Oh, Boy! Ottawa Hijab Day!

My wife asked, “Doesn’t the hijab only cover the hair, not the face?” I must answer, “Ask me if I care.”

“They’re all crazy” seems to be the theme of this week’s news–and what could be zanier than Ottawa Hijab Day, planned for Feb. 25 ( http://www.jihadwatch.org/2016/01/ottawa-hijab-day-the-glazov-gang ).

Oh, but it’s part of the Ottawa Women’s Action and Forum, whatever that is, and planned by a group of feminist ding-a-lings calling itself the “City For All Women Initiative.”

All women in Ottawa, the capital of Canada (for those who went to public school), are urged to wear the hijab (head covering) to show themselves “in solidarity with their Muslim sisters.”

You morons. Is there any excuse, any excuse at all, for not knowing how women are treated in Islam?

All you’re doing is waving a white flag to ISIS and encouraging them to go on killing people. “Yoo-hoo, ISIS! Look, we’re wearing hijabs! Why, your job is already halfway done!” Is it any wonder these savages believe they can overthrow the Western world and rule over the ruins of it?

But go ahead, do what you please. Wear your hijab–maybe a full burqa, while you’re at it. Embrace your inferiority. Kiss your abusers’ feet.

Maybe if you’re subservient enough, the jihadists will kill you last.

16 comments on “Oh, Boy! Ottawa Hijab Day!

  1. I must say Lee, as a Muslim woman, I haven’t been treated badly. I have my scars, but they are part and parcel of life not as a result of what I believe in.

    1. But are you in a tradition of Islam that requires subjugation of women? You’re a medical doctor–which I don’t think you could have become in Saudi Arabia or Iran (please correct me if I’m wrong) or those parts of Syria controlled by ISIS.

      Let’s face it–those are the Muslims who are getting all the attention. People who just want to live in peace don’t get many headlines.

      And there have been quite a few high-profile incidents in Canada involving “honor killings” within Muslim families. The victim is always a woman; the killers are always fathers or brothers of the victim.

      It’s this sort of thing that makes Hijab Day such a bad idea.

    2. I have never worn a hijab, I only cover myself in that way to pray and read the Qur’an, but just like I choose not to wear it, I feel uncomfortable taking the choice to wear it from women who do. Likewise I wouldn’t wear a two-piece bikini but I can’t impose that view on anyone else. I think the spirit of hijab day is to give women freedom of choice. I don’t know anyone amongst my Muslim peers who was restricted in studying or choosing the life they want to lead, am I the exception? ISIS wasn’t an influence in my spiritual development and I have never been to Iran, Saudi Arabia or Syria. They aren’t places that resonate with what my Faith means to me. I would say women in general are subjugated, they aren’t represented in the higher echelons of government fairly across the world. The problem every woman faces is going out alone late at night and having to carry a rape alarm. Some cultures think it’s justified to detain a woman for her safety, but very few teach all their sons to not rape. I have heard of honour killings via the media but I don’t know anyone who has committed a murder or any victims of this, kind of killing, however, I am surrounded my Muslim women in the community where I live who wear hijab. They are in the police force, in hospitals, surgeries and schools. Unveiling them will not stop women from being exploited, murdered and raped. It takes away another choice from the very people who are being subjugated.

    3. I hope you know I like you and respect you, and have no desire to impugn your faith. I am happy to count you as a friend.

      Please note that I have not suggested banning the hijab, any more than I would ban the crucifix or the yarmulke.

      Where you are, you can exercise the choice not to wear the hijab. That would not be the case if you lived in Iran or Saudi Arabia. In fact, in Saudi Arabia you couldn’t get a driver’s license, or have surgery without a male relative’s consent, etc.

      You can count yourself blessed that you live in a Muslim community where these things don’t occur.

      We in the West need to hear much more often from sane, peaceable Muslims who aren’t shooting up the place. I mean no offense to you by alluding to those events: but that San Bernardino shooting, a couple of months ago, rattled an awful lot of cages in this country.

    4. The shooting it here and in Paris and the plight of the Syrian people are incidents that affect me deeply. I was depressed for months after 9/11. Watching news clips of children dying in Palestine, Israel, Syria, Africa and in the West make me very sad indeed. My community is multicultural, not exclusively Muslim, Birmingham is a big city with a large multicultural population and many Muslims, both observing the hijab and not observing the hijab, live here. I am blessed in that my life has not been shadowed greatly by sexist and misogynistic attitudes and I have never been discouraged to seek wisdom. A lot of the niquab and hijab cultures in Saudi Arabia and Middle Eastern countries are from grass roots attitudes towards women prior to Islam. It’s not my place to attack someone else’s interpretation of modest, when they are choosing to dress their own bodies. My faith wouldn’t allow me to harm someone else knowingly and I see no reason to fall out with anyone over a difference of opinion, Lee. We don’t have to agree on everything to be friends, we just need to respect each other and I do and will always respect you.

    5. Moreso now that I know I can truly express myself in a discussion with you and not be pilloried because we can’t agree. It would be incredibly boring if we were all the same.

  2. The ignorance of some women is really astounding. It is as if you are waving a red cloak at a fighting bull. Come on, women, get a life. Islam is a satanic religion. Period.

    1. Please read the comments from my friend “ajoobacats,” a Muslim woman and medical doctor.

      She and others like her are not part of the problem–but the problems gets dumped on their doorsteps as well as ours.

