To be “anti-Islam” (and “anti-Shari’a”) simply means that one rejects submitting to Allah and the Qur’an.
More importantly, to be anti-Islam is to be for protecting woman’s rights and human rights.
There is nothing bigoted, racist, or fearful about opposing an ideology that rejects universally accepted human rights laws.
If the European Court on Human Rights has repeatedly ruled that Shari’a law is “incompatible with the fundamental principles of democracy” then why defend it? Why support an ideology that institutionalizes violence against women and girls?
Islamic ideology endorses:
- Female genital mutilation (genitals being cut and sewn shut),
- Honor killings (mothers, fathers or brothers killing their daughters/sisters),
- Child marriage of girls under age 12 to adult men,
- Slavery (selling of female children for “protection” by their parents),
- Shari’a Councils (Imams marry girls – even for one hour– to men, then divorce them only to repeat the pattern),
- Wife abuse and domestic violence (husbands are instructed to beat their wives as a form of punishment; they are also permitted to rape their wives),
- Non-legal status for women who are considered property (a wife’s legal rights equate to half of her husband’s),
- Discrimination, punishment, and death for everyone based on sexual and religious orientation, especially if they will not “convert” to Islam.
Those who oppose Islam support policies and laws that protect women and children from violence permitted by it. The least safe countries for women are Islamic-majority countries, according to annual World Economic Forum reports.
Being anti-Islam means supporting — democratic freedoms — including free speech — not hate speech — and demanding that government officials protect women and girls from Shari’a law.
Naming and fighting evil is rooted in love — love that seeks to safeguard the innocent and offer an alternative to those influenced by evil. Out of love, people name and fight evil, which seeks to destroy what is good, in order to safeguard and promote that which is life-giving.
As Margaret Thatcher once articulated, those who are for democratic principles (and therefore anti-Islam) are for: “… a society where people are free to make choices, to make mistakes, to be generous and compassionate. This is what we mean by a moral society…”
Mislabeling supporters of freedom and human rights advocates as “hatemongers,” “fear mongers,” “bigots,” “ignorant,” or “phobic” of some kind only expresses irrational hatred without offering an alternative to their diatribe. Worse still, name callers enable, permit—and even ensure—that violence against women and girls will increasingly occur, and victims’ voices, especially girls’, will continue to be silenced.