Clinton Aide Huma Abedin Edited Radical Islamic Journal
Human Abedin, Hillary Clinton's longest and reportedly most loyal aide, served as assistant editor at a radical Muslim journal for twelve years. The journal defended Saudi Arabia's treatment of women and, while Abedin edited the publication, an article called the United States' actions in the Middle East a "time bomb" leading up to the September 11, 2001 attacks.
The article blamed the United States' "spiral of violence" for "building up intense anger and hostility within the pressure cooker," which was strengthened by "various kinds of injustices and sanctions." This created a "time bomb that had to explode and explode it did on September 11, changing in its wake the life and times of the very community and the people it aimed to serve," the article read, according to the New York Post.
This article appeared in a 2002 issue of the Journal of Muslim Minority Affairs (JMMA), which listed Abedin as "assistant editor" on the masthead. The article was written by her mother, Saleha Mahmood Abedin, who remains editor-in-chief of the publication.
Shortly after First Lady Hillary Clinton spoke to a UN women's conference in Beijing in 1995, declaring that "women's rights are human rights," the journal ran an article headlined "Women's Rights Are Islamic Rights." The article attacked a broad range of liberal and feminist ideas, from homosexuality to more revealing dress and even women in the workforce.
"Pushing [mothers] out into the open labor market is a clear demonstration of a lack of respect for womanhood and motherhood," the article declared. It added that less modest clothing ushered in by women's liberation "directly translates into unwanted results of sexual promiscuity and irresponsibility and indirectly promote violence against women." The Post's Paul Sperry summarized this, writing, "In other words, sexually liberated women are just asking to be raped."
The article also argued that single moms, working mothers, and gay couples with children should not be recognized as families: "A conjugal family established through a marriage contract between a man and a woman, and extended through procreation is the only definition of family a Muslim can accept." A Saudi official with the Muslim World League authored the article, and JMMA was founded and funded by the former head of the Muslim World League.
In 1999, the journal published a book, edited by Saleha Abedin, which justified the practice of female genital mutilation under Islamic law, arguing that "man-made laws have in fact enslaved women." At this time, Huma Abedin was already very close to Hillary Clinton, having started working for the first lady in 1996 and transitioning to her Senate campaign staff.
As the Post's Sperry noted, it's "hard to believe" that "Clinton was unaware she and her mother took such opposing views" on women's rights. This suggests that Hillary Clinton knew about the JMMA and might even know why it's called "the Journal of Muslim Minority Affairs."
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