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Sunday, January 11, 2015

Je suis Charlie: let's support all Muslim women to free themselves of those Hijab shrouds

Although religious tolerance should be extended to all faiths, the fact is, about 50 percent of the Muslim population are scarfed or, even worse, shrouded in black. Women are marginalized, devalued and hidden. In my opinion, religious  tolerance should begin within the faith formation. 

(Of  course, Roman Catholic women aren't ordained priests, but we shed the garments of submission, ie, "head scarves", decades ago.) 

It seems to me, radical Islamic extremists couldn't survive if 50 percent of them protested the madness. Muslim women are in a special position to display an overt sign of protest against their suppression and the senseless murders of innocents, in the name of the prophet Mohammed. Muslim women could shed their head scarves and black shrouds in protest against the Islamic extremists.

Muslim women could protest by removing the Hijab, the veil that covers the head and chest, which is particularly worn by many Muslim women beyond the age of puberty in the presence of adult males outside of their immediate family and, according to some interpretations, in the presence of adult non-Muslim females outside of their immediate family. It can further refer to any head, face, or body covering worn by Muslim women that conforms to a certain standard of modesty (or, perhaps, oppression). Hijab can also be used to refer to the seclusion of women from men in the public sphere. (Wikipedia)

It's long overdue for Muslim women to protest the destructions of their own children, as they're radicalized, and then take revenge on all non-Muslims, in jihad (or holy war).  

Now, France has declared War on Radical Islam, following the murders of satirical cartoonists and journalists in Paris, as well as other hostages. This declaration will undoubtedly have unintended consequences against the non violent Muslim populations. Therefore, to help prevent further mayhem, it seems to me the Muslim women could act in support of their own culture by preventing collateral damage resulting form the declaration of war on extremism, in France.  

They could, en mass, free themselves from Hijab.

In my opinion, this visible act against extremism would have a sobering impact on all Muslims and would serve as a wake up call to the jihadists.  Moreover, perhaps  the freedom from Hijab could have the effect of teaching Muslim women about the value of their power over tyranny.

Okay, pragmatists may deny the realistic impact of my idea, but it's at least worth a try. Something, somebody, somehow the religious extremism must stop, so everyone has a chance to live in relative peace. Therefore, I challenge Muslim women to lead the way.

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