Michelle Obama UK visit: “When I look at young British Muslim women, I see myself”
In saying this, Michelle Obama is implying that both she and the Muslim girls she is addressing face oppression, discrimination, and disadvantage. She is, in other words, advancing the false Muslims-as-victims narrative that Islamic advocacy groups such as Hamas-CAIR work so hard to cultivate in the U.S. She does not, of course, address the fact that the primary source of the oppression and discrimination that these Muslim girls face and will face in the future is their own families — primarily their fathers and husbands. Michelle Obama could have called upon these girls to reject the Sharia misogyny that devalues women’s testimony and inheritance rights, reduces women to commodity status via polygamy, sanctions their beating, and makes them vulnerable to genital mutilation and honor killing. But she didn’t dare do that.
Michelle sees herself in the gender apartheid under Islamic law? Was Michelle held down by her mother and other female relatives while they cut her clitoris off? The UK’s “failure to stop FGM is a ‘national scandal.’” There have been 170,000 victims and no prosecutions until this year. What about #BringBackOurClits?
Michelle sees herself in the British sharia courts where the appalling treatment of women and children at the hands of the sharia court “justices” goes unpunished? Sharia law courts, a parallel legal system in the UK, legislate extensive abuse of women, refusal to grant divorces, charging of the woman but not the man for divorce proceedings, and even the taking away of the woman’s children, and rulings contrary to British law.
“Men are the managers of the affairs of women for that God has preferred in bounty one of them over another, and for that they have expended of their property. Righteous women are therefore obedient, guarding the secret for God’s guarding. And those you fear may be rebellious admonish; banish them to their couches, and beat them.” (Qur’an 4:34)
Michelle Obama also said: “Maybe you see the news and see people talking about your religion, and wonder if anyone will ever see beyond your headscarf.”
Her husband said the same thing in his notorious speech in Cairo in 2009: that the US would protect the right of women to wear hijab. But who is infringing on that right? No one. And who is not seeing beyond the headscarf? Michelle Obama meant “Islamophobes,” but the real people these girls have to fear regarding their headscarves are the Muslim men who will kill them if they don’t wear it. Aqsa Parvez was murdered by her father and her brother for not wearing the headscarf. Innumerable other Muslim women have been similarly victimized. Who speaks for them? Who stands for their rights? Not Michelle Obama.
Tell us, Mrs. Obama, about your oppression and disadvantage from the highest and most powerful office in the free-est country in the world. Tell us how wronged you were in between your multiple daily wardrobe changes of the most expensive designer clothes in the world. Tell us how awful it was for you to get accepted and attend Princeton University (along with your brother) in your youth and make your own choices to live your life any way you wanted to.
“Michelle Obama UK visit: ‘When I look at young British Muslim women, I see myself,” by Mikey Smith, The Mirror, June 16, 2015
The First Lady compared her struggle to succeed as a young black woman in America to the experience of inner-city Muslim girls
Michelle Obama compared her struggle to succeed as a young black woman in America to the experience of British Muslim girls during a visit to in inner-city girls school in London.
The First Lady, who is visiting the UK for two days, and met with Prince Harry this morning, struggled to hold back tears as she gave an emotional speech to Mulberry School for Girls in London’s Tower Hamlets.
She’ll meet with Prime Minister David Cameron later today.
She said: “Girls like you inspire me and impress me every single day.
“When I look out at all these young women, I see myself. In so many ways your story is my story.”
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