Not just Muslims who Burn Symbols

The Christian Science Monitor is discussing the impact of hijab in Norway. Apparently, Norwegians have been reduced to a state of outrage over a Norwegian policewoman’s desire to incorporate the hijab as part of her profession uniform. The outrage includes the burning of hijabs, on International Women’s Day, no less. So, the next time you see brown people burning a flag or something, remember: blonds can also burn. Unfortunately, the photographic evidence of such is a bit more difficult to acquire (there are pictures…but they are mostly of dark-haired Norwegians). Hmmmmm.

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7 Responses to Not just Muslims who Burn Symbols

  1. realistic bird says:

    What a nutty bunch of people, if they really understood the meaning of hijab they’d know it frees women.

  2. biscuitinabasket says:

    DN, If you think that is crazy, then delve into an islamic republic aka Turkey. Their views on hijab are so shocking it is unbelievable! Girls cannot wear hijab at universities or in government offices. The priminister’s wife wears hijab, and the country goes balistic because they think that the country is going to become into a religious state.

    God knows how the world became so crazy – a head scarf in the French Riviera is acceptable, but a hijab in an Islamic country isn’t!

    *sighs*

    • Ajla says:

      Have you been to Turkey? Did you know the majority of Turkey’s people are actually more for a more Islamic governing, while those with the greater power in their mortal hands are the ones that decide, being a minority? The media likes to make it seem as if the majority are against Islam, while reality looks different. Politics is a dirty, dirty place.

      • biscuitinabasket says:

        Hey Ajla,

        Not have I only been to Turkey, I was in a long term relationship with a Turkish girl (native) and have spent time with her family and have spent a good amount of time backpacking around Turkey. Having spent time travelling within Turkey, especially Izmir, Antalya, Konya regions, Eskisehir etc I have met a number of people who have spoken about their struggles in geting a job because of a headscarf. I know of teachers in primary schools who have to wear a wig as an alternative to head scarfs. What gives?!

        I am not questioning Turkey’s inclination towards islamic rule (and if I came across like that in my comment – I do appologise), but you have to accept the large scale protests against allowing headscarves for university students and teachers, and you have to accept that major legal chalenges were made against the AK party and the supposed direction that they were going to take Turkey.

        In my personal opinion, there is a huge emphasis on secularism in Turkey, national pride is a major thing for the Turks – which is all well and good; however, a lot of people reacted in anger “against” the ruling party, and that is a fact which does stand. The minority is unfortunately too large to ignore.

        • Ajla says:

          Hi biscuitinabasket,

          Thank you for clearing up your opinion, I agree with you. I just wanted a clarification and you obviously know what you’re talking about. By being partly Turkish makes me feel in a defending-mode every now and then when Turkey is discussed.

          Digital Nomad, you said it well, the minoirty speaks out loud.

  3. biscuit, Turkey was (still is, tbh) quite an obsession of mine. The lenghts to which they went to remove hijab, and Islamic attire in general, is shocking to the senses. The amazing thing about Turkey is that they actually have government leaders whose wives wear hijab…the saddest thing is that one would never have predicted it, and it’s actually something of a huge step forward for the nation.

    It’s often said that we can practice more Islam outside many Islamic countries than inside…and it’s sad to know that we really can’t argue with that observation.

    Ajla, See, it wouldn’t even be an issue if the majority of the Turkish people were in line with the powers that be. The fact that it’s an issue is the clearest indication that Turkish people want to be able to express themselves Islamically. So, I don’t think biscuit is arguing that at all 🙂

    biscuit, “The minority is unfortunately too large to ignore.” This is so true…not just in Turkey, but most places. The minority speaks up, and speaks up loud. The majority are too worried about being tear-gassed, wire-tapped, or locked up. Fact is, the cards are kind of stacked against the majority.

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