There is an ongoing effort in the establishment media to present Islam and Sharia observance as completely ordinary, benign things, with no downside at all. This effort usually becomes more intense after a jihad massacre, with its attendant myth-making about racist, redneck yahoos supposedly victimizing hijab-wearing women: efforts such as this one are presented as attempts to offset that supposed outpouring of “hate” by “humanizing” hijab-wearing women and allowing sympathetic non-Muslims to stand in “solidarity” with them.
That’s all wonderful, but where is Facebook’s and Twitter’s solidarity with Aqsa Parvez, whose Muslim father choked her to death with her hijab after she refused to wear it? Or Aqsa and Amina Muse Ali, a Christian woman in Somalia whom Muslims murdered because she wasn’t wearing a hijab? Or the 40 women who were murdered in Iraq in 2007 for not wearing the hijab; or Alya Al-Safar, whose Muslim cousin threatened to kill her and harm her family because she stopped wearing the hijab in Britain; or Amira Osman Hamid, who faced whipping in Sudan for refusing to wear the hijab; or the Egyptian girl, also named Amira, who committed suicide after being brutalized for her family for refusing to wear the hijab; or the Muslim and non-Muslim teachers at the Islamic College of South Australia who were told that they had to wear the hijab or be fired; or the women in Chechnya whom police shot with paintballs because they weren’t wearing hijab; or the women also in Chechnya who were threatened by men with automatic rifles for not wearing hijab; or the elementary school teachers in Tunisia who were threatened with death for not wearing hijab; or the Syrian schoolgirls who were forbidden to go to school unless they wore hijab; or the women in Gaza whom Hamas has forced to wear hijab; or the women in Iran who protested against the regime by daring to take off their legally-required hijab; or the women in London whom Muslim thugs threatened to murder if they didn’t wear hijab; or the anonymous young Muslim woman who doffed her hijab outside her home and started living a double life in fear of her parents; or the fifteen girls in Saudi Arabia who were killed when the religious police wouldn’t let them leave their burning school building because they had taken off their hijabs in their all-female environment; or all the other women and girls who have been killed or threatened, or who live in fear for daring not to wear the hijab?
Who is standing in solidarity with them? Those who taunt or brutalize hijab-wearing women are louts and creeps, and should be prosecuted if they commit any acts of violence. At the same time, the women who don’t wear hijab in Muslim countries are far more likely to be victims of violence than hijabis in the West. Who speaks for them?
“Twitter and Facebook rolling out new emoji which includes breastfeeding and hijabs,”
Tired of the emoji on your phone? As of Tuesday (May 23), Twitter users can take 239 new emoji for a test drive.
The update will soon be rolled out on Facebook too.
In total, there are 56 entirely brand new characters.
Gender and skin tone variations account for the other 183.
The new emoji include a breastfeeding mother, one of the most requested emoji in 2016. It was proposed by Ms Rachel Lee, a registered nurse at the University College of London Hospital.
She wrote that the emoji would “fill a gap in the current standard which omits the most popular form of nutrition for newborn babies”.
The latest emoji update was first announced in March by Unicode Consortium, the organisation that oversees the creation of emoji.
Another addition is a woman with headscarf, proposed by Rayouf Alhumedhi from Saudi Arabia.
The 15-year-old teenage girl wrote in her proposal to Unicode: “The addition of the hijab emoji will prove to be a step forward in tolerance and diversity.”