There it was, plain as day. Monday’s edition of USA Today included a opinion column by a Muslim woman that argued–quite straightforwardly–that the United States government should force a nondiscrimination policy on gender in all places of worship.
Asra Q. Nomani, a former reporter for The Wall Street Journal, argues that the Internal Revenue Service should move to deny tax-exempt status to any place of worship that holds to different roles for men and women. In ‘End Gender Apatheid in U.S. Mosques,” Nomani writes, “I have come to the difficult decision that women must use the legal system to restore rights in places of worship.”
Nomani writes out of her own experience as a Muslim woman in the United States. As she relates in her article, she has joined with a movement that has launched “Pray Ins” at several Washington, DC-area mosques, protesting the practice of separating Muslim men and women for prayers.