HeJarb, SheJarb, Hi Jab, Bye Jab

By Sifu Crockett

Allegedly… On May 26 2017, students were asked — asked — to leave a career expo at the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre (PCEC). Apparently, they were Muslim girls. According to the false reports, the girls “Were forced to leave.

But I say, assuredly, that while it’s alleged that onlookers felt somewhat threatened by the girls’ attire, it was more that they were rather pissed at the girls’ disrespectful and arrogant refusal to oblige with the simple, politely-given request.

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Needless outrage has arisen from the false allegations

Quick Aside:

As there are bound to be some ninnies out there who are going to object not only to this piece, but to the fact that I am a white, Australian male, who has, according to some, no entitlement to an opinion on this issue, I’ve taken the opportunity to post a short video for you. It comes from Masih Alinejad — an Iranian Muslim woman — who strongly challenges the compulsory wearing of the hijab.

Alinejad is the founder of My Stealthy Freedom, the biggest social movement against enforced hijab in Iran.

End Aside.

Before we dismantle this incident and the overall issue, here’s a little personal context:

Me, I’m a bandana-wearing guy. Have been for about 20 years. They protect my shaved head from the sun. They also look rather good, so I’ll often wear one at night when I go out. But…

Every time I fly, I take it off to assist (read: happily and willingly comply with) airport security. And when I attend venues like Australian RSL clubs, I refrain from wearing one because the RSL’s dress code doesn’t permit them. 

It’s no biggie, it’s just the way it is. And no, I don’t want an award or brownie points for it.

But Fashion Ain’t Always Wanted

The reality, as you’re fully aware, is that headwear, no matter its shape or form, is unwanted in many places — Even, at times, not permitted. Shock. Horror.

The sensible ones among us know that the reasons for such are pretty obvious. Just as we know that not a single one of those reasons has the slightest thing to do with discrimination, racism or prejudice. Except…

When It Involves Muslims!

Then it’s all that and more: Hate. Prejudice. Discrimination.  Racism… And Islamophobia. Riiight.

Tell me: Why is a piece of cloth that someone chooses to wear over their head such a touchy issue? Moreover, exceptionally, exceedingly, extraordinarily touchy to Muslims and their droves of sympathisers?

I mean, do we not often hear from Muslim women that wearing the hijab is optional; and that it is not designated or mandated in the scriptures?

Okay then. By their very own admission, it’s a personal choice thing. That would be true, if it weren’t for…

The Imams Who

post videos explaining how and why women and girls should cover themselves from head-to-toe, and how, speaking expressly on the hijab, only part of a woman’s head is allowed to be shown: 

Earlobes; the neck; a certain percentage of the forehead; and ALL the hair are apparently forbidden from viewing. Because modesty. Because decency. Because…. O shoosh!

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What’s the expression? A picture speaks a thousand…?

I don’t want to derail myself here, because this does lead into a bigger arena, one worthy of more thorough exploration, but whether it’s a piece of fabric used to cover part of the head (hijab), or it’s the whole hog that is the full body-tent (burka), you have to make up your mind: 

If it’s not, as you repeatedly tell us, enforced, mandated or even mentioned by Islamic scriptures; if it is, as you say, “a personal choice;” if it is — and it really, really is — just a piece of fabric… then you need to understand that in Western society there exists many times and places that anything covering the head (and concealing one’s features; one’s identity) are not permitted:

Parliament House. Banks. Airport Security. During the photographing of one’s face for producing photo I.D. And the list goes on. 

As does the list for the types of coverings: 

Beanies, bandanas, baliclavas, mask, helmets… and even headscarves, hijabs, niqabs and burkas.

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The Full Body Tent: Nothing to see here — literally

So, What Should You Do?

To answer that, here’s a revelation for those in need of it: 

Don’t wear your optional headwear to places and events where you know it’s not allowed. Or take it off, when asked, without objection. No biggie.

Regardless of your choice, certainly do either without later crying that you’ve been discriminated against.

When you do — moan, groan, whinge and complain — you are making what I call an intellectual miscalculation. Meaning, you, not us, are conflating right with wrong; conflating Western social values with discrimination; conflating religious indoctrination with common law, respect and decency. I repeat, that’s all on you.

This, comrades, is why it is not Islamophobic to be asked to take off a hijab, or to leave a venue if you’ve refused to (take it off): Because the same standard applies to — are you ready for this? — Everyone: Muslims; non-Muslims; all of us. Which hardly does much for the case of discrimination does it?

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Yes, it’s a man. The fair question is: How often is the burka used as a disguise?

So, the concern is, that if the wearing of the hijab is not mandatory (according to Islam) what then is the problem? 

You see, it’s the inapprorpate-at-times wearing of the piece of cloth that’s being objected to — And usually in relation to matters of security (so kinda important). What it most definitely is not is that Muslim women and girls, and their presence, are being objected to. 

It only becomes YOU… when YOU refuse to comply or oblige. Ahhh but then… Then it becomes all about Islam and discrimination. Riiight. Why else would these ‘victims’ cry wolf? I mean, “Islamophobia.”

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The site of the alleged incident: The Perth Convention & Exhibition Centre

Back to the PCEC

Outrage, as you’d expect, is pouring from the incident. An anonymous (of course) mother of one of the girls said:

I’m not angry, I’m just sad.

Yes, I’d be sad too if my daughter was incapable of respecting and obliging the basic instructions given by officials at a public venue — That are applied to all members attending that public facility.

AnonyMum went on:

I feel particularly sad that my daughter went on an excursion and didn’t enjoy it.

Not that you raising her in an oppressive environment has anything to do with it. Of course not.

