Canary In the Coal Mine: The Status Of Women vs. “Diversity”
(An address to the
Preserving Western Civilization conference held in
We are talking here about
Civilization, and one of the hallmarks of our
heritage starting in ancient
Progress—we place a high value upon improvement in
science, government and human welfare.
By contrast, another culture in the
Clash of Civilizations—Islam—believes that its
founder Mohammed was
the perfect man who transcribed the word of God with
no mistakes, so progress is not needed because nothing
needs fixing. Any problems can be solved by being more
like Mohammed—which explains Muslims`
devotion to customs like
child marriage. Mohammed
married Aisha when she was
and had sex with her when she was nine. So the
behavior persists throughout the Islamic world because
they think nothing is wrong with it.
Now that Western Civilization is
under attack by immigration and the
corollary ideology multiculturalism, it would be
wise to investigate the symptoms throughout society.
women should be understood as the
canary in the coal mine of Western Civilization, as
the leading indicator of fairness, social equality and
general progress. If you want to measure the invasion of
the false ideology of multiculturalism in a western
society, look at
rights and safety.
Of course there are bad effects in
the lives of real women which should not be forgotten
either, and the loss of freedoms has begun in parts of
The last decades have brought
historically unprecedented progress in
long slog from
1848 Seneca Falls Convention for voting rights
culminated in the 19th Amendment in 1920. Since then,
women have made remarkable strides toward normal
opportunities in society, from being accepted as
rock musicians to being allowed to participate in
competitive athletics like marathons.
Victorian times it was believed that women were
delicate creatures incapable of physical exertion. My
favorite great athlete no one has ever heard of is
Pam Reed, an AZ housewife who twice
won the Badwater ultramarathon, a 135-mile race
below sea level and finishing on Mt Whitney at over
Sadly, what we see is the rolling
back of progress made by women in a bad trade for
The reason for that is that new immigrants and illegal
aliens come from anti-woman cultures, from
It`s foolish to believe that
progress only moves forward—ground
can be lost, and has.
We can see that by what has happened in
Europe, where European women are told by elites to
dress modestly in order not to arouse the Muslim
European women are savaged by Muslim rape gangs, the
victim is often blamed.
Here in the
little public concern that women`s rights and safety
could be eroded. Under ordinary conditions, women`s
social position as equal members of society appears
assured after a century and a half of struggle.
But these are not normal times.
Nearly all of the millions of post-1965 legal immigrants
and illegal aliens come from cultures where women are by
no means equal, either under the law or within society.
Are women in
already on a downward arc because of misogynous
immigration and multiculturalism? It`s quite possible.
But there`s no recognition of the problem, much less
help in the offing, either from Washington or from
Establishment liberal feminists, who remain strangely
attached to multiculturalism in spite of the ideology`s
innate conflict with women`s rights. How could anyone
look at women`s lives around the world and believe all
cultures are morally equal?
The worst places in the misogynous
15 schoolgirls in Saudi Arabia died in a burning
building when religious police prevented their escape
because they were not properly veiled according to
Islamic standards. Police from the
Commission for the Prevention of Vice were seen
beating girls trying to escape the flames.
More recently, fundamentalist
increased freedom in a
campaign of terror against women. More than a
hundred women were murdered in 2007, 79 for violations
of Islam and
47 in honor killings, according to a UN humanitarian
Not only is immigration the new way
of war, it is also the spearpoint of the attack on
Western civilization`s tradition of liberty and
Bernard Lewis noted in a 2007 speech:
"In the eyes of a fanatical and resolute minority of Muslims, the third
wave of attack on
has clearly begun. We should not delude ourselves as to
what it is and what it means. This time it is taking
different forms and two in particular: terror and
In earlier times, it was inconceivable that a Muslim would voluntarily
move to a non-Muslim country."
