PHILADELPHIA – A new series of crimes involving men dressed in Muslim full face veil is sending shock waves among Philadelphia Muslim minority, resulting in increasing concerns of rising Islamophobia and stigmatizing of the religious minority in the US Northeastern County.Here's an idea: liberate yourselves from the shroud and its in-your-face Islamism. That sort of apparal, which erases a woman's public persona and transforms her into a nullity, a blank, a void, may be de rigeur in Saudi Arabia, but it does not belong in America (or Canada), where men and women expose their faces and are equal in the eyes of the law.
"It just makes me sad that they would portray our religion in this manner," Keziah Ridgeway, a teacher at the Al-Aqsa Academy in Philadelphia, told NewsWorks on Friday, April 27.
"You can't see the face and so you don't know who's coming into your store. It's really just going to make it hard for Muslim women, whether you cover your face or you cover your head," Ridgeway said.
"It's just going to be something wherein people, when they see someone who looks like me, or they see another Muslim woman, they're going to think negative thoughts."...
Leave the burqa to the robbers and I promise you Islam will be instantly de-stigmatized.
G'head. Give it a try.
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