Less than 48 hours after the worldwide event, one of the women who helped plan it is facing Islamophobic attacks.
One of the organizers of the Women’s March is under attack this morning, following reports from conservative news sites like The Daily Caller that accused her of having ties to terrorists. Linda Sarsour, a Muslim-American woman, has been an activist for decades and is widely respected for her dedication to progressive causes.
People have already rallied around her this morning, tweeting #IMarchWithLinda to share their support.
And Sarsour took to Facebook to ask for “extra prayers” following the harassment.
“The opposition cannot fathom to see a Palestinian Muslim American woman that resonates with the masses,” she wrote. “Someone whose track record is clear and has always stood up for the most marginalized. They have a coordinated attack campaign against me and it’s vicious and ugly. It’s not the first time, but it’s definitely more intense.”
This is highly disingenuous.
The criticism of Sarsour’s on-the-record statements has nothing to do with “Islamophobia,” and everything to do with how these views illustrate a disregard for women’s rights. Which is extremely relevant given her role as one of the organizers of the Women’s march.
As I mentioned in my own post exposing these views, she is on record advocating for Sharia law (where women’s rights are curtailed), and dismissing the fact women can’t drive in Saudi Arabia. What I failed to mention is she has also criticized a film calling attention to the plight of Muslim women.
Her hatred for Israel and support for those seemingly affiliated with terrorism are also relevant, especially considering the hijacking of the parade – and even other social causes -by anti-Israel elements.
This woman is being touted as a heroine. How are these views not relevant?
If an empowered Muslim woman who advocated for women’s rights (or even did not advocate against women’s rights), and who was not affiliated with supporters of terror, led the march, I for one would have absolutely no issue with this.
As for Elle magazine, the fashion magazine seems to be pushing an agenda here – in similar fashion to the way Allure and Cosmo pushed the antisemitic MissMuslim Nihal Al Qawasmi.
This is the latest example of liberals pushing an agenda that actually contradicts liberalism.