DAILYKENN.com -- The hijab is a hood worn by Muslim women similar to that worn by Klansmen.
Muslim hoods tend to be black and typically include one elongated hole allowing the wearer to see. Klan hoods are usually white with two holes for the eyes. Otherwise, they are essentially the same.
Canada's capitol city, Ottawa, will hold an event celebrating Muslim Klan hoods. The celebration is scheduled for Feb.25, 2016.
The hijab hood is symbolic of misogynist oppression of women practiced by Muslim including submission and sex slavery.
The regressive left is selective when promoting symbols. In the United States regressives demonize the Confederate flag, pretending it is symbolic of intolerance while celebrating the hijab, an iconic symbol of the world's largest, oldest, and deadliest hate group.
This Thursday, February 25, 2016, the city of Ottawa will be holding a public event celebrating the hijab, Islam's physical repression of women.
The City for All Women Initiative (CAWI) organization, backed by the City Council of Ottawa, is hosting the Ottawa Hijab Solidarity Day celebration, also called "Walking with Our Muslims Sisters," at City Hall. According to CAWI, the main purpose of this event is to encourage non-Muslim women to wear a hijab to understand life as a Muslim woman.
The outrage is that such an event will be taking place under the auspices of the City of Ottawa, the capital of Canada. Under Islamic Shari'a law, the hijab is an expression of the suppression of women and is used as a tool to persecute women by their male counterparts.
For many secular and former Muslim women, the hijab is anything but a symbol of freedom. The hijab serves as a physical daily reminder that they, women, are second-class citizens in the eyes of Islam.
Proponents of the hijab threw me into an Iranian prison for 18 months when I was 16, for protesting Islamic extremism. My family and I were forced to flee; we finally found refuge in Canada.
I have since worked to expose the truth about the Shari'a-guided regime of Iran, as well as advocating for the emancipation of minorities and women.
While critics of CAWI's event, including myself, have been wrongfully characterized as "Islamophobes," this could not be further from the truth. A woman in Canada has the right to wear what she chooses -- but why celebrate the hijab, any more than the crucifix or a skullcap? It is not the place of government to do that.
In Iran, where I was born, women are slowly beginning to stand up against the regime's Shari'a-minded repression. One group, My Stealthy Freedom, describes itself as "an online social movement where Iranian women share photos of themselves without wearing the hijab."
The fact that Muslim women in Iran go to such dangerous lengths, risking arrest and even death, to take a stand against their own religion's oppression is in itself a significant act.
Forcing women to wear a hijab is not unique to Iran. In Afghanistan and some parts of Saudi Arabia, women face beatings, fines and even worse outcomes for showing their hair. In 2002, in Saudi Arabia, "religious police stopped schoolgirls from leaving a blazing building because they were not wearing correct Islamic dress... the headscarves and abayas (black robes) required by the kingdom's strict interpretation of Islam." Fifteen girls died in the fire and more than 50 others were injured.
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