SPRINGFIELD - Should Illinois officially incorporate an advisory panel made up of Muslims - with no restriction on the level of their fundamentalism? To even ask such a question about legislation being considered now by Governor Rauner is offensive to some.
If Governor Rauner were to sign SB 574 into law, Illinois would become the first state with such an advisory panel, and it would be the first council associated with religion that the state would recognize. It currently has no similar panel consisting Western culture representatives from Jewish, Catholic, Protestant or evangelical faiths.
When it comes to women’s rights, Western culture and Islamic culture have little in common. The West and Judeo-Christian culture hold the equality of women and men as an unalienable right. But the same is not true in Islamic cultures.
In this week’s video from Prager University, author and activist Ayaan Hirsi Ali -- who was raised in a religious Muslim society -- describes in depth the inequalities and injustices women face in nations governed by Islamic law. And this is not just some faraway threat. The recent culture clash caused by the immigration of millions of Muslims to the West has highlighted the vast differences between Islamic and Western values, especially with regard to the treatment of women.
So why have Western feminists remained silent on the oppression of so many women? And what can be done to improve Muslim women's rights? Watch the video here to find out.