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  • Madonna Wears Islamic Garb (Niqab)

    06/25/2014 2:23:07 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 46 replies
    New York Post ^ | June 25, 2014 | Bryan Hood
    Madonna, no stranger to shock, is at it again, this time posting a picture of herself in a niqab on Instagram Tuesday. In the photo, only the 55-year-old’s piercing blue eyes can be seen through a gold-adorned headscarf. Frequently confused with a burqa, the former only covers the face, while the latter covers the whole body.
  • British college drops Muslim veil ban amid outcry

    09/13/2013 12:28:17 PM PDT · by george76 · 31 replies
    AFP ^ | 9/13/2013
    One of Britain's biggest colleges on Friday dropped a ban on Muslim face veils after thousands of people signed a petition against the rule. Birmingham Metropolitan College said on Facebook it would change its policy to allow "individuals to wear specific items of personal clothing to reflect their cultural values". The college had earlier said it would require "the removal of hoodies, hats, caps and veils so that faces are visible", a policy that won support from Prime Minister David Cameron. It would in effect have banned the niqab, a face veil worn by some Muslim women which covers everything...
  • Huffington Post Masks Religious Identity of U.K. Acid Attacker: Changes Report from "niqab"

    02/09/2013 11:40:07 PM PST · by Nachum · 9 replies
    Atlas Shrugs ^ | 2/9/13 | Pamela Geller
    The horror of the sharia and Islamic culture is monstrous enough, but this media cover-up is truly horrible. It's bad enough that mindless followers of a religious culture engage in these atrocious mandates (it's their religion), but for non-believers (with the influence of a big media voice) to cover up for this brutal ideology is pure evil. These reporters are not believers; what's the excuse for their depraved inhumanity? The writer of this Puff Ho piece is one Sara Nelson, who is based in the UK. And if Nelson is not a devout Muslim (who would sanction such savagery) than...
  • Muslims for Burqa Bans

    05/14/2011 1:14:46 PM PDT · by ahungrywriter · 14 replies
    Islamist Watch ^ | 5/13/11 | David J. Rusin
    As Islamists condemn the French ban on face-covering attire in public, it is worth noting that some of the strongest words in support of the law — and in opposition to the burqa and niqab — actually have come from Western Muslims. A few recent highlights:
  • Efforts to Ban the Burqa Go Well Beyond France

    04/21/2011 6:09:37 AM PDT · by ahungrywriter · 7 replies · 1+ views
    Islamist Watch ^ | 420/11 | David J. Rusin
    Amid demonstrations, terror threats, and hyperbolic headlines, France has become the first Western country to enforce a ban on face-covering attire in virtually all public places, more than six months after the Senate approved sweeping legislation. Penalties for wearing garments such as burqas and niqabs include a fine of €150 and citizenship classes, while those who intimidate others into donning the apparel risk a €30,000 assessment and a year in prison. Tickets are being issued, but questions persist about legal challenges and enthusiasm to administer the law. Though France is the pace setter, efforts to impose burqa bans, both broad...
  • Spain: City in northeast becomes country's first to ban burqa

    12/12/2010 8:19:38 AM PST · by george76 · 15 replies
    AKI ^ | 09 dicembre 2010
    Lleida in the northeastern Catalonia region on Thursday became Spain's first city to introduce a ban on wearing the face-covering Islamic burqa in public places. These places include offices, sports centres, markets and other property owned by the city council. The niqab - which covers the face but leaves a small slit for the eyes - has also been banned. In neighbouring France, the national parliament in September outlawed the burqa and veils which cover the face... The same month, two separate bills were presented in the upper and lower houses of the Italian parliament which aim to end the...
  • Niqab Security Outrages at Canadian Airports

    08/06/2010 1:42:00 AM PDT · by markomalley · 10 replies
    Daniel Pipes ^ | 8/3/2010 | Daniel Pipes
    I visited Toronto in early March 2010 and as I left the country I passed through the usual security check at Pearson International Airport. What made it different is that the next passengers after me in line were a man, a small child, and a person in niqab. (I write "person" rather than "woman" as I hardly know who was under the niqab outfit.)Curious how the niqabi's hidden identity would be handled, I looked back as the trio was dealing with the security agent. To my astonishment, the agent did not demand to see the niqabi's face but was...
  • Syria bans face veils at universities (Syria? SYRIA!?)

