Coincidental to your post “Peace through Rape” I happened a few days ago to follow a lead from Politically Incorrect to this article about Alice Schwarzer, who is one of the premier feminists in Germany, a well-known leade of the New German Feminist Movement, and the founder in 1972 of the magazine EMMA.
I think of this as “Memo to NOW: not all feminists are left-wing drones.”
And the translated article from Der Westen:
Alice Schwarzer’s Discomfort With Islam
September 3, 2010 by Wilhelm Klümper
Essen. The politically correct dancing around with the dangers of Islam seems to get on Alice Schwarzer’s nerves. On September 23rd, she is bringing out an angry and rousing book with the title “The Great Cover-Up (Veiling) — For Integration, against Islamism” (Kiepenhauer & Witsch, 272 pages, €9.95) with essays by her and other EMMA authors.
For over thirty years, she says, out of false tolerance people in the West have turned a blind eye to the atrocities in the name of Islam. After the fall of the shah, she herself had spoken with representatives of the Khomeini regime in Iran. With a cold smile, they had said that sharia would be introduced with stoning for homosexuality or a wife’s adultery. “No, the Islamists made no secret of their attentions. No more than the National Socialists,” she says.
Islamic agitators, often trained in Iran, Afghanistan or Egypt and financed in Saudi Arabia have been very good, she says, at disguising their true motives. Today, it is considerably more difficult to distinguish between Islam as a religion and political Islam.
Islamization as an Objective
In Germany, the Islamists found willing listeners above all in the universities, among Protestants, and in the alternative milieu. Here the fear and guilty conscience about doing something wrong with respect toloving the foreigner was great. “And great too, was the readiness of believers of the Old Left to follow new gods after the death of their deities Mao and Che Guevara: Allahu Akbar! Presumably, the young converts of the so-called Sauerland Group had been participating in the Red Army Faction, one, two generations earlier.”
Even greater than the danger of terrorism is the systematic infiltration of our educational and legal systems by the goals of Islamization. The fact that the third generation of Turkish-Germans speaks worse German than the second is also attributable to infiltration by Islamists: “In the marginalized ghettoes, their seed of contempt for democracy and exaltation of theocracy rises.”
This process is advanced by falsely understood tolerance. Thus naive German judges have incredibly agreed to parental applications for exemption from sports training, school excursions, as well as sex education, and thereby contributed to discrimination against Muslim girls. Even the CDU-led NRW (North Rhein-Westphalia) integration ministry distributed handouts in which the Islamic laws are presented as religious duty. And in them, parents who deny their daughters swimming instruction are called “loving.” To this day, honor killings committed in Turkish and Arabic circles are blurred as family drama.
Against this kind of falsely understood tolerance, Alice Schwarzer is betting on an uncompromising anti-Islamization direction. The hijab — “the flag of Islamists” for Schwarzer — must be forbidden in German schools. “Only this logical and rigorous act would give little girls from orthodox-to-fundamentalist families the chance to move freely and equally, at least inside the school.” Naturally the “cloth prison burka” needs to be forbidden in Germany as in France.
The Mantra of Lacking Tolerance
Schwarzer also does not think much of the interior ministry’s organized conference, at which the Islamic societies — from the Turkish government Ditib to Milli Görüs, which has long been under surveillance by the intelligence services — dominated the debate on integration. The groups, in which barely 20% of the Muslims who live here are organized, reproach the German majority with a lack of tolerance and an ignorance of religious laws.
It is not surprising that Schwarzer and her fellow warriors are sympathetic to the Swiss minaret ban. Behind that is the discomfort of many citizens in Europe with theocracies, with their stonings and suicide bombings as well as the (forced) covering of women right here in Europe and forced marriages of daughters and sons who have grown up here. There is also discomfort at the proven frequent use of force in traditional Muslim families and the moral equivalency applied to emancipation, the rule of law, even democracy. “In short, the worry about the human rights fought for so laboriously and bloodily in the last 200 years in the West.”
To all the timid ones who voice their criticism of Islam quietly for fear of the reproach of racism, Schwarzer cries: “The majority of the population is speaking to you from its heart, with an open and rational criticism of this development.”