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  • Manoppello's Holy Face shrine sees uptick in US interest

    01/27/2014 8:06:10 AM PST · by NYer · 17 replies
    cna ^ | January 26, 2014 | Alan Holdren
    The Holy Face of Manoppello (L) with direct sunlight from behind the image, and (R) with direct sunlight in front, Jan 10, 2014. Credit: Alan Holdren/CNA. Rome, Italy, Jan 26, 2014 / 04:04 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Shrine to the Holy Face of Christ tucked into Italy's Appennine mountains is starting to catch the attention of the world, particularly that of American Catholics.   “We have a lot of Italians, of course, and many Germans but now we're seeing more and more pilgrims from the U.S.,” said Sister Blandina Paschalis Schloemer, a Trappist nun and daily pilgrim that lives within...
  • Veil in Reverse! What does the Veiling of Moses Face have to teach us?

    08/01/2013 11:11:30 AM PDT · by NYer · 5 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | July 31, 2013 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    In most traditional Catholic settings we usually think of the veil as something a woman wears, and as a sign of traditional modesty and prayer. In this sense we think of it as something good and positive, though perhaps some among us are less than enthusiastic.But in the readings of Mass from this Wednesday, the veil is presented in far more ambivalent terms:As Moses came down from Mount Sinai with the two tablets of the commandments in his hands, he did not know that the skin of his face had become radiant while he conversed with the LORD….the children of...
  • Teachings Concerning The Spirit World [Lds: 'unseen...visitors'...from 'world beyond' close]

    10/23/2013 5:48:47 AM PDT · by Colofornian · 11 replies
    BYU-Idaho (Professor Bruce K. Satterfield) ^ | Prof. Bruce K. Satterfield (compiler)
    [SNIP] The Veil is Thin Between this World and the Spirit World [SNIP] Visitors, seen and unseen, from the world beyond, are often close to us. This is part of eternity which we are living today part of Gods plan. There is no veil to the Lord. (Teachings of Ezra Taft Benson, p.35) [SNIP] Communication With the Spirit World [SNIP] Parley P. Pratt[SNIP] Again--How do the Saints expect the necessary information by which to complete the ministrations for the salvation and exaltation of their friends who have died? By one holding the keys of the oracles of God, as...
  • Spain: Jihadists Threaten Catalonia over Burqa Ban

    09/14/2013 9:41:50 AM PDT · by george76 · 12 replies
    Gatestone Institute. ^ | September 13, 2013 | Soeren Kern
    A jihadist group affiliated with Al Qaeda has threatened to carry out terrorist attacks in Catalonia, an autonomous region in northeastern Spain that is home to the largest concentration of radical Islamists in Europe. The threats were issued by a group called "Africamuslima" in response to efforts by Catalonian lawmakers to increase surveillance of radical Salafists seeking to impose Islamic Sharia law in Spain and other parts of Europe. Catalonia -- a region of 7.5 million people centered on the Mediterranean city of Barcelona -- is home to the largest Muslim population in Spain. Most of the estimated 450,000 Muslims...
  • 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...
  • The Holy Shroud: One Big Bang and the body was gone

    07/04/2012 2:07:42 PM PDT · by NYer · 71 replies
    Vatican Insider ^ | July 3, 2012
    The Holy Shroud The results of a recent study - completed by Italian scientist, Giuseppe Baldacchini - on the theory of annihilation, are said to prove the authenticity of the Shroud according to the current laws of physics Marco TosattiRome Giuseppe Baldacchini is a physician who has worked for Italian research centre ENEA for a number of years. He is also a passionate scholar of that mysterious object which is the Holy Shroud of Turin and in recent days he has published a book about his findings, which readers can access by clicking on the following link. Of particular interest...
  • The Children of Hannibal (MICHAEL J. TOTTEN)

    12/17/2012 11:22:08 PM PST · by neverdem · 5 replies
    City Journal ^ | Autumn 2012 | MICHAEL J. TOTTEN
    The rich heritage of Tunisia, maybe the only place where the Arab Spring stands a chance Modern-day Tunisians, more Westernized than most Arabs, see themselves as descendants of the great Carthaginian general who invaded Italy. The Arab Spring began in Sidi Bouzid, a small Tunisian town, at the end of 2010. In a desperate protest against the corrupt and oppressive government that had made it impossible for him to earn a living, food-cart vendor Mohamed Bouazizi stood before City Hall, doused himself with gasoline, and lit a match. His suicide seeded a revolutionary storm that swept the countryside and eventually...
  • Welcome to Africas Alqaedastan-Obamas Libyan war breeds horror in Mali.

