Wafa Sultan and the Position of Women in Islam

I’d seen Wafa Sultan’s TV interview with an Islamic scholar quite a while ago, and was reminded of her in Eric MacDonald’s recent article:

Another example of how religion poisons everything.

Here’s a link to Wafa Sultan’s full lecture, filmed at the Center for Inquiry’s 2012 Women in Secularism Conference, on how Islam treats women:

Wafa Sultan: “Women in Islam” | CFI’s Women in Secularism Conference 2012

A summary is that Islam is “a hateful and intolerant ideology”.

Article by Kulvinder Singh Matharu – 2013

Saudi Arabia, where scum rule

There is much junk, much nonsense and much evil within Saudi Arabia. Here’s one example:

Of course there are other countries and organisations that align themselves with Saudi Arabia’s policies and my initial feeling is one of detest. The article does mention some signs of hope and I am fully supportive of any initiatives that can bring in justice and expel evils.

There are non-believers in Saudi Arabia, but it isn’t easy:

Religion has abused and will continue to abuse whenever it is in a position to influence and weld power.

Article by Kulvinder Singh Matharu – 2012

Islam, where do you go from here?

I’d already written about threats from Christians and Christianity. Recently I’ve noticed a surge in blogs articles regarding threats from Muslims and Islam; I’ve collated these here.

Let this be clear though; criticism of Islam is not racist, just as criticism of Israel is not anti-Semitic, although it is probably in the best interests of certain organisations and groups to conflate such ideas. I will criticise all religions and the religious where they come into conflict with ideals such as reason, rationality, freedom, equality and justice. History has shown that religions will suppress such ideals through use and abuse of whatever powers and controls they have. Christianity has abused and committed atrocities in the past, its holy book full of violence and injustice, but Christianity has largely been neutered and is now merely a nuisance. Islam needs to be similarly neutered; their atrocities, their abuses, their unreason, must be highlighted. It is true that the vast majority of Muslims are peaceful and just want to live a life of peace, to love their children, in a world where there are many struggles to overcome, just like people the world over. Unfortunately, other Muslims are carrying their vision of Islam through acts and threats of violence.

Articles on Christianity and the irrationality religions:

Article by Kulvinder Singh Matharu – 2012

Acid attack survivors network in Bangladesh – by The Guardian

Linked via richarddawkins.net:

QUOTE: The Acid Survivors Network was formed in 2006 in Sirajganj, Bangladesh. It offers legal aid and medical assistance to women who have been victims of acid attacks and helps them cope with stigma in the community. ActionAid assists the ASN through its partner organisation, Sharp (Socio Health and Rehabilitation Programmes)

Article by Kulvinder Singh Matharu – 2011

Eric MacDonald has been busy

Eric MacDonald has posted a number of articles recently and I’ve include two of these below which are well worth reading:

Article by Kulvinder Singh Matharu – 2011

Leaving Islam

A couple of recent articles at richarddawkins.net today with videos.

One video summarises the story of a young person’s journey from Islam to freedom:

alyraly’s “Why I left Islam!”

The other articles has two videos that tell the story of Wafa Sultan and her journey from being born a Muslim to becoming one of Islam’s harshest critics for Islam’s perpetuation of backwards thinking and enslavement of women:

Al-Jazeera TV (Qatar) Interview With Wafa Sultan – 2006


Why I Left Islam – Wafa Sultan

Article by Kulvinder Singh Matharu – 2011

Saudi Women Revolution Statement

With all the recent promising embryonic revolutions occurring in the Middle East, Saudi Arabia is one place where I hope that change occurs. It has an oppressive and non-democratic regime with all kinds of barbaric and backward religious dogmas and customs. The “Saudi Women Revolution Statement” is a positive sign though. There’s always hope and this group deserves support:


Article by Kulvinder Singh Matharu – 2011

Taliban justice

It took me a while to decide whether to post this here. Time’s circulation is huge but I wanted to add my own small contribution.


And I remember this barbaric law being passed when I was in Afghanistan last year:

So even with a government installed by the US-lead coalition, there was still pressure enough for this law to be passed. That must tell you something about the overall state of society in Afghanistan.

It doesn’t look good, does it?

I really don’t know what the solutions are. You could keep pounding the Taliban but their adherence, interpretation and practice of a strict form of Islam is attractive to some despite its barbarity. It helps to instil fear. It helps to indoctrinate. It keeps those people in power, tightening their stranglehold on the people. That’s going to be a long war.

In addition to all these atrocities, the Taliban have destroyed a large part of Afghanistan’s cultural past. In particular, the Taliban’s destruction of the Buddha statues in Bamiyan in early 2001. An except from my travel journal from last year:

The complex of caves and grottoes in the cliff-face was amazing. I hadn’t realised how big this was. There are interconnected walkways, stairs and caverns hidden behind the cliff-face walls. We made our way up inside the cave complex and ended up in the niche where the Large Buddha once stood. Wow. That statue was a giant. It was sad to see this empty space where the Buddha statues had stood for 1,500 years and I had missed out seeing them by 8.5 years. It was the criminal destruction of the Buddha statues by the Taliban in March 2001 that had first brought this region, and the word “Taliban”, to my notice. I felt an anger and a sadness back in 2001, and I never did imagine that one day I would be here at Bamiyan. Today, I just felt a sadness. The statues were gone. And I could never forgive the Taliban for these actions and for their other crimes against humanity. A backwards people in all regards.

Seeing the Afghan government eager to include the Taliban in the future of running the country fills me with dread. But perhaps I’m wrong? Perhaps the Taliban are not a homogenous group? Perhaps there are moderate, non-violent elements of the Taliban? Perhaps. But there is something in the philosophy of the Taliban, something in its very fabric, that has allowed itself to reach the levels of atrocities that make the news. So I am suspicious.

Article by Kulvinder Singh Matharu – 2010