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CAIR Attacks ‘Honor Diaries’ Film as Anti-Muslim

The film about "Honor Violence" - not the practice - has been attacked by certain Muslim civil rights groups, especially the organization known as CAIR - the Council on American-Islamic Relations.

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The film “Honor Diaries” provides women the opportunity to tell their stories about the misogynistic practice known as “honor violence” in their native culture. The film – not the practice –  has been attacked by certain Muslim civil rights groups, especially the organization known as CAIR – the Council on American-Islamic Relations.

The film follows nine women whose lives have been affected by what is known as the “honor culture” in certain Islamic cultures. Practices such as female genital mutilation, honor violence, honor killings and forced marriage at young ages make up the panoply of horrors these women or their family members experienced first hand.

Honor violence, according to the AHA Foundation, is

a form of violence against women committed with the motive of protecting or regaining the honor of the perpetrator, family, or community.  Victims of honor violence are targeted because their actual or perceived behavior is deemed to be shameful or to violate cultural or religious norms.  Conduct such as resisting an arranged marriage, seeking a divorce, adopting a Western lifestyle and wearing Western clothing, and having friends of the opposite sex have resulted in honor violence.

Information in the film “Honor Diaries” is provided mostly through the stories of the nine women, and much of what they describe happens in Muslim majority countries. One chilling statistic: on average, 13 women and girls are killed every day in the name of “honor.”

But there also dire warnings about honor violence happening in the United States as well. Some of the statistics are staggering. Approximately 150,000 to 200,000 American girls are at risk for female genital mutilation – frequently misleadingly referred to as female circumcision. It is estimated that approximately 1,500 forced marriages take place each year in the United States, and approximately 3,000 honor attacks take place in the United Kingdom every year.

The film opened on March 8, International Women’s Day.

The backlash against the film has been so intense that some schools and other venues have already succumbed and canceled scheduled screenings. This happened at the University of Michigan at Dearborn last week.

It is hard even for an organization such as CAIR to publicly defend the abuse of women that is described in the film. Instead, CAIR vilifies the Clarion Project, which produced the film, because “Jews produced the film,” as CAIR explained in a letter to Fox News, which ran a segment about the film.

Clarion produced other films which deal with unsavory aspects of Muslim culture. Those films, “Obsession,” “Relentless” and “Iranium,” were similarly criticized by certain defenders of the Muslim faith, although all included interviews with people widely considered to be “moderate Muslims,” such as the Arab Israeli journalist Khaled abu Toameh, and the American Muslim physician Zuhdi Jasser.

Similarly, the “Honor Diaries” is certainly critical of a facet of Muslim culture, but the point of the film is to prevent more violence to Muslim women, not to merely criticize the perpetrators.

A trailer for the film can be seen at Clarion’s website, at which there is also more information about “Honor Violence.”

Lori Lowenthal Marcus

About the Author: Lori Lowenthal Marcus is the U.S. correspondent for The Jewish Press. A graduate of Harvard Law School, she previously practiced First Amendment law and taught in Philadelphia-area graduate and law schools. You can reach her by email: Lori@JewishPressOnline.com

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  1. Jonathan Weber says:

    As they say – "The truth hurts".

  2. The same universities that are promoting the anti Israel movement are refusing to show this movie. Hypocrites and cowards.

  3. Lani Lowell says:

    Phobias are neurotic or overblown reactions to people or situations. These savage acts , allowed in Muslim culture, are dangerous , and the avoidance and condemnation of the people perpetrating them is a healthy response and avoidance of that behavior. Muslims shoving it under the rug works only within that culture, agreed upon by them to avoid the horrible reality they are living in. a Once outside that group, they must defend that behavior by deflecting away from it, and blaming those who see the evil that it is. that next level, calling people racists who dare to speak the truth, is those same sociopaths messing with your head .

  4. CAIR is a unwelcome guest in this country always offended by this or that.too f…ing bad they’re very existence in my country offends me and most Americans.

  5. Ira Abramson says:

    The attack may well serve the plight of Arab women.

