CII Curtail Women’s Rights


No Women's Right Pakistan

Intro to ‘CII Curtail Women’s Rights

Originalist Primer on American Religious Liberty

 

Edited by John R. Houk

May 31, 2016

 

 

This is the first time I have read Shamim Mahmood (Masih) write an op-ed article which openly is critical of Islam. I admire his courage but he has just embarked on a dangerous path in Pakistan where the Blasphemy Law is used as a tool to persecute Christians and other religious minorities with often fabricated accusations of insulting Islam and the pseudo-prophet Mohammed.

 

First Shamim addresses the legislative advice of the Council of Islamic Ideology which recommended essentially to chattelize women on all stratospheres of life which includes Muslims, Christians, Hindus and etc. Then pulls some essential understanding Quranic suras that tell Muslims how to treat Christians.

 

Then Shamim criticizes the CII as a contradiction of religious liberty found in America’s First Amendment:

 

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances. (AMENDMENT IThe Heritage Guide to The Constitution)

 

I emphasized the clause of the First Amendment that addresses Religious Liberty. Shamim has read the interpretation of the First Amendment based on the Living Constitution Separation of Church and State. With the persecution that Christians suffer in Pakistan I can understand Shamim’s excitement about separating Church and State in totality. I am certain he doesn’t understand the repercussions of total separation.

 

I stand with the Originalist interpretation of the Constitution which can only be changed by a Constitutional Amendment. The Living Constitution crowd have allowed the Supreme Court of the United States to change constitutional meanings according to America’s Leftist interpretation of the way cultural mores have evolved and the way Christian memes have slowly been disallowed. America’s Left has been making huge strides in diminishing the influence of Christianity in the USA. This Christian diminishment has ended prayer in schools, ended prayers in public forums (e.g. City government or Public School sports events), removed icons of Western rule of Law such as removing the Ten Commandments from Courthouses, disallowing symbols of Christmas on taxpayer supported public property, disallowing Christmas parties or pageants forcing a name change to Winter festival or celebration, even High School Valedictorian speakers are forbidden to than Jesus for the Lord’s influence in their life and on and on! This has been the curse of the Living Constitution concept has brought upon America.

 

Originalist interpretation correctly does NOT Church and State BUT rather prevents the State to establish a State Religion or Church. Meaning religion (the Founding Fathers envisioned CHRISTIANITY) can influence the State BUT the State can make zero legislation forcing religion or people to worship the way the State wants you to worship. The only position the State has with religion is to protect people to worship as they please or to not worship at all if a person or people choose atheism. THIS IS ORIGINAL INTENT RELIGIOUS LIBERTY IN AMERICA.

 

American Originalists emphasize that NO WHERE in the Constitution or the First Amendment that the wording of “Separation of Church and State” exists. Rather the First Amendment Clauses No establishment of religion (aka Disestablishment Clause) and that religion can be freely exercised without Federal government interference.

 

From an American Conservative Christian perspective, I felt the necessity to explain the controversy in American Religious Liberty between Church/State Separatists and Disestablishment Church Originalists.

 

Related Info:

 

Disband Council of Islamic Ideology: HRCP; The Express Tribune; 5/28/16

 

Islamic council proposes allowing men to ‘lightly beat’ their wives if they do not ‘dress as he desires’, refuse to have sex, or fail to take a bath after their period; Daily Mail; Updated 5/28/16 01:53 EST

 

 

JRH 5/31/16

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CII Curtail Women’s Rights

CII Allowed Men to Beat Women

 

By Shamim Mahmood

Sent: 5/29/2016 2:00 PM

 

Shamim Masih: Few days back, Islamic constitutional body, Council of Islamic Ideology (CII) [Wikipedia] has proposed its own women protection bill, recommending ‘a light beating’ for the wife if she defies the husband. This recommendations spark outrage though the CII chairman soften the tone stating ‘violence’ is not permissible in Islam. As he believes that light beating does not mean violence.

 

Earlier CII rejected Punjab’s controversial Protection of Women against Violence Act (PPWA) [“Women’s Protection Bill — A case of men’s insecurities”; Dawn; 5/12/16 01:35PM] terming it un-Islamic and drafted its own bill and will now forward to the Punjab Assembly. However, the parliament is not bound to consider its recommendations. The 20-members CII proposed that a husband should be allowed to ‘lightly’ beat his wife if she defies his commands and refuse to dress up as per his desires; turns down demand of intercourse without any religious excuse or does not take bath after intercourse or menstrual periods. The bill also suggested that beating is also permissible if a woman does not observe Hijab; interacts with strangers; speaks loud enough that she can easily be heard by strangers; and provides monetary support to people without taking consent of her spouse.

