I'm currently at the Monash library. I was here to study anatomy (at least that was my original intention) but I ended up studying world religion. lol.

I came across one book on the 'new books' shelf in the library. The book's title is 'Does God Hate Women?' written by Ophelia Benson and Jeremy Stangroom.

I bet the title caught your interest, so it did to me. I took it, read the first chapter and my God, I felt breathless. Then i continued reading it, skimming through whatever points that glued my attention.

In the first chapter 'God of Bullies', book compiles a few cases by which to show that religion oppresses women; Lashed and stoned because of raping, beating of wives by husband, child marriage, female genital mutilation (FGM) and the list goes on and on and on... not surprising, almost 80% of those cases are in muslim communities.

Obviously the book is written by two feminist and atheist individuals who tries to instill hatred against religion especially Islam.

In the next chapter entitled 'Religious Apologetics, Islam and Caricature', the authors continue to bash Islam as well as some "Apologetics of the sexist religion" such as Karen Armstrong. The author stresses that Armstrong's writings on Islam are an excercise caricature in which her desire to "sanitize and westernize Islam" will bring a religion which is "tenditious, incomplete and patronizing" (Benson & Stangroom 2009, p. 51)

The last chapter was the most "exciting". The authors concludes the book by saying that "religion is like the total body irradiation that destroys an immune system and lets an underlying infection take over. It's like a pesticide…"
"Religion is the whited sepulchre, the warthog in a party dress, the dictator in a pink uniform plastered with medals."

and add on

"religion remains the last great prop and stay of arbitrary injustices and the coercion which backs them up"

Finally, she concludes that

"That is the God who hates women. That God has to go"

We must realise the dangers of feminism that the world is facing. The book will not bring peace. It is not a solution but rather justifies that the world should be united to attack Abrahamic religions namely Islam, Christianity and Judaism and convert them all to a "secular and modern world".

Note oh dear readers, don't get me wrong. For I too, am against the oppression of women. Every time I see stories and headlines in the news which depicts the atrocities committed against women, my heart boils with anger. Especially in some cases where the fools justifies his act by stating their actions are permitted in religion when in reality it denounces it.

To me, there is a difference between fighting for women's rights and fighting under the cause of feminism by which, the latter is is considered to be extreme.

Who is rightfully to be blamed?

Hey don't look anywhere else, it is us! We!

Their intentions to attack Islam per se are not enough for them to write this book if not we are the ones who provide them bullets to execute it! We are the ones who are showing bad examples by manipulating the verses and selling fatwas to our own desires which lead to confusion to the non-muslims.

Somethings must change in order to restore the image of islam that we, ourselves have tarnished.

Yes the we are fortunate to have Islam, but is Islam fortunate to have us?