    01/08/2013 4:31:33 PM PST · by SJackson · 7 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | January 8, 2013 | Daniel Greenfield
    When it was my turn, they took me blindfolded, the thief said. Suddenly I felt a pain in my right hand that was out of this world. My hand had just been chopped off. This is Gao, once the seat of an empire, and then a glorified village, and now a city the size of Scranton under the boot of its Islamist conquerors. Gao has become a place where thieves have their hands cut off, where women are forced to wear the stifling Hijab in 113 degree heat or be lashed and where unmarried couples are stoned to death. Borders...
  • In Timbuktu, Harsh Change Under Islamists

    06/03/2012 1:50:35 AM PDT · by LibWhacker · 10 replies
    NYTimes ^ | 6/2/12 | ADAM NOSSITER
    BAMAKO, Mali Isolated for centuries by the harsh desert that surrounds it, Timbuktu now finds itself even more cut off from the rest of the world. Rebels who captured the city in northern Mali in April have imposed a form of hard-edged Islamic rule, prompting many residents to flee in fear and changing the face of what had been a tolerant and easygoing destination that drew tourists from around the world. Women are now forced to wear full, face-covering veils. Music is banned from the radio. Cigarettes are snatched from the mouths of pedestrians. And the look of the...
  • US report criticises French Islamic veil ban

    08/07/2012 5:11:09 PM PDT · by george76 · 11 replies
    FRANCE 24 ^ | 01/08/2012 | Tony Todd
    A wide-ranging US State Department report has criticised France and Belgium for passing controversial laws that prevent women from wearing full Islamic veils. The US on Monday criticised France and Belgium for banning women from wearing face-covering Islamic veils in public, while warning of growing anti-Semitism and hostility towards Muslims in Europe. The US State Departments report on religious freedoms, researched in 2011 but released on July 30, 2012, warned that freedom of worship was being undermined across the globe -- particularly in China and Pakistan. Commenting on the report, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said that more than...
  • [Muslim] Indian Activists Decry Burqa Ban [in India]

    05/06/2012 2:38:18 PM PDT · by James C. Bennett · 10 replies
    OnIslam ^ | 28 April 2012 | OnIslam
    CAIRO Indian activists have warned that a recent decision by a Mangalore college to ban full face-veil in classes would force Muslim students to quit education, a move that could increase dangerous illiteracy rate among Muslim women. "The burqa is a cultural symbol for Muslim women, Ruth Manorama, president of the National Alliance of Women, told the Times of India on Friday, April 27. I don't see any point in educational institutions putting a ban on it, he added. The controversial ban on burqa was imposed by the St Aloysius Pre-University College as part of its prospectus for undergraduate...
  • Canada Government bans veils during citizenship ceremonies

    12/15/2011 12:47:57 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 6 replies
    Reuters Canada ^ | 12/15/2011 | David Ljunggren
    OTTAWA (Reuters) - In a move likely to increase tension with Canada's Muslim minority, the government said on Monday it would bar all women wearing face coverings from taking part in citizenship ceremonies. Immigration Minister Jason Kenney said he had received complaints from citizenship judges and parliamentarians about veiled women taking the oath to formally become Canadian. "Requiring that all candidates show their faces while reciting the oath allows judges and everyone present to share in the ceremony," Kenney said in a speech in Montreal. "The citizenship oath is a quintessentially public act. It is a public declaration that you...
  • Is New Australian Face Veil Traffic Law a Sign of Anti-Muslim Bias?

