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Why Women's Rights Groups Ignore Systemic Abuse in Islam

Professor explains how Christianity shows dignity to women
Lakeland, Florida – Raped and tortured from the age of 14, by Muslims in Afghanistan, twenty-eight-year-old Nadia Murad wrote about her horrific experiences. When she tried to share about them in a Canadian school district last week, she was refused under the guise it might “foster Islamophobia.”
The news from Muslim controlled areas is nothing new. It is endemic in the culture where women are seen as property. News of an Islamic State member torturing and killing a 5-year-old Yazidi girl sends shockwaves around the west but is not so shocking in Islamic communities. Professor John Barber has worked and served in Muslim countries for decades and says, “Violence against women in Muslim cultures is the norm. Personal freedom and education are hardly guaranteed.”
Dr. Barber’s book, The Trees Have Goats, is a metaphor for what happens to women in Islamic controlled countries. The goats get in the trees to eat the fruit, but this stunts the growth of the trees and they never have a chance to recover. The same is true with women’s rights – by keeping women and children down, Islamic regimes control them.
But Barber says this treatment in Islamic cultures is something women’s rights groups in the west ignore. You never see the so-called “Squad” of Democratic representatives talk about the treatment of women in Islam. Any criticism is seen in the light of bigotry or bias rather than taking the facts as they stand. A researcher and educator who happens to be a Christian, Barber says he’s interviewed dozens of women in Muslim countries, many who are reluctant to talk openly about systemic abuse. A 12-year-old girl raped by four Iraqis is barely news in the west. Barber says these women, and girls, are scarred for life, subject to harsh conditions they can never escape.
Barber explains how Christ brought ultimate freedom to all – regardless of race, gender or socioeconomic status. “If this is now Good News, I’m not sure what is?”


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