Shred the Veil


...Qanta Ahmed, who was raised as an observant Muslim in a British family, strongly supports "the right to ban the veil."? Wearing of the veil is "what happens when Islamists are tolerated by a Western culture that's absurdly anxious to avoid offense. ?This strange, unwitting collaboration between liberals and extremists has been going on for years."? Her medical career took her to Saudi Arabia for two years, where she "was mandated by law to wear the hijab, covering all of her hair and neck."

For ... two years, I became intimately acquainted with the cumbersome nature of forced veiling and its impracticality – even seeing it imposed upon my unconscious female patients. ?Where the veil is mandatory, a kind of oppression is implemented: an oppression that has absolutely no basis in Islam.

In fact, "rigid interpretations of the veil are a recent invention."? They are not derived from the Quran, but have become a "form of misogyny which claims a false basis in the divine."

Instead of fighting alongside these Muslim women, far too many Western feminists join Islamist terrorists.? Not only do they remain mute, but their presence at certain events "actively endorses and legitimizes the rule" of those who wish to keep women oppressed.? How tone-deaf is Federica Mogherini, the high representative of the European Union for foreign affairs and security policy, who visited Iran? ?In fact, "when Mogherini smiles in her hijab in Iran, she is delivering a strong blow to women's rights movements as they attempt to remove the compulsion of the obligatory hijab and grant women equal autonomy, education and freedom. ?She is empowering suppression."

Yasmin Alibhai-Brown writes that "as a practicing Shia Muslim, she watches... with apprehension. ?So too other Muslims worldwide, the silent many, watch and tremble."? Alibhai-Brown writes "about Qasim Amin who in 1899 wrote 'The Liberation of Women.' ?He was the John Stuart Mill of the Arab world." In the early 1920s, Egyptian women and educated Iranian women began feminist magazines and "campaigned against the veil," yet these people "have been written out of history or are dismissed as Western stooges by some contemporary Muslim intellectuals." ?In Morocco and Pakistan in the 1960s, there were those who "rightly saw the veil as a tool and symbol of oppression and subservience." ?For Alibhai-Brown, "the veils represent both religious arrogance and subjugation; they both desexualize and fervidly sexualize."? Hence, "a veiled female ... represents an affront to female dignity, autonomy and potential."

She demands that those who do veil consider women in Iran, Saudi Arabia, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iraq, and even the West, who are prosecuted, flogged, tortured, and killed for not complying. ?In fact, those "who are forced cannot speak out."? How many feminists understand that "sexual violence in Saudi Arabia and Iran is appallingly high, as is body dysmorphia"?? But is this any surprise when an imam in Falls Church, Virginia asserts that painful female genital mutilation (FGM) is a means to "prevent women from being 'hypersexual'"?

Female abuse is rampant.? Child marriages among migrants from the Middle East, Asia, and Africa are escalating in Denmark, Sweden, and Germany with girls as young as eleven being married off.? Polygamy, while illegal in Europe, is proliferating as many immigrants bring multiple wives and children with them. ?Britain's first female Islamic judge said, "The British government cannot ... ask Muslims not to have more than one wife."?

"Disobedient" wives undergo beatings as well as being burned alive all in the name of sharia.? In 2017, an Iranian child bride was beaten by her husband and forced to give up her children. ?She fled to Australia. ?She revealed that "a person who decides to convert in Iran will be deemed an apostate and the punishment is death."? She explains that she "hated Islam and its regressive laws in Iran ... a religion with no value or respect for women.? It recognizes women as only a means of sexual pleasure for men."

Instead of speaking out against such repression and violence, the fashion world is now turning the Islamic veil into a "global garment."? Mattel "unveiled" the world's first hijab-wearing Barbie doll. ?Dolce & Gabbana is producing a collection of hijabs and abayas to Muslim customers in the Middle East.? Playboy had a Muslim woman wearing a hijab. ?Nike released a performance hijab outfit for athletes.

Why should Western society in any way, shape or form promote any symbol of Islamic tyranny?? Would a Nazi doll have been promoted in the 1940s?? Greed, ignorance, and indifference aptly describe these corporate decisions.

We, who are fortunate to live in the West, are morally obligated to unequivocally state that "instead of embracing these veils, a true feminism should defend the rights and freedoms of all women." ?We should not support anything that endorses the repression of women.



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