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to veil or not to veil?

From the NYTimes: Blair Criticizes Full Islamic Veils as “Mark of Separation’

http://www.nytimes.com/2006/10/18/world/europe/18britain.html?_r=2&

-Miral

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October 18, 2006 - Posted by | Make Chai Not War

7 Comments »

  1. Interestingly enough, I heard Blair’s wife (Cherie Booth) speak a few nights ago at Women’s conference in Chicago. She’s done a tremendous amount of work in Pakistan and Afghanistan, and had dozens of photos of Muslim women (mainly veiled) in her presentation. Of the 500 women in the audience, I was the only Muslim and was the only person that saw the irony when I saw a picture of her with a dubatta on.

    Comment by Nida | October 19, 2006 | Reply

  2. Down with the veil! Come on people…the biggest problem with the Islamic relgion, fundamentalist and terrorits is that NOBODY wants to live in the modern day world. A country must have equal rights for women and men and women must not be shunned/separated/covered if a society is to succeed. What can a vieled Muslim woman do? Well, she cant be a doctor, lawyer, investment banker…aka: she cant have a job that makes $$$ and thus she is behind, dependant and separated. I’m Muslim and I certainly want no business dealings with a vieled woman so I can totally understand why the western world in which these people live in freak out. Religion is very important but so is the country that feeds you/helps you pay for your college tuition/shelters you/builds your roads/sends your grandparents social security etc. Get with it people. Stop hating the west and learn to integrate….a lesson that should be learned from those we despise so…otherwise we’ll always be terrorists/fundamentalists/separatists and thats where the veil comes in handy.

    Comment by Sana | October 19, 2006 | Reply

  3. blair-> straw

    one idiot echoing another.

    Comment by yusufali | October 24, 2006 | Reply

  4. ummm….women are second class and segregated in one way or another in every society on this earth, not just in muslim societies. the premise of comment 2 is wrong.

    Comment by aa | October 24, 2006 | Reply

  5. I’m a Muslim. I don’t think there is any reason for women to be veiled or wear the niqab. It sends us back into the stone ages. It’s not something we need right now.

    Comment by commentstink | October 24, 2006 | Reply

  6. You know, we’re not a strong enough community to be going out and wearing our religion on our sleeves. If you’re a veiled woman, you will be judged. If you have a long beard you are going to be judged as well. Unless the Muslim community starts to have an actual voice (and not a series of fragmented disjoined ones) then we can wear hijab…have long beards. Until then we should blend in a little more.

    Comment by beon | October 24, 2006 | Reply

  7. The issue isn’t whether to veil or not to veil. The issue is the right of a minority of women who choose to veil to have the right to do so. For those of you who are against the right of women to veil, remember that even though you are in the majority right now, there may come a time when you are in the minority on some other issue. As long as the veil isn’t harming anyone, let these women express their beliefs as they wish. For it is only by protecting the rights of the minority that we can hope to live in a free and democratic society.

    Comment by Haider | October 25, 2006 | Reply


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