Islamists latest shocking brutalisation of women
Not only Christians, but all women have been banned from sitting on chairs, seeing male gynecologists, smoking, and much more besides. All this from Islamist "freedom fighters" in Syria
Massacres, beheadings, rapes and the rest often take place whenever and wherever Islamic jihadis take over. Lesser known but often no less troubling, however, is the aftermath of occupation -- the everyday “rules” and laws the jihadis enforce once they’re in charge.
Consider the al-Qaeda-linked Islamic State of Iraq and Levant’s (ISIL) recent occupation of Raqqah, a city in northern Syria. First there was the overt violence. Among other acts of savagery, the jihadi organization attacked two churches -- the Church of the Annunciation and the Church of Martyrs -- broke their crosses, burned their Bibles, and raised the Islamic flag in triumph.
One video depicts a Muslim “freedom fighter” smashing a Virgin Mary statue to shouts of Islam’s war cry, “Allahu Akbar!”
Now consider the rules that organizations like ISIL enforce on those people living in the territories they occupy -- that is, the inevitable “talibanization” of societies where Islamic supremacists hold sway.
A Syrian news clip recounts the following new laws ISIL promulgated in a statement it issued soon after taking over Raqqah:
The punishments are indeed severe: swindling taxi drivers face repercussions ranging from chopped hands to chopped heads; the reason cited is that their swindling may somehow interfere with a passenger’s worship (e.g., a Muslim seeking to go to mosque at the proper time).
Likewise, shop owners who do not shut down during prayer times must face the consequences.
All this is a reminder that, while the Islamic jihad may lead to brief, spectacular forms of terror -- massacres, beheadings, rapes, bombed churches and the like -- its aftermath and goal, purportedly the creation of a “perfect Islamic society,” is “spectacular” in its own way, especially for women, who become virtually invisible members of society.
Raymond Ibrahim, a regular contributor to The Commentator and Fellow of the Hoover Institution, is author of Crucified Again: Exposing Islam’s New War on Christians
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