28 Jan 2010
I hope that Salma Siddiqui perseveres., and turns this around. Because she's right: the veil is all about Muslim male domination of women (I presume this is what she meant when she said, somewhat awkwardly, that it is 'a control thing, identifying with Muslim brotherhood...basically, it is a subservient tool').
Paging any Canadian Resistance member who reads this: make sure *all* sitting Canadian parliamentarians receive copies of the writings of Chahdorrt Djavann, author of 'Bas les Voiles' ('off with the veils') and Que Pense Allah d'Europe ('What does allah think of Europe'), both of which discuss the meaning and implications of the veil as a political tool.
Give them the article by N. Maruani, entitled 'Reformist Iranian-French Writer Chahdorrt Djavann: The Hijab, a Political Weapon and Form of Sexual Abuse, Should be Outlawed', which explains Djavann's views at some length.
And remind them that no matter what the Muslim spin-doctors say, many Muslim women and girls, both inside dar al Islam and outside it, are *forced* to wear hijab or slave rag - whether the full veil or 'just' the headscarf' ; if they do not wear it, their father or husband or brother or other male kin, or a bunch of self-appointed bearded sharia-enforcers from the neighbourhood, will jeer at them, harass them, throw rotten fruit or rocks at them and - quite possibly - beat, rape or even *kill* them.
Remind the Canadian legislators that Aqsa Parvez was *murdered* by her Muslim father, on Canadian soil, for...refusing to wear the headscarf. Not for refusing to wear burqa and niqab, but simply for refusing to wear the most seemingly-innocent minimal form of hijab, the hair-concealing headscarf. Tell the good legislators of Canada to ask themselves whether they can be *sure* that the next teenage Muslimah they see walking along a Canadian street in the slave rag, the Muslim headscarf, is wearing it of free will, because she is 'modest' or to 'show her faith'...or whether she is wearing it simply and solely because if she *doesn't* she will be strangled, like Aqsa Parvez.
As for the burqa and niqab: anything that hides the identity in a public place should be banned on good and sufficient grounds of public safety. It also signifies a blatant rejection of reciprocity: the woman with her face hidden is implicitly thumbing her nose at every unveiled person she meets, telling them, '*I* can see *you* but *you* can't see *me*".