This article came in to my news filter because of Hatem Bazian. He's an official nutball because he is on record with his desire to bring violent insurrection to America. In this case, he is simply speaking in favor of wearing the hijab. Nothing insidious here, right?
The Quran, in general, talks about dressing in modesty,"...
"One reference (in the Quran) is to cover the bosom, as the Quran suggests that the hair was already being covered at that time. Covering is important so that women are protected — to prevent the turning of heads. But this is also found in other religions. For example, those visiting the Vatican must cover their heads in modesty as well."
The message is subtle, but it is real. The message is "good" Muslim women must be covered to remove temptation from men. Because, with being covered, whatever evil transpires, is at least partially the fault of the woman. The concept is un-American.
And, least we forget that the article quoted above is about a murder. My sympathies go out to the family of Alia Ansari who was brutally murdered on the streets of Oakland. Her death was senseless, but it appears to be random. I hope it was not related to her religion.
On the other hand, politicizing Ansari's death by speculating that she was killed because of the wearing a hajib is transparently dishonest. Writing a newspaper article in favor of "Wear a Hijab Day" is pandering to unsubstantiated Islamic persecution fears and their desire to spread the faith. Using a Ansari's death to further Islamic attempts to cover women head-to-toe is ghastly and blatantly political. The politics of Islam is just as disquieting as the politics of right wing fundies.
Links to other Hatem Bazian posts on Deep Thoughts:
- Hatem Bazian Interview - June 9, 2006
- Hatem Bazian to speak in San Diego - November 10, 2005
- Hatem Bazian: His record of hatred for Jews and America - September 30, 2004
- Hatem Bazian is at it again - September 11, 2004
- What is the meaning of Intifada? - July 07, 2004
- Berkeley Prof Hatem Bazian calls for Intifada in America - May 15, 2004