Yesterday we talked about France’s decision to ban the full face-veil worn by some Islamic women. While not all Muslims believe the veil is required, it does reflect deeper beliefs of Islam about the value and worth of women.
Culture gives expression to worldview. In the same way, our culture reflects our view of what gives women value and worth.
I think most Islamic beliefs about women are wrong, even those from a more moderate Islam. Unfortunately, I think our culture is often just as wrong – it can be seen in fashion, entertainment, advertising, and more. Too often, we value women based on arbitrary standards of appearance. In the name of “empowering” women, we’ve robbed them of their true worth.
The Judeo-Christian worldview was the first in history to suggest that women are inherently valuable because they were made in the likeness and image of God.