    07/19/2010 10:05:33 AM PDT · by Pyro7480 · 19 replies
    Yahoo! News (AP) ^ | 07/19/2010 | Albert Aji
    Syria has banned the face-covering Islamic veil from the country's universities to prevent what it sees as a threat to its secular identity, as similar moves in Europe spark cries of discrimination against Muslims. The Education Ministry issued the ban Sunday, according to a government official who spoke on condition of anonymity because he is not authorized to speak publicly. The ban, which affects public and private universities, is only against the niqab — a full Islamic veil that reveals only a woman's eyes — not headscarves, which are far more commonly worn by Syrian women. The billowing black robe...
  • So now, it’s no business of the state

    04/15/2010 4:09:36 PM PDT · by JLS · 4 replies · 336+ views
    MaCleans.CA ^ | 15 April 2010 | Mark Steyn
    Funny that the ‘Toronto Star’ writer had the opposite view when it came to my columns Quebec’s move to nix the niqab continues to tie Canada’s commentariat in knots. The funniest column to date was by Haroon Siddiqui, “editorial page editor emeritus” of the Toronto Star. Mr. Siddiqui was not impressed by the arguments mounted against the head-to-toe body bag—for example, the notion that it is a “symbol of oppression”: “Let’s assume that it is,” he wrote. “Whose business is it to end the practice—that of the state?”
  • A Burka is Not for Spring Break

    04/14/2010 6:24:46 PM PDT · by AustralianConservative · 28 replies · 1,251+ views
    David Horowitz's News Real Blog ^ | April 14, 2010 | Ben-Peter Terpstra
    Picture me on the Eurostar, in Brussels, Belgium. The year is 2004. There’s a veil-wearing lady sitting behind me with her friend. Like most women of a certain age, they’re chattering their heads off. Later, however, the loud conversation takes a sharp turn, when the Muslim lady pontificates about the superiority of Islam and the evils of paganism. But, if I had been sharing my Protestant beliefs? From a theological perspective, there’s nothing wrong with Muslims or Christians peacefully evangelizing. I am a friend of free speech. But the subject of clothing politics (for want of a better term) is...
  • Muslims seeking female clerk can ‘line up again’ (in Quebec)

    03/18/2010 2:26:30 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 10 replies · 778+ views
    National Post ^ | March 17, 2010 | Graeme Hamilton
    MONTREAL -- In recent years, the few fully veiled Muslim women who had dealings with Quebec's health-insurance board could choose to be served by a woman to avoid exposing their faces to a man outside their family. But in the latest example of the province's growing resistance to the accommodation of minority religious practices, the insurance board on Tuesday announced the end of the policy after the provincial human rights commission said it has no duty to acquiesce. "From now on, for a woman who is veiled with a niqab or a burka and comes to our office asking to...
  • Niqab, the Pseudo-Islamic Face-Veil

    12/03/2009 7:49:06 AM PST · by markomalley · 7 replies · 642+ views
    American Spectator ^ | 12/3/2009 | Irfan Al-Alawi & Stephen Suleyman Schwartz
    Countries from Italy to Sweden are debating the right of women to wear the niqab. Canada is the latest country to enter the fray, with the Muslim Canadian Congress desiring to ban it. Is such a ban possible in the U.S., where its prevalence is evident in certain urban centers, like Philadelphia? Muslim women's wearing of niqab, the veil covering everything but the eyes, and, by extension, the face-concealing mesh that is combined with a long garment to form the burqa in South Asia, has been introduced into the West as a purported religious obligation, and therefore, is put forward...
  • Should Witnesses be Allowed to Wear Niqabs While Testifying?

    06/19/2009 10:02:59 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 37 replies · 985+ views
    Wall St. Journal ^ | June 19, 2009
    JUNE 17, 2009 Should Witnesses be Allowed to Wear Niqabs While Testifying? By Ashby Jones In our opinion, the best legal controversies arise when two compelling principles smack headlong into each other. Here’s one: should a devout Muslim woman be required to lift her veil when testifying in court? The issue pits two cherished American values: the desire to let people practice their religions freely against the desire for transparency and integrity within our justice system. The issue has been kicking around courts in Michigan for some time, as it turns out. And the Michigan Supreme Court made a bit...
  • Lifting the veil is touchy topic in Egypt

