The National Park Service earlier this year prepared for sequestration budget cuts by closing visitor centers and furloughing park police – but still managed to produce videos promoting the virtues of Islam’s respect for women’s rights.
The Women’s Rights National Historical Park tells the history of the women’s rights movement by “focusing on the significance of the first Women’s Rights Convention in 1848,” and continues to focus on the challenges the civil rights movement faces today, according to its website.
“Women’s Rights National Historical Park also recognizes the efforts of other groups around the world, who work to achieve equality for all people,” the website says. “In an effort to highlight these struggles for rights, Women’s Rights National Historical Park created a video series to recognize the efforts of citizens to change the world in which they live.”
While roads opened later in the day due to the sequester, visitor centers remain shuttered and fewer seasonal workers are being hired, according to USA Today. In videos on the park’s website, children in an Islamic school in Schenectady, N.Y., “discuss their experiences and challenges with negative Muslim stereotypes and assumptions.”
In the first video posted on the website, a young girl says:
People think that Islam oppresses women and there’s no equality, but they’re wrong – there’s equity.
In 7th century A.D. Islam gave women the right to be involved in politics, the right to earn and keep her own money. Islam gave women the right to work outside of the home. Islam gave women the right to own property. Islam gave women the right to divorce. Islam gave women the right to choose who she marries. Islam gave women a whole bunch of rights that Western women acquired later in the 19th and 20th centuries and we’ve had these rights since the 7th century A.D. and it’s just not acknowledged worldwide.
That all sounds good, but appears to contradict the “10 reasons we hate women’s rights” which the Muslim Brotherhood presented to the United Nations in March.
The most egregious aspect of the video is that it was funded with taxpayer dollars. People’s jobs should take precedent over video production of any sort.
Watch two of the three videos from the National Park Service website here:
A third video, along with one that promotes gay rights, can be found here.
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