The Taliban terrorist group’s “Ministry of Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice” issued an edict this weekend declaring that women and girls should leave their homes as little as possible and that women should wear “hijab,” which it defined as including face coverings, at all times.
The decree, issued directly from Supreme Leader Mullah Haibutullah Akhundzada, also declared that the burqa — an all-body covering that covers even a woman’s eyes — was the ideal garment for women, though it stopped short of mandating that women cover their eyes. During the Taliban’s first term in power in the 1990s, the Sunni jihadists forced all women to wear burqa in public.
The decree prompted international outrage from groups such as the United Nations, which had expressed hope when the Taliban returned to power in August that it would not reinstate the repressive rules it once had. Taliban spokesmen had enthusiastically promoted this optimistic view by repeatedly promising it would create an “inclusive” government that adhered to international human rights standards.
The Taliban returned to power in August 2021 after President Joe Biden announced he would violate a deal with the terrorist group that predecessor Donald Trump had agreed to, which would have seen American troops leave the country in May 2021. Biden extended the U.S. troop presence in the country, which began with the overthrow of the Taliban in 2001, into August, prompting a national campaign by the jihadists against the U.S.-backed government. Former President Ashraf Ghani promptly boarded a helicopter and fled the country on August 15, as Taliban leaders reached the city limits of the capital, Kabul.
“If a woman doesn’t wear a hijab, first, her house will be located and her guardian will be advised and warned. Next, if the hijab is not considered, her guardian will be summoned,” a spokesman for the “Ministry of Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice” announced, according to Afghanistan’s Tolo News. “If repeated, her guardian (father, brother or husband) will be imprisoned for three days. If repeated again, her guardian will be sent to court for further punishment, the plan reads.”
Under the Taliban, women are not full citizens and require a male “guardian” to control their lives and movements generally.
Tolo explained that Taliban jihadists clarified in the statement that “burka is the best type of hijab/covering ‘as it is part of Afghan culture and it has been used for ages,’” though it repeatedly used hijab discussing the mandatory garment. A hijab only covers a woman’s hair.
Another way of abiding by the decree, the Taliban explained, is for women to never leave their homes.
The official name of the Taliban statement is “The Descriptive and Accomplishable Plan on Legitimate Hijab.”
Taliban jihadists have responded to the international outcry against the new rules by reminding the world that the Taliban is a jihadist organization that engaged in war for decades to seize power and implement its fundamentalist interpretation of sharia, or the Islamic law.
Taliban “political office” spokesman Mohammad Naeem described hijab as “both a symbol and a significant value in Afghan society” in a statement shared to Twitter on Sunday.
Every society has the freedom to live in accordance with its values and beliefs based on international law. Hijab is both a symbol and a significant value in Afghan society. Thus, no one may represent another society; instead the leaders are representatives of their own societies
— Dr.M.Naeem (@IeaOffice) May 8, 2022
Taliban jihadists began pressuring women to adopt the burqa in January, flooding Kabul’s streets with flyers that said in text that women should wear hijab, but featured photos of the full-body covering.
Taliban’s religious police have erected posters in #Kabul ordering women to wear the Islamic hijab.
“According to Shari’a law, a Muslim woman must observe the hijab.”
Posters shows a woman wearing a burqa and a woman wearing a black chador. pic.twitter.com/e43pahtAvw
— Frud Bezhan فرود بيژن (@FrudBezhan) January 9, 2022
“Officials of the ministry said that the placards are only to recommend hijab and encourage women to observe hijab and that no one will be allowed to force women to wear hijab,” Afghan outlet Khaama Press reported at the time.
Less than a month into the Taliban’s rule, local businessmen throughout Afghanistan reported a massive spike in burqa sales as women prepared for what appeared to be an inevitability.
While Afghans expected the return of Taliban repression, particularly against women, much of the West appeared entranced by statements from Taliban terrorists promising an “inclusive” Afghanistan after their takeover.
“Our countrymen and women who have been waiting, I would like to assure that after consultations that are going to be completed very soon, we will be witnessing the formation of a strong Islamic and inclusive government, Inshallah,” Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid told foreign reporters in August. “We will do our most to make sure that everybody is included in the country, even those people against us in the past, so we are going to wait until those announcements are made.”
Mujahid had promised that women would continue to be able to work outside of the home.
Multiple United Nations agencies began working with the Taliban based on that promise, most prominently the World Food Program (WFP) and the children’s agency UNICEF. UNICEF chief of field operations Ben Messaoud said in August the organization had “not had a single issue with the Taliban” and was “quite optimistic” the jihadists would let girls return to schools.
The Taliban banned girls from going to school beyond grade six in March.
“This decision contradicts numerous assurances regarding respect for and protection of all Afghans’ human rights, including those of women and girls, that had been provided to the international community by Taliban representatives during discussions and negotiations over the past decade,” a shocked U.N. Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) said of the hijab mandate Sunday. “These assurances were repeated following the Taliban takeover in August 2021, that women would be afforded their rights, whether in work, education, or society at large.”
Netflix Adds Graphic Violence Warning Ahead of ‘Stranger Things 4’ Premiere After Texas Shooting
Netflix has added a content warning ahead of the fourth season of Stranger Things following the horrific shooting in Uvalde, Texas, that left 19 children dead along with two teachers.
The disclaimer that will appear during Friday’s premiere will say that the show will contain violent content involving children in the first scene, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
“We filmed this season of Stranger Things a year ago,” the warning reads. “But given the recent tragic shooting at a school in Texas, viewers may find the opening scene of episode 1 distressing. We are deeply saddened by this unspeakable violence, and our hearts go out to every family mourning a loved one.”
