Sharia alert from the Daily Times, with thanks to Twostellas:
WASHINGTON: Canadian imams who gathered in a Toronto mosque on Thursday to denounce London bombings and distance themselves from extremism, refused to allow the woman president of a progressive Muslim organisation to enter the mosque through the front door.
They insisted that Niaz Salimi, president of the Muslim Canadian Congress, enter through the side door reserved for women. According to Tarek Fatah, a Muslim writer, broadcaster and activist, the action demonstrated the “misogyny” that has become the “defining trait” of these leaders of the Islamic community.
Salimi said she was not allowed to enter the mosque which was the venue of the press conference held by the imams and had to use an entrance reserved for women. She said, “It may be too little and I hope it is not too late,” pointing out that conservative, even extremist, versions of Islam had been preached in Canadian mosques in recent years and many of the imams who signed the statement released at the press conference had “encouraged segregation, extremism, misogyny and homophobia on an unparalleled scale.” She said that to fight extremism, imams must not stop at the “mere condemnation of terrorism but demonstrate pluralism by turning mosques into community centres that are open to all members of the Muslim community, irrespective of their gender, ethnicity, sect, class, disability, or sexual orientation.” She noted that no women were invited to speak at the news conference.
I would go farther than that, but that would be a start.