Muslim Journalist Challenges Sharia, Gets Accused of 'Hate'

Eltahawy never confronts Islam head-on as a cause of the human rights abuses against women that she is excoriating, but it is abundantly clear that she knows that the religion contributes to them, and that is enough for Mogahed to claim that her approach actually “hurts women.” That’s right: standing up for women’s rights and pointing to a primary root cause of the Muslim mistreatment of women actually harms women. How? Ask George Orwell.

Mona Eltahawy has thus been introduced this past week to the treatment that Islamic apologists and supremacists have been giving counter-jihadists for years. When Pamela Geller and I hosted a conference on honor killing and Islamic law in Dearborn, Michigan, in April, Islamic spokesmen excoriated us for “hate.” Standing up for Muslim women in danger of honor killing is hate. In June, we’re hosting a conference in defense of Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani, who is on death row for converting from Islam to Christianity in Iran, and once again Islamic supremacists are crying “hate” -- yet do they stand up for the freedom of conscience and Islam’s death penalty for apostasy? Of course not.

The way Leila Ahmed and Dalia Mogahed reacted to Mona Eltahawy’s article is illuminating. It shows that they care more about protecting the image of Islam than about human rights for women, and in that, they are by no means alone among Muslims in the U.S. It also reveals the tactic that Islamic supremacists and their willing allies in the mainstream media have employed for years in order to demonize and marginalize those who have dared to speak out against human rights abuses that are sanctioned by Islam. No one is safe from this tactic, no matter how impeccable his or her PC credentials may be, as Mona Eltahawy has just learned. Anyone -- anyone -- who defends the rights of the victims of Sharia will be accused of “hate.” But the real haters are, clearly, those who are doing the accusing.