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Get your sexist finance laws off our women! (But keep the burqa)

October 28, 2009

Is counterterrorism sexist?  According to a recent United Nations report, yes.

Section J of the report deals with sex discrimination in anti-terrorist financing laws.  You’re welcome to read it for yourself, but as a public service I’ll quote the mind-numbing UN-speak here with my own translation interspersed for your convenience:

The Special Rapporteur [yes, the rapporteur refers to himself in the third person throughout the entire report] is also concerned that terrorism financing laws that restrict donations to non-profit organizations have particularly impacted organizations that promote gender equality, including women’s rights organizations…

[Translation:  The U.N. (and liberals worldwide) and are concerned that Muslims can’t give their zakat to charities of their choice because some charities have been designated as jihad terrorist funding front groups (because they actually are).  President Obama expressed a similar view this summer in Cairo when he said, “In the United States, rules on charitable giving have made it harder for Muslims to fulfill their religious obligation. That’s why I’m committed to working with American Muslims to ensure that they can fulfill zakat.”]

…The Special Rapporteur reiterates his emphasis on the need to ensure that there are humanitarian exemptions to sanctions, particularly the freezing of funds…

[Translation:  Laws against terrorist financing should be waived for Islamic women’s groups.]

As I mentioned off-blog in my film review of “The Message”, the Koran itself actually ascribes to women lesser rights of inheritance (4:12), lesser innate worth (2:228) and permits wife-beating (4:38).  Shouldn’t the U.N. be more concerned about the actual status of women living under Islam rather than some perceived, largely theoretical, infinitesimally small impact on women by war-on-terror policies?

If a waiver were granted for women’s groups, you would see an avalanche of zakat to support jihad flowing from fundamentalist Muslims to the world’s wickedest terrorist financiers.  It’s similar to declaring that U.S. soldiers would never enter a mosque, school, or hospital, and then the jihadists quickly set up shop in every mosque, school, and hospital they can find.

If anything, the financial screws on jihad must be tightened, not loosened.

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