  6. I’m disgusted that Obama supports this stupid group CAIR and the Muslim Brotherhood. There are videos on YouTube showing girls being killed for just falling in love with someone who wasn’t picked by the parents. They only thing the parents look at is who pays the most money. They don’t care if he’s a brutal man or two times or more older than their daughter.

  7. And it’s made even worst that Obama supports them.

  8. Don’t watch it, it’s more drama! And they don t really care if you watch it or not!

  9. Judy Pimlott says:

    oboma is muslim and a dictator and is corrupting the government with such wickedness like never before. Jesus com quickly!!!

  10. Loch Burns says:

    Anti Muslim is equal to positive humans

  11. They’re telling the truth. Islam should try it sometime

  12. Is it anti Muslim or anti women?

  13. Karen Bryant says:

    So. Everything they do or say is anti Jewish. Little taste of their own medicine .

  14. Ray Lanfear says:

    Islam and Sharia law will come to America in one generation by the stealth invasion equivalent to a modern version of the “Trojan Horse”, by Muslim immigration. Unless good men and woman speak up now.

    Abraham Lincoln said, “To sin by silence when they should protest makes cowards of men”. When our mainstream news will not inform you of one of the main issues of the 21st Century, due to political correctness, then it’s time not to be silent anymore.

    Muslim refugees from Somalia and other “warzones” to the tune of 500,000 being relocated to America is the issue. Forget about being labeled a racist, bigot or being politically correct, silence won’t turn back the tide. This immigration is a real and growing and is a threatening danger to America. Just look at Europe today folks. 60 million Muslims immigrated to Europe and 80% are on some sort of public assistance, bankrupting the towns, cities and countries. Due to Muslim immigration France is now bankrupt and a welfare State. Is America next?

    The time has come to speak up and take a stand folk, for America. Awareness is the issue as most families are simply far too busy, working two jobs, raising their children and do not have a clue or the time to research the issue. Islamic forces are destroying Europe; they’re in a fight for survival. The root cause is the inevitable consequences of multiculturalism and immigration plus the alarming birthrate of Muslims now an average of 8.1 children in each Muslim family. Europe has literally been invaded. Europe will become an Islamic state due to the immigration and sheer birthrate of Muslims.

    I have done that for you, if you Google “TheProjectMuslimBrotherhood” you will find that this is their doctrine to destroy America and West from within by stealth jihad, and lies. Guess what, the doctrine is over 20 years old, and they are making substantial progress. We are now approaching 2400 Mosques along with approximately 2.7 million Muslims here in America.
    “We will conquer Europe! (They are almost there) We will conquer America! Not through the sword but through Dawa (proselytizing) Yosuf-alQarawi, Muslim Brotherhood.”
    “We love death more than you love life.” Quoted from the Fort Hood massacre killer. Islamists seek civilization Jihad and will stop as they literally follow the Quran. Although you can find peaceful passages, the Quran speaks violence throughout it. It is no Bible.

    Massive immigration and multiculturalism is literally destroying most of Europe today. There are over 700 “Islamic No Go Zones”, within France, England and Germany, where police cannot enter. Take a look around you Dearborn, Michigan, Maine, Tennessee, Minnesota, (has the majority of Somalia refugees and a Senator who took his oath and placed his hand on the Quran refused the Bible.) New York, California, Colorado for examples of the immigration resettlement program, and very soon coming to your State. Over 90% of them are illiterate and in need of public assistance. Have you been to Paris or Sweden recently? Immigration is bankrupting much of Europe.

    I have no problem with the “peaceful Muslims” that wants to integrate into our culture and follow our laws. The problem lies in that the militant Muslims dominate the peaceful ones and eventually wants to force Islam and Sharia law upon us all. They agitate and campaign to dominate the rest. Why should America be forced into adapting to their culture? They must adapt to our culture. The Boston bombers were motivated by extreme militant Islamic beliefs. Our mainstream news is in denial of the danger of understating the issue of the Muslim/Islam problem in America today. Many of the Mosques are breeding grounds for home grown terrorists. Today in our prisons over 18% of the prison population are being converted to Islam by recruitment by extremists. Islam berg, in New York is a breeding ground for over 30 militant training compounds in America today.

