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This week, Fox News host Megyn Kelly exposed how the Muslim pressure group, the Council on Islamic Relations (CAIR), has basically been bullying American universities into not showing the documentary film "Honor Diaries."

The film depicts the widespread acceptance of violence against women in the Muslim world.

The movie which features interviews with several Muslim women activists, including Somali-born Ayaan Hirsi Ali, and takes a sober look at female genital mutilation, violence within marriage, forced marriages and honor killings..all commonplace throughout the Islamic culture.

While CAIR claims "Honor Diaries" is nothing more than Islamophobia, the issue of violence towards women within the Muslim religion is well-documented and even pushed by Muslim clerics.

In November 2007, during a Saudi television show, Muslim author and religious leader Muhammad Al-Arifi advised young Muslim men how to deal with their new wives. Apparently in the shadow of Mecca, it is perfectly acceptable to beat your wife as long as you do not hit her in the face, so as not to "make her face ugly."

Al-Arifi said:

Beating in the face is forbidden, even when it comes to animals. Even if you want your camel or donkey to start walking, you are not allowed to beat it in the face. If this is true for animals, it is all the more true when it comes to humans. So beatings should be light and not in the face."

Al-Arifi went on to admonish the young would-be grooms..."If he beats her, the beatings must be light and must not make her face ugly. He must beat her where it will not leave marks. He should not beat her on the hand...He should beat her in some places where it will not cause any damage. He should not beat her like he would beat an animal or a child--slapping them left and right."

While this Muslim cleric’s words may be shocking to those of us who live in the civilized world, his advice is certainly not new to the Muslim world.

In 2004, World Net Daily reported on a Qatar television broadcast, in which a Muslim cleric declared the Quran to be an instructional book on how Muslim men should discipline their wives. He went on to explain that there are three types of women who must be beaten...

[The Quran says:] The first type is a girl who was brought up this way. Her parents ask her to go to school and she doesn’t--they beat her. 'Eat'--'I don’t want to'--they beat her. So she became accustomed to beatings; she was brought up that way. We pray Allah will help her husband later. He will only get along with her if he practices wife beating."

"The second type is a woman who is condescending toward her husband and ignores him. With her, too, only a rod will help. The third type is a twisted woman who will not obey her husband unless he oppresses her, beats her, uses force against her, and overpowers her with his voice."

In 2005, Mohammed Kamal Mustafa, an imam of a mosque in the Spanish city of Fuengirola was given a jail sentence after being found guilty of incitement of violence, and told to spend six months studying Spain’s constitution. Mustafa had written and published a guide on how to beat your wife without leaving any marks. His book, "Women In Islam," advised Muslim husbands to beat their wives "on the hands and feet, using a light rod so that the blows don’t leave scars or bruises."

Of course, the Muslim holy book, the Quran itself, gives instructions on how to beat women...

And take in your hand a green branch and beat her with It and do not break your oath; surely We found him patient; most excellent the servant! Surely he was frequent in returning (to Allah). (Quran 38:44)

Men are the maintainers of women because Allah has made some of them to excel others and because they spend out of their property; the good women are therefore obedient, guarding the unseen as Allah has guarded; and (as to) those on whose part you fear desertion, admonish them, and leave them alone in the sleeping-places and beat them; then if they obey you, do not seek a way against them; surely Allah is High, Great. (Quran 4:34)

Despite CAIR's propaganda, there is no way that we can embrace the Muslim culture, in which women are regularly abused and subjugated, and there is certainly no way that the Muslim world will ever embrace the culture of the western world, where women are viewed as equals.

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