 

In a bill of 163-pages there are several bans on women, like a ban on co-education after primary educations, a ban on women from taking part in military combat, a ban on welcoming foreign delegations, interacting with males and making recreational visits with ‘Na-Mehram’ (not known [Possible meaning from Wikipedia]). Female nurses should not be allowed to take care of male patients and women should be banned from working in advertisements etc.…. The CII is a powerful body because of its influence on the political system in Pakistan. It advises the Pakistani legislature whether laws are in line with the teachings of Islam.

 

I don’t know for how long blasphemy laws allow me to speak about Islam or its teaching, but let me tell you; there is difference between women, children and minorities rights and Islamic permission. There are no equal rights for women and other minorities residing in a nation in which the Quran and Sharia Law define culture and society and its rule of law. Women’s rights given in Islam are the same as recommended by CII. Saudi Arabia, Afghanistan and Iran are clear examples and so much so Pakistan is another Sunni Dominated Islamic country inspired by Saudi Arabia.

 

A Muslim apologist usually says that Islam is religion of peace and provides the rights for women, children and for the people of the Book like Christians and Jews. The Council must have given Islamic references in support of these recommendations. And I am giving few quotes from Quran about how Islam deal with other minorities, which one of my U.S. friends quoted.

 

Quotes of Quran from “The Quran and Christianity” (6/23/16):

 

In the Quran, Christians are generally referred to as “people of the book” and then in the various suras and ayahs (or chapters and verses) a number of references are made. In 2:120, “Never will the Jews nor the Christians be pleased with you till you follow their religion. Say: ‘Verily, Islamic Guidance is the only Guidance. And if you were to follow their desires after what you have received of Knowledge, then you would have against Allah neither any protector nor helper.”

In 3:56: “As to those who disbelieve, I will punish them with a severe torment in this world and in the Hereafter, and they will have no helpers.” In 3:85: “And whoever seeks a religion other than Islam, it will never be accepted of him, and in the Hereafter he will be one of the losers.” In 3:118: “O you who believe! Take not as your helpers or friends those outside your religion since they will not fail to do their best to corrupt you. They desire to harm you severely. Hatred has already appeared from their mouths, but what their breasts conceal is far worse. Indeed we have made plain to you the verses if you understand.”

3:178 states: “And let not the disbelievers think that our postponing of their punishment is good for them. We postpone the punishment only so that they may increase in sinfulness. And for them is a disgracing torment”. Hardly encouraging for the basis for a peaceful co-existence and a comfortable pluralism. Muslim love of the Quran that tells them to physically coerce non-Muslims through humiliation to convert or to kill them if they insult Islam or its prophet Mohammad is a dooms day promise toward Christians and other religious minorities in Pakistan.

 

CII recommendations could rightly be according to Islam but legislature is not bound to obey it. Religions are one’s own dealing with his creator but State deals with every individual’s matter and have to protect every citizen. Today, anyone can construct a mosque, synagogue or temple in the U.S. or any Christian majority country and can worship according to his faith but not in Saudi Arabia, Pakistan and Afghanistan. Even if someone says that the constitution of Pakistan protects the rights of minorities but on the ground the situation is totally different, Jews cannot even proclaim their faith in Pakistan. And we are witness to the number of attacks on churches and temples and on minorities in the country.

 

Decades back, Christian majority countries have separated Church from the State matters. The First Amendment to the United States Constitution includes a clause that calls for the separation of church and state. Many people now espouse the belief that American government was designed to include “an impenetrable wall” separating church and state. The Reason would have been the same [for] the domination of religious leadership supervision over the state matters. One should learn a lesson from history, and may be tomorrow we will come up with the conclusion to do so, if we want to survive.

 

Be Blessed,

Shamim Mahmood

 

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Intro to ‘CII Curtail Women’s Rights’

Originalist Primer on American Religious Liberty

 

Edited by John R. Houk

May 31, 2016

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CII Curtail Women’s Rights

 

Edited by John R. Houk

Links and text embraced by brackets are by the Editor.

 

© Shamim Mahmood (Masih)

 

Excerpt of Shamim Mahmood About Info

 

Greetings to you! Let me introduce myself first, though many of you are witness to my professional work. I am the only Christian journalist in this arena with diverse work experience with different media outlets like Independent News Pakistan (INP), as columnist with “Daily Times” for two years, two years with one of the leading Urdu daily, “Khabrain” & Channel 5, Daily Mail and now with Pakistan Today. I have been working as lead Reporter for “British Pakistani Christian Association” since 2010. As stringer I have worked with BBC world service. Being a Christian journalist, I have been writing on minority rights and working as a social reformer/peace maker as well.

 

Author: oneway2day

I am a Neoconservative Christian Right blogger. I also spend a significant amount of time of exposing theopolitical Islam.

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