Of course the reason many are
coming is to be
colonists for Allah and build the worldwide
caliphate, not as immigrants to join the communities of
One of the most worrying trends is
how quickly women`s rights are discarded by host First
World societies in the name of multiculturalism. A
controversy blew up in Britain in Feb 2008 when the
Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr. Rowan Williams, urged
implementation of Islamic sharia law in order to
cohesion" in Britain`s rapidly diversifying
society. It was a sad example of the willingness of
Establishment elites to eliminate western legal
protections for women in order to appease Muslim
For all the weakness in
years, however, the negative reaction to the Archbishop
was intense and widespread.
Willams` predecessor Lord George Carey said it would
be a disaster for
accept sharia, and there were calls for the Archbishop
to resign, although of course he didn`t. Perhaps the
slumbering British people have finally awakened to the
We can hope.
over the past decade or so, rapes against European women
have exploded. In 2001,
Unni Wikan lectured her fellow Norwegian women that
wave" against them was their fault. She said
that "Norwegian women must take their share of responsibility for these
rapes". The professor did not call for violent
criminal aliens to shape up. Instead, she said that
must realize that we live in a Multicultural society and
adapt themselves to it".
Now about the burqa.
characterized by Muslims as a garment designed to
preserve women`s modesty and to prevent undue excitement
in random males. It is clearly
not that. If
modesty were truly the object, then it would not be
necessary for burqas to be
identical. Families or clans could have their own
unique designs, as villages do in
traditional sweaters. But burqas are a fabric prison
made to squash individual identity—as befits a culture
that embraces polygamy, in which women are easily
replaceable parts. In addition, burqas do not have a
mouth hole, so women are expected to neither eat nor
Under Islam, a woman is a
lesser being by law and custom. A woman`s testimony
in court is worth half of a man`s. Women are entitled to
only half the inheritance that men receive. If a woman
accuses a man of rape, she must have 4 witnesses on her
side to be considered.
Muslim men may have up to four
wives, but Muslim women can`t have four husbands. Women
are property and are treated as such. A man can divorce
a wife merely by saying
"I divorce you"
three times—an invocation called
"talaq"—and the new technology makes it even easier because he can
text those words to his wife, and doesn`t even need to
face her. I`m happy to report that last May, a Maryland
Court of Appeals unanimously
disallowed the practice as contrary to the state
constitution in which men and women have equal rights.
However for women, divorce is very
difficult, complicated and expensive to obtain.
Women`s behavior in Islamic society
is highly controlled. Even the suggestion of sexual
misbehavior often results in a so-called honor killing
to cleanse the family reputation. If a man has a
dream that a woman in his family is acting in an
unacceptable way, that too is an excuse for honor
The basis of multiculturalism is
the idea that every culture is equally worthy of our
respect. But the briefest examination of women`s lives
around the world shows that idea to be a complete lie.
What American father would want his daughter to marry a
Saudi or Pakistani man and live in that culture?
British study was released in 2008 that opens a
window on the stunning extent of Islamic violence
against women in the west.
It warned that the number of girls
falling victim to forced marriages, kidnappings, sexual
assaults, beatings and even murder by relatives intent
on upholding the
"honor" of their family is up to 35 times higher
than official figures suggest. The British police
estimate 17,000 women are victims every year.
Another problem is the prevalence
of cousin marriage. The
profiled one young woman who wants to lead an ordinary
life as an individual of the West, Britain-born
Khadeda Begum who was forced to marry her cousin.
Asian girl I have ever met has an arranged marriage and
the vast majority of them are to their cousins."—even
though "It is well known within the community that such marriages do produce
Islam and Western civilization do
indeed clash, because of the many irreconcilable
cultural differences. The truth is that spineless
Western leaders fear violence from perpetually offended
sons of Allah, like the worldwide swath of rioting that
killed over 100 during the infamous Danish cartoon
jihad. If Muslims become so angered at a few drawings,
imagine the results if they couldn`t batter their wives.
