Leaving Islam




Shirin Ebadi: Why do you endorse Islam?

By: Amber Pawlik

Just when I thought I was the only one in the world who wasn’t starry-eyed and hopeful that Shirin Ebadi was going to lead the Iranian people to freedom, a beacon of insight and rationality popped up from the Dr. Homa Darabi Foundation, a human rights organization defending the right of women against religious, cultural and social abuse.

In their open letter to Shirin Ebadi, chairwoman (this is how she refers to herself, hence I am honoring it) Parvin Darabi, says “The day we … heard the news of an Iranian woman winning the Nobel Peace prize for 2003, were elated with joy.” She then goes on to ask some extremely insightful questions.

She asks:

“We were stunned to hear you calling yourself a Muslim woman instead of an Iranian woman. Have you forgotten that Iran has been a defeated country and Islam is a foreign religion forced on the Iranians for centuries?”

Darabi is right: the Iranian people are not Islamic. Before the Islamic takeover, Iranians were Zoroastrians, and they had a great and prosperous nation. If there is any hope for people in that region, it is an enlightened Iran. The Ayatollah thugs are forcing Islam on the Iranian people; the Iranian people are everything but Muslim.

If Ebadi were genuinely for the Iranian people and wanted to see them free, why is she identifying herself as an Islamic woman – as a part of the religion that has oppressed the Iranian people for centuries?

Darabi goes on to challenge Ebadi:

“Also didn’t we hear you advocating the separation of mosque and state?”

Indeed, a separation of religion and state would be accepted by the Iranian people, who, again, are not Islamic. (Separation of religion and state is good anyway, but especially in this case in which the people’s religion is not the same as the state’s religion).

It seems if a person wanted to liberate the Iranian people, especially someone like Ebadi, who is touting herself as an advocate of women and children’s rights, they would advocate the separation of religion and state. But she isn’t. Why not?

Ebadi insists that Islam and human rights are compatible. But as Darabi points out: “Even Islamic Scholars such as Kadivar have stated that Islam is the religion of discrimination and separation.” Why is Ebadi so insistent on preserving the image of the Islam religion?

“Dear Mrs. Ebadi, how can you be working for human rights and then accept the Islamic laws of torture, amputations, stoning, beating and flogging?”

Some might say Ebadi is afraid to do otherwise. But this is a woman who is being touted as a rebel – having been jailed, taking her scarf off in public, etc. Being “afraid to” does not fit in with the rest of her character.

Regardless of whether you support Islam, or believe it is an oppressive religion, a fact remains: the Iranian people are not Islamic. They do not appreciate their Islamic based government. Anyone in support of the Iranian people would come out against the Islamic Ayatollah government.

But Ebadi is insistent on preserving the name and image of Islam. Especially for someone who supposedly advocates women’s and children’s rights, which are not goals met by the Islamic religion, Ebadi’s actions do not line up. She is identifying herself as an Islamic woman and she is not calling for a separation of religion and state. The pieces really fall together regarding the motive and character of this woman.

Shirin Ebadi, I believe, is, in fact, a tool for the Ayatollah government, meant to preserve the Islamic Ayatollah government. Her purpose is not to bring reform to the government, but to suppress the Iranian people’s movement to overthrow their government.

I sincerely wonder, sometimes, if I am the only one on the entire planet who does not believe that more “reform” and “working with” the thug regime of the Ayatollah government will bring freedom to Iran. Everyone seems to believe “something will happen” over in Iran, but they aren’t really sure what. They are hopeful of Shirin Ebadi. Why? Because she got the Nobel Peace Prize.

Yes, indeed, the Iranian people will eventually lead themselves to freedom. But not through Shirin Ebadi. She is just going to prolong the process.

There is only one way for freedom and peace over there: to drive the religious fanatics out of that country. The revolutionaries and people of Iran need the United States’ intellectual and moral support. The fact that the Iranian people were so welcoming of Shirin Ebadi, because she got the Nobel Peace Prize, shows how in need of external guidance and moral support they are. Europe gave it to them. The United States didn’t. This is a problem.

Just imagine what would have happened if that same kind of moral support went to a person who would lead the revolutionaries, and not the reformists. (And, no, the United States does not have to create another “award.” Verbal moral support would do).

I’d like to take the time to congratulate the Dr. Homa Darabi Foundation for having the intellectual clarity to ask their insightful questions and for taking a moral stand against Islam, which is something leftists have sold out on for they no longer take a stand against oppressive Islam. Hopefully their questions and insight will start to cast speculation on Shirin Ebadi.

Mark my words: not only is this woman misguided in her tactic, she is a fraud.






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