The UK Daily Telegraph reported overnight that Dalia Mogahed, an Obama Administration appointee to the President's Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships, defended Sharia Law on British Television. Appearing on Muslimah Dilemma, Mogahed, said Sharia is "misunderstood."
From the Telegraph:
President Barack Obama's adviser on Muslim affairs, Dalia Mogahed, has provoked controversy by appearing on a British television show hosted by a member of an extremist group to talk about Sharia Law.The Telegraph quotes her from the show:
"I think the reason so many women support Sharia is because they have a very different understanding of sharia than the common perception in Western media... The portrayal of Sharia has been oversimplified in many cases."She went on to attack Western sexual tolerance, and "promiscuity." She commented that what Muslims most dislike about the U.S. is the "breakdown of traditional values."
"The majority of women around the world associate gender justice, or justice for women, with sharia compliance."
The Telegraph also reported that earlier "Ibtihal Bsis, a member of the extremist Hizb ut Tahrir party" and host of the show had criticized the West's "lethal cocktail of liberty and capitalism".
Council member Mogahed made no objection to the comments.