The National Park Service reportedly hired a media person to visit the AnNur Islamic School in Schenectady, NY, to interview students about their experiences as Muslims in America.
After a great deal of talk about how Muslims feel discriminated against in the United States, a surprising anecdote makes its way into the video: Islam is very kind to women.
From the video around the 4:45 mark:
People think that Islam oppresses women and there’s no equality, but they’re wrong – there’s equity… 7th century A.D. Islam gave women the right to be involved in politics, the right to earn and keep her own money. Islam gave women the right to work outside of the home, Islam gave women the right to own property, Islam gave women the right to divorce, Islam gave women the right to choose who she marries. Islam gave women a whole bunch of rights that Western women acquired later in the 19th and 20th centuries and we’ve had these rights since the 7th century A.D. and it’s just not acknowledged worldwide.
While we’re on the subject, the late Christopher Hitchens offers a fitting rebuttal: