An Iranian dissident speaks out: Is Islam compatible with women’s rights and democracy?
The story below was sent to me by a friend, Shabnam Assadollahi, an Iranian dissident who is a fully aware activist for women’s rights and as a whole, human rights.
My first encounter with her was in her role as an Iranian language interpreter in an article I wrote entitled: “Shut Down Iran’s Embassy In Canada”:
Iranian Canadian activists Shadi Paveh and Shabnam Assadollahi have translated an interview with Hamid Mohammadi, an Iranian official working as Cultural Counselor to the Embassy in Canada; as released by Fox News, this alarming article reveals that Iran has been using its embassy in Canada to mobilize loyalists of Islamic Republic to infiltrate the Canadian Government and, some terrorism experts worry, attack the United States.
Assadollahi has revealed important intel to Canada, and she continues to face danger even in Canada from Iranian thugs who intimidate Iranian dissidents, even abroad, although Canada and other Western states should be safe havens. Such is not the case, and this should not be tolerated. The bullied today can easily become you tomorrow — not to mention the immorality of the intimidation.
No amount of politicking can fool Shabnam or intimidate her. She has stared down a regime of death and human rights violations, has been imprisoned, and has emerged with insights to warn the West, particularly those who undeservedly hold positions of trust and power but care mostly about the latter.
Assadollahi states that normative Islam is not compatible with democracy and feminism.
There needs to be an enlightenment within Islam that could advance it collectively into the 21st century; otherwise, Islam will collectively remain antiquated and barbaric, a religion that has defined itself in modern society as one marked by turf wars, bloodshed, and chaos.
“Is Islam compatible with Democracy and Feminism?”, by Shabnam Assadollahi, October 25, 2016:
If feminism means: “The advocacy of women’s rights on the grounds of political, social, and economic equality to men, and is the belief that men and women should have equal rights and opportunities”, why haven’t the “feminist” Prime Minister of Canada, Justin Trudeau, condemned oppression and atrocities against women living under Islamic Law?
To read full article by Jihad Watch, click HERE.