One of the most powerful voices among women heard today is that of Syrian native Wafa Sultan. The Middle East Research Institute produced a video clip of Wafa commenting on women and Islam in February that has been viewed by over a million people so far. It was taken from an interview on the Islamic news organization Al-Jazeera.
Ms. Sultan who describes herself as a “secular ex-Muslim” is most noted for her lively and vociferous effort to show the world that radical Islam is “a clash between “civilization and backwardness” She is a force to be reckoned with and although she clings close to her secular leanings she is more than just another voice of moderation. In fact all Christian women could learn a lot from her about taking a stand instead of cringing behind the dreaded invisible wall of political correctness.
Ms. Sultan has endured a barrage of death threats on her life which places her in the category of one of the bravest women of the decade. She also is by her stand against the Muslim mistreatment of women sounding a clarion call to other women to speak up about the Islamic tyranny women face around the world today.
It is well known that to the Islamic mind a woman is little more than a mindless, soul-less object to be used by Muslim men at their whim and fancy. If left to itself as in Afghanistan under the Taliban, Islamic treatment of women denies them education, common rights and requires them to live out their lives in a potato sack (berka) with holes punched out so they can see. Other Islamic countries are not very far above the Taliban’s view of womanhood.
No document in the world has done more to elevate the status of women than the Bible and specifically the New Testament. Jesus and the apostles saw women as prophetesses, beloved mothers, pillars of both society and the church and most of all as equals to men. Check it out. “There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus.” Galatians 3:28
If the rapture of the church (instant removal of Christians from the earth) were to occur today there would be more motherless children and bereaved husbands in America than imaginable. If the rapture happened on a Sunday morning, millions of husbands would have seen all the games fallen asleep and would not know until the late evening when they got hungry that their wives were missing.
There is little doubt that the greatest prayer warriors and most faithful supporters of the church are and have always been women. It is also true that American women have been targeted by the media to sell out to the fame and fortune lifestyle by selling their
attractiveness and their sexuality. It makes many of us cringe to see women flaunting themselves on TV and media but that is only one extreme. It is equally abhorrent to see them reduced to something a little higher than cattle under Islamic religious tyranny.
I once tried to reason with a dear friend about the Catholic practice of praying to Mary rather than the scriptural admonition to go directly to God through Jesus Christ. Neither he nor I have since changed our views about the subject but I will never forget his reasoning about it. He said “If you really wanted to get someone to do something for you, don’t you think you’d have a better chance of getting it done by going through his mother. What person wouldn’t listen to his mother?”
I still pray through Jesus only but my friends words still ring in my head. Applying his reasoning to the Islamic treatment of women could have a great bearing on the outcome of it all. I’m not talking about prayers to Mary but rather the voices of mothers as it regards Islamist suppression of women.
America and much of the world would listen to the voices of mothers and women of any kind if they speak out against the mistreatment of their gender. I would listen, would you?
Rev Bresciani is the author of two Christian books. His articles on the second coming of Christ, faith, politics and the American way of life are read in every country throughout the world. Come visit http://www,americanprophet.org