Muslim Women Who Derail Jihadists

The tiny nation of Morocco produces too many suicide bombers for its size. Its government launched an unusual program to train women, instead of men, to attack the problem.

The link explains that Muslim women have access to family discussions more freely than Muslim men. If a mother, for example, thinks her son is slipping into fundamentalist thinking she can contact one of the women from this program. The women go into the home and discuss Islam with the son.

Candidates for training in this program must have memorized half of the Koran to be accepted. There are several times as many women who apply for the training than are accepted.

When we think of “Muslim countries” we do not think of governments who would fund such an anti extremist program. But, the government or Morocco is paying for women to have this training.

Conservative branches of the faith teach that to be a good Muslim, one needs to fight its enemies. The women in the program point to passages in the Koran that make this directive at least questionable if not false.

Like parts of Christianity, part of Islam teaches that only men are qualified to preach and teach the faith. This can place a barrier to these women entering the homes of problematic families. The Koran teachers need to be tenacious.

Many other governments approach the problem as one of law enforcement. While law enforcement plays a role persuasion at the community level can be important as well.

18 Responses

  1. Jinx II

    Women are the key to peace, equality and harmonized living, men have been screwing things up for eons of time and its about time woman power is recognized in world affairs! Best of luck to their efforts.

  2. Good for Morocco! I imagine other Muslim countries would not welcome such a program.

    Another spectacle from the FFRF in Madison, WI –

    It’s too bad this Texas school district didn’t muster the courage to fight FFRF. The ceremony just required a large facility. The sight of a cross does not endorse or coerce the Christian Faith. I’m sure plenty of crosses appear on the exterior of churches in and around this city.

    Free Thinkers, anti-Christians and atheists are so good at making friends in the community.

    1. Matt 8:05 Freethinkers, anti-Christians and atheists are so good at making friends in the community

      You, as usual, are seeing the world through your rose colored glasses. How do you know the majority of that Texas community is happy with crosses and Christian prayers at events paid for by taxes? You remind me of the conventional wisdom which was present when the Supreme Court outlawed prayers done by teachers in public school classrooms. “It is an affront to our faith. We cannot let this stand. It is so wrong that teachers cannot pray.” Then there was gay marriage. “The majority is against this. We cannot let this stand.” etc. etc. There has been no force of public opinion strong enough to reinstate Christian prayers by teachers in schools or turn back gay marriage from majority approval.

      I just picked up a copy of atheist Bart Ehrman’s new book, he has written about 20. I assumed I would have to order it. But, at the local Barnes and Noble there is was displayed prominently as an exciting new book. Times have changed.

      1. Let’s see who has a tainted view of the situation by discussing the facts.

        The article states that the graduation ceremonies have been held at this mega-church for 13 consecutive years without incident. The size of the facility is what drew the school district to use it for graduation.

        Then, out of nowhere, comes the FFRF and their insistence that the church remove a single cross or they were going to sue the school district. The church refused to remove the cross and “game on” as the FFRF might state. On, apparently the atheists were also offended with religious displays in classrooms at the mega-church, despite the fact the classrooms were not used for the ceremony.

        Given that for over a decade the school district had used the church without incident, it is without a doubt the vast majority, not just a simple majority, was fine with using the church once a year to accommodate the crowds for graduation.

        There was no mention of prayers at the event. It was you who injected this falsehood in to the argument. There was also mention that the event was paid for at all, with taxes or a free will donation.

        The FFRF also stated another falsehood, when they wrote in their letter to the school district that “The Establishment Claus prohibits public schools from holding graduation ceremonies in houses of worship.” The Constitution does not state that. BTW, my voting precinct in Fargo is at the Assembly of God church. There I vote each election, casting my votes in a government election at a Christian house of worship.

        Since this is about a graduation ceremony in a church, I’ll leave your foray in to homosexual unions – never marriage – alone since it has little to do with the topic at hand.

        I could not find Bart Ehrman’s book on a best seller’s list. Perhaps Barnes & Noble were showing their political stripes by promoting a book that was not selling well. Liberal organizations are known for supressing Christian and conservative materials in favor of anti-Christian and liberal materials. Take for example, Google search engine results.

        The popularity of hard-core anti-theism does not exist despite there being a growing secular trend in the USA. I’m sure the response in a shopping mall setting to a question about Bart Ehrman would be “who?” whereas the response in the same setting to a question about the Bible would be quite different.

    2. unregenerate

      Matt Noah 02.16.2018 @ 8:05 pm
      “The sight of a cross does not endorse or coerce the Christian Faith.”

      Who are you kidding. Why else would it be displayed at all. Symbolism endorses e.g. the American flag. What would replacing the crux immissa on the building in question with the crux gammata (swastika) found on early Christian tombs endorse?

      1. The question is of endorsement. Americans are smart enough to know that holding an election precinct in an evangelical church does not endorse evangelicalism as the state religion. I did not leave Roman Catholicism after I voted there, nor was I offended.

