So, someone please explain to me why I should have any respect for Islam? Why should I, a woman of a modern nation, able to enjoy many freedoms, respect a religion that across the board, no matter what sect, regards women as second class citizens? And, as long as I'm on my rant, why would any woman accept an organized religion that treats her sex as second class? Shall I point to Catholocism? Judaism? Some denominations of Protestants?
If your chosen religious doctrine does not allow women as clergy or in higher positions in your church, synagogue or mosque why do you follow it? Why do you allow yourself to be looked upon as unfit to lead others on your religious path?
To accompany my rant against organized religions and their treatment of women as second-class members, I give you a humanist poem.
by William Ernest Henley
Out of the night that covers me,
Black as the Pit from pole to pole,
I thank whatever gods may be
for my unconquerable soul.
In the fell clutch of circumstance
I have not winced nor cried aloud.
Under the bludgeonings of chance
My head is bloodied, but unbowed.
Beyond this place of wrath and tears
Looms but the horror of the shade,
And yet the menace of the years
Finds, and shall find me, unafraid.
It matters not how straight the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate;
I am the captain of my soul.