Excerpt taken from article.
As much of the world cheers the rise of democracy in the public square of the Middle East, it's time that we see the Arab Spring bloom somewhere equally important: mosques. We should start with mosques in the U.S., and the government should help promote democracy in places of worship by denying non-profit tax-exempt status — called 501(c)3 designation — to places of worship that practice gender inequity, just as they can deny tax-exempt status to places of worship that engage in political activity.
"Muslim women are essentially in the same place as Martin Luther King Jr. in the 1950s and 1960s" when the courts hadn't yet established public policy against racial discrimination, says Marcus Owens, a tax attorney at Caplin & Drysdale and former director of the IRS' exempt organizations division. Read the full article.