A U.S. high school in Ohio is hosting “A Covered Girl Challenge,” encouraging the girls to wear a hijab for the day. Who’s sponsoring this event? A Muslim student group with ties to the Muslim Brotherhood and a recruiting tool for jihad.
But a hijab is just a scarf, right? What’s the big deal? We don’t want kids to grow up fearing Muslims just because of the way the women dress. But what about the oppression of women that so often goes hand-in-hand with the hijab? Robert Spencer at JihadWatch.org does a quick rundown on recent hijab and women oppression issues:
- Aqsa Parvez, whose Muslim father choked her to death with her hijab after she refused to wear it;
- and of Amina Muse Ali, a Christian woman in Somalia whom Muslims murdered because she wasn’t wearing a hijab;
- and of the 40 women who were murdered in Iraq in 2007 for not wearing the hijab;
- and of Alya Al-Safar, whose Muslim cousin threatened to kill her and harm her family because she stopped wearing the hijab in Britain;
- and of Amira Osman Hamid, who faces whipping in Sudan for refusing to wear the hijab;
- and of the Egyptian girl, also named Amira, who committed suicide after being brutalized for her family for refusing to wear the hijab;
- and of the Muslim and non-Muslim teachers at the Islamic College of South Australia who were told that they had to wear the hijab or be fired;
- and of the women in Chechnya whom police shot with paintballs because they weren’t wearing hijab;
- and of the women also in Chechnya who were threatened by men with automatic rifles for not wearing hijab;
- and of the elementary school teachers in Tunisia who were threatened with death for not wearing hijab;
- and of the Syrian schoolgirls who were forbidden to go to school unless they wore hijab;
- and of the women in Gaza whom Hamas has forced to wear hijab;
- and of the women in Iran who protested against the regime by daring to take off their legally-required hijab;
- and of the women in London whom Muslim thugs threatened to murder if they didn’t wear hijab;
- and of the anonymous young Muslim woman who doffed her hijab outside her home and started living a double life in fear of her parents,
- and all the other women and girls who have been killed or threatened, or who live in fear for daring not to wear the hijab.
“A Covered Girl Challenge” is titled to sound cute, hip, and glamorous. It is anything but that.
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