Politics, Religion and wearing the Hijab.

Politics, Religion and wearing the Hijab.

The terrible shootings in Denmark and the European response was one of the topics we have been discussing. People from all over are trying to disassociate with the fringe elements that are carrying out these attacks on innocents. The increase of barbarity towards one another is a great cause for concern both to us and the world at large. It appears that no matter what one says someone else will take exception to it. Look at Presidents Obama’s comments at the National Prayer Breakfast, he told attendees that violence rooted in religion is not exclusive to Islam but carried out by Christians. He is quoted as saying,” …even though religion is a source for good around the world, there will always be people willing to “hijack religion for their own murderous ends.” Comments that we find, recognize that  fringe elements of society and religion are creating the violence but according to this article, Obama was equating ISIS with Christianity. Our general feelings were that the article in question was using the platform of religion for political purposes – those of the anti Obama brigade. Whatever your politics we ask that you don’t be drawn into a us versus them  mind set. Figures of authority, when trying to breach a huge religious and cultural gap need to be supported. Violence will be found whatever political party is in power and using that violence to discredit or put forward a candidate should be below us.

We need to understand or neighbors, their religion and their culture and we have the means to do that within our own country, townships even our own backyard. In Illinois a Christian mother is attempting to do that by wearing the hijab throughout Lent; by wearing the traditional head covering she hopes to foster understanding and challenge perceived differences. What do you think? Is it too much? How could we foster a greater understanding? Positive and constructive ideas welcome.

 

The wearing of the hijab is not exclusive to Muslims

 

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