I met Nonie Darwish about a year ago. I have seen her speak twice at events hosted by an organization my son founded at Temple University to introduce the voices usually censured and not heard for critical thinking at most liberal institutions of higher education.
Nonie Darwish is one of those voices liberals and American Muslims protest.
They dismiss the fact she is one of the few who dedicate her life to exposing Islam and to standing against the violations of human rights of women and anyone suffering the consequences of living under Islam’s Sharia law.
Nonie Darwish was born and raised as a Muslim by her parents in Cairo Egypt and on the Gaza strip. Her father was a Muslim General who died in a Jihad against Israel.
She knows firsthand how women live under Islam and Sharia law. She lived as a Muslim for thirty years of her life.
Still, some refuse to believe what she knows and shares. They choose to accept other versions more compatible with their ideology or what they have been told.
At the last event in which I saw Nonie, she was one of the speakers along with Simon Deng, Robert Spencer, and Pamela Geller. Simon Deng is a Sudanese refugee whom lived as a Muslim slave for many years.
As they tried to give their presentation, all four were insulted and interrupted by Philadelphia and Temple University occupiers and Muslim student members of the Muslim Student Association of Temple University.
The campus police provided some security, but the speakers were also heavily protected by personal professional bodyguards due to their past experiences with protestor aggressiveness and Fatwas. Fatwas is a death warrant on their lives.
That night I wanted to do something to support the speakers. I found my only way to reflect support was by listening, believing, and respecting the testimonies of Nonie Darwish and Simon Deng and by learning more details about Islam and Sharia law from Robert Spencer and Pamela Geller.
Upon becoming one of the contributors for Thoughtful Women, I thought this was the opportunity to finally do what I could not do the night of that event. This is my effort to support their courage by expanding their voice and message.
This is my effort to support Nonie Darwish and others who risk their own lives to warn us about the complications of living in a society where Islam and Sharia law have partial or total control.
Thanks to Nonie Darwish and Thoughtful Women, those oppressed people in general, living under Islam’s Sharia law in other parts of the world, are being noticed one more time today.
Nonie Darwish’s message is not only for those in the West, but it is also for those women suffering under Islam. Many of these women have accepted that they have no voice, no rights, and no hope.
Oppression under Islam and Sharia law is not limited to women. It also includes Christians, Jews, Muslims who reject violence or who decide to leave their religion, gays and lesbians, those who commit adultery, and those who steal suffer barbaric tortures and public executions.
In the United States for example, Christians who do not agree with homosexuality and would not promote it do not kill gays and lesbians. Anyone that does under the name of Christianity does not represent the teachings of Christianity or the calling of Americans.
The Scriptures teach us to love and accept individuals even if we do not agree with their behavior because we consider it sinful or because of any other reasons that have no religious base.
The Scriptures and American laws do not mandate that gays and lesbians be executed. This is one of the many differences between society in the West and Islamist regimes and/or individuals who believe in Islam’s Sharia law.
Our special 5-part interview with Nonie Darwish includes:
Part 1 – Why Nonie’s Voice Matters