    05/05/2009 4:10:00 PM PDT · by forkinsocket · 22 replies · 701+ views
    The National ^ | April 30. 2009 | Nadia abou el Magd and Matt Bradley
    CAIRO // Afaf al Sayed spent 10 years feeling like she was staring at life from inside a coffin. That is how she remembers the period between 1983 and 1992, when she wore a niqab, a variation on the Islamic veil worn by women that shrouds the entire face save for the eyes. “There are small details that are still painful when I think about them after all those years,” said Ms al Sayed, 45, who is now the head of Heya, a feminist women’s organisation. “I think during these years, I stopped looking at myself in the mirror, until...
  • Appeal of right to testify in veil bogs down in legal wrangling

    03/03/2009 4:15:07 AM PST · by Loyalist · 4 replies · 332+ views
    National Post ^ | March 3, 2009 | Shannon Kari
    An Ontario Superior Court judge has unexpectedly been thrust into a high-profile debate over the rights of Muslim women to wear a veil while testifying in court. Superior Court Justice Frank Marrocco must decide whether to issue what could be a broad, precedent-setting ruling or resolve it on much narrower technical legal grounds. And, set aside from the debate about religious freedom are the two Toronto men charged with sexual assault -- who want to resume the preliminary hearing that has been on hold for nearly five months. The legal wrangling stems from a desire by the alleged victim (who...
  • Hot Persian (Iranian) Babes: Why Muslim Women Should Never Wear The Hijab, Burqa...

    05/14/2008 5:58:39 PM PDT · by Mister Ghost · 38 replies · 14,590+ views
    Iraqi Bloggers Central ^ | Tuesday, May 13, 2008 | Mister Ghost
    Muslim women of the Middle East and beyond are shielded, clothed, and occulted away through a series of archaic dress rituals, collectively known as the Hijab, that subjugates and entraps them to an ossified code of conduct, which long ago, should have been abandoned. The Abbaya, Burqa, and Niqab, function as baggy drapes of cloth, which render Muslim women formless, invisible to her surroundings, a non-entity outside the domestic sphere, and should be viewed as a transgression against God's wishes...I present to you, the Beautiful and Vivacious Ladies of Iran, unhijabbed and free...
  • Muslim Grievance Theater: Hijab Women Dissed @ Obama Rally Are Muslim Terror Front-Group Activists

    06/19/2008 12:07:37 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 26 replies · 746+ views
    debbieschlussel.com ^ | June 19, 2008 | Debbie Schlussel
    - Top Islamic Proselytizer As soon as I heard about the Muslim women in hijabs being excluded from sitting behind Barack Obama at a Michigan rally, I knew what you probably knew: that CAIR and ADC and MPAC and ISNA, the alphabet soup of terrorist-sympathizing, pan-HAMAS/Hezbollah Islamofascist grievance theater, would milk the story like there's no tomorrow. It was ripe fodder for their PR branch of the jihad against America and the West. Now, I've come to learn that one of the hijab-encrusted, rejected whiners, Hebba Aref, was an official of the Muslim Students Association (MSA), in charge of proselytizing....
  • Boy, 14, fights for life after stabbed in football row by sword wielding youths wearing niqabs

    06/18/2008 9:19:33 AM PDT · by Stoat · 32 replies · 2,122+ views
    The Daily Mail (U.K.) ^ | June 18, 2008 | Charlotte Gill
    Boy, 14, fights for life after being stabbed in football game row by sword wielding youths wearing niqabs   By Charlotte Gill Last updated at 4:34 PM on 18th June 2008  Two youths were seen wearing niqab-style face masks and wielding a sword after a 14-year-old boy was stabbed, locals have claimed.One was heard to say 'I'm going to kill him' as the pair walked calmly down a residential street chatting at about midday yesterday.The schoolboy was knifed in the chest just yards away at 5pm on Tuesday.He collapsed in a pool of blood in front of drinkers outside...
  • Muslims barred from picture at Obama event

    06/18/2008 8:30:58 AM PDT · by homeguard · 99 replies · 606+ views
    Politico ^ | 6/18/08 | Ben Smith
    Two Muslim women at Barack Obama's rally in Detroit Monday were barred from sitting behind the podium by campaign volunteers seeking to prevent the women's headscarves from appearing in photographs or on television with the candidate. The campaign has apologized to the women, all Obama supporters who said they felt betrayed by their treatment at the rally. "This is of course not the policy of the campaign. It is offensive and counter to Obama's commitment to bring Americans together and simply not the kind of campaign we run," said Obama spokesman Bill Burton, who added that the volunteers were acting...
  • Me without my hijab

