Muslims, Please Stop Playing the Victim

October 6, 2006 at 5:55 pm | Posted in Muslim | 2 Comments

In yet another example, Muslims became upset when Jack Straw said he would like to see Muslim women’s head scarves gone all together.

Straw, leader of the House of Commons and the former foreign secretary, said he was concerned that “wearing the full veil was bound to make better, positive relations between the two communities more difficult.”

Asked on Friday if he would like veils to be discarded altogether, Straw said: “Yes. It needs to be made clear I am not talking about being prescriptive but with all the caveats, yes, I would rather.”

“You cannot force people where they live, that’s a matter of choice and economics, but you can be concerned about the implications of separateness and I am,” he told the BBC.

Straw originally wrote in the Lancashire Telegraph that he asked women to remove their veils in his constituency office. “I felt uncomfortable about talking to someone ‘face to face’ who I could not see,” he wrote. No one had refused his request, he said.

Straw pointed out that he defended Muslims’ rights to wear head scarves and that wearing a full veil “breaks no laws.”

It seems a reasonable request. It is not critical of Muslim wear, but just what he would like to see. What was the response?

“Many of these women find Mr. Straw’s comments both offensive and disturbing.”

The radical Hizb ut-Tahrir organization said the Muslim community “does not need lessons in dress from Jack Straw.”

“He has once again shown that for Cabinet ministers it is open season on Muslims and Islam,” said spokesperson Nazreen Nawaz.

However, Daud Abdullah, of the Muslim Council of Britain, said he understood Straw’s views. “This (the veil) does cause some discomfort to non-Muslims. One can understand this,” he said.

I’m glad to see some Muslims try to understand a non-Muslim’s point of view, but jeez guys, stop playing the victim all the time. It sure does make you look childish and wimpy. Oops, I’ve insulted the Muslim world. Sometimes everybody needs a good slap in the face though. Like I said in an earlier post, Arise and be men! Stop with the whimpering and whining.


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  1. Dan, I have to admit it, you are finally beginnig to see the light; good post!

  2. thanks. 🙂

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