What is the Women’s March?
Protestors numbered anywhere from 1 million to almost 3 million in Washington and in cities around the United States for a protest that although wasn’t supposed to be about President Trump, coincided with his inauguration weekend and included many celebrity complaints and insults about him, with the most colorful comments coming from Ashley Judd and Madonna.
The organizers of the Women’s March on Washington DC originally sought a permit for a gathering of 200,000. Then stated that on Saturday as many as half a million people participated in DC alone. Many in DC and across the nation said they were inspired to join because of Trump’s treatment of women, minorities and immigrants.
The Women’s March officially marched for the following:
- Ending violence
- Reproductive rights
- Worker’s rights
- Civil rights
- Disability rights
- Immigrant rights
- Environmental justice
- LGBTQIA rights
Who’s the Co-Coordinator?
Linda Sarsour is the American born of Palestinian descent Executive Director of the Arab-American Association of New York. She’s a political activist and one of the national co-chairs of the Women’s March. She’s a self described “Homegirl in a Hijab”. Sarsour is well known and respected among most Palestinians in Palestine and among the Palestinian diaspora in the United States.
Linda Sarsour has been accused of a litany of things. Most of those accusations fall flat. She has no connections to terrorists, has openly spoken out against ISIS, and doesn’t appear to ever endorse violence. However, here’s the hypocrisy, she’s a defender of Sharia Law. How can a women who is organizing a Women’s March in the United States be perfectly fine with Sharia Law?
Sharia Law, when practiced in it’s more strict forms, is more Taliban than American. Even in Muslim majority countries where Sharia Law isn’t practiced, its influence extends throughout society and means Muslim women are married off as child brides, forced into marriages as adults, denied education, denied rights, can’t vote, can’t testify against a man, sometimes can’t drive, and in some places can’t even complete basic tasks on their own without a male present to take charge of her. These aren’t acts that happen only under Taliban or ISIS rule, these effects of Sharia Law happen, to some extent, in every Muslim majority country.
According to Linda Sarsour, though, women not being able to drive in Saudi Arabia is not a problem because they get maternity leave there.
In Muslim majority countries, Muslim women are absolutely, without question, oppressed. They’re oppressed by their government, by society, and/or by their own family. For those Muslim women that break tradition and bring dishonor on their family, they may be killed with little to no repercussion. Linda Sarsour has the privilege of of playing the role of political activist in the United States, rubbing shoulders with liberal elites, and defending Sharia Law while making the conscience decision to not live under it.