    07/10/2011 7:33:20 AM PDT · by lbryce · 24 replies
    The Blaze ^ | Madeleine Morgenstern
    Muslim women would have to remove veils and show their faces to police on request or risk a prison sentence under proposed new laws in Australias most populous state that have drawn criticism as culturally insensitive. A vigorous debate that the proposal has triggered reflects the cultural clashes being ignited by the growing influx of Muslim immigrants and the unease that visible symbols of Islam are causing in predominantly white Christian Australia since 1973 when the government relaxed its immigration policy. Critics say the bill smacks of anti-Muslim bias given how few women in Australia wear burqas. In a population...
  • France Bans Face-Covering Islamic Veil

    04/11/2011 3:38:37 PM PDT · by American Preservative · 14 replies
    sfgate.com / Associated Press ^ | Monday, April 11, 2011 | Camille Rustici, Associated Press
    (04-11) 06:57 PDT PARIS, France (AP) -- France's new ban on Islamic face veils was met with a burst of defiance Monday, as several women appeared veiled in front of Paris' Notre Dame Cathedral and two were detained for taking part in an unauthorized protest. France on Monday became the first country to ban the veils anywhere in public, from outdoor marketplaces to the sidewalks and boutiques of the Champs-Elysees. French President Nicolas Sarkozy set the wheels in motion for the ban nearly two years ago, saying the veils imprison women and contradict this secular nation's values of dignity and...
  • An angry voice behind the veil (French woman may take it to European Court of Human Rights)

    02/15/2011 12:27:02 PM PST · by Libloather · 12 replies
    Crikey ^ | 1/24/11
    An angry voice behind the veilMonday, 24 January 2011 This April, France will ban Muslim women from wearing face-covering veils. But one French woman Kenza Drider explains why she refuses to take off her niqab and why shell take her fight to the European Court of Human Rights if she gets fined.
  • Hamas Slams France Decision to Bar Islamic Veil (as "racist" - LOL)

    09/15/2010 11:45:35 AM PDT · by Righting · 35 replies
    CRI ^ | Sep. 15, 2010
    Hamas Slams France Decision to Bar Islamic Veil‎ Islamic Hamas movement, which rules the Gaza Strip, slammed on Wednesday the French parliament for passing a law that bars Muslim women in the country from wearing Islamic veils. Ahmed Bahar, deputy speaker of the Hamas-dominated parliament and a senior Hamas leader in Gaza, said in a written press statement emailed to reporters that the decision "is unfair, racist and hurts Muslims' feelings."
  • French Senate passes ban of full Muslim veils

    09/14/2010 1:31:48 PM PDT · by Cincinna · 24 replies
    YAHOO NEWS ^ | Tue Sep 14 | ELAINE GANLEY
    <p>The French Senate has voted overwhelmingly for a bill banning the burqa-style Islamic veil everywhere from post offices to streets, in a final step toward a making it law.</p> <p>The Senate voted 246 to 1 Tuesday in favor of the bill, which has already passed in the lower chamber, the National Assembly.</p>
  • French bid to ban veils worries allies, tourists

    09/05/2010 10:23:12 AM PDT · by markomalley · 16 replies
    AP ^ | 9/5/2010 | ELAINE GANLEY
    Protests in Pakistan, al-Qaida warnings, skittish Muslim tourists: France's plan to do away with burqa-style veils is already reverberating far beyond its borders. A bill to outlaw face veils, aimed at upholding French republican values, is expected to win Senate approval this month. If it passes this key hurdle, French diplomats will face a tough task ensuring the ban doesn't alienate governments, deter devout foreign shoppers loaded with cash, or provoke Islamist terrorists. It's a complex challenge for a country that works relentlessly to preserve its global diplomatic influence, its cherished secular ideals, and its status as the world's top...
  • Protest against veil ban in Bosnia

    07/27/2010 11:40:11 AM PDT · by Bokababe · 10 replies
    Press TV ^ | 7/27/10 | Staff
    Muslim women in Bosnia have protested against a bill put forward by the Bosnian Serb Party requiring a ban on veils.
  • French lawmakers approve full veil ban

    07/13/2010 9:31:01 AM PDT · by Nachum · 12 replies · 1+ views
    national post ^ | 7/13/10 | Dave Clark, Agence France-Presse
    PARIS -- French lawmakers voted overwhelmingly Tuesday to ban the wearing of face-covering veils in public spaces, as Europe toughens its approach to integrating Muslim immigrant communities. On the eve of Bastille Day, when France celebrates the birth of what was to become a staunchly secular republic, the 577-seat National Assembly lower house voted by 335 votes to one for a total ban. The bill will now go to the Senate in September, but opponents of the ban in its proposed form worry that it will eventually be overturned by the judges of the Constitutional Council, Frances highest legal body.
  • France: Veil ban must 'be respected'

