Thursday, March 27, 2008

HATEWATCH: Daniel Pipes goes troppo on hijabs ...

Once again, Mr Daniel Pipes finds reason to share with us why he doesn't exactly love Muslims and their religion. Pipes has posted on his blog a number of photos of Western "political women" wearing hijab. Why does he do it? To poke fun at a religious symbol? To prove somehow that the West is becoming too much infected by some nasty alien cultural practices?

Among the "leftist" women shown are: the late Princess Diana, Hillary Clinton (former First Lady and Democrat Presidential nominee), Camilla Parker Bowles (wife of Prince Charles), Nancy Pelosi (Speaker of the US House of Representatives) and Dr Condoleezza Rice (US Secretary of State).

Condi Rice? A leftist? How is that? I guess it's because she's the wrong colour ...

Anyway, the hijabs worn by these women don't look too hijabish to me. In fact, they look more like loosely-fitted scarves of the type my mum wears on religious occasions. Except that you can generally see through my mum's dupatta, an example of which you can see below (though it isn't a picture of my mother!)



However, there are other kinds of hijabs for which I'm sure Mr Pipes would (or, if he was intellectually honest, should) feel equal hatred toward ...


Jewish woman in promotional poster of award-winning Israeli documentary ...



Orthodox Jewish women pose for a photo at a wedding party ...



Jewish woman seated with her Muslim sister ...



Jewish women lighting candles to commemmorate the Holocaust ...



Ethiopian Jewish women in worship ...


I wonder what nasty things Mr Pipes will say about the hijabs of these women.

Words © Irfan Yusuf 2008

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

Maybe Pipe's followers will think the women pictured are dhimmis.

Semper Grasis said...

I'm not sure about dhimmis, anon, but it is true that black Jews are treated like second class citizens in israel ...

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yl said...

The last two comments sound like they were left by members of the Camden Young Liberals.

Anonymous said...

Hey dude. It's not the hijab but the requirement that it be worn, enforced by law, which is objectionable. All those other women wore the hijab as a choice. It is not a choice for women in S.A. or Iran. They will face legal sanctions if they do not conform. In Basra, women are being killed over this issue on a daily basis, don't you know..

Mr.X said...

"It's not the hijab but the requirement that it be worn, enforced by law, which is objectionable"

You cited Iran and SA as countries that enforce the wearing of hijabs, these 2 countries are the exceptions, rather than the rule, so not accepting the choice of some women who choose to wear it somehow fearing that their host countries would somehow impose the wearing lacks any sense.