Friday, October 06, 2006

Straw veil call sparks Muslim fury

It had occurred to me when seeing the headline that this article would be about an outbreak of violence. I mean, personally the word "fury" has some pretty strong connotations. Put that together with the word "Muslim" and anything is possible. Taking into account the last two massive outbreaks of violence emanating from the Muslim world after comments or cartoons, when one sees this headline you think that this must be something similar. I mean what else are Muslims if not violent, unruly, hate mongers. Oh the "fury" came, there was no stopping these crazed Muslims, but just before they could burn down churches or kill clergy something odd happened. It seems that the "Muslim fury" spoken about was simply citizens redressing their government. The "fury" amounted to complaints from the Muslim community about insensitivity to their culture. But wait there is hope, a "radical" Muslim group, they will make things make sense again, this "radical" group released a vitriolic statement that called for the beheading of Jack Straw....oh wait never mind, they simply stated that the "Muslim community does not need lessons in dress from Jack Straw."

So wait. No killings? No calls for assassinations? No burning churches or dead clergy? What kind of "fury" is this? If I have learned anything from our government and culture, it is that Muslims are violently insane people, but somehow that doesn’t fit with reality before my eyes. Is it possible that they are people just like us?

So, does anyone else find this headline a little weird? It just seems that we are taught to fear Muslims now. Even when they aren’t doing anything, we are still pushed to fear them. Kind of ridiculous if you ask me.

ps. I hope you all caught my sarcasm


Malika said...

I have grown up in a country with the second largest Muslim population in the world-second only to Indonesia. I read this article and was appalled by Straw's comments. He is a SENIOR British Cabinet Minister and that makes it even worse, in my view. Being part of the government, should mean that he watches what he says and should understand what he is talking about before making such insidious remarks.

The veil is Islam is highly misunderstood. Many would say that it is reflection of how Muslim people subjugate women. However, the truth is that the veil is a symbol of humility. Yes, some women are forced to wear it, but a lot of them wear it voluntarily. If following religion voluntarily without harming others makes it difficult to communicate, Mr. Straw may have to work on his communication skills rather than anything else!

hewhowould said...

"The person who is in love with their vision of community will destroy community. The person who falls madly in love with people around them will create community where ever they go." - Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Jack Straw had good intentions but went about it the wrong way. In short he is an idiot. Blunt I know but in times of turmoil and fierce fighting one does not help people through force or rejecting their beliefs. Instead you offer a friendly handshake and ask if you can help. In regards to the veil, Jack Straw had no right to instruct those who wear them to take them off, and because he did so makes him no better then those that force women to wear them