Netflix Puts Warning on ‘Stranger Things’ Season 4 After School Shooting https://t.co/xgZkQfvSqL
— The Hollywood Reporter (@THR) May 26, 2022
The description for the premiere episode will also include: “Warning: Contains graphic violence involving children.”
The disclaimer will only be shown in the United States and not globally.
A Netflix spokesperson explained that the opening scene is “very graphic” and warranted the warning.
“We decided to add the card given the proximity of the premiere to this tragedy — and because the opening scene is very graphic,” the spokesperson said.
The move comes after CBS pulled the FBI season finale that featured a student involved in a deadly robbery. Beyond television, other artists have adjusted their schedules in the wake of the shooting. “American Pie” singer Don McLean pulled out of singing at the upcoming NRA convention in Houston.
“In light of the recent events in Texas, I have decided it would be disrespectful and hurtful for me to perform for the NRA at their convention in Houston this week,” McLean said.
“I’m sure all the folks planning to attend this event are shocked and sickened by these events as well. After all, we are all Americans. I share the sorrow for this terrible, cruel loss with the rest of the nation,” he concluded.
Musicians Lee Greenwood and Larry Gatlin are still scheduled to perform at the convention as well as Danielle Peck
FACT CHECK: Jimmy Kimmel Falsely Claims ‘There was an Armed Guard in Uvalde’
CLAIM: During Wednesday’s opening dialogue, Jimmy Kimmel said, “There was an armed guard in Uvalde.”
MOSTLY FALSE: On Wednesday authorities tentatively indicated there was an officer at the school, but on Thursday they said there was not.
Kimmel did not wait for the facts.
Breitbart News noted that the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) reported there was no armed school resource officer at the Uvalde school when a gunman entered.
DPS Regional Director Victor Escalon indicated that at 11:28 a.m., after the gunman crashed a pickup truck near the school and began his attack, the gunman climbed a four-foot-high chain link fence around the school and fired at the school as he approached. He also fired at two eyewitnesses at a funeral home nearby. By 11:40 a.m., he had approached the west side of the school. He “was not confronted by anybody” outside the school, armed or otherwise.
Escalon stressed that was no school resource officer on campus, and that the first report came to police at 11:30 a.m.
During his Wednesday night dialogue, Jimmy Kimmel joined the chorus of gun controllers who rejected the role of a good guy with gun based on the false belief that there had been an armed guard at Uvalde.
Kimmel said, “If your solution to children being massacred is armed guards, you haven’t been paying attention to what’s going on.” He then noted that an armed guard was present in Buffalo and mentioned there was an officer in Parkland, although he did not mention the Parkland school officer did not go into the building to confront the gunman.
Then Kimmel said, “There was an armed guard in Uvalde.”
The Texas DPS tells a different story. There was no armed guard at Uvalde.
Kimmel did not wait for the facts.
AWR Hawkins is an award-winning Second Amendment columnist for Breitbart News and the writer/curator of Down Range with AWR Hawkins, a weekly newsletter focused on all things Second Amendment, also for Breitbart News. He is the political analyst for Armed American Radio and a Turning Point USA Ambassador. Follow him on Instagram: @awr_hawkins. Reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can sign up to get Down Range at breitbart.com/downrange.
Leftist Journalist Julia Ioffe: ‘What If You Could Perform an Abortion with an AR-15?’
Julia Ioffe, founding partner and Washington correspondent for Puck News, found herself in hot water on Wednesday night when she tweeted that 2nd Amendment advocates would suddenly be for banning AR-15 rifles if they were tools used in abortions.
“What if you could perform an abortion with an AR-15? What if the 19 kids killed [in] Uvalde weren’t children, but fetuses?” Ioffe said in her now-deleted tweet.
Twitter users immediately pounced on Ioffe for not only using the horrible tragedy in Texas as a vehicle to plug abortion but also for suggesting that 19 children would suddenly have no inherent value to her if they were killed in the womb – a mad dash of irony that seemed to escape her.
“You’d defend it?” responded National Journalism Center program director Becket Adams. “What even is the purpose of tweets like hers? What good does it serve? Nothing of value has been done on this website in the past 72 hours, and it’s only getting worse.”
“Don’t kill kids at school and don’t kill kids in the womb — in fact don’t kill them anywhere — is my baseline. Is it yours?” tweeted Washington Examiner reporter Jerry Dunleavy.
“Where have I seen this before? Oh, right, on a pro-life t-shirt,” tweeted National Review Washington correspondent John McCormack.
Though Ioffe deleted the tweet, she issued no apology. As noted by Fox News, her statement echoes her flub from 2021 in which she made an inadvertent pro-life argument while attacking the Texas Heartbeat Act.
“If you are anti-choice and you want to make sure women carry every pregnancy to term, why not make the person who created the pregnancy contribute? Why not have men pay child support to the women they impregnate? Surely, it is not the woman’s responsibility alone?” she tweeted.
Indeed, hardcore leftists and opposers of gun rights have (quite oddly) been citing abortion as some trump card against pro-lifers in the wake of the Texas massacre.
“YOU CAN KILL CHILDREN IN SCHOOL IN TEXAS BUT CAN’T GET AN ABORTION,” tweeted Rob Reiner’s daughter, Romy Reiner, which the director himself retweeted.
YOU CAN KILL CHILDREN IN SCHOOL IN TEXAS BUT CAN’T GET AN ABORTION.
— romy (@romyreiner) May 24, 2022
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