Thursday, March 05, 2009

The hijab is not in the koran

CAIR: AG Holder Asked to Address Constitutionality of MN, OK Hijab Bans
Proposed legislation would prohibit religious head coverings in
driver’s license photos

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 3/4/09) - A prominent
national Islamic civil rights and advocacy group today asked Attorney General
Eric Holder to determine whether proposed legislation in Minnesota and Oklahoma
prohibiting religiously-mandated head scarves, or hijab, in driver’s license
photographs would violate the Constitution.

The Washington-based Council on
American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) said that, if passed into law, both bills
would infringe on the First Amendment rights of Muslims, Jews, Sikhs and members
of other faiths who wear religious head coverings.

The problem I see in CAIR’s statement is that these head coverings are not mentioned in the koran. This is a manmade command, nothing required by allah or the prophet. So to claim it’s a religious mandate is simply false.

Let me explain;

When I was 5 years old, my parents sent me to live with my paternal grandparents in Pennsylvania. On Sunday mornings I’d get dropped off with my Grammy for church. She was a Roman Catholic and Gramps was Russian Orthodox. Once we were safely inside St Joseph, Gramps would venture off to St Basil the Great, or so he said. Once we entered the vestibule and blessed ourselves we’d take our seats on the left-hand side of the church. While we were still in the vestibule, Grammy would place a white embroidered hanky on my head. My Grandmother always wore a small hat or lace doily type hanky to church. Always! Even when my son was baptised in 1985 she was the only woman (at the noon mass) with a "hanky" on her head.

Now most of you will remember your grandmother always had a hanky stuffed up her dress or shirt sleeve, right. In those days (1971) the entire mass was still being said in Latin and the only word I knew was Amen. Every Sunday morning I sat quietly, contemplating the boggers that were now in my hair from the handkerchief Grammy placed upon my head. What may have appeared to other parishioners as an extremely well behaved child of 5, was in reality a germ-o-phobic tot imagining all the infections that would surely fall upon me. Twenty years later I was finally told the hanky on my head and the hanky up Grammy’s sleeve were 2 entirely different hankies.

How does my personal recollection correlate to a muslim woman draping herself in a glad-bag only allowing her eyes to be seen? Simple, what my Grammy did was in no way a Catholic or Christian mandate. Her simple act of covering our heads was performed out of respect for Gods House.

What these muslimah choose to wear does not in any way reflect the religious mandate they keep touting. It’s a choice to cover-up from head to toe, especially in this country. I understand modesty but this is overkill and in my opinion, a cry for attention.

I’ve never heard of a nun chasing down a civil rights group to take up her cause, ensuring her religious freedom to obtain a drivers license clothed in a wimple and habit.

It’s not a religious bias implemented by the BMV. This is a national security issue. Won’t muslims suffer if another attack occurs in this country? We all share the same fate if this country is attacked.


Dinah Lord said...

Eric Holder, those CAIR morons and all the Islamic supremacists aside...

I loved the sweet story of you and your Gram's trips to church. Especially the boogers on the head part!

Back to the Hijab - why is it that the Muslim men are the ones always arguing this cause? Every once in a while they trot out a she-Muslim as the token female, but by and large it's always the men.

It's all about keeping control of their wimmen folk and they will sue everything that moves to accomplish that aim.

(We are hip to their trip, Miss J)

janice said...

Control is key. These women are so beaten down and afraid it's a wonder any pictures are even taken of them. The word is out, you dishonor me and heads-will-roll.

SkyePuppy said...

Why are these hijab-wearing women being allowed to drive? They might get the idea that they could drive themselves somewhere and mingle with unrelated men.

Not to mention the safety factor of wearing something that impedes your vision. No, if you want to drive, you need to uncover and get your picture taken that way.

janice said...

Skye, you are so right! Why didn't I think of that, these women shouldn't be driving anyway and a clear safety hazzard.