“Honor Diaries” Film Backlash

Taylor L. Turner

Political Writer 


         While Hobby Lobby awaits the Supreme Court’s decision on the scope of a corporation’s   first amendment rights, a documentary addressing the abuse of Muslim women within radical Islamic countries is battling freedom of speech repression. The new documentary, called “Honor Diaries,” exposes violent practices that occur to women, including Honor killings and genital mutilation. The film features the testimony of nine Muslim women as well as the commentary of women rights activists.  Because of its work in raising awareness of human rights issues, the Huffington Post featured a story on the piece in honor of International Women’s Day on March 8th.   While many supporters of the film commend the documentary’s work in exposing these abuses, other groups, such as the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), view the film as inciting ‘Islamophobia.’  The University of Michigan at Dearborn and the University of Illinois canceled viewings of the film after pressure from CAIR.  In response to criticism, CAIR’s spokesperson, Ibrahim Hooper stated that the film was not canceled on account of their censorship, but rather by the “screening’s sponsors” who discovered the “hate agenda and Islamophobic history of the film’s producers.”  Hooper continued his defense by accusing the film’s producers of “hijacking a legitimate issue to push their hate-filled agenda.” However, many supporters of the film question the motives of CAIR and point to their ties with terrorist groups including Hamas. One of the film’s participants, Dr. Qanta Ahmed stated that there is “political capital in portraying the American Muslim as a victimized sect in society” and that CAIR is utilizing this false depiction for their own advancement.  Human rights attorney Brooke Goldstein raises a valid observation when she questions what CAIR would view as pro-Muslim when they consider it “anti-Muslim to raise awareness about human rights violations that occur against Muslim women.”


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  1. Definitely, and I wonder about those people at Brandeis, if any are upset there school caved in to CAIR protests. Society needs to realize that CAIR spreads Islamophobia and religious chauvinism, propagating a culture that fears fundamental terror; and a society where citizens fear speaking. If CAIR wants to play Tag, You’re Islamophobic, they will lose.

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