And Islamic scripture approves of
abusing women. As JihadWatch`s
Robert Spencer observed online,
exists in all cultures, but only in Islam does it enjoy
Is this the kind of diversity we
Whenever sharia law pops up, as it
increasingly does where there are Muslim immigrants,
Muslim women are often the ones who beat it back because
they have the most to lose. In
2003, Muslim men in
tried to get sharia law into arbitration courts, in an
incremental stealth strategy. At first, the liberal
tolerance police thought incorporating other legal
systems would be a fine idea. But
women and others organized and were successful in
defeating the proposal—after a struggle lasting a
couple of years.
has been a poster child for the unwise choice of
immigrants, and then coddling them rather than making
them behave. But
are somewhat luckier in geography—if being the neighbor
be called fortunate.
The same crimes and social
pathology are beginning to appear here as in Eurabia,
because Muslim immigration is on the upswing:
Two bright high school girls were murdered in
father in an apparent honor killing.
New York City
80 percent of Pakistani marriages are determined by
parents, with young girls
to return to their homeland for arranged marriages".
An Ethiopian man residing
Khalid Adem, was found guilty in 2006 of committing
FGM on his baby daughter. He was sentenced to two
concurrent terms of 15 years in prison.
Is this the future we want for
segregation, violence and murder? A
It`s like shooting fish in a barrel
to say Islam is horrible to women. They are the
However, some of the more
"desirable" immigrants on the pro-progress scale are misogynous.
Chinese immigrants are widely seen as a
"model minority." Of course, unpleasant facts about Chinese (or
any of our government-imported diverse cultures) don`t
advance the multicultural agenda of the elite MSM, so
they get little attention. Instead we only hear cheerful
And in many ways the Chinese are
indeed exemplary. As a group, they are hard working,
academically accomplished and materially prosperous.
Indeed, their success shows how
important culture is among immigrants. Asian youngsters
can come knowing little English, but graduate from high
school and go on to college.
Forty-eight percent of Chinese living in
hold a bachelor`s degree or better.
The campus of UC Berkeley now looks
a lot like
New York Times
called the campus
At the other end of cultural scale
for educational achievement are Mexican immigrants—half
of whom do not graduate from high school. Chinese
students` success proves that
Mexican failure is not the fault of American schools.
Furthermore, global IQ testing
shows Chinese to be among the smartest people on earth.
So what`s not to like about
Maybe their culture is not entirely
admirable. And seven out of 10 Chinese counted in the
2000 U.S. Census were
foreign born, so it`s not surprising that their
customs hold strong.
Despite many areas of agreement,
the meeting of
West is not a perfect fit by any means. As usual,
diversity promises more than it delivers.
Arguably one of
rights is its treatment of women and girls. Its
one-child policy, a massive social engineering project
meant to prevent another famine by curbing population
growth, amounts to state-sanctioned infanticide. If a
couple can only have one offspring, Chinese culture
dictates that valued males should be kept and despised
females should be aborted or killed at birth.
This program has
eliminated tens of millions of girls. Had those
fetuses turned out to be boys, they would have been
allowed to live.
In 2001, the BBC reported on a
rescued five infant girls out of trash containers.
The babies had been thrown away alive by parents who
were disappointed that their newborn was not a boy.
In 2006, CBS`
Sixty Minutes reported on the social implications of
the one-child policy. With more than a billion people,
has too many men. According to the latest census, an
average of 120 boys are born for every 100 girls, the
greatest imbalance in the world. As correspondent
Lesley Stahl reported, the root of the problem is a
traditional preference for sons: in
Asian countries, it is sons, not daughters, who usually
take care of their parents in old age.
As a result, number crunchers
forecast a near future in which 15 percent of Chinese
males will be bachelors.
Another eye-opening number:
"As many as
40 million men will be permanent bachelors"
within 15 years, according to the Chinese government.
Other researchers believe that demographic trend—known
"played a role in
aggravating societal instability, violent crime and
Perversely, the scarcity of females
adds to their value but only in a financial sense.
