Ken Connor

By comparison, American women are the freest, most empowered women on the face of the planet. They are CEOs, professional athletes, government officials, political pundits. They are also snarky bloggettes who make a living fabricating misogynistic bogies out of thin air. Instead of directing their time and energy to issues that could use their support and attention – like the plight of women suffering under the boot of Muslim extremism – the majority of American feminists choose to focus on comparatively petty concerns. They want Uncle Sam to force their employer to pay for their birth control. They want abortion on demand and subsidized by the U.S. taxpayer.

But what they don't want is to appear xenophobic, or anti-Muslim, or anti-Progressive. To speak out too strongly against Islam's treatment of women would be to confound the anti-American narrative that characterizes the far-left end of our political spectrum. If the Taliban are shooting young girls in Pakistan, it must somehow be America's fault. The result of our bullish imperialism, our bellicose foreign policy. Never the fruits of a religion that places little to no value on the lives of women.

Muslim women deserve better. They need better. To whom much is given, much is required, and American women have been given quite a lot. They have a voice. They can speak without fear of reprisal. Instead of wasting this privilege on President Obama's manufactured "war on women," they should use it to draw attention to the plight of women who aren't free to speak up for themselves and who are daily being denied fundamental human rights.


Ken Connor

Ken Connor is Chairman of the Center for a Just Society in Washington, DC.