    06/08/2008 10:59:18 AM PDT · by rocksblues · 64 replies · 798+ views
    la times ^ | June 8, 2008 | Zainab Mineeia
    When I came to this country, I took off my hijab. It wasn't an easy decision. I worried at night that God would punish me for it. That's what I had been taught would happen, and it filled me with fear. I was 27, coming from my home country of Iraq to study in California. I hoped that by taking off the hijab I had been wearing for eight years, I would be able to maintain a low profile. In Baghdad, you keep a low profile to stay alive. But in the United States, I merely wanted not to be...
  • Britons oppose Muslim veils in schools

    11/14/2007 7:11:44 PM PST · by ddtorquee · 8 replies · 192+ views
    Evening Standard ^ | November 13, 2007
    Strong opposition to the use of the Muslim veil in schools and face covering in public is revealed today in a new opinion poll for the Evening Standard. Nearly 90 per cent of respondents say that Muslim teachers should not be allowed to wear a veil when teaching. And 84 per cent say that Muslim pupils should not be allowed to wear a veil at school. The survey shows the sharply divided views of Britons on Islam and the contribution of Muslims to life in the capital. Among the most striking findings are that half believe that Islam is a...
  • Bill to Ban Canadian Voters With Niqab

    10/27/2007 10:02:08 AM PDT · by knighthawk · 5 replies · 66+ views
    Islam Online ^ | October 27 2007
    CAIRO — The federal government in Canada has introduced a new draft law that would bar Muslim women from voting if they show up at polling places with a niqab (face-veil), a move criticized by the opposition and Muslim leaders as unnecessary, The Globe and Mail reported on Saturday, October 27. The new bill would close a loophole that had enflamed the debate about niqab in Canada in the wake of the government's recent dispute with Elections Canada, which has refused to bar people with veiled faces from polling places. The draft legislation provides for only one exception: bandages on...
  • Ban the Burqa - and the Niqab too

    08/01/2007 4:21:12 PM PDT · by Alouette · 21 replies · 729+ views
    Jerusalem Post ^ | Aug. 1, 2007 | Daniel Pipes
    Once-exotic forms of Muslim women's head and body garments have now become both familiar in the West and the source of fractious political and legal disputes. The hijab (a hair-covering) is ever-more popular in Detroit but has been banned from French public schools, discouraged by the International Football Association Board, and excluded from a court in the US state of Georgia. The jilbab (a garment that leaves only the face and hands exposed) was, in a case partly argued by Tony Blair's wife, first allowed, then forbidden in an English school. The niqab (a total covering except for the eyes)...
  • Restraint? Sure. Oppression? Hardly. {Muslim women}

    07/22/2007 10:07:15 AM PDT · by 3AngelaD · 53 replies · 1,116+ views
    Washington Post ^ | July 22, 2007 | Leila Aboulela
    ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates-- The West believes that Islam oppresses women. But as a Muslim, descended from generations of Muslims, I have a different story to tell. It starts like this: You say, "The sea is salty." I say, "But it is blue and full of fish." I am not objective about Islam, and although I am considerably Westernized, I can never truly see it through Western eyes. I am in this religion. It is in me. And articulating the intimacy of faith and the experience of worship to a Western audience is a challenge and a discovery... Recently,...
  • Muslims' Veils Test Limits of Britain's Tolerance

    06/22/2007 5:01:02 AM PDT · by period end of story · 15 replies · 739+ views
    New York Times ^ | June 22, 2007 | Jane Perlez
    LONDON, June 16 — Increasingly, Muslim women in Britain take their children to school and run errands covered head to toe in flowing black gowns that allow only a slit for their eyes. On a Sunday afternoon in Hyde Park, groups of black-clad Muslim women relaxed on the green baize lawn among the in-line skaters and badminton players. Their appearance, like little else, has unnerved other Britons, testing the limits of tolerance here and fueling the debate over the role of Muslims in British life. Many veiled women say they are targets of abuse. Meanwhile, there are growing efforts to...
  • Head-to-toe Muslim veils test tolerance of stridently secular Britain

    06/21/2007 5:56:04 PM PDT · by traumer · 78 replies · 2,795+ views
    LONDON: Increasingly, Muslim women in Britain take their children to school and run errands covered head to toe in flowing black gowns that allow only a slit for their eyes. Like little else, their appearance has unnerved Britons, testing the limits of tolerance in this stridently secular nation. Many veiled women say they are targets of abuse. At the same time, efforts are growing to place legal curbs on the full Muslim veil, known as the niqab. The past year has seen numerous examples: A lawyer dressed in a niqab was told by an immigration judge that she could not...
  • [Swedish] Bus driver sacked after Muslim veil incident [stopped woman because she was wearing niqab]