    05/27/2010 10:00:45 AM PDT · by markomalley · 6 replies · 365+ views
    AKI ^ | 5/27/2010
    Paris, 27 May (AKI) - A decision by the French government to ban the Muslim burqa should be respected because each country has its own specific needs, said Amthal Sabah, sister of the Kuwaiti emir, Sabah al-Ahmad al-Jabir al-Sabah. Sabah spoke to Adnkronos International (AKI) about the controversial debate during the 'Forum for Volunteers in Kuwait and France' in Paris. "Every country has its own specificity," Sabah told AKI. "We do not interfere in French politics, and we do not accept France interfering in the politics of Kuwait." The French cabinet last week approved a bill making it illegal to...
  • French Muslim fined for driving while veiled

    04/23/2010 7:45:06 AM PDT · by Dinah Lord · 10 replies · 438+ views
    The lawyer for a French Muslim woman fined for driving while wearing a full-face veil has accused police of abusing her human rights, as the government pushes to ban the garment. Police stopped the 31-one-year-old in the western city of Nantes and fined her 22 euros ($31.80) on the grounds that her niqab - an Islamic veil with a slit for the eyes - restricted her view so she could not drive safely. "This fine is not justified on road safety grounds and constitutes a breach of human and women's rights," said the woman's lawyer, Jean-Michel Pollono. He insists his...
  • EU risks Muslim anger over veil bans

    04/22/2010 10:02:11 PM PDT · by myknowledge · 18 replies · 566+ views
    Nine News ^ | April 23, 2010 | Dave Clark
    Moves by France and Belgium to ban Muslim full face veils predictably angered some Islamic clerics, but other European states facing the same question are following the delicate debate carefully. France announced on Wednesday it would seek a law to ban Muslim residents and visitors from wearing a burqa or a niqab in public, while Belgium was poised to pass a similar ban until its ruling coalition collapsed on Thursday. World governments have in the main been slow to react to the French and Belgian decisions, but Iran was quick to add the proposed laws to its charge sheet against...
  • French to ban Muslim women from wearing veil

    04/21/2010 4:55:12 PM PDT · by fight_truth_decay · 14 replies · 587+ views
    Telegraph.co,uk ^ | 4:38PM BST 21 Apr 2010 | Staff
    The French government is drawing up a law to ban Muslim women from wearing a full-face veil in public, despite advice that it could be illegal. The new law will stop the niqab and the burka from being worn in the streets, shops and markets and not just in public buildings. Nicolas Sarkozy is to press ahead with the bill claiming that the veil is an "assault on women's dignity". "We're legislating for the future. Wearing a full veil is a sign of a community closing in on itself and of a rejection of our values," Luc Chatel, a spokesman...
  • Can Sarkozy Justify Banning the Veil?

    04/05/2010 7:34:44 AM PDT · by GOP_Lady · 10 replies · 426+ views
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | 04-05-10 | PETER BERKOWITZ
    Last month, in a speech from the Elyse Palace, French President Nicolas Sarkozy announced his intention to enact a ban on the full Muslim veil. The decisionwhich was preceded by an extended public debate but was likely occasioned by recent regional elections in which the Socialist-led opposition delivered a drubbing to Mr. Sarkozy's partywould expand the scope of France's 2004 law that prohibits the wearing of headscarves and other conspicuous religious symbols at state schools. Mr. Sarkozy's ban on the full veil represents a draconian measure for a free society. Arguably, it is necessary and proper. But it won't prevail...
  • Ambassador calls for divorce after veil-wearing Muslim bride reveals a beard and crossed eyes

    02/10/2010 12:02:27 PM PST · by pissant · 37 replies · 1,661+ views
    Daily Mail UK ^ | 2/10/10 | Pete Allen
    An Arab ambassador called for an instant divorce after discovering his veil-wearing fiance had a beard and was cross-eyed, it emerged today. The would-be bride had hidden her face behind a Muslim niqab throughout their short courtship, meaning the diplomat had no idea what she looked like. But as soon as the marriage was contract was signed in Dubai, in the United Arab Emirates, he tried to kiss her, before coming face-to-face with her hairy face and strange squint. He was absolutely horrified, said a wedding guest. The bride had a nice personality, but there was a good reason why...
  • France refuses a citizenship over full Islamic veil

