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President Obama visits gender apartheid, anti-gay mosque

President Obama visits gender apartheid, anti-gay mosque

When President Obama made his first visit to a US mosque yesterday, he recited bits from the Koran and praised American Muslims as a crucial part of America’s history and vital to the nation’s future.

And so if we’re serious about freedom of religion – and I’m speaking now to my fellow Christians who remain the majority in this country – we have to understand an attack on one faith is an attack on all our faiths.

But Asra Q Nomani, a former Wall Street Journal reporter and co-founder of the Muslim Reform Movement was less than impressed by Obama’s outreach, describing it here as a “step backwards” and attacked the mosque for its policy of “gender apartheid”

As President and Michelle Obama argued decades ago in the context of the US civil rights movement, separate is indeed unequal.

To Muslim women’s rights activists fighting for equal access to mosques as part of a broader campaign for reform – from equal education for women and girls to freedom from so-called “honor killings” – the president’s visit to a mosque that practices such blatant inequity represents a step backwards. 

While it may be meant to convey a message of religious inclusiveness to American Muslims,  the visit demonstrates tacit acceptance of a form of discrimination that amounts to gender apartheid.

She added:

Today, in an estimated two-thirds of mosques around the United States, women and girls are segregated in dark basements, sparse balconies, separate rooms and even behind shower curtains in the “sisters’ section”, listening to Friday sermons piped in through shaky sound systems and watching them, if we are lucky, via TV screens.

It’s too often only on “interfaith” occasions like the President’s visit that women and girls get to step forward into the “brothers’ section”.

Raheel Raza, a Pakistani-Canadian activist, author and co-founder of the Muslim Reform Movement said:

While the free world awaits a Muslim reformation, the leader of the free world shows blatant disregard for gender equality by visiting a mosque that treats females like second-class citizens. This makes our work as activists extremely difficult because equality is one of the main tenets of our reform movement.

Shaikh

According to this report, Obama met with  the mosque’s Imam Yaseen Shaikh, above, who spits each time the word “gay” gets mentioned.

Shaikh, who was hired in  to serve as the head of Islamic teaching or Islamic “scholar” for the Islamic Society of Baltimore and its nearby Al-Rahmah school, is on record as saying that being a homosexual:

Is an immoral act, it is a shameful act, it is despised act, it is haram, it is forbidden in Islam, completely, absolutely, from the Koran, the Hadith and by consensus of the scholars from the beginning of Islam.

So all the sources of Islamic law are very, very accurate and very open and clear about this, without any ambiguity, without any ambiguity.

He added in a videoed paranoid rant:

It is no secret that everywhere you look into society today, at every level, you find a representation of this community. On a social level, on a political level, on the educational boards, everywhere you look today you will find a representation of this community. They are an extremely powerful group.

And he claimed that he LGBT movement is attempting to get Muslims to:

Have some sympathy for them. Have some empathy. To start accepting them, that this is okay.

Shaikh was particularly scathing about “progressive Muslims” who want to accept homosexuality and who claim it “doesn’t bother me”.

The Islamic Society of Baltimore, where Imam Shaikh now preaches, has also been criticised because Shaikh’s predecessor condoned suicide bombings. Mohamad Adam el-Sheikh, who led the institution for 18 years, has ties to radical groups.

Hat tip: Trevor Blake

13 responses to “President Obama visits gender apartheid, anti-gay mosque”

  1. Justin Badby says:

    Religion and politics. A very dangerous combustable combination and especially so when its islam.

  2. Justin Badby says:

    OT but Looks like the BBC’s christian faction has got is ass in gear and starting up a propaganda assault …

    BBC iWonder
    What do the lost gospels tell us about the real Jesus?

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/guides/ztxsg82?intc_type=singletheme&intc_location=news&intc_campaign=iwonder&intc_linkname=guide_realjesus_contentcard1

    Did you notice that ….THE REAL JESUS …. yeah right.

    Is this the real purpose of the BBC?

  3. Justin Badby says:

    This is an extract from the above …
    The Bible is a cornerstone of British life. A copy is presented to every new monarch. Many swear on it in court. For centuries it was the only book that many families owned. For Christians it is a source of wisdom and a symbol of authority.
    WTF …. the BBC has stepprd over the line.

  4. Trevor Blake says:

    “an attack on one faith is an attack on all our faiths.”

    Ah, that explains the global response to the genocide of the Yezidi by Muslims. That is, it explains nothing of the kind.

    The world is afraid of Muslims. Not afraid of being killed, although that is happening in a scale not seen since the world wars. The world is afraid of being called ‘racist’ (what race is Islam again?).

    Better to be falsely called a bigot than truthfully be an apologist for Islam.

  5. AgentCormac says:

    ‘On a social level, on a political level, on the educational boards, everywhere you look today you will find a representation of this community. They are an extremely powerful group.’

    Sounds like jealousy to me.

  6. Rob Andrews says:

    Obama being a second term president in the US is what we call a ‘lame duck’. He is now concerned about his place in history. He has also spoke about gay rights. Can’t have it both ways.

    It’s too bad no one from the gay community has called him out on this. But I guess everybody is worried about the next president. And gays now have full civil rights, now.

  7. Angela_K says:

    “And he claimed that he LGBT movement is attempting to get Muslims to:
    Have some sympathy for them. Have some empathy. To start accepting them, that this is okay”.
    Change LGBT to Muslims in that quotation and that is exactly what Muslims are trying to do, but their hatred of Gays, Women, anyone who isn’t like them etc rather puts people off.

  8. Paul says:

    No, I am gay, they hate me, I don’t finance them. I don’t buy oil, and I don’t go there on holiday. I cycle to work and my house is insulated.

  9. Michael Glass says:

    The really positive thing about this report is that there is a Muslim Reform Movement that has raised its voice in protest.

    Bit by bit, old ideas in Islam are being challenged. Female genital mutilation is now being challenged within the religion. Obvious next steps are gender apartheid, treating women’s testimony as only half as valuable and killing apostates. And the people doing it will be Muslims, spurred on by others who protest against the obvious absurdities and cruelties involved in traditional beliefs.

    It will take time, but I believe it will happen

  10. harrynutsak says:

    To openly preach his own personal religious ‘sentiments’ is to see an open violation of his oath of office.

    He is supposed to be speaking as the President and not some religious fuck, which he is in his personal life, sure, but he isn’t supposed to use government resources, including his own office, to further any religious cause whatsoever, which is what he is doing, quite illegally, in using his office as a bully pulpit to force his personal religious views upon the whole nation.

    He is an incredibly stupid fucking piece of shit in this regard.
    That’s religion for you – totally fuck everything up for everyone because you can’t keep it in your pants.

  11. Lon says:

    To be fair, all politicians, with the possible exception of Bernie, love to be photographed visiting gender apartheid, anti-gay churches and synagogues, which includes all of them if judged by their holy books. I find them all, religions and politicians repulsive, with the possible exception of Bernie.

  12. Vanity Unfair says:

    I suggest a return visit is in order, only next time in disguise. If they turn up unannounced but in false beard and hijab (let them decide who wears what) then they can find out whether their treatment and the treatment of the regular worshippers is any different.

  13. If you read Pink News, you’ll find that many homosexuals love Islam and make endless excuses for it. Why, I don’t know.