposites again. The only thing that brings them together is their hate for traditional Christian beliefs and thought and traditions. Anything that supports what America was founded upon they are opposed to and anyone who also opposes these are now to be embraced as friends. If you don’t get that then please wake up and tell others……….. There is no other way to reconcile this diverse group.

    • cxt

      Excellent point—sharia law is opposed–often quite violently……literally…… nearly everything the Left claims to be in support of.
      Someone said that “Leftism is a mental illness”……there is no better example/s than the serious disconnect….on multiple fronts….that you point out.

      • liberalism is a mental illness

        I said it. Just Google “liberalism is a mental disorder.” You’ll find a great article on Newsbusters.

    • laura r

      they just follow what the media tells them too. there is little thinking involved.

  • RevnantDream

    Very well put Ms Darwish . You only left out that the West is battling its own leaders who seem bent on replacing its ageing population with Barbaric savages.
    Those who have no back ground in Democracy. Its my claim the left is in alliance with Islam, thinking to use them as shock troops to abolish Democracy for secular socialism.
    They will lose. Islam has been at this game 1,400 years. The Marxists not even 200 years. Both systems cause nothing but anguish to humanity with mass murder its end.
    I used to hope this war that is coming could have been stopped . Maybe Islamists exiled to the Middle east. Now all I see is red war with trenches full of bodies because of the cowardice of Western leaders. One we know in particular, needs no introduction.

  • Guest

    There are only two kinds of Muslims…(1) practicing Muslims and (2) apostate Muslims. There is no such thing as a ‘moderate Muslim”; the term is a PC, made-up myth used by the Left and usefull idiots who are ignorant of the totalitarian, fascist, political ideology of Islam.

    • liberalism is a mental illness

      Very cool image. Thanks for posting.

  • Jihad Crusader

    Jihad Crusader • in 4 minutes
    There are only two kinds of Muslims…(1) practicing Muslims and (2) apostate Muslims. There is no such thing as a ‘moderate Muslim”; the term is a PC, made-up myth used by the Left and usefull idiots who are ignorant of the totalitarian, fascist, political ideology of Islam.

  • Coincoin

    When is the feminist-academic complex going to rear up on her hind legs and give a “Neigh” to this. They always side with the multiculturalists on matters Islamic.

  • KyraNelson

    If jihadis did the same to American girls, G-d forbid, hose POS leftards would just say that they were Colonialist Settler Apartheid ‘tween girls who had it coming.

  • msfsts

    America this is a “WAKE UP” call for ALL!!! It is time to take this VERY SERIOUSLY, and for ALL to know that demographically here in America they are now gaining as becoming the majority instead of a minority group. Just look at the numbers of births in this community, Look at Northern Michigan, where there once was a town in America it is now a small ISLAMIC state within a state. Watch out your neighborhood might be next. All America and Americans need to “WAKE UP” and get their heads OUT OF THE SAND where they have been buried in blindness for so many years. There are GREAT THREATS looming right here inside the country. This is but one, there are many more. We as Americans need to prepare to fight for our RIGHTS, FREEDOMS, AND LIBERTIES, because if these outsiders take our nation away from us over time, “WE THE PEOPLE” AND ALL AMERICANS WILL BE THE LOSERS!! DO NOT LET THIS HAPPEN!!!! Please share now!!!

    • laura r

      well said, but redo & kill the caps. (too much screaming makes you read like a lunatic). been saying this for 30yrs. try getting in a cab in NY.

  • garyfouse

    It’s bad enough when the Islamist forces on campus force cancellation of speakers like Nonie, but when the Orange County Jewish Federation and OC Hillel do it (UC Irvine) it is just plain sickening.

    But not surprising if you knew these two outfits.

  • liberalism is a mental illness

    Great article Nonie. Keep up the good work and don’t give up the fight.

  • Ariel

    This is difficult for Americans to digest because we think everyone is like us.
    We can hardly believe how Sharia law views women and infidels. Today in the US. we are supersensitive about hurting the feelings of Muslims with a critical word like terrorist, but they kill, behead and rape women and children and boast about it.

    • laura r

      dont ever underestimate how stupid americans & europeans are. most people are morons.

  • liz

    Leftists are cowards and hypocrites who enable the barbarism of Islamic bullies.
    It is surely no coincidence that the phony campaign against “Islamophobia” and the resurgence of anti-semitism have arisen concurrently.
    They are both products of Islamofascist lies and propaganda, which the fascist left gladly participates in.

  • De Doc

    What a shame we see this today. And the response from the West’s feminist community? When it’s not lauding Islamic supremacist ideas (mostly because they are non-Western and thus MUST be superior) there is naught but cricket chirps.

  • Tomboy123

    Brandies University (if we can, in all honesty, even call it a place of learning), take note!

  • ServosT

    I read a recent interview by atheist and liberal Sam Harris talking to atheist and liberal and Islam critic Ayan Hirsi Ali. When she moved to America due to the dangers of living in Islam loving Europe, she was introduced to the various liberal think tanks looking to find a place to continue her efforts on behalf of oppressed muslim women. Well, none of the liberal orgs would take her because she was identified as an islamophobe. She got on with a “right wing” institute and says she has never been hassled due to the fact that she identifies with the left on 90% of the issues.

    Sam Harris, a strident atheist and self proclaimed liberal, to his credit, is also exasperated by the left’s capiculation to Islam.

  • Danny

    Those on the Left who try to silence speakers like Nonie Darwish, Ayaan Hirsi Ali, and Wafa Sultan, and who call anyone who criticizes the barbaric practices of Muslims under Sharia an “islamophobe”, on their head is the blood of every victim of Islamic terrorism. On their head is the horrific lives that await each of those kidnapped girls who will now be sold as sex slaves. The Left are collaborators of Islam, and they are morally on a par with those who collaborated with the Nazis. And Nonie is right: the West will probably continue to dismiss the dangers of Islam until 300 American girls are kidnapped and sold as sex slaves. I hope it doesn’t come to that but look at how complacent we in the West have become towards Islamic terrorism! After 9/11, there have been 22,922 recorded Islamic terrorist attacks across the globe. Only God knows how many attacks have happened that haven’t been recorded. And still! Brandeis withdraws an honour to Hirsi-Ali because she’s considered an islamophobe. Our President is the worst example of an “enlightened” Western intellectual who protrates himself before Islam like a slave. And he represents us, and we re-elected him, much to our everlasting disgrace. Feminism and homosexual advocacy have now been proven to be a lie, because they have no word of criticism for how women and gays are treated in the Islamic world. Those of us who still have some sanity left, had better start doing a better job of criticizing the horrors of Islam when we see them. It is all up to us to save Western civilization.

  • GFRF

    It is necessary for those of us who understand what is really going on in the Islamic world to speak out.
    Tell your friends, your neighbors, your co-workers.
    Give them facts, show them photos, tell every one you know.