    The media has yet to uncover the truth. For the truth is that there are no so called “moderate” Muslims. “Islam is one religion following Koran and Sunna” I have also read the Koran cover to cover. It is not a peaceful religion as they would have you believe.
    Sad to say, they are making inroads into every facet of our lives and trying to change our culture, under the guise of the first amendment. Already, they are changing our schools, universities, cities, towns and even our own government has been infiltrated. They want Sharia law and will stop at nothing to see that it happens. School textbooks are being changed to put Islam in a more favorable light. Have you been to a school board meeting recently? Food menus are being changed to accommodate all of them.

    The Saudis “oil money” contributes to schools, universities and politicians so they can put Islam in a more favorable light in America. Their intent is to destroy us from within, not by “war” but rather by stealth jihad and intentional deception and front organizations like “CAIR” who support Hamas. They are gradually succeeding folks. There are now over 50 Islamic organizations within our own borders. Concessions made to Muslims are growing everyday in America. You are just not aware or do not care. Recently, in a Catholic University, a group of Muslims is suing for discriminating against them for not allowing them to “pray” in a room without a crucifixion, how absurd, let them go elsewhere.

    When Jews, Christians, Priests, Infidels are being slaughtered and murdered, and churches are being burned down did you ever wonder why the so called peaceful moderate Muslims, never speak out against these atrocities? Europe is losing the battle and America in less than a generation will be next. Where is the condemnation from the nearly 3 Million Muslims that are here, have you heard a word from them? Their silence speaks volumes on their real intent to destroy us from within and have no intention of ever living within our culture. They want Sharia law in America today folks, and they will not rest until they achieve that goal.. They want to wage war against freedom and democracy and have America continue to make concessions for them. You give them “one inch” and they will take a mile in support of their goals to establish Islam as the dominate religion in America and for the eventual mandate for Sharia law to take over our court system.
    Sharia law is a real threat to America’s freedom folks. They just accomplished that fact, in England this week. We can learn a lot from just watching what is taking place in London.

    Islam is a political ideology; it is the antithesis of a free society. One generation of silence on the issue due to political correctness is all it takes. What you do today and tomorrow will affect your children and grandchildren and future generations of America, yet unborn, you have a responsibility toward them.. Stand up and be counted to defeat this real threat from within. Voice your opinion, let your congressmen, senators and school boards know how you feel on the issue. Our freedom and liberty is at stake, be part of the solution folks.

    Forget about being labeled and simply do what is right for America. We need a permanent solution, time is running out. Let us not become the next Europe. As for me I refuse to be silent on the issue. One person can make a difference, but think if were united, what a difference we can make to turn back the tide and doctrine of the Muslim Brotherhood. Enough is enough folks, if you do just one thing today, Google “TheProjectMuslimBrotherhood” and see for yourself their intent to destroy America from within. Thank you, and please forward this to millions. Let me know your opinions.

  15. It's best to face your demons before the demons eat your face. Abuse should never be swept under the rug. If Catholics do it, it's wrong. If Muslims do it, it's wrong. If anybody does it, it's wrong. And it makes them look more guilty of supporting these acts when they try to cover them up. If they do not evolve, they'll drag the rest back to the dark ages with them.

  16. Anonymous says:

    well Islam is a religion of hate. Wherever you go in an Islam world there is violence against Israel (hate) against Christians in Nigeria and others (hate) against their own woman (hate) there is nothing loving or caring about this religion.

  17. Gil Gilman says:

    well, duh…isn't it obvious. CAIR cares about one thing, and one thing only. They have no shame, but they should. They can jump up and down, shake their fists and foam all they want. They can cover their ears and wag their tongues, but the truth will prevail. It is not too late to donate to translating the film into every middle eastern language We did….

  18. Anonymous says:

    I do not think there will be a solution until war breaks out and devours Islam the religion of hate. America is heading for a second civil law. Islam against Jewish and Christian forces. The two to blame are Obama and Clinton. They opened the gates to this hateful ideology. They will get off Scott free, live in peace and prosperity with their future generations and no one will think that their actions betrayed the Christian constitution of America. Very sad!!!!

