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Iraqi guest hopes for dreaded "secular" government

Reported by Chrish - December 22, 2005

Alisyn Camerota did a segment on the Big Story yesterday 12/21/05 about how life has changed for women since the ouster of Saddam Hussein's government. "It's a story that the mainstream media has not been covering enough, and they'd like us to publish it."

FOX's schizophrenia is showing again. They tout themselves as #1 and the most powerful network, and on the other hand exclude themselves from the mainstream media. I take this to mean they fully realize they are out of the mainstream and really function to support the views of the radical right - their very own right-wing smear station.

Camerota had as a guest , Zainab Al-Suwaij (her name never appeared in the graphic below as part of the segment, an affront to any guest but so ironic as FOX tries to play concerned over women's rights), co-founder of the American Islamic Congress. The interview covered changes in women's education levels, earnings, and freedoms since 2003 when Hussein was overpowered.

What was of particular interest to me was this exchange:

Camerota "sorry to interrupt you, but I want to get to the issue of Sharia, which is the Islamic law, and many people say if that becomes the law of the land that will be bad for women. Do you agree with that?"

Comment: "Sharia is often referred to as Islamic law, but this is wrong, as only a small part is irrefutably based upon the core Islamic text, the Koran. A correct definition would either be "Islam-inspired", "Islam-derived" or "the law system of Muslims...Sharia is the totality of religious, political, social, domestic and private life."

Al-Suwaij replied "...I think women in Iraq in general are against having a Sharia law implemented in Iraq, first because Iraq is a multi-cultural multi-religion country. Second, everyone is hoping to have a secular law that can serve everyone and everyone who wants to follow Sharian law from a religious point of view, they are free to practice that as well"

Comment: The student is surpassing the teacher. If only the neo-Christians in this country could wrap their minds around the concept that we ARE a secular nation, and they are FREE to practice their religion as long as our government remains secular. Unfortunately the evangelicals feel compelled to force their religion on everyone else. Can a person be an evangelical and a good American simultaneously? Doesn't the first, with its required proselytizing, preclude the latter, with its respect and tolerance?

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