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Monday, August 22, 2016
Huma Abedin’s Islamist past bubbles up again
The New York Post highlights a disturbing aspect of Huma Abedin's background steeped as it is, in the Muslim Brotherhood. As Hillary Clinton's omnipresent super-aide, Huma's inner motivations are of considerable importance to the electorate. Yet the "Islamophobia" slur usually is sufficient to silence inquiry.
[In 1995] her top aide Huma Abedin published articles in a Saudi journal taking Clinton's feminist platform apart, piece by piece. At the time, Abedin was assistant editor of the Journal of Muslim Minority Affairs working under her mother, who remains editor-in-chief. She was also working in the White House as an intern for then-first lady Clinton.
Here at American Thinker, we've known about this editorship for four years. But the NYP piece offers some choice passages from the journal:
Headlined "Women's Rights Are Islamic Rights," a 1996 article argues that single moms, working moms and gay couples with children should not be recognized as families. It also states that more revealing dress ushered in by women's liberation "directly translates into unwanted results of sexual promiscuity and irresponsibility and indirectly promote violence against women." In other words, sexually liberated women are just asking to be raped.
"A conjugal family established through a marriage contract between a man and a woman, and extended through procreation is the only definition of family a Muslim can accept," the author, a Saudi official with the Muslim World League, asserted, while warning of "the dangers of alternative lifestyles." (Abedin's journal was founded and funded by the former head of the Muslim World League.)
"Pushing [mothers] out into the open labor market is a clear demonstration of a lack of respect of womanhood and motherhood," it added.
In a separate January 1996 article, Abedin's mother - who was the Muslim World League's delegate to the UN conference - wrote that Clinton and other speakers were advancing a "very aggressive and radically feminist" agenda that was un-Islamic and wrong because it focused on empowering women.
"'Empowerment' of women does more harm than benefit the cause of women or their relations with men," Saleha Mahmood Abedin maintained, while forcefully arguing in favor of Islamic laws that have been roundly criticized for oppressing women.
"By placing women in the 'care and protection' of men and by making women responsible for those under her charge," she argued, "Islamic values generate a sense of compassion in human and family relations."
"Among all systems of belief, Islam goes the farthest in restoring equality across gender," she claimed. "Acknowledging the very central role women play in procreation, child-raising and homemaking, Islam places the economic responsibility of supporting the family primarily on the male members."
Usually, when children break away from their families' religious beliefs and practice, they do not go to work for a journal espousing those rejected beliefs. So when did Huma break with the orthodoxy? Enough to marry a Jew, in fact.