If you're a woman, forget the Nobel Prize, or any kind of productive achievement.
Dispel the yearning to create that next breakthrough medicine, or a 100mpg engine, or a new type of high-yield crop, or anything else that enhances or extends the existence of human beings, here on Earth, during their lifetimes.
Nope, if you want to be down with Allah, and get a prime spot in the afterlife, all you need to do is defy the Western nation you've been permitted to move to (and which provides you with more rights than are conceivable in your native Islamist land), by insisting on wearing a head-to-toe veil (a niqab) that covers everything but your eyes, wherever you go, and whatever you do.
"Wearing the niqab means you will get a good grade and go to paradise,"said Hodo Muse, 19, a Somali woman. "Every day people are giving me dirty looks for wearing it, but when you wear something for Allah you get a boost."
And of course, following the lead of agitatin' radical Islamist front groups like CAIR, etc., scream "racism!" or "Islamophobia!" whenever anyone dares to suggest that in Western culture, one will be marginalized (if not lawfully limited) if she insists on dressing as if she's living in the 7th century. Except, whoops... the niqab is only as old as disco.
From the International Herald-Tribune today (hat tip DrudgeReport), we learn that England is finally starting to stand firm against Muslim women who insist on covering themselves from head-to-toe, and expect to be part of modern Western culture. And of course, let's not even talk about how it's a thumb in the eye of Western culture in the post-9/11, post-7/7, post-3/11 world.
"For me it is not just a piece of clothing, it's an act of faith, it's solidarity,"said a 24-year-old program scheduler at a broadcasting company in London, who would allow only her last name, Al Shaikh, to be printed, saying she wanted to protect her privacy. "9/11 was a wake-up call for young Muslims," she said.
I see. Mind you, it was not a wake-up call to Muslims to stand up to the radical Islamists and jihadists in their midsts, nor to publicly deny as often as necessary that deliberately butchering civilians is never justified by (their interpretation of) Islam. No, 9/11 was "a wake-up call" to some Muslim women to publicly identify themselves by... preventing anyone from identifying them at all.
Marginalizatin and ostracization, indeed. But certainly not by the Western cultures that have liberated women in a way that is unthinkable in the Islamist societies that they (or their parents) escaped from.
Newsflash, female Muslims: If you want to live in a society that accepts (if not mandates) the niqab, there are plenty to choose from: Iran, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Algeria, Sudan, Somalia, Egypt, Libya, etc.
If, however, you wish to live in Western culture, there are certain standards. And one of them is that if you prevent us from being able to see your face or hear your voice, and you attempt to impose your standards upon us --- don't act shocked(!) and offended(!) when your host culture starts to resist this imposition.
Fortunately, some brave Muslims are actually standing up to and opposing the attempt to impose the niqab in British schools; read the story here.
I'll refrain (from now) from commenting on the Western dhimmis who are catering to this phenomena, via their fetish for "jihad-chic" fashions.
But if you want to learn more about the advance of niqab/hijab chic via Western dhimmis and culture-shapers, read here, here, here. Culture wars, indeed.
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