  3. I know there are two sides to this issue, and don’t want this to be taken as a personal offense, but here is my take as a woman. Islam does teach the subjugation of women as part of its core theology, even if in some modern western circles this is “watered down,” just as certain Christian and Jewish teachings are. In reality, women living in countries ruled by Islam have few rights, and are not treated with respect. Rape of women and young girls is considered permissible and even a form of entertainment, and in war, a mandate. Beatings are allowed by law, as are honor killings as Lee pointed out. These things don’t just happen, they are permitted, which is a huge difference.

    I think western Muslim women who have enjoyed the freedoms of a less strict interpretation of their faith do a disservice to their oppressed counterparts in countries under Islamic rule when they dismiss this issue because they haven’t personally experienced it. What is the point of encouraging non-Muslim women to embrace the hijab and burka, which have no spiritual significance for them, but have come to symbolize subjugation in such countries where they are required–not optional based on personal choice? I would rather see women everywhere, Muslim and non-Muslim alike, stand up for these women who have no voice, and no choice, and admit that what is being done to them is wrong, whether it is in the name of Islam, or outdated culture, or something else entirely. The label becomes just as pointless as the word “choice” does in the face of such brutality, that continues to go unchallenged by those privileged enough to fight it.

    1. What I cannot understand is Western liberalism’s enthusiasm for Islam: go to Iran and try to start a feminist movement, and see where it gets you. Or Afghanistan, where it will simply get you killed.

      But I think we must support and offer friendship to those Muslims who try to live in peace with others, and have not found their religion to be oppressive. That their experience is not common in many Muslim countries is too well-known to be debated.

    2. I don’t understand this either. The feminist movement in particular should be appalled by how these women are treated, AND by the fact that there are people in those countries who would force us to live under those same rules here. I think what it comes down to, is that the feminist movement has lost its honesty. It isn’t truly about women anymore, they just won’t admit it to themselves or anyone else.

      I agree that we must support and offer friendship to those Muslims who are peaceful, and I absolutely do where I have met them. But I won’t use their example to excuse Islam as a whole of its treatment of women, or the extremists disregard for human life in general. Our self-loathing culture seems to be willing to roll over and accept anything as OK in the name of the god of tolerance. This is what “hijab day” feels like to me, moreso than any kind of solidarity with peaceful Muslim women. It just seems like such a poke in the eye to the women who do not wear it by choice, but are beaten or worse if they do not wear it. Some things are wrong, and evil, even if they are embedded into a culture. Being tolerant of such things is not a virtue, it is an injstice. I just wish people were more willing to stand up and call evil for what it is, rather than hiding behind platitudes, political jargon, and in this case, hijabs.

  4. By the way, I’m sorry if I’ve overstepped my bounds on this. It is just an issue that really upsets me. I can’t help but think about all the poor girls born into that life, maybe married off as a pre-teen to an older man, with no way out, and no recourse because the law is against them. And then all these western women, who’ve never had to live that way, celebrating it as some great thing. They don’t even know what they are celebrating–most of them wouldn’t last a day under Sharia law. I know not all Muslim women are subject to this, and I’m very glad of that–it is encouraging. I just don’t get the mentality overall from a culture that is obsessed about women’s rights to control their bodies, and making sure they don’t make 2 cents less per hour than a male counterpart in the workplace. It’s like they’re living in two separate realities, and it doesn’t make any sense.

    1. We have to walk a fine line between indignation and sympathy.

      I think what drives the feminists to romanticize Islam is their pathological hatred of Christianity. That goes for male liberals, too.

      We must be grateful for whatever islands of peace we can find in an evil, violent age.

      Having said that, I still consider it a wicked folly to condone or excuse the treatment of women in so many Muslim countries.

  5. There are no religions that haven’t or don’t subjugate women. Christianity, Judaism, Hinduism, Sikhism, Jainism, Buddhism you name it, they all do it. Women have been oppressed for years. However, when your dentist, doctor, next door neighbour or hairdresser is a woman who chooses to wear a scarf and you don’t, what steps do you think I should take? Should I engage them in conversation and tell them not to wear a scarf because of perceived stereotypes in the west by people who have never met a woman in hijab let alone spoken to one? Or should I be holding placards and meetings to force my view on people of my sex whom I have known for years, who happen to have a different opinion about wearing a headscarf. I think it would help immensely if you didn’t perceive such women as mindless mutes. We have MPs here in the UK who wear hijab, Muslim women in the house of Lord’s. I only wish you could see the scarves masses as individuals who have a choice. I have no illusions of any religion being particularly feminism friendly, but I simply believe my opinion does not give me the right to choose what someone else should wear. I am perfectly automatically fait with what burkas in Saudi signify, but a woman who has been oppressed to be in one all her life, with the multitude of restrictions placed on her needs choices to live the way she wants, albeit in a two piece bikini if that’s her choice. Understanding and moderate steps to get her rights recognised aren’t helped by Islamophobia, which is the tool of groups like ISIS to radicalise and prompt extremism. No one likes their faith attacked, the resulting despondency makes individuals vulnerable to be befriended and coerced by those who have larger destructive plans. I commend the discussion but so far I’m seeing no logical or respectful way of approaching my practice nurse who wears a headscarf and telling her she shouldn’t. If I did she would tell me to go forth and multiply. Scarf does not equal timid. No siree.

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