    05/02/2007 7:02:22 AM PDT · by bedolido · 6 replies · 691+ views
    thelocal.se ^ | 05-02-2007 | staff writer
    A Malmö bus driver has been fired from his job following revelations that he stopped a woman from boarding his bus because she was wearing a niqab, a form of Islamic headdress that covers the face. The bus company, Arriva, has elected not to extend the driver's contract, suggesting that this was not an isolated incident. "What happened last week was the straw that broke the camel's back," spokesman Daniel Stjernfeldt told newspaper Punkt SE. The incident occurred last Tuesday morning when 'Leonora' boarded the number 35 bus on her usual route between the Rosengård housing estate and the city's...
  • U.S. Muslim woman sues judge over Niqab[Detroit]

    04/02/2007 10:03:23 PM PDT · by Dacb · 50 replies · 1,314+ views
    Press TV ^ | 30 March 2007 | Press TV
    An American Muslim woman whose court case was dismissed after she refused to take off her full-face veil has sued the judge on the grounds that her religious and civil rights has been violated. Ginnnah Muhammad, 42, of Detroit, says in the lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in Detroit that Judge Paul Paruk's decision to dismiss her small-claims court case when she didn't agree to remove her veil was unconstitutional based on her First Amendment right to practice her religion. The lawsuit also cites a federal civil rights law in stating that Ginnah was denied access to the court...
  • Muslims To Pay School's Legal Fight To Uphold Niqab Ban

    02/04/2007 7:36:45 PM PST · by blam · 20 replies · 866+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 2-5-2007 | Philip Johnston
    Muslims to pay school's legal fight to uphold niqab ban By Philip Johnston, Home Affairs Editor Last Updated: 1:19am GMT 05/02/2007 A Muslim group has offered to help fund a school's legal battle over its refusal to let a pupil wear the niqab in class. Veiled woman: The niqab, which covers the whole face apart from the eyes In an unprecedented move, the Muslim Educational Centre of Oxford (Meco) has written to the head teacher to say it is prepared to contribute to a fighting fund. Taj Hargey, Meco's chairman, said he was also willing to organise a campaign among...
  • Police killer suspect fled Britain in a veil

    01/14/2007 2:10:39 PM PST · by PRePublic · 11 replies · 560+ views
    Times On Line ^ | Januray, 14, 2007
    http://www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,2 Police killer suspect fled Britain in a veil ANDREW NORFOLK • Most wanted man posed as sister to escape • Inquiry demanded into Heathrow security Comment Central: real freedom means Muslim women should be able to wear a veil A man who was being hunted for the murder of a policewoman is understood to have escaped from Britain by disguising himself as a veiled Muslim woman. Mustaf Jama, a prime suspect in the fatal shooting of PC Sharon Beshenivsky, assumed his sister’s identity — wearing the niqab and using her passport — to evade supposedly stringent checks at Heathrow,...
  • Police killer suspect fled Britain in a veil

    12/20/2006 3:27:18 AM PST · by NonLinear · 22 replies · 927+ views
    The London Times ^ | December 20, 2006 | Andrew Norfolk
    A man who was being hunted for the murder of a policewoman is understood to have escaped from Britain by disguising himself as a veiled Muslim woman. Mustaf Jama, a prime suspect in the fatal shooting of PC Sharon Beshenivsky, assumed his sister’s identity — wearing the niqab and using her passport — to evade supposedly stringent checks at Heathrow, according to police sources. The use of the niqab, which leaves only a narrow slit for the eyes, highlights flaws in British airport security. At the time, Jama was Britain’s most wanted man, while Heathrow was on a heightened state...
  • Brit "Alternative" Christmas Speech to be Given by Fully-Veiled Muslim

    12/05/2006 8:07:49 AM PST · by SeafoodGumbo · 37 replies · 1,343+ views
    BBC ^ | 12-05-06 | BBC
    A veiled Muslim woman will deliver this year's alternative Christmas speech on Channel 4, the broadcaster has said. Khadija, a Zimbabwean-born British citizen who has been wearing the full veil - or niqab - for 10 years, has been given the slot. The message will reflect a year in which the wearing of religious clothing and symbols have "dominated the news agenda", said a Channel 4 spokesman. A counterpoint to the Queen's Christmas speech first appeared on C4 in 1993. The spokesman added that the specific contents of the message would be released closer to Christmas Day.
  • The War over the Veil in Tunisia

