Worried about the stealth jihad and creeping Sharia in the U.S.? Relax! “Muslim women uncover myths about the hijab,” by John Blake for CNN, August 12 (thanks to Eric):
(CNN) — Rowaida Abdelaziz doesn’t want your pity.
She doesn’t want your frosty public stares; the whispers behind her back; the lament that she’s been degraded by her father.
What the Muslim high school senior wants you to understand is that she doesn’t wear the hijab, the head scarf worn by Muslim women, because she is submissive.
“It represents beauty to me,” says Abdelaziz, the 17-year-old daughter of two Egyptian parents living in Old Bridge, New Jersey.
“My mom says a girl is like a jewel,” Abdelaziz says. “When you have something precious, you usually hide it. You want to make sure you keep it safe until that treasure is ready to be found.”
The nation has heard plenty of debate over racial profiling. But there’s a form of religious profiling that some young Muslim women in America say they endure whenever they voluntarily wear the hijab.
The hijab, also known as the veil, is the headscarf worn by Muslim women around the globe. It’s a simple piece of cloth, but it can place young Muslim women in Western countries in difficult situations.
Some hijab-wearers say that strangers treat them as if they’re terrorists. Others ask them if they’re a nun — or even allergic to the sun. In some cases, their worst critics are not Americans, but fellow Muslim Americans….
You get the idea. CNN loves the hijab, and wants you to love the hijab, and stop pestering Muslim women with all that talk about rights. All right. But let’s give a full picture of the situation, shall we? Here are some interesting news items regarding the hijab that CNN did not deem fit to print: