Piercing The Veil
One of the centerpieces of that war of ideas has been over the Muslim veil. To the extent that a large number of Americans and other Westerners have bought that the wearing of the veil, in whatever form, is merely a harmless religious practice, the overwhelming view of the majority, the Jihadists and their sophisticated Western allies (CAIR, left-wing groups, "human rights" groups [but I repeat myself]) have been very successful.Many will immediately, and rightly, say this is a generalization, and they're right. They will find a find Muslim woman who wears the viel out of a reverence no different than a Jewish man's wearing of a yarmelke or a Christian wearing a cross.
This is understandable, if lamentable. Americans especially, but Westerners in general, take a very hands-off approach to religion. If someone says "my religion commands this" who is anyone to disagree?
Fortunately, the debate over this charade has just been settled, and from no less a Jihadist source than Al-Qaeda "Number Two", the psychopathic Egyptian "doctor" al-Zawahri. In his latest ramblings, he said:The statement--said to have been issued by al-Qaeda's "media arm" al-Sahab--praised Muslim women who insist on wearing the Islamic veil despite pressures not to in some Western lands.This is exactly correct: the wearing of the veil is not a religious statement, but a statement of political solidarity with Islam Armed.
He described anyone doing that as "a soldier in the battle of Islam against the Zionist- Crusader attack".
But the Jewish and Christian religions don't have sizeable factions that push for violent, fascist expansionism, and yarmelkes and crosses are not symbols of such a movement. Islam does, and for many believers, the viel is a symbol of the jihad philosophy.
Remember, moderate and non-believing Muslim families always react with great concern when a daughter suddenly starts sporting a veil.
So what is a moderate, veil-wearing Muslim woman to do? She can either wear a symbol of jihad, or she can be a symbol against jihad by taking off her veil.