Egypt's treatment of women is intolerabe

  • Article by: REEM ABDELLATIF , Los Angeles Times
  • Updated: February 16, 2013 - 7:37 AM

Despite violence and repression, women are half the population, and they are mobilizing.

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masqueanadieFeb. 15, 1310:01 PM

"Since Islamist President Mohamed Morsi came into power last June, many women have started to feel that their core freedoms could be threatened by political Islam" --- Drop the word political and you would have a true statement.

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pumiceFeb. 16, 13 6:39 AM

"Since Islamist President Mohamed Morsi came into power last June, many women have started to feel that their core freedoms could be threatened by political Islam." For an accurate statement, masqueanadie, substitute the phrase "religious fundamentalism" for "Islam".

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masqueanadieFeb. 16, 13 9:47 AM

pumice, no it is not just religious fundamentalism. Islam is a rather unique religious/political fusion with violent tendencies. There are only seven countries in the world where you can be executed for being an atheist. All of the them are islamic.

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hermajestyFeb. 16, 13 1:51 PM

"There are only seven countries in the world where you can be executed for being an atheist. All of the them are islamic."===A few centuries ago, that that was true of predominantly Christian countries, whether Catholic or Protestant. People were hanged in colonial Massachusetts for not attending a Puritan church, and in Europe, you attended the same church as the king, or else. In fact, Baptist minister Roger Williams founded Rhode Island as one of the first places *in the entire Western world* to grant absolute religious freedom.

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armybratFeb. 16, 13 2:59 PM

hermajesty: What were other religions doing a few centuries ago? Some religions moved forward and joined the 21st century and others are still in the dark ages. To justify what some religions are doing today because another may have done it 200 years ago is simply amazing.

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armybratFeb. 16, 13 4:19 PM

I speak for all liberals and feminists when I say we really don't care what happens to anyone beyond our borders. After all, we are not the worlds police.

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pumiceFeb. 17, 13 9:23 AM

Re: "Islam is a rather unique religious/political fusion with violent tendencies." Ah but, masqueanadie, the thesis of your sentence is "many women have started to feel that their core freedoms could be threatened by political Islam." I stand by my statement that male-dominated religions which support doctrines abounding in misapprehensions about sex and gender threaten basic human rights and core freedoms of women around the world.

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masqueanadieFeb. 17, 1310:03 PM

hermajesty, 1) I think you try to distract from the issue by mentioning events from centuries ago. 2) No atheist has been sentenced to capital punishment in the US. 3) Puritans did not execute people for not going to church. That is a hollywood fantasy. 4) Williams -- a baptist -- had many great ideas including paying the native americans for their land.

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