Reflecting the much-touted Chinese gift for
entrepreneurship, the kidnapping and sale of women as
brides has blossomed. In the countryside, arranged
marriages are still common. Women are essentially bought
by the groom`s family, and consequently are often
treated as property. Certainly Chinese women are
not feeling the love, as measured by the high suicide
rate: according to the BBC, a
Chinese woman kills herself every four minutes and
ten times that number attempt suicide every year.
Chinese use sex selection
techniques in the
even though they can have as many children as they want.
What they don`t want is girls. In 2001 the New York
Times reported on a
gender-selection clinic right in
immigrants who want male children.
More recently, researchers have
examined birth records in places in
Asian mothers are more likely to give birth to sons than
white or Latino mothers are. An upcoming analysis of the
data by a
economist estimates there were
girls" between 1991 and 2004 among immigrant
born because their parents chose to have sons instead.
of diverse immigration!
At least the practice of
foot-binding little girls` feet to cripple them has died
out for good. Hopefully.
When Mahatma Gandhi was asked what
he thought of Western Civilization, he famously
"I think it would
be a good idea."
West despite his nation`s
wide array of cruel social norms, from bride burning
to the still-existing caste system, a racial social
stratification in which those on the bottom are
But Gandhi and many after him apparently believed that
outweighs this rather serious deficit on the side of
social justice, particularly regarding women`s rights.
The internet may be
widely available for the middle class in today`s
untouchables remain, along with the usual assortment of
the high incidence of
child labor, continuing
religious violence and
Here in the
immigrants have a reputation as being a model minority
who have above-average incomes and education. Some among
them say openly that this will be the Indian century.
And with greater wealth due to the outsourcing of
American technology has come the desire to erase the
tacky images of
bovine creatures roaming city streets.
In 2005, the
reported an Indian immigrant mom who objected to
"American children will think
country with pagan beliefs and backward thinking, not a
forward-thinking country," Sandhya Kumar complained.
Frankly, it`s hard to regard a
"forward thinking"—or uniquely spiritual, in the
Gandhian view—when it has engaged in an ongoing genocide
of females. As in
valued, and females have been killed off through
sex-selection abortion and infanticide. The number of
Indian women and girls is estimated to be
50 million by Oxfam. Nobel-Prize-winning economist
Amartya Sen estimated in 1990 that the
missing females of Asia numbered 100 million.
Modern technology has made sex
selection easy. Many small Indian villages have an
ultrasound machine so unwanted female fetuses can be
easily detected and discarded. Legal prohibitions
against using sex-selection technology are widely
ignored and rarely enforced.
India`s gender disparity has been rising as a
There is some understanding in the
public mind that if no one has any girl children then
many little boys will grow up to be bachelors. But the
old preferences persist, outweighing any rumblings of
individual responsibility, so many Indians want someone
else to bother with girls, who are seen as more
expensive and troublesome. Let Sanjit do it.
The case of Lakireddy Bali Reddy
property owner Reddy procured two teenaged sisters
from a poor Pratipati family in his hometown, Velvadam
through a fraudulent H-1B visa scheme, and one of the
girls later died from carbon monoxide poisoning due to a
malfunctioning heater in one of Reddy`s apartments. When
the Pratipati sisters were not providing
sexual services for the wealthy landlord they were
working on Reddy`s rental properties. The
autopsy of the dead girl, who was believed to be 16
or 17, revealed she was pregnant.
At trial, a
cultural defense was employed—that the virtual
slavery that the sisters endured at the hands of a
powerful man was a social norm of
jury nonetheless found Reddy guilty of smuggling illegal
immigrants into the country for sexual purposes. The
judge sentenced him to
eight years in prison, a longer term than the one
requested by the prosecutor.
But the caste aspect of the Reddy
case was little discussed. Reddy was born into a
respected landowner clan—in fact the family name Reddy
is a caste—and Pratipati sisters were dalits. So it was
perfectly normal for the parents to hand over the girls
to him to do with as he pleased. In
of the landlord class get to do what they want with
their social inferiors and no one complains.