Instead of empowering her as a woman, you insist upon subjecting her to the wearing of headwear that, if politely challenged, leaves her no choice, thanks to her upbringing, than to feel singled out and discriminated against. Pot, kettle, black.

AnonyMum continues:

I see this as an opportunity to raise awareness and get a deeper understanding of how young Muslims in Australia feel.

Now that one I can get behind. Imagine what a comprehensive psychological study would reveal of girls raised in such oppressive environments. 

Among many things, it would also reveal, contrary to the belief of the new wave feminists, such as Clementine Ford, that it’s not only the women themselves who are perpetuating what men are otherwise blamed for, but it is these Muslim women — mothers — who are enforcing said oppression upon their very own daughters. Pot. Kettle. Black.

AnonyMum goes on:

These are young people who feel on the outside, who were made to feel isolated, yet they should be embraced by our society. What does this do to a young person’s self-esteem, self-worth and confidence?

Ah, yes, it’s everybody else’s fault. 

Way to go, AnonyMum. Because hiding your daughters behind what really is mandatory dress does not isolate them. And the Islamic scriptures’ position on non-Muslims (infidels; kaffirs) really allows Western society to embrace them. Riiight. POT KETTLE… ahh you know the rest!

But the question you ask, AnonyMum, “What does this do to a young person’s self-esteem, self-worth and confidence?” is one that you ought be made answer to child welfare authorities. 

It could most definitely be argued that rasing children in Australia who cannot cope with everyday Australian values is something that you should be made accountable for.

To Avoid Confusion, Let’s Be Clear:

Wear what you want. What. YOU. Want. 

I don’t necessarily have an issue with headwear of any sort, the hijab included. In fact, I reckon they often look rather nice. But that’s not the point because the issue, according to its advocates, is that you don’t have to wear it. Because choice. So good.

Yet there will be times and places that it’s not just inappropriate, but that it’s impermissable. Your position in such instances starts with respect. What follows is you simply making the minor effort required to just get along. No biggie.

You’re not being singled out. You’re not being prejudiced against or hated. The unwanted attention that you cry discrimination over is nothing if not self-inflicted.

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Mariam Veiszadeh

But It Is — It’s Islamophobic!

That’s because Islamophobia Register Australia President, and lawyer, Mariam Veiszadeh, said so:

… very disappointed to hear about the incident. Time and time again, we come across examples of ignorant prejudice.”

Unlike the intentional prejudice of you, your ‘register’, and the unsubstantiated anecdotal claims of discrimination you happily populate your agenda with. 

But Veiszadeh adds:

Women often bear the brunt of Islamophobia, and a rather alarming number of incidents take place in the presence of children.”

Not to mention the “alarming number of incidents” that such children are subjected to within their choiceless upbringings, at the hands of their oppressive mothers. I think we ought call these women, these mothers, enablers of oppression.

Veiszadeh continues:

There has been very little research done into the impact of Islamophobia on young people and the inevitable impact it would have on their sense of identify and self-worth.

There was little doubt that young people, continually exposed to acts of Islamphobia, would lead to feelings of alienation and disenfranchisement.

The term “Islamophobia” (and its derivatives) is an intentionally manufactured propaganda tool, invented by political ideologists for the sole purpose of tarninishing and shutting down all those who challenge or criticise Islam — Regardless of whether it’s a serious questioning of an aspect of the Quran, or simply and politely asking someone to remove a headscarf. 

Sorry, but “Islamophobia” is, and have no doubts about this, nothing if not a war cry.

This helps to explain why, if not ironically so, this ostensibly anti-discrimination term is used intentionally as a tool of discrimination; a tool designed for shaming; a tool that, no matter who uses it, irrevocably defines themselves as a hypocrite.

So, yes, let’s have that research that Veiszadeh says is absent. Cos it’s people like Veiszadeh who promote the very thing she says young girls need protection from. 

Raising children in an environment that teaches them that their value as a human being resides in things like the wearing of a piece of cloth…? Tell me that ain’t gonna have no psychological impact on the child’s developing mind. Tell me that aint’ gonna lead to “feelings of alienation and disenfranchisement.” Go on, tell me, I’ll wait.

Veiszadeh continues:

In the coming months we will launch a comprehensive, first of its kind report on Islamophobia in Australia which will critically analyse verified incidents of Islamophobia.

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When, in the absence of evidence, anecdotes & allegations will suffice

Sign Me Up

This is one report I look forward to eviscerating. How ‘bout you? I’m losing sleep already, just waiting. Anxiously.

Seriously, I challenge Veiszadeh to make this ‘report’ of hers public. Please. Do it. We need a greater public record of your behavior, alongside the propaganda you and your orginization plunders the public with.

In sensible, reasonable hands, your claims will be torn to shreds; your argument dismantled; your propaganda exposed for the hate-inspiring dross it is. There, I’ve said it.

In Closing:

The PCEC have conducted a thorough investigation into the claims of discrimination. They did this while saying the centre “did not condone discrimination of any kind.

Investigating their own staff, the PCEC concluded that their staff were not involved in the alleged incident. Because… no evidence. Because… didn’t ever happen. Go figure.

So, comrades, do tell me what you think:

If it’s no biggie for motorcyclists to remove their helmets before entering a bank or when paying for petrol, and us bandana wearers can take off our headwear for airport security — as well as knowing not to wear them when we attend RSL clubs — then so, too, can any decent, hijab-wearing Muslim woman. 

And the rest of us ought be free to ask for that respect, without being falsely and prejudiciously labelled as racists, bigots and Islamophobes. Because that, my friends, that is the discrimination at the very heart of our so-called multi-cultural society.

Thanks.

Arguably Yours

Sifu…

Here’s the Clip from 

Masih Alinejad, strongly challenging the compulsory wearing of the hijab:

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