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← Dare we stand up for Muslim women?

Bonzai's Avatar Jump to comment 8 by Bonzai

My friend Irshad Manji, the Muslim feminist, has called for the EU and US to fund a big programme of microcredits – small, no-interest loans – for Muslim women across the Middle East to start their own businesses or get a decent education. This would slowly give them a sliver of independence with which to reinterpret the Koran (or leave it behind). This isn't only morally right: it helps us too. How much can jihadism – an ideology committed to enslaving women, Taliban-style – spread in a society where women are free to argue and answer back?

Well said.

However I expect the Randoids to show up and say, "Hands off MY money! The government is not only spreading the wealth domestically, it is spreading it abroad?!

"BUT THAT IS MY MONEY! MY ME AND MINE! Every dollar of wealth they spread, they achieve by spreading my ass cheeks!

"What has the world come to? Has socialism gone international too?If the Muslim women want to start a business let them do it in the free market and they can get access to capital by holding halal bake sales..."

Thu, 23 Oct 2008 06:28:00 UTC | #256009