    02/03/2010 7:46:33 AM PST · by JoeProBono · 14 replies · 464+ views
    bbc ^ | 3 February 2010
    The French government has refused to grant citizenship to a foreign national on the grounds that he forced his wife to wear the full Islamic veil. The man, whose current nationality was not given, needed citizenship to settle in the country with his French wife. But Immigration Minister Eric Besson said this was being refused because he was depriving his wife of the liberty to come and go with her face uncovered. Last week, a parliamentary committee proposed a partial ban on full veils.
  • Muslim Veil Nixed. Surgical Masks Instead

    01/11/2010 10:53:03 AM PST · by freedomyes · 19 replies · 936+ views
    faithfreedom.org ^ | Jan 11 | J. Grant Swank, Jr.
    At Cairo University female students sported these masks to circumvent a government ban on the full-face veil in exams.
  • 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...
  • Woman in Iran goes outside unveiled with lewd dress (Video)

    06/23/2009 10:15:52 AM PDT · by SolidWood · 23 replies · 2,060+ views
    YouTube ^ | June 20, 2009
    Okay, stumbled upon this via the interesting Tehran thread at Skyscrapercity.com . Purportedly from June 17 in Tehran a woman steps into traffic without mandatory hijab and with an rather un-islamic dress. The folks in the car filming repeatedly ask whether Revolution has broken out. LOL. This took guts. Hope they don't find her. Video at Youtube
  • 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. Heres 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...
  • Barack Obama muddies the waters on the Veil

    06/05/2009 2:44:58 AM PDT · by Schnucki · 2 replies · 385+ views
    Telegraph Blogs (U.K.) ^ | June 5, 2009 | Stephanie Gutmann
    Ones reaction to President Obama's Cairo speech had everything to do with what one was expecting. Fearing something much more fawning and self-flagellating I was actually pretty relieved, and even impressed, at different points, with our leader's gutsiness. Still, there were a couple of Now-wait-a-goddern-minute; What-the-heck-did-he-just-say?, There he goes again-invoking-a-Strawman moments. As when the pres said: "It is important for Western countries to avoid impeding Muslim citizens from practicing religion as they see fit - for instance, by dictating what clothes a Muslim woman should wear. We cannot disguise hostility towards any religion behind the pretence of liberalism..." Now wait...
  • MUSEUMS: LIGHT AS A VEIL THE ISLAMIC ONE AT THE LOUVRE (Get ready to hurl)

    07/19/2008 4:36:33 PM PDT · by Graybeard58 · 14 replies · 334+ views
    ANSA ^ | July 17, 2008 | Unattributed
    (ANSAmed) - PARIS, JULY 17 - A "luminous and liberated" veil, in the spirit of Islam's poetics, will cover but not hide, thanks to a light transparent structure, the Visconti Court of the Louvre Museum in Paris, in the right wing, to host the new museum of Islamic arts, to be established in 2010. It is a political museum, as explained to ANSA by Rudy Ricciotti, of Italian origins, one of the two architects, with Mario Bellini from Milan, who designed the project, selected among 52 applicants. "In the sense that it recognises all the peoples in a lay state,...
  • Louvre Draws A Veil Over Artistic Neglect With Bold New Islamic Wing

    07/17/2008 9:54:40 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 18 replies · 159+ views
    It is known as the Veil and is described by its architects as a giant glass Muslim headscarf in the heart of Paris. The former French president Jacques Chirac saw it as one way to avert a clash of civilisations in the run-up to the Iraq war. President Nicolas Sarkozy calls it the symbol of France's friendship with the Arab world. The Louvre's bold new Islamic art wing had its first stone laid by Sarkozy yesterday , launching the museum's most daring project since IM Pei created the giant glass pyramid 20 years ago. The world's most visited museum will...
  • Saudi woman wants divorce - husband tried to look at her face after 30 years of marriage

    05/19/2008 3:04:17 AM PDT · by wazoo1031 · 13 replies · 305+ views
    The Daily Mail ^ | May 19, 2008
    After 30 years of marriage, cynics might say most husbands and wives would have seen quite enough of each other, thank you very much. But not in the case of one Saudi Arabian man who managed to live with his wife for three decades without setting eyes on her face. Not that he had much choice about it. His 50-year-old wife followed the tradition of her native village near the south-western city of Khamis Mushayt and kept her features veiled at all times. Until one night last month, that is, when the husband was finally overcome by curiosity and tried...
  • Judge dismisses case of woman who says veil cost her claim

