Thursday, May 10, 2007

A Dose of Reality in Dealing with Veils

There is a reason why masks and face coverings are illegal in many jurisdictions. They are used by criminals to commit crimes. There's also a reason why the Gurus didn't allow Sikh women or any women who wanted to enter the Guru's Darbar to wear a veil - it's a sign of slavery and oppression, not to mention inequality of gender.

The Somali government forces have figured this out (at least the part about veils being used by criminals/ terrorists)... from Dhimmi Watch,
"Islamophobia"? Nope. They're just trying to stave off attacks from jihadists in disguise. Anyone listening in Grand Rapids?

By Guled Mohamed for Reuters, with thanks to all who sent this in:

MOGADISHU, May 9 (Reuters) - Somali security forces are seizing and even burning Muslim women's veils to stop Islamist insurgents from disguising themselves for attacks, authorities and witnesses said on Wednesday.

The crackdown on veils is a highly symbolic turnaround for Mogadishu after Islamist leaders, who controlled the city in the second half of 2006, had instructed women to wear them.

"Every policeman and government soldier has orders to confiscate veils from veiled women," senior police officer Ali Nur told Reuters in Mogadishu, saying various recent attacks had been carried out by people in disguise.

"Some of the remnants of the Islamic Courts have been caught wearing veils. During the war, these remnants, pretending to be women, killed so many government troops."

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