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Shariah & Women and Children

Hamas's Web School for Suicide Bombers

Hamas is using web technology to educate Palestinian students. The children’s website Al-Fateh indoctrinates young students. Al-Fateh means “the conqueror” in Arabic. In addition to teaching children Shariah Law, Al-Fateh is teaching them hate, demonizing Jews and Israel, glorifying violence and suicide attacks and rejecting the concepts of negotiation and compromise. Children learn jihad through cartoons.

The Middle East Forum
May 31, 2010

All states use education as a medium to encourage responsible behavior in their children, at least in part to develop a law-abiding, civic-minded citizenry. Authoritarian regimes have a history of distorting this trust, often turning schools into places of indoctrination for a state or religious ideology. The Palestinians have, for some time now, created an educational system exemplifying this indoctrinational approach: Their textbooks deny Jewish and Israeli legitimacy within historic Palestine, demonize Jews and Israelis, discourage compromise or negotiated peace, and glorify violent struggle to achieve what are often termed "Palestinian aspirations." Since coming to power through elections in early 2006 and following its military coup in Gaza in June 2007, Hamas has continued this path of indoctrination, utilizing its popular children's website, Al-Fateh.


Group Backs Ritual 'Nick' as Female Circumcision Option

The American Academy of Pediatrics is suggesting that American doctors perform a ritual “pinprick” or “nick” on the genitalia of young girls (similar to ear piercing) in hopes to prevent families from taking their young daughters overseas to get circumcised or “cut” as mandated under Shariah Law. More than 130 million women and girls worldwide have undergone female genital mutilation. In addition to death and severe emotional and physical trauma, FGM can result in pregnancy complications, childbirth and sexual dysfunction.

New York Times
May 6, 2010
Chicago, IL

In a controversial change to a longstanding policy concerning the practice of female circumcision in some African and Asian cultures, the American Academy of Pediatrics is suggesting that American doctors be given permission to perform a ceremonial pinprick or “nick” on girls from these cultures if it would keep their families from sending them overseas for the full circumcision.

The academy’s committee on bioethics, in a policy statement last week, said some pediatricians had suggested that current federal law, which “makes criminal any nonmedical procedure performed on the genitals” of a girl in the United States, has had the unintended consequence of driving some families to take their daughters to other countries to undergo mutilation.

“It might be more effective if federal and state laws enabled pediatricians to reach out to families by offering a ritual nick as a possible compromise to avoid greater harm,” the group said.

But some opponents of female genital mutilation, or F.G.M., denounced the statement.


Belgium's Lower House Votes to Ban Burqa

Belgium’s lower house just approved a ban on burqas. Denis Ducarme of Belgium’s liberal Reformist Movement said earlier this month, "We must defend our values in the question of the freedom and the dignity of the woman." Once the upper house approves this bill, the dignity and freedom of women will be upheld in Belgium. Other European countries may soon follow suit. French President Nicolas Sarcozy is in full support: "The burqa is not a sign of religion, it is a sign of subservience."
April 30, 2010
Brussels, Belgium

Lawmakers in Belgium on Thursday approved a ban on the wearing of burqas and other Islamic garb that covers a woman's face but the bill must still be approved by the upper house of parliament before it becomes law.

If the Senate approves it, Belgium would become the first country in Europe to ban the burqa.

The vote in the Chamber of Deputies was 136 in favor, none opposed and two abstentions, according to Dominiq van Dendossche, a press officer for the Belgian parliament.


'Jihad Jamie' and the 'Black Widows': Why Women Turn to Terrorism

This article explores why more and more women are turning towards terrorism and Shariah Islam. "The issue of U.S. converts [to radical Islam] is not new," Juan Carlos Zarate, senior adviser in the Transnational Threats Project at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, told the Monitor's Peter Grier. "What is new is that in this case, the convert may be a middle-aged female."

ABC News
April 10, 2010
Washington, D.C.

Two recent incidents in the United States and Russia are suggesting that, when it comes to terrorism, men and women are perhaps not as different as society might believe.

Jamie Paulin-Ramirez last week became the second American woman to be arraigned on terrorism charges in connection with the attempted assassination of a Swedish cartoonist, following alleged co-conspirator, Colleen LaRose, also known as "Jihad Jane."

Meanwhile, the recent terror bombings in Russia suggest the resurrection of the "black widows" -- female suicide bombers that sprang up a decade ago to strike back at the Kremlin's during its war against Chechnya.


Malaysian Custody Dispute Lost Between Courts

A grueling custody battle has ensued in the Gandhi family. The father suddenly converts from Hinduism to Islam. He then converts the children. Gandhi fights for custody of the children in Shariah Court and wins. The mother, a kindergarten teacher, cannot win custody, as she is both Hindu and a woman. A civil court has overturned the Shariah court’s ruling, which is unprecedented. However, Ms. Gandhi knows there is an even bigger battle ahead. If her children convert away from Islam, their lives might be at stake.

New York Times
April 1, 2010
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Through most of their 17-year marriage, M. Indira Gandhi says she and her husband observed rituals that she considered integral to their Hindu faith. Each morning they would pray before a shrine and on Fridays they would fast. During festivals they donned brightly colored, traditional outfits to attend their local temple.

Those were traditions Ms. Gandhi assumed they would be passing on to their three young children.

But nearly a year ago Ms. Gandhi was stunned to discover that her husband had converted to Islam. Her surprise turned to anger when she discovered that, without consulting her, he had also converted their children.

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