        I drive around Fargo and find Catholic, Protestant, Muslim and Jewish houses of worship. I don’t feel coerced in to joining any of them despite the fact they are surrounded by government streets, government sidewalks, government light poles, government traffic lights and signs and an inviting driveway connects government property to church property.

        So, who am I kidding? I was not attempting humor, just logic.

        Recently, the President of the United States wished all citizens a Merry Christmas. I took that to mean that he was wishing all of us a Merry Christmas. For those who do not celebrate Christmas – secular or religious – I doubt they took offense. I took more offense at seeing an avowed Christian like Clinton, Trump or Obama wearing a Jewish yarmulke when I was told they were professed Christians. I respect an individual for adhering to their faith rather than pandering to other religions by pretending to be affiliated. On the other hand, it is perfectly fine to wish someone “Happy Hanukah” if they are Jewish.

        Displaying a swastika, your example, serves no purpose than to show support for National Socialism (Nazi). That is a far cry from displaying a cross, a crescent or a star of David.

        1. Matt 9:07 Displaying a swastika, your example, serves no purpose than to show support for National Socialism (Nazi). That is a far cry from displaying a cross, crescent or a star of David.

          Why is the cross displayed? It is displayed to endorse the Christian faith, is it not? Mostly, court cases have said government ceremonies cannot display the cross or the swastika. There are settings, like historical ones, where it has been approved. In the Supreme Court the Ten Commandments are displayed. There it is in a historical setting with other artful displays. Some day those who do not understand how separation of church and state is treated by our court system will learn about it and appreciate the patriotic work done by ACLU and FFRF.

          1. You’ll have to take up the issue of government functions inside a church with the Federal Election Commission. Polling places are historically at schools and churches. Recently, Fargo public schools have rejected the government’s request to house polling (voting) places inside government schools. Churches have been run by patriotic Americans who agree to host elections.

            The ACLU and FFRF don’t make my short list of patriotic American organizations. In fact, I consider them both enemies of the country. You can add in the Southern Poverty Law Center, Planned Parenthood, Antifa, BLM and CAIR.

          2. Matt 10:56 You changed the subject from a graduation ceremony to a polling place. I’ve not heard of a FFRF protest to a church polling place, though there may be some. I’ve voted or been an observer of voting many times in churches. Where I live now we vote in a church.

            Displaying the cross, how it is displayed and when are the issues that courts determine cases on. When the cross is displayed and public officials are standing in front of it conducting public/taxpayer business, like giving diplomas to students, it is at least a borderline, or can be seen as, endorsement of Christianity. Courts have mostly determined it is endorsement. If you are a Christian it does not seem like endorsement to you. If you are a Jew it probably is seen as endorsement.

            That’s the way it was with teachers leading their students in prayers to Jesus. To Christians it was not an endorsement. Heck, those tots should know better than to think the teacher would be displeased to learn they have a different god than that of the teacher. The tots should just focus their minds on something other than what the teacher was praying to and then refocus when lessen time came. Same thing if the teacher is standing under a cross teaching history–doesn’t mean a thing, right?

            Oh, but the majority want that teacher standing in front of a cross? When you cross people are the minority and a teacher of your children is standing in front of some other religious message you might understand. Until then you are hopeless.

      2. Just a wild guess here but I’d say the cross being displayed at a pentecostal church was a display primarily of worship or remembrance or both. To remove the permanently installed cross from a church could be both expensive and unnecessary. It would be reinstalled immediately. But keep in mind that the FFRF complaint also mentioned the religious symbolism found in classrooms at the church — that were not being used for the graduation ceremony!!! In other words, the FFRF would stoop at nothing to insult Christianity under the pretense of shielding their eyes from being coerced in to becoming a Chrisitan under the heavy hand of the government. Bad Christian. Good atheist.

  3. Catcher

    I don’t know what the big deal is. If a group does not like the cross on the tower, go somewhere else that has the room, or build one that has no cross. The FFR gang could build one that suits their liking, or the school district could do that, and add it to the taxes. Everyone should like that?. Looks like renting a large available building is a cost saving measure. Maybe they could hold it at a race track, or pasture. To demand the Baptist church remove the cross on their own property is beyond the authority of the FFR. and is show boating. Pietism at the ultimate.

  4. Rob

    Why don’t the atheists solve these dilemmas by constructing huge buildings on their own dime in every school district and every voting precinct in America?
    Religious people constructed their own buildings, offer them up free or for a very nominal fee to host these events, and then some uptight atheists come along and demand they take down any symbolism in the building?
    The level of arrogance of atheists knows no bounds.

    1. Rob 8:30 The level of arrogance of atheists knows no bounds.

      I have another suggestion. Why don’t we have schools that don’t promote any brand of religion and churches do whatever they want. Problem solved.

      1. Catcher

        @ 8;42; Jon; You know my position on the separation. The topic here is commencement in churches. If the schools won’t provide large enough facilities, the FFR should provide an alternative. After all, this is a school issue not church.

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