    11/27/2006 7:43:01 AM PST · by Valin · 10 replies · 460+ views
    MEMRI ^ | 11/23/06 | Daniel Lav
    Ramadan 2006 may well be remembered as the Ramadan of the veil. In remarks widely reported in the Arab press, former U.K. foreign secretary Jack Straw described the veil as "a visible statement of separation and difference"; in the ensuing controversy, British Prime Minister Tony Blair lent his support to Straw and made similar comments. In a related development, a teaching assistant in the U.K., Aisha Azmi, was suspended for refusing to remove her veil when teaching. However, the most divisive controversy erupted not in Europe, but in Tunisia, where the government launched a campaign to implement "Decree 108," first...
  • Veiled Threat - Why it may be important to see a woman's face

    11/07/2006 5:01:33 PM PST · by neverdem · 18 replies · 1,729+ views
    National Review via The Manhattan Institute ^ | November 20, 2006 | THEODORE DALRYMPLE
    Not long ago in the hospital in which I once worked, a young male nurse was asked by the administration to remove the ironmongery with which he had recently adorned his face and ears. He was outraged by this assault on his inalienable right to mutilate himself in any way that he chose, which he believed to be narrow-minded. He was, after all, the owner of his face and ears in fee simple; they were his to dispose of as he saw fit. As it happens, he was a decent and dedicated young man, albeit one with the bad taste...
  • Muslim Woman Told She Must Remove Veil To Testify In Detroit Court

    10/23/2006 11:33:19 PM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 40 replies · 1,375+ views
    All Headline News ^ | 10/23/06 | Mort Karman
    Ginnah Muhammad, 42, is a devout Muslim, so as such, she feels she was forced to choose between her small claims court case and her religion, Friday. Judge Paul Paruk, in Hamtramck District Court, told Muhammad she had to take off her niqab; a scarf and veil, which covers her face and head except for her eyes, or he would dismiss her case. The judge said he needed to see her face so he could judge her truthfulness when she testified. Paruk told the Detroit Free press he offered to let Muhammad, who was born in the United States and...
  • How Britain Should Promote Assimilation

    10/23/2006 5:05:42 PM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 21 replies · 705+ views
    Britain is embroiled in a fierce debate over British Muslim women who wear a niqab--an opaque veil that covers a woman's entire face. Many British Muslims have expressed outrage that a public schoolteacher was ordered to remove her veil--while many other Britons have defended the school, criticized the wearing of niqabs, and called for the greater assimilation of Muslims into British society. "Britons are absolutely right to criticize the niqab," said Alex Epstein, junior fellow at the Ayn Rand Institute. "It is a demeaning, barbaric article of clothing that inculcates shame in women, depriving them of individuality and femininity." "But...
  • The veiled conceit of multiculturalism

    10/23/2006 9:21:04 AM PDT · by knighthawk · 9 replies · 850+ views
    The Australian ^ | October 23 2006
    misinformed tolerance finally hits its limits in Britain HOW tolerant must a free society be of those who are intolerant of the values it holds dear? This question is at the heart of a controversy that has flared up in Britain over the past fortnight concerning Muslim women who wear nikabs, burkas and other face coverings that allow little more than the eyes to be seen. Two weeks ago, former British foreign minister Jack Straw, writing in his local newspaper, criticised Muslim women who covered their faces, saying the practice maked "better, positive relations" between communities "more difficult". He added...
  • Islamic head scarves a rare sight

    10/23/2006 4:24:46 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 10 replies · 951+ views
    Washington Times ^ | October 23, 2006 | Andrew Borowiec
    NICOSIA, Cyprus -- Defying the Islamic clamor in some European countries, Tunisia has served notice that it will continue to oppose any "sectarian dress" incompatible with its tradition. This includes head scarves for women, who have been reminded that, according to a 25-year-old government directive, they are not to wear the "Islamic scarf" in schools and public buildings. In contrast to neighboring Algeria, the veil has rarely been worn in Tunisia. Such a form of dress, a senior Tunisian official said, "reminds us of the time when extremists threw acid in the faces of unveiled women. Fundamentalists have totally failed...