Baseball player Alex Rodriguez held a press conference before his New York Yankees took on the Chicago White Sox to address his 211 game suspension. (Aug. 5)
railbend: Given the rapid spread of fundamental Islam right across the globe, US women would be wise to consider the impact that their presidential vote might have on their future human rights. Fundamental Islamic practices are particularly harsh when it comes to treatment of women. Honor killings, stoning, burning, and be-headings are just some of the ways women are punished for behaviors that are considered perfectly acceptable, or at worse, indiscretions in many Western countries. In April a Pakistani girl, aged 15, was kidnapped, strangled with ropes, tied to the back seat of a van, and then the van was set on fire. All this because she helped her neighbor elope with her boyfriend More recently, Qandeel Baloch, 25, a well-known Pakistani actress was drugged and strangled by her brother who said he disapproved of her posts to Facebook. The list goes on and on. A 19-year-old woman, identified as Rokhshana, who had been forced to marry against her will and recently fled with another man, was buried up to her neck in Afghanistan, and had rocks viciously thrown at her until she died of head trauma. The man with whom she fled received 20 light lashes with a light stick. And while these events seem far removed from our Western way of life, honor killings are on the rise in the US. A 2015 study commissioned by the U.S. Department of Justice, identified four types of honor violence: forced marriage, honor-based domestic violence, honor killing and female genital mutilation. The report, which estimated that 23-27 honor killings per year occur in the U.S., noted that 91 percent of victims in North America are murdered for being “too Westernized”. It is worth noting that the rise of US-based honor violence in the US is consistent with the spread of Islam in the States. Now that our presidential election candidates have been firmly identified women should ask themselves which candidate will do more to protect them from this growing, viscous threat. Trump continues to push for greater scrutiny of Muslims attempting to immigrate to the US, and is prepared to rapidly strengthen our borders against illegal immigration. Clinton has committed to greater intelligence gathering, and to comprehensive immigration reform - a code phrase in which nothing gets done. In her book, increased scrutiny of Muslim immigrants is tantamount to racism. While legitimate women issues like equal pay, and abortion rights continue to dominate the headlines, the specter of violent Islamic practices spreading across our land receives little attention. And while it is tempting to insist that those practices would never occur here, the recent victims of mass rape in Sweden and Germany earlier this year by Muslim immigrants would beg to differ.