Enough to make a donkey puke. Especially in light of the blog entry below:
People around the world are marking World Hijab Day. Organisers say they aim to have one million Muslim and non-Muslim women worldwide wear a hijab for one day to improve religious understanding.
It’s World Hijab Day with events being held around Australia.
Rebecca Kay is holding a celebration in Sydney’s Pitt Street Mall and is encouraging all women to try on a hijab.
“We’re inviting all women to come and experience the life of a day of a hijabi (a female who wears a hijab), and see what all the fuss is about and just try to create bonds and answer questions,” Ms Kay said.
“A lot of the time we see men speaking on behalf of women when it comes to our dress attire and the women are coming out and saying that it’s our time to speak and that we wish to represent ourselves.”
In Pakistan they didn’t get to speak:
“The biggest assumption about Muslim women who wear the hijab is that we are one big homogenous group,” Ms Shelly wrote on Facebook. “Muslim women who wear the hijab are from all walks of life, nationalities and have different ways that they express their modesty through their wearing of the hijab. Yay for diversity in the hijabi community!”
Barack Hussein Obama affirmed the truth with his words:
“Moreover, freedom in America is indivisible from the freedom to practice one’s religion. That is why there is a mosque in every state in our union, and over 1,200 mosques within our borders. That’s why the United States government has gone to court to protect the right of women and girls to wear the hijab and to punish those who would deny it.” â€” Barack Obama,Â Cairo, June 4, 2009
But where is the tolerance for us?
Now the bigots are stripping pictures from galleries.
Does anyone in particular have the right to depict a hijab in an artwork?
Our story this week about artists using the Muslim headdress as imagery in their work has caused quite a stir. The story centred on a Melbourne gallery that pulled the work of a photographer which featured young women with their hair arranged in the style of a hijab.
Those shouldn’t actually be questions in a healthy society. They should be assertions of right.