"He`s god in my
village," the mother said about Reddy after the
death of her daughter.
Another Reddy victim, a 20-year-old
who shared the fateful apartment with the Pratipati
sisters, told federal investigators her father had sold
her to Reddy because of economic hardship when she was
14. Some reports allege the Pratipati sisters were
purchased by Reddy.
Other forms of slavery, including
indentured servitude of children and adults, are also
accepted as normal in
44 million children, aged 5-14, work in
Such attitudes are part of
traditional Hindu culture that believes that you are
born into the appropriate social class because of your
karma, resulting in punishment or reward for actions in
previous lifetimes. Dalits are regarded as deserving
their sorry state. While dalits as a whole have bettered
their social standing in the last few decades—there was
even a dalit president,
KR Narayanan, from 1997 to 2002—the old prejudices
are hard to eradicate, particularly in the countryside.
Indians don`t want to do, e.g. the nightly cleaning of
toilet pits, until 2003 when
machinery was introduced. Of course, a female dalit
is lower than low, so it`s not surprising that
"Gang rapes are
mostly of Dalit women" according to
Human Rights Watch.
One might think that
would improve the status of women. But in one way at
least economic improvement has contributed to more
murders. While some retro customs are dying out in the
cities, the new consumerist urge reportedly fuels the
increasing number of
occurring in well-to-do families as well as among
lower classes. It is a speedy way for a young man`s
family to acquire cash and desired consumer goods. Woe
to the young woman whose family doesn`t cough up.
"Ranjana Kumari, who runs seven domestic violence refuge centers for
women in Delhi, believes up to 70 cases a month are
linked to rows over dowry. `Sometimes women are tortured
to squeeze more money out of their families and in
extreme cases they`re killed. Then the husband is free
to remarry and get another dowry`, she told the BBC. "
dowry deaths, BBC,
July 16, 2003
Many Americans learned about
dowry customs when
Sixty Minutes featured the story of a young Indian
woman, Nisha Sharma, in 2003. After her family had put
itself into serious debt for the dowry prior to
marriage, Nisha stopped the wedding when her future
mother-in-law demanded an additional $25,000 as the
ceremony was about to begin. A shoving match between the
families ensued and
Nisha called the police to prevent more havoc.
But instead of being condemned,
Nisha has received kudos from women`s groups, offers of
marriage and an appearance on Oprah. Indians` positive
reaction to Nisha`s repudiation of dowry is one small
sign of genuine progress beyond the much celebrated
increase of information technology.
Women face accusations of
witchcraft in rural
may be tied to a tree and beaten up. The old
superstitions live on in the countryside: the weather or
someone`s bad luck may be blamed on a woman of low
The odd and objectionable cultural
practices of Indians may not seem important when
millions of Mexicans are turning the Southwest into a
colony of their homeland. But the 2005 Census count of
India-born immigrants was 2,319,222—a
has gotten a free ride from cultural critics. While
Islamic societies are rightly condemned for their
brutality toward women,
though its misogyny is in some ways even worse. Even the
demonstration by Nobel-prize-winning economist Amartya
Sen that tens of millions of women and girls are missing
has found little attention among those who claim to
value human rights.
Unfortunately the biggest immigrant
corrupt, torn by
violent crime and has a bias against education, the
customs around women and girls are retro, to say the
Mexican men have a reputation for
leering and worse at little girls, which shouldn`t
surprise us, since sex with children is socially
locales, the legal
consent is 12.
Fifteen-year-old girls have a
ceremony called a
quinceañera which announces their availability to
become wives, mothers and girlfriends. In
children of that age are expected to complete three more
years of high school, to be followed hopefully by a
college education. But in
girls are considered available, according to law and
One Mexican, Diego Lopez-Mendez,
pleaded guilty to sexual assault on a 10-year-old girl
in West Virginia, with a not-uncommon excuse that
child sex is normal among his people.
