Women Respected?

Went to Starbucks this afternoon to purchase a couple of fraps. This is a treat we enjoy every once in a while. When walking in the door, I noticed a couple sitting at a table; both on computers. Both appeared to be pretty young, like in their 20’s or 30’s. The male was dressed in typical American style; informal, jeans, etc.. He had a neatly trimmed beard. Nothing unusual.

On the other hand, the female was covered from head to foot with draped cloth. She had only her eyes and hands showing. I admit I was a bit startled to see this in our town. I couldn’t call her dress a burka but it may as well have been. My reaction: not good.

In fact, I wanted to head over to the male and say this was disgusting. Muslim women are very frequently treated as chattel, not equal to their male companions. To me, this is degrading, demeaning, and a form of slavery of women. I notice this, too, when ever seeing on television a picture of prayer time in a mosque. No women present, only “superior to thou” men. Ridiculous. It seems to me that many sects of the Muslim faith are about 2,000 years behind times. They live in the Middle Ages with practices common to that era.

I have another picture burned into my memory. It was of a man, woman, and children walking down a sidewalk in Dearborn, Michigan. The man was about 10 steps ahead of the rest of the family; too good or superior to walk side-by-side with his wife and children. Again, disgusting.

I have to admit I have much concern about any increase in Islam believers in the United States. There are far too many that would impose Sharia law rather than accept the Constitution of the United States as the ultimate law authority in our country. I believe Sharia law is already operating behind closed doors in some communities.

The true feminists of the US need to take a real hard look at what is going on here. Disrespected women. No assimilation to USA values, customs, and norms. Does this make me “Islamophobic”? Are my concerns unwarranted? You decide.

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About Kent Blacklidge Ph.D.

As one of a newspaper family who owned a 34,000 daily newspaper in the heart of the Midwest for 85 years, I have a deep belief in a strong “Fourth Estate”, the press. Without a diligent, truthful, and assertive free press, the power would be taken from the people. People have the absolute right to know. After earning a degree in Industrial Management from the Krannert School of Management at Purdue, I spent over 20 years in newspaper management with several as publisher. I also hold three graduate science degrees including a Ph.D.. I have a passionate interest in science, the environment, government, and politics. I have very little tolerance for ignorance and stupidity.
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