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|19 year old Amina poses topless and then posts her photo’s on Facebook. (FEMEN)|
While I don’t support nudity on the Internet or elsewhere in public, I support this woman’s right to express her frustration on her private Facebook page in protest against the oppression and treatment of women in the Middle East under Sharia law. Hopefully this story helps raise awareness to those who call people “Islamophobes” when we point out the absurdity and horrific conditions women are treated under in Islamic countries.
It’s not Islamophobia to stand up for women’s rights and other human rights. In reality, women’s rights are human rights. Why should women be forced to wear hijabs in these countries? If they are not ‘practicing/devout’ Islamists they should be able to choose what religion or dress style they want to live under. It should not be up to their government to tell them how to dress and it is certainly not up to their “religion” or clerics to tell them how to dress.
While Islam is considered a religion in the Middle East and most of the world, I and many others view it as a cult and a political ideology because of the restraints they put on people’s personal rights and choices. There is no other religion in the world that is so strict in it’s codes that they will stone or behead you if you don’t wear what you are told or follow their ‘commands’. All other religions have their strict doctrines and beliefs, but none of them will force you to comply, but leave it up to the person to redeem themselves and make peace with God when they sin. It is not up to the government, or any man to dictate how we live our lives, especially if we are not harming others.
“A Tunisian Salafi preacher has called for a 19-year old girl who posted her topless pictures on Facebook to be “quarantined” and stoned to death before she starts “an epidemic.”
Tunisian newspaper AssabahNews quoted Salafi preacher Alami Adel, who heads the Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice, saying: “According to God’s law, she deserves 80 to 100 lashes, but what she committed is worth much more than that.
She deserves to be stoned to death and she must be quarantined because what she did is an epidemic.”
“She is like someone suffering from a serious and contagious illness and she must be secluded and treated,” he added.
The young Amina, who is part of a feminist movement and group called FEMEN can be seen smoking a cigarette topless with Arabic words written across her chest in black that reads in English “My body belongs to me.”
FEMEN is a Ukrainian based feminist group that gathers women together in Europe in topless protests in support of women’s rights.
Amina has been delivered by her parents to a psychiatric hospital in Tunis, according to reports received by FEMEN leader Inna Shevchenko in Paris and reported by the U.S. based magazine the Atlantic.
Tunisian media said that if Amina committed the offence in Tunisia, she could be punished by up to two years in prison and be given a fine between $60 and $600.
A petition and an international day of action on April 4 to highlight the threats against Amina have been organized by activists.
More than 10,000 people have signed the petition that called for those who threatened Amina’s life to be prosecuted.
On Thursday reports FEMEN’s Facebook account was hacked emerged. The page had reportedly been infiltrated with videos and pictures on the site being replaced by verses from the Koran.
“Thanks to God we have hacked this immoral page and the best is yet to come,” read one message signed by “al-Angour,” an apparent hacker.”
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