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    we turned Iraq into a religious state. Iraq used to be devoutly secular. From the 1960s to the end of Saddam Hussein's rule, women were governed by secular law, not religious law. The presence of two holy cities in the country is not evidence of anything, particularly considering how marginalized Shi'a religious leaders have been in Iraq historically. The US invasion bowed down to the opinions of Ayatollah Sistani, for goodness sakes.

    Please, visit Lebanon and Syria before you speak. Most Arab countries are governed through a combination of secular law and religious law, but rights to education, work, inheritance, and civic participation are guaranteed. The question of women's rights has as much to do with questions of class than religion. And most of the countries you cite, Syria for example, has no fundamentalist religious presence to speak of (they wage war on Islamists, as does Egypt, for example).

    We know too well that our freedom is incomplete without the freedom of the Palestinians. --Nelson Mandela, Pretoria December 4th 1997

    by sortalikenathan on Tue Jun 23, 2009 at 11:35:28 AM PDT

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