  19. Craig Cameron says:

    Everyone knows C.A.I.R. is a front-group for the Muslim Brotherhood…period

  20. CAIR is not a "civil rights organization". CAIR is a derivative of the Muslim Brotherhood and Hamas, and is an advocacy organization for Islam (and Hamas) in America. If you think CAIR's campaign against the movie, Honor Diaries, is bad, take a look at this supposedly Jewish site, Tikkun Olam:

  21. Unfortunately, the vast majority of our fellow citizens including our political leaders do not know that.

  22. Confirming everything you say, please be sure to read these two books:
    John Guandolo: "Raising a Jihadi Generation: Understanding the Muslim Brotherhood Movement in America"
    Solomon and Maqdisi: "Modern Day Trojan Horse: This Islamic Doctrine of Immigration."

  23. Run Guo says:

    CAIR should not have existed in the first place in a civilized country like US

  24. Islam is what it is. The truth will hurt the perpetrators of evil ways. They dare not say the Honor Diaries portray Islam as what it is not. They just don;t want us to hear the truth. Too G– D—- bad.

  25. Who said this, to whom, when, why and what have we ever done about it? Would you consider this statement to be contrary to our Constitution, our way of life, a danger to our National/Homeland Security and the preservation of our Constitution?
    Would you think these are words of an enemy? Surely, both the House and Senate studied this but where are the reports?
    "The Ambassador answered us that it was founded on the Laws of their prophet, that it was written in their Koran, that all nations who should not have acknowledged their authority were sinners, that it was their right and duty to make war upon them wherever they could be found, and to make slaves of all they could take as Prisoners, and that every musselman [muslim] who should be slain in battle was sure to go to Paradise.”

    This statement was a part of a March 28, 1786, letter from John Adams and Thomas Jefferson to John Jay, the United States Secretary of Foreign Affairs, Continental Congress, concerning their conversation with Tripoli’s to London, Ambassador Sidi Haji Abdrahaman as to why his pirates/terrorists hijacked our merchant ships, stole the ships and cargo while holding the sailors for ransom. (Source: Founders Archives http://founders.archives.gov/documents/Jefferson/01-09-02-0315

    Why are we failing to mention the obvious issues in the 1786 letter that still exists today? Here are the main points in 1786; are they the same today with the Muslim Brotherhood in America and their plan they wrote to destroy us?
    a. “it was founded on the Laws of their prophet”;
    b. “that it was written in their Koran”;
    c. “that all nations who should not have acknowledged their authority were sinners”;
    d. “that it was their right and duty to make war upon them wherever they could be found, and”;
    e. “to make slaves of all they could take as Prisoners, and”;
    f. “that every musselman [muslim] who should be slain in battle was sure to go to Paradise.”

  26. Marwan Jabbar , disagree sir as far as our political leaders go. They are making a conscious choice to ignore it.

  27. Gary Harper says:

    There is no honor in this. And the perpetrators should be subjected to a much more horrific treatment, as a sign to the rest of their brothers that this is not to be condoned anywhere in the world. Any crimes such as this against any of Hashem's children are not to be tolerated.

  28. Van Scheurich says:

    Add aHere are your top ten terror tied C.A.I.R. leaders listed with an article attached defining their involvement and support of CAIR:

    1. Ghassan Elashi

    2. Muthanna al-Hanooti

    3. Abdurahman Alamoudi

    4. Siraj Wahhaj

    5. Randall "Ismail" Royer

    6. Bassam Khafagi

    7. Laura Jaghlit

    8. Nihad Awad

    9. Omar Ahmad

    10. Nabil Sodoun



    http://weaselzippers.us/2012/07/24/cair-demands-pentagon-drop-anti-islam-speaker/ comment…

  29. Caleb Powell says:

    Definitely, and why would CAIR protest Honor Diaries? Society needs to realize that CAIR spreads Islamophobia and religious chauvinism, propagating a culture that fears fundamental terror; and a society where citizens fear speaking. CAIR plays a bad game of Tag, You’re Islamophobic. http://argumentsworthhaving.com/2014/04/23/the-islamophobia-of-cair-vs-the-honor-diaries/

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