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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
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 six 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.
The status of 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 women's 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
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
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 immigrants. When European women are savaged by Muslim rape gangs, the victim is often blamed.
Here in the
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
The worst places in the misogynous
In 2002, 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
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 individual freedom.
As Bernard Lewis noted in a 2007 speech:
"In the eyes of a fanatical and resolute minority of Muslims, the third
wave of attack on
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 "maintain social 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 immigrants.
For all the weakness in
We can hope.
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
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 killing.
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?
A 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 Daily Mail 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.
She said: "Virtually every 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 deformed babies."
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, "Wife-beating exists in all cultures, but only in Islam does it enjoy divine sanction."
Is this the kind of diversity we should welcome?
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
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
• An Ethiopian man residing in Georgia, 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
It's like shooting fish in a barrel to say Islam is horrible to women. They are the undisputed champs.
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 achievement stories.
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
The campus of UC Berkeley now looks
a lot like
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 Chinese?
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
Despite many areas of agreement,
the meeting of
Arguably one of
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
In 2006, CBS'
Sixty Minutes reported on the social implications of
the one-child policy. With more than a billion people,
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 as "bare branches"—has "played a role in aggravating societal instability, violent crime and gang formation."
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
More recently, researchers have
examined birth records in places in
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 answered, "I think it would be a good idea."
The internet may be
widely available for the middle class in today's
Here in the
In 2005, the
reported an Indian immigrant mom who objected to
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
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 result.
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
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
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
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
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.
One might think that
"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,
Many Americans learned about
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
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 not-insubstantial number.
Unfortunately the biggest immigrant
Mexican men have a reputation for
leering and worse at little girls, which shouldn't
surprise us, since sex with children is socially
Fifteen-year-old girls have a
ceremony called a
quinceañera which announces their availability to
become wives, mothers and girlfriends. In
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 translator.
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,
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.
In 2005 there was a report about
" 'We were happy here,' said one of them, an 80-year-old. 'Now we're afraid.'
"Another looked at her watch and reported it was almost 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 Gecker, Washington Post, November 9, 2005]
That scene makes the
We Americans share specific values like free speech, individual liberty, personal responsibility, environmental stewardship and gender equality, and do not comprise a "universal" nation 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
The worst of the worst are headed
this way due to the multicultural ideology underpinning
In fact, diversity is so extreme
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 learn about Saudi Arabia, the less I like.
In conclusion, we can have multiculturalism or we can have women's rights and safety—not both.
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