Wednesday, 7 August 2019
Stacey Dooley’s Panorama about Islamic State brides should be shown in our schools, not vilified

Allison Pearson  in the Telegraph, of the same opinion as myself. Stacey Dooley is from Luton, I believe she knew Tommy Robinson slightly at school although she has been careful not to say anything in public in his support. But from the same experiences she is well aware of the flaws of Islam and thus far her position at the BBC means she can make documentaries where the unvarnished facts are presented. Maybe the censure around her describing the one fingered ISIS gesture as the 'ISIS salute', which it is, and just not a sign-used-by-many-Muslims-in-prayer-which-points-to-the-oneness-of-Allah which it also is, will encourage her, and not cow her into bland submission. But first Allison Pearson speaks of a hijab initiative in Lincolnshire. 

Non-Muslim girls in Lincolnshire will soon be asked to wear a hijab for a day, to “raise awareness of discrimination”.

Ghada Mohamed of the Lincoln Muslim Sisters Forum says she came up with the idea in response to a number of incidents where girls wearing headscarfs were subjected to abuse.

Mrs Mohamed hopes secondary schools across the country will sign up and it will lead to “better understanding”.

I suppose the idea of Muslim girls removing their hijabs for a day to get a “better understanding” of how the majority of their fellow countrywomen live is out of the question? Or even asking Muslim boys to wear the hijab so they can experience what it’s like to always go around with your head covered and wonder how nice that actually is for girls?

Excellent point - I hope every head mistress in the country is aware of the White Wednesdays in Iran. 

While the Danes and the Dutch are valiantly defending western values, all liberals in the UK can do is squeal that Boris’s light-hearted “letterbox” remark about the hideous, dehumanising burka was racist. Pathetic.

Watching Stacey Dooley’s report for Panorama from the Al-Hawl refugee camp in Syria, it was horrifying to see thousands of foreign Isis brides wearing black shrouds, like a flock of malevolent crows.

Even little girls, Stacey was told, are beaten if they don’t wear the niqab. (Unbelievably, I’ve seem girls dressed like that in Islamic school playgrounds in the north of England.)

Dooley has been mocked for being a lightweight, a mere “shopgirl”, but I thought she did far better than more experienced male reporters in the same situation.

Refusing to swallow assurances that the women had only done cooking and cleaning, angrily she assailed them with evidence about the cruel female “morality police”.

Instead of hijab day, perhaps Mrs Mohamed and the Lincoln Muslim Sisters Forum would like to encourage schools to show the Panorama Isil brides documentary. That would certainly contribute to a “better understanding” of cultural differences.

Comments are still allowed, and many of the contributors, having had their comments re Assistant Commissioner  Basu removed have repeated them until this article. Read them quick before they too, disappear into the memory hole. 

Posted on 08/07/2019 7:58 AM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
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