Saturday, October 29, 2005

Must read

By the always interesting, always informative Amir Taheri:

This fake Islamic hijab is nothing but a political prop, a weapon of visual terrorism. It is the symbol of a totalitarian ideology inspired more by Nazism and Communism than by Islam. It is as symbolic of Islam as the Mao uniform was of Chinese civilization. It is used as a means of exerting pressure on Muslim women who do not wear it because they do not share the sick ideology behind it. It is a sign of support for extremists who wish to impose their creed, first on Muslims, and then on the entire world through psychological pressure, violence, terror, and, ultimately, war. The tragedy is that many of those who wear it are not aware of its implications. They do so because they have been brainwashed into believing that a woman cannot be a ''good Muslim'' without covering her head with the Sadr-designed hijab.

Here in Detroit, the sight of the Hijab on Arab and African American women isn't that rare . And I detest it. It's nice to know that I'm not being intolerant of religion. Especially interesting to discover was that this symbol (in the West) of Islam is an invention that dates back to (only) 1977.

H/t: Protein Wisdom- which had a kind of interesting discussion on this before it got ... sidetracked.