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Critics want to silence film exposing the real war on women in the Middle East

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Child brides, "honor killings," female genital mutilation: these are just a few of the human rights abuses that women are subjected to around the world – particularly in the Middle East.

A new film, “Honor Diaries,” seeks to give a voice to women who have dealt with those issues personally.

Naturally, groups whose aim is to hide any negative press about their beliefs don’t want the movie to be shown.

The Council on American-Islamic Relations has come out against “Honor Diaries,” and calls anyone who speaks out about the atrocities that women face in the Middle East “Islamophobic.”

In a statement to Fox News, CAIR said American Muslims condemn child marriages, honor killings, female genital mutilation and other forms of violence against women or gender inequality, but the real concern was the "track record of anti-Muslim bigotry" of the film's producers, who were "hijacking a legitimate issue to push their hate-filled agenda."

While it's true that many Muslims condemn such acts and courageously stand up for the victims, violence against women remains a serious problem in Muslim-majority countries.

Some 603 million women live in countries where domestic violence isn't a crime. Iraq is considering a law legalizing spousal rape and child marriages. Even if the problem isn't accepted by most in the Middle East, those in charge certainly appear to believe women are inferior.

Around 125 million girls have gone through female genital mutilation in Africa and the Middle East, and in half of the countries where the “procedure” occurs, the girls are younger than 5. There are over 60 million child brides worldwide - married before the age of 18. And, according to the U.N., there are at least 5,000 “honor killings” each year.

And, as Dr. Qanta Ahmed told Fox News host Megyn Kelly Monday night, that number is grossly understated as many of the killings are unreported.

“Most of the violence that is conducted against women occurs nine out of 10 times most commonly in Muslim-majority countries,” Ahmed said.

“Honor Diaries” documents these atrocities, described by one woman in the film as “systematic, institutionalized misogyny.”

CAIR doesn't want you to know this. Why? Because CAIR isn't a "civil rights" group as its leaders claim. It is the Washington lobby for the Islamic extremists who encourage and defend these practices, even against strong opposition from other Muslims.

Notice that CAIR's carefully-crafted statement to Fox didn't say that the group itself condemns such practices, only that "American Muslims" do.

Brooke Goldstein, a human rights attorney, brought the issue home.

“If it’s anti-Muslim to raise awareness about the human rights violations occurring against Muslim women in the U.K., in Canada, in the United States and also in Pakistan and the Muslim world, what then is pro-Muslim?”

Indeed, if CAIR truly wants to improve relations between Muslims and non-Muslims, then it should work to stop the violence, not the people exposing it.

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