Friday, June 22, 2007

"Home" is where one truly belongs

The New York Times' quote of the day:

"I was born here, I’ve never been to Bangladesh. I certainly don’t feel Bangladeshi. So when they say, ‘Go back home,’ where should I go?"

SAJIDA KHATON, a Londoner who wears a full-face Muslim veil, known as the niqab.

Ms. Khaton, home is where the heart is, not where one hangs one's hat.

The full covering worn by women in Islam is mandated by that religion because of certain attitudes held by that religion. One of them is that women have insatiable sexual appetites while men only experience lust when bewitched by immoral women who go about seeking to seduce men and led them to ruin.

Another attitude about women revealed by the niqab is that all that a woman is or has, even her external appearance, is the property of her husband and is for his eyes only.

The veil In Islamic society is a sign of a woman's religious, legal and cultural inferiority and subjection. It is the equivalent of a black person in 21st century America wearing a slave collar.

For a woman in the West to dress in this manner is a sign of her (or in many cases her family's) rejection of the West and its ideas of female equality. Women wishing to dress like this and thereby signal their agreement with all that kind of clothing implies, should go and live in a nation governed under Islamic law. Then she can experience the whole package, not just the veil.

Then ten years after she has been forced into an arranged marriage with a cousin that she's never seen before, not been allowed to leave the house without a male escort and beaten regularly we can go back and ask her about her "identity".