The Connection between the Federal Liberal Party, I.S.I.S. and the other Isis:
photo: Sue Robertshaw
Has anybody else noticed that the initials of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (the fundamentalist Islamic men laying waste to Iraq at the moment) also spells the name of the ancient Greek and Egyptian earth goddess Isis? The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (I.S.I.S) is watering the top soil of Iraq and parts of Syria with the blood of many humans in order to save them by bringing them strict sharia law. You’ve heard of sharia law, I’m sure. Where women are readily stoned to death for having offended some modesty charge, or trumped up charges of adultery by husbands and/or in-laws looking for younger wives, honour killings (of course only women are killed). There is equality, I think, in the belief that cutting off hands is the correct punishment for stealing.
Women and girls who do survive the murderous shock and awe of the I.S.I.S invasions but refuse to convert to Islamic fundamentalism don’t last long. Those who do convert are immediately placed under house arrest (unable to leave their house, if it is still standing, except under the supervision of one of their jailers (male relatives) and must wear the female prison uniform (the hijab).
Poor Isis, the goddess. She reigned for thousands of years in the same area where I.S.I.S. is now slaughtering people. Her principals of care and respect for the earth and children were worshipped and women were treated with respect. How low she has fallen! Now thousands of years later women are treated as breeders like any farm animal in many parts of the world and are traded by their owners for goods and services. So what does this have to do with the recent Liberal Party win in Ontario?
A lot. I believe it was primarily women who made Kathleen Wynne Premier of Ontario. Because in spite of what Conservatives may think, women aren’t stupid. The majority of Canadian women may not catch all the nuances of national and international politics but most of us catch the general drift. And aside from favoring a government who at least says it will not start firing everybody in sight in the civil service and will actually raise the ante on spending on civil programs and infrastructures, Canadian women have also heard some incredibly stupid messages from the mouths of Conservative politicians about women. And women know very well that Conservatives would take away the reproduction rights of women if given half a chance, just as the Tea Party in the States is closing down women’s health providing centers wherever and whenever they can that perform abortions.
The NDP and Conservative parties can postulate all they like about how Justin Trudeau did a dumb thing by announcing that the people in his party who run for office must vote a pro-choice line, but I would bet my best pair of jeans that most women gave this announcement a good listen, just as I did. I think most Canadian women suspect that the difference between the thinly veiled contempt for women expressed by some Canadian Conservative politicians and the in- your- face- hatred of women expressed by the fundamentalist I.S.I.S Islamists is only a matter of degree. But I think it may be getting just a little harder to convince Canadian women that we are contemptible by nature and therefore shouldn’t ask for fairness in anything.
The women in Iraq and Syria are caught in the living nightmare of violent male religions, with men squaring off with each other striving for dominance over territory and over women, killing everything in sight. Where is Isis the goddess, the earth mother, the protector of women and children? Isis, the world is going to hell without you, without your principal of equality, fairness and peace. Come out, come out, wherever you are, the time is getting short.