Remember the innocence of youth (which has methodically been disintegrated by the entertainment industry, but I digress)... the days of the original Little Rascals (aka Our Gang), where boys and girls found that each other had the dreaded cooties. And where the boys, in a determination to regain and retain their power, established the He-man Woman Haters' Club.
But, truth be told, the original Club was established 1,400 years ago...
Islam, and its prophet, had a bit to say about women. As a matter of fact, there are 177 verses in the Quran (and Hadiths) that have the word 'women' in them, and none of them paint a pretty picture. Here's a sample:
• Translation of Sahih Bukhari, Volume 4, Book 54, Number 464: Narrated 'Imran bin Husain: The Prophet said, "I looked at Paradise and found poor people forming the majority of its inhabitants; and I looked at Hell and saw that the majority of its inhabitants were women."
• The Quran in Sura 4:11 says: "The share of the male shall be twice that of a female... ."
• Translation of Sahih Bukhari, Volume 3, Book 48, Number 826: Narrated Abu Said Al-Khudri: The Prophet said, "Isn't the witness of a woman equal to half of that of a man?" The women said, "Yes." He said, "This is because of the deficiency of a woman's mind."
• Qur'an 4:34: "Men are the maintainers of women because Allah has made some of them to excel others and because they spend out of their property; the good women are therefore obedient, guarding the unseen as Allah has guarded; and (as to) those on whose part you fear desertion, admonish them, and leave them alone in the sleeping-places and beat them; then if they obey you, do not seek a way against them; surely Allah is High, Great."
• Qur'an 38:44: "And take in your hand a green branch and beat her with it, and do not break your oath... ." Allah telling Job to beat his wife (Tafsir).
• Sura 2:222: "They ask thee concerning women's courses. Say: They are a hurt and a pollution: So keep away from women in their courses, and do not approach them until they are clean."
• Sura 4:43: "Muslims, draw not near unto prayer... (if) ye have touched women... then go to high clean soil and rub your face and your hands." (Muslim women are pariahs and dirty).
• Sura 5:6: "... if ye have had contact with women, and ye find not water, then go to clean, high ground and rub your faces and your hands with some of it."
• Lewd women should be punished with life imprisonment until death: "If any of your women are guilty of lewdness, Take the evidence of four (men) witnesses from amongst you against them; and if they testify, confine them to houses until death do claim them, or God ordain for them some (other) way." - Quran, Sura 4:15
• If a man did wrong, he will go to Hell and his wife with him (even if she did no wrong) - Quran, Sura 37:22-23
• Mohammed said most of the inhabitants of Hell are women - Hadith: Bukhari 2:28; 2:18:161; 7:62:125
In the case of The Little Rascals, they formed the He-Man Woman Haters' Club because, being prepubescent boys, they saw girls as the 'enemy' (that is unless your name is Alfalfa and a girl named Darla winked at you). But detestation was never in their innocent hearts.
And as adults growing up in a Judeo-Christian culture that teaches respect for women, western men would never fathom agreeing to the treatment of women found in Islam.
And yet, western men are converting to Islam.
When you hear a celebrity like Liam Neeson, while filming in Istanbul, say concerning the Adhan (the Muslim call to prayer): "For the first week it was hard to take, in the second week I thought it was quite nice and by the third week I was totally captivated by it," you must ask: Do men like this have an IQ in triple digits? Or are they completely fooled and utterly ignorant of this 1,400-year-old barbarous dogma?
Islam is by far the most hateful ideology of our time. It views all unbelievers as filth to be converted, enslaved or killed. And its view of women is appallingly unacceptable in Western society.
So, if a man in the West is converting to Islam, check his misogynist level... he might very well be an eager new member of the original He-man Woman Haters' Club.
Shalom through strength.