    05/13/2008 10:25:42 AM PDT · by SmithL · 15 replies · 219+ views
    DETROIT (AP) -- A federal judge in Detroit has dismissed the case of a Muslim woman who sued a judge for demanding she remove her veil in court. The judge ruled Monday against Ginnnah (ZHIN'-nuh) Muhammad's claims that her rights to freedom of religion and court access were violated. Judge Paul Paruk (per-ROOK) requested she remove her veil during a 2006 hearing in the town of Hamtramck (ham-TRA'-mick). She was contesting a $3,000 charge from a rental-car company to repair a vehicle she said thieves had broken into.
  • Christians 'should wear veil'

    04/25/2008 6:06:26 PM PDT · by Nachum · 58 replies · 229+ views
    The Australian ^ | 4/26/2008 | Natalie O'Brien
    OUTSPOKEN Muslim cleric Taj Din al-Hilali says the Bible "mandates" the wearing of the veil by Christian women. Writing in a new book, Sheik Hilali, who lost his job as mufti of Australia after comparing scantily clad women to uncovered meat, argues that the Bible and the Koran make similar demands of a woman's modesty. Sheik Hilali, who remains the head of Australia's largest mosque, in the southwestern Sydney suburb of Lakemba, says the purpose of the book is to show the commonalities of Islam with the Jewish and Christian faiths when it comes to women's modesty and clothing. In...
  • Subservient Women Doom Societies

    03/04/2008 11:03:54 AM PST · by Blogster12 · 89 replies · 286+ views
    The Uncommon Sense Blog ^ | 3/4/2008 | Dan Taylor
    Keeping women veiled and walking three feet behind a man with no voice, vote, or murdering them before they have a chance to breathe, dooms the society they could have contributed to and condemns the men that perpetuate those philosophies. A 21st Century Society that punishes women by relegating them to a subservient role deserves neither the woman or the future they could have created. Whether it's Christianity, Islam, Catholocism, or Libertarians, Democrats, and Republicans, religions and political systems that attempt to keep women marginalized will ultimately fail. If the 21st Century is anything, it is the Woman's Century. The...
  • Maldives moves against veiled women, jihadis on TV

    11/14/2007 7:32:23 PM PST · by ddtorquee · 3 replies · 30+ views
    AFP via Google ^ | November 14, 2007
    State-run television in the Maldives has been ordered not to employ women who cover their heads and to stop praising Palestinian suicide bombers, a government minister told AFP. The measures are part of a package of restrictions designed to stem a feared spread of militant Islam that could damage the Indian Ocean archipelago's status as a top destination for rich tourists. "We have instructed Television Maldives to stop hiring female anchors who wear headscarves and not show fully veiled women, even in news reports," Information Minister Mohamed Nasheed said in an interview late Tuesday. He said state-run television had also...
  • U.K.: Priest gets a visit from 'hate crime' police for expressing his views on Muslim veil affair

    10/15/2007 2:10:26 AM PDT · by Stoat · 29 replies · 103+ views
    The Daily Mail (U.K.) ^ | October 15, 2007 | STEPHEN WRIGHT & TOM KELLY
    Priest gets a visit from 'hate crime' police for expressing his views on Muslim veil affairBy STEPHEN WRIGHT & TOM KELLY - More by this author Last updated at 00:58am on 15th October 2007 John Hayes: 'Respect for Islam' Veil fight: Muslim schoolgirl Shabina Begum A priest has been interviewed by police on suspicion of inciting racial hatred for expressing his Christian views in his parish newsletter. Father John Hayes, 71, was quizzed for more than an hour after commenting on the case of a Muslim girl who went to court over her wish to wear a full...
  • Head Of Reform Judaism Says Wearing Veil Should Be Respected (WTF Alert)

    09/10/2007 9:47:54 PM PDT · by goldstategop · 12 replies · 432+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | 09/11/2007 | Dennis Prager
    No reader would be faulted for thinking that the title of this column is a spoof. After all, Reform Judaism, like liberal Christian denominations, is exquisitely sensitive to women's equality. Thus, Reform Judaism was the first major Jewish denomination to ordain women, and the first to have its seminaries discourage referring to God as "he." One would think, then, that the last thing the head of a movement devoted to women's equality would endorse is the covering of women's faces with a veil. This is one of the most dehumanizing and degrading practices that has ever been foisted on women....
  • 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,...
  • Magistrate Walks Out Over Muslim Woman's Veil (UK)

