Tuesday, October 25, 2005

Recruiting new citizens

Sania Mirza is a young female tennis player who is steadily rising in the WTA rankings. Mirza, an Indian Muslim, is creating a controversy amongst more radical Islamic groups in India:
Her rise has not gone unnoticed by radical Islamic clerics in largely Hindu but officially secular India, home to some 130 million Muslims.

Mirza was given extra security last month after an Islamic cleric denounced her for wearing short skirts and sleeveless shirts on court and threatened to stop her playing in a WTA event in Kolkata.

America was built on the talents of people who came here because they were persecuted, misunderstood, or repressed in their native lands. There may be no group of people alive today who are being more persecuted and repressed than women who belong to certain Islamic sects. These women live a life that is slavery in all but name. A Sania Mirza is able to escape because of circumstance. But for every Mirza, there are probably hundreds of talented women who are having their spirit extinguished. There is no easy answer for the question, "how do we unlock their chains," but I don't even see anyone asking the question. Repressed women should be our natural ally in our struggle against radical Islam, but they are ignored by feminists as well as diplomats.

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