The Muslim Brotherhood says NO to equality for women

The Muslim Brotherhood has issued a statement denouncing a proposed statement by the UN Commission on the Status of Women because it “contradicts principles of Islam and destroys family life and entire society.”

The 57th session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW), taking place from March 4 to 15 at UN headquarters, seeks to ratify a declaration euphemistically entitled ‘End Violence against Women’.

That title, however, is misleading and deceptive. The document includes articles that contradict established principles of Islam, undermine Islamic ethics and destroy the family, the basic building block of society, according to the Egyptian Constitution.

This declaration, if ratified, would lead to complete disintegration of society, and would certainly be the final step in the intellectual and cultural invasion of Muslim countries, eliminating the moral specificity that helps preserve cohesion of Islamic societies.

Ah yes good old “moral specificity” that makes it ok to pretend women are inferior and subordinate, along with good old pseudo-anti-imperialism used to shore up theocratic imperialism. It’s a cute trick, pretending that rights for women amount to “intellectual and cultural invasion of Muslim countries.”

A closer look at these articles reveals what decadence awaits our world, if we sign this document:

3. Granting equal rights to adulterous wives and illegitimate sons resulting from adulterous relationships.

4. Granting equal rights to homosexuals, and providing protection and respect for prostitutes.

5. Giving wives full rights to file legal complaints against husbands accusing them of rape or sexual harassment, obliging competent authorities to deal husbands punishments similar to those prescribed for raping or sexually harassing a stranger.

6. Equal inheritance (between men and women).

That’s decadence, is it? Not treating women who have non-marital sex as having no rights – that’s decadence? Not treating marital rape as perfectly fine is decadence?

7. Replacing guardianship with partnership, and full sharing of roles within the family between men and women such as: spending, child care and home chores.

Jesus god – it’s decadent to treat women and men as equals as opposed to making men the guardians of their wives, as if women were children?

8. Full equality in marriage legislation such as: allowing Muslim women to marry non-Muslim men, and abolition of polygamy, dowry, men taking charge of family spending, etc.

9. Removing the authority of divorce from husbands and placing it in the hands of judges, and sharing all property after divorce.

10. Cancelling the need for a husband’s consent in matters like: travel, work, or use of contraception.

These are destructive tools meant to undermine the family as an important institution; they would subvert the entire society, and drag it to pre-Islamic ignorance.

The Muslim Brotherhood urges the leaders of Muslim countries and their UN representatives to reject and condemn this document, and to call upon this organization to rise to the high morals and principles of family relations prescribed by Islam.

And these are the people who are in power in Egypt, along with the Salafists, who are even worse.


  1. says

    These are destructive tools meant to undermine the family as an important institution

    Theocrats are the same regardless of their religion. A lot of western Christians should read this then go look in a mirror.

  2. theguy says

    It’s interesting to note how similar MB’s “reasoning” is to the “reasoning” used by Christian fundamentalists in the United States. The only difference I see is the MB isn’t trying to sugarcoat how blatantly anti-liberty they really are.

  3. fastlane says

    And exactly no one is surprised by this.

    Those muslim countries could always, you know, be excommunicated from the UN. (See what I did there?)

    Automatic asylum for all women into the UN country of their choice (or at least, those countries who sign on to this).

  4. johnthedrunkard says

    It is easy to lose in translation that:
    The Muslim Brotherhodd ARE ‘salafists’
    The Saudi/Wahhabi gang ARE ‘salafists’
    The ayatollahs of Iran ARE ‘salafists’

    When they aren’t busy slaughtering each other, all the major islamist groups claim to be adhereing to the ‘true,’ ‘original’ principles of islam.

    The word ‘salafi’ means ‘adhering to the standards and conduct of the original followers of Muhammad.’ Since those original follwers were at each other’s throats the moment the Big Guy was dead, there is no reason to assume ANY stability or moral coherence based on claims of Salafism.

  5. Bjarte Foshaug says

    This declaration, if ratified, would lead to complete disintegration of society…

    …which is good. Any society that depends on the oppression of women for its survival is not worth preserving anyway…

  6. sinned34 says

    And according to Republicans, these are the people working with liberals to bring Sharia law to the USA.

    Mind you, after seeing some of the shit written by slymepitters, the Republican assholes might be correct by stating that some atheists are working with Islamic fundamentalists.

  7. Silentbob says

    I felt like applauding and shouting, “hear, hear”, after each numbered point. Probably not the effect the Brotherhood was going for.

  8. ezraresnick says

    Speaking of euphemism, we really need a lexicon to interpret the true meanings of Islamist code words:

    undermine the family: make it harder for men to control their wives and daughters
    complete disintegration of society: a society where women are free and equal members
    decadence: anything not prescribed in the worldview of a 7th-century tribal warlord

    I’ve written more on the subject here.


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