"In the pueblo
where I grew up girls are usually married by 13 years
old….I was unaware of the nature of the offense or
that it was a bad crime", said Lopez through the
Mexican man recently sold his 14-year-old daughter
to a neighbor in exchange for $16,000 and 160 cases of
beer plus other beverages. Both men were of the
Triqui tribe of
paying of a of Bride Price, and another called
"me la robo" which consists of kidnapping the desired female,
raping her and then negotiating with her parents about
marriage. In addition, some
Triqui men practice polygamy and have up to SEVEN
wives, which makes Mohammed look like a piker.
These aspects of
Mexican cultural diversity should make us think
twice about welcoming virtually unlimited numbers of
Mexicans into our society. It does not benefit us. It
certainly does not benefit the safety and social
standing of women.
When I hear that the West,
confidence" I`d like to remind them what the
alternative is. People need to vacation in
Saudi Arabia and immerse themselves in Islamic
diversity for a little review and Snap Out Of It.
Certainly there is whole lot wrong
in the West at the present time, with the economy being
looted by powerful elites at will. We are in danger of
becoming a feudalist planet, run by powerful
corporations and fawning liberal globalists who are
willing to bend with the wind.
was rescued from German fascism 60 years ago, only to
welcome a more stealthy enemy after the war—Muslim
immigrants. Of course, no one in
voted to welcome millions of hostile Sons of Allah—the
elites did that, for the old cheap-labor dodge.
In 2005 there was a report about
riots by Muslim
"youth" that described
elderly French ladies in
(who likely lived through D-Day) fear Muslim boys from
the local school.
stood before the burnt wreckage of their beauty salon,
reminiscing about the days when they still felt safe
walking the streets of this
" `We were happy here,` said one of them, an 80-year-old. `Now we`re
“Another looked at her watch and reported it was almost
hour="16" minute="30" w:st="on">4:30 p.m. the time that school lets
out and when this group of older ladies makes sure
they`re at home, behind locked doors”. [Riots
Change Way of Life in Normandy Town, By Jocelyn
Post, November 9, 2005]
That scene makes the
so derided by internationalists look better all the
We Americans share specific values
like free speech, individual liberty, personal
responsibility, environmental stewardship and gender
equality, and do not comprise a
as envisioned by
Ben Wattenberg and such. Americans gave their lives
in war so that we citizens could live in freedom in our
sovereign nation, not so Juan and Ahmed could enter at
will for easy money or the advance of jihad.
Geography is a
lovely antidote to diversity. If members of backward
and hostile cultures would stay put we would all be
better off, but they don`t, and
future of the country.
The worst of the worst are headed
this way due to the multicultural ideology underpinning
the Refugee Industrial Complex keeping itself employed.
In fact, diversity is so extreme
like that of
Somalia, where 98 percent of residents practice a
form of child torture which is a crime in this
country—female genital mutilation (FGM). However, the
government does deny
to individual criminals, like
Kelbessa Negewo, the convicted Ethiopian Army
torturer who was eventually deported.
The State Department works to keep
out individual criminal refugees, but
entire societies that universally brutalize children
are welcomed. Go figure.
Diversity and its political twin
multiculturalism are the latest in history`s march of
wrong and stupid ideologies, following Fascism and
Communism in the last century.
Human nature is deeply tribal, and
the idea that we can all join hands in peace to live in
utopian bliss is foolishness. The idea that just getting
to know other cultures should make us more tolerant is a
ridiculous supposition. The more I
Saudi Arabia, the less I like.
In conclusion, we can have
multiculturalism or we can have women`s rights and
We should insist upon
immigrant assimilation, as we once did.
What we have in the West is worth
defending, and we must. A future where traditional
freedoms are destroyed is too awful to contemplate.
Brenda Walker (email
her) lives in
ImmigrationsHumanCost.org. She notes the recent
birthday (Feb 15, 1820) of voting rights activist Susan
B. Anthony. Brenda is quite sure that Anthony would have
been horrified by the sight of burqa-imprisoned women
walking the streets of America in the 21st century!