(CNSNews.com) – Linda Sarsour, a national co-chair of the Women’s March on Washington – whose stated mission is “to send a bold message…that women’s rights are human rights” – is also an outspoken advocate of Islamic Sharia Law that restricts the rights of women, claiming Sharia is “reasonable” and has simply been “misunderstood.”
“We will not rest until women have parity and equity at all levels of leadership in society. We work peacefully while recognizing there is no true peace without justice and equity for all,” the Women’s March mission statement says, in part.
Sarsour, a Palestinian Muslim American, who has said she believes that America is a nation built on the values of genocide and slavery and that “nothing is creepier than Zionism,” spoke at the Women’s March last Saturday.
“I will respect the presidency,” she said. “But I will not respect this President of the United States of America. I will not respect an administration that won an election on the backs of Muslims and black people and undocumented people and Mexicans, and people with disabilities, and on the backs of women.”
In 2011, Sarsour referred to Sharia as “reasonable,” tweeting: “once u read into the details it makes a lot of sense.”
Last April, Sarsour again took to Twitter to defend Sharia as being “misunderstood,” and “pushed as some evil Muslim agenda.”
Saudi Arabia is governed by Sharia law, and women there are “controlled by a man from birth until death” according to Human Rights Watch. Saudi women must obtain male permission to travel, marry, and even to exit prison.
It is illegal for Saudi females to drive. In late 2014, Saudi authorities caught two women driving and detained them for 73 days.
But Sarsour expressed her indifference to the illegality of female driving in Saudi Arabia, tweeting: “10 weeks of PAID maternity leave in Saudi Arabia. Yes PAID. And ur worrying about women driving. Puts us to shame.”
She has fought to end surveillance of mosques in New York and to end “stop-and-frisk” policing, according to the group.
The Obama administration recognized Sarsour as a “Champion of Change” in 2011. Obama’s White House described her as a “working woman, community activist, and mother of three” who excels at “community development, youth empowerment, community organizing, civic engagement and immigrants’ rights advocacy.”
CNSNews attempted to contact both Sarsour and Women’s March organizers to ask how her advocacy of Sharia is compatible with women’s rights, but they did not respond.