Many of us are offended by the barrage of anti-Trump rhetoric from spoiled Hollywood liberals. Now it seems we have to listen to their spouses as well. Professional Trump-basher George Clooney recently married an “international human rights” attorney with a big mouth. The newly-crowned Mrs. Clooney has warned that President-elect Trump’s policies will harm Muslims and constitute “violations of international human rights laws and the values that underlie that.”
Amal Clooney, who reportedly is a Muslim, thinks that Trump’s views about Muslims and terrorism are extreme. “[Trump] kept saying, ‘They only want jihad. They don’t believe in our way of life. They don’t respect our system,’” Clooney said. I hate to disappoint Mrs. Clooney, but these views are not extreme.
Islam is a totalitarian political ideology that is based on the Koranic requirement that followers should wage jihad, which is the imposition of Islam on non-believers by any and all necessary means. This mainstream Islamic doctrine that demands killing infidels and homosexuals and subjugating women is persuasive evidence that Muslims reject Western values. More than 28,000 terror incidents by Muslims since 9/11 is persuasive evidence that Islam is at war with the West. Studies by respected polling groups all agree that a majority of Muslims worldwide support the aims of ISIS, believe that suicide bombings of innocent civilians are to be applauded, and militate in favor of supplanting Western systems of justice with Sharia.
What disturbs me the most about Mrs. Clooney is her hypocrisy. After suggesting that Trump is violating human rights laws, Clooney adds, “Women’s rights are human rights. Holding back women is holding back half of every country in the world.” If she is so concerned about women’s rights, how can Clooney ignore the brutal treatment of women in Islamic countries? Why does she choose to criticize Trump, who has done nothing yet, rather than criticizing the Muslim world—which is responsible for a legion of human rights abuses against women?
Consider this question by Kay Hymowitz in City Journal: “Where are the demonstrations, the articles, the petitions, the resolutions, the vindications of the rights of Islamic women by American feminists?” Women have no rights in Islam. Every day, women are beaten, physically disfigured, tortured, and murdered in Muslim countries. Yet we do not hear an outcry from Western feminists. “They have averted their eyes from the harsh, blatant oppression of millions of women,” says Hymowitz, “even while they [are] indignant over female executives who cannot join an exclusive golf club and college women who do not have their own lacrosse teams.”
There is an obvious reason for this hypocrisy. If they would speak out against the treatment of women under Islam, feminists would be obliged to acknowledge the progress that has been made for women’s rights in the West. That would detract from their coveted victim status. By keeping quiet, feminists are colluding with Muslims who want to bring Sharia to our shores. Amal Clooney should reconsider the target of her sanctimonious pronouncements of guilt. Instead of warning that Trump could bring about human rights abuses, Mrs. Clooney should use her celebrity pulpit to advise Muslims on the humane treatment of women and non-Muslims. If she wants to speak out against human rights abuses, let her speak out against the world’s number one human rights abuser—Islam.
The mistake made by Mrs. Clooney and other like-minded liberals is that their collective finger is pointed at the wrong target. The threat we face is not a backlash against Muslims, as suggested by Attorney General Loretta Lynch. The threat we face is Islamic terrorism. The Clooneys and other Hollywood “political experts” would benefit from a better understanding of the current world situation. The rest of us also would benefit from less uninformed hysteria.
Ed Brodow is a negotiation expert, political commentator, and author of In Lies We Trust: How Politicians and the Media Are Deceiving the American Public.
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