    06/29/2007 7:01:54 PM PDT · by blam · 17 replies · 944+ views
    Magistrate walks out over Muslim woman's veil Last Updated: 1:27am BST 30/06/2007 A magistrate is facing an inquiry after refusing to deal with a defendant wearing a full Muslim veil, the Judiciary of England and Wales said yesterday. Ian Murray walked out of the case at Manchester magistrates' court yesterday because Zoobia Hussain, 32, of Crumpsall, Manchester, was covered by a hijab. Hussain's lawyer, Judith Hawkins, said her client was "shocked and distressed" and found Mr Murray's treatment of her "insensitive and unacceptable". Miss Hawkins said she would submit a formal written complaint to the court on Monday. When the...
  • 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...
  • Indian politician rapped for veil remark [Islamaniacs again]

    06/19/2007 5:36:23 AM PDT · by CarrotAndStick · 8 replies · 483+ views
    SeattlePi ^ | June 19, 2007 4:18 a.m. PT | AP
    LUCKNOW, India -- Islamic leaders demanded the ruling coalition withdraw its candidate from India's presidential race on Tuesday after she said Muslim women should stop wearing their headscarves. Several Muslim leaders called on Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to find a new candidate for the largely ceremonial post, accusing Pratibha Patil, a Hindu, of insulting Islam by suggesting the headscarf is primitive. Addressing a conference in the northwestern city of Udaipur over the weekend, Patil said women started wearing the headscarves in India to save themselves from 16th century Muslim invaders, and that it was time to drop what the practice,...
  • Forcing Maids to Wear Veil (Religion of Peace)

    06/04/2007 8:21:55 AM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 11 replies · 1,205+ views
    Arab News ^ | Sunday, 3, June, 2007 | Najah Alosaimi,
    Forcing Maids to Wear Veil Najah Alosaimi, Arab News RIYADH, 3 June 2007 The scene of a veiled maid walking with a Saudi family in public is a familiar one. It is also a normal scene when we consider how the veil and religion are closely associated with most Saudis. Veils constitute an important component of dress for many women in the Kingdom, where it is considered a sign of feminine modesty. Interestingly, non-Muslim maids that work for conservative Muslim families are also obliged by their sponsors to wear veils in public. However, these women are not required to...
  • Head Coverings for Women (in the Catholic Church)

    05/22/2007 6:24:41 PM PDT · by NYer · 153 replies · 2,400+ views
    Zenit News Agency ^ | May 22, 2007 | Father Edward McNamara
    ROME, MAY 22, 2007 (Zenit.org).- Answered by Father Edward McNamara, professor of liturgy at the Regina Apostolorum university. Q: A friend of mine told me that according to the Scriptures a woman should cover her head in the presence of Our Lord (holy Eucharist/during Mass). In our churches this is not practiced. Can you please write and tell me as to how and when the practice of women covering their heads came to an end, or is it that we are doing something which is not proper? -- J.M., Doha, Qatar A: The Scripture text referred to is probably 1...
  • Anger at bus firm's veil ruling

    05/04/2007 12:35:31 PM PDT · by BronzePencil · 12 replies · 576+ views
    BBC ^ | 5-4-07 | BBC
    A bus company in Edinburgh has sparked anger over rules requiring drivers to ask Muslim women wearing the veil to show their faces. Religious groups and unions said the rules introduced by Lothian Buses to catch potential fare cheats were unnecessary. Passengers have been told to lift their veils or produce a passport or driving licence when boarding.
  • Aniya Arrested Over Article Against Islam

    05/03/2007 6:35:08 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 17 replies · 1,182+ views
    MinivanNews ^ | May 3, 2007 | Will Jordan
    Aniya Arrested Over Article Against Islam By Will Jordan in Male' May 3, 2007 Aishath Aniya was arrested on Thursday morning in connection with an article she wrote criticising the wearing of the veil. She was apprehended by police at around 9:40am outside the offices of Minivan Daily newspaper as she parked her motorcycle. Aniya was lifted into the back of a police van and taken to Police Headquarters, before being transferred to the Supreme Council of Islamic Affairs for questioning. She refused to answer questions without a lawyer present and arranged to return to the Supreme Council on Sunday...
  • [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 Malm 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 Rosengrd housing estate and the city's...