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Is it the religion or is it just prejudice?

There's a question in P&CE about burqas.  Why is it the people who tend to scream loudest about how Muslims are wrong, never appear to complain about plain dress (Amish/Mennonite) or Jewish dress (wearing wigs and longer sleeves/pants/skirts at all times)?

Is there a difference between someone culturally and religiously expected to dress like this:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/images/2009_08_16/french-minister-calls-for-full-ban-on-burqa-says-report-2009-08-16_l.jpg

Or like this:

http://www.anabaptists.net/wp-content/uploads/mennonite%20dress.jpg

Or this:

http://msnbcmedia4.msn.com/j/ap/6f52bb99-462b-406d-9269-1afc32df1df0.standard.jpg

Or for that matter, these:

http://www.gmmafrica.org/yahoo_site_admin/assets/images/DSCN6587.364517.JPGhttp://i691.photobucket.com/albums/vv280/staunchusa/nuns.jpghttp://www.asianews.it/files/img/INDIA_-_SARI_WOMEN.jpg

 

There are people dressed like all of these women within 100 miles of me.  They are Americans, dressing that way of their free will.  Why is it only wrong in the first picture?

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NotPanicking

Asked by NotPanicking at 3:47 PM on Jun. 18, 2011 in Religious Debate

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Answers (50)
  • I have no complaints about how anyone dresses, unless it is something that reveals too much, then it is disgusting. But maybe people are complaining because when you hide a face, you cannot read the whole face and if you cannot read expressions, you cannot read honesty from someone.
    attap5

    Answer by attap5 at 3:50 PM on Jun. 18, 2011

  • Because the last time I checked, nuns didn't have to walk 10 feet behind their man and be treated like second rate citizens.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 3:52 PM on Jun. 18, 2011

  • Because the last time I checked, nuns didn't have to walk 10 feet behind their man and be treated like second rate citizens.

    I'll be sure to tell all the Muslims at school that the anon on the internet says they're doing it wrong
    NotPanicking

    Comment by NotPanicking (original poster) at 3:54 PM on Jun. 18, 2011

  • Because SOME people are bigots and ignorant. They keep thinking that all Muslims are terrorist just because some extremist nutcases attacked our country.
    mommy_of_two388

    Answer by mommy_of_two388 at 3:54 PM on Jun. 18, 2011

  • Because the last time I checked, nuns didn't have to walk 10 feet behind their man and be treated like second rate citizens.

    If its their choice what does it matter? I know women that work out or get plastic surgery to please their men- if they are OK with it, I am OK with it-
    Some people think its awful that I work- always have-even when the kids were small-its my choice and it works for me-
    soyousay

    Answer by soyousay at 4:00 PM on Jun. 18, 2011

  • I have no complaints about the way anyone is dressed even if their ass is hanging out if you can leave the house in any manner of dress its up to you.
    pinkdragon36

    Answer by pinkdragon36 at 4:00 PM on Jun. 18, 2011

  • I have no complains about any of the ways of dress you posted. I agree with the first pp, I'm only really bothered if someone is showing too much. I find dressing for religious reasons to be beautiful, though, and I admire the dedication of anyone who does it.
    bandgeek521

    Answer by bandgeek521 at 4:10 PM on Jun. 18, 2011

  • No complaints here. If they want to follow with they're religion then so be it.

    momavanessa

    Answer by momavanessa at 4:18 PM on Jun. 18, 2011

  • I think the problem most have with the first is when their faces are totally covered. The reason being that (paranoia) it could be a terrorist hiding behind it. I find this amusing because McVeigh wasn't hiding behind a mask. His face was out in the open and he was a home grown terrorist who murdered almost 200 people in a calculated, cold manner. I see absolutely NO difference between him and the low-lifes that murdered almost 3k people on 9/11.

    I feel sad for people who are oppressed by religion, but it's their choice, just as it is my choice to be a witch.
    SpiritedWitch

    Answer by SpiritedWitch at 4:25 PM on Jun. 18, 2011

  • I have no problem with any religious expression when each person gets to make the choice for themselves. If a woman chooses to honor her god by dressing in a particular way and it is her choice, then no one should interfere with that (as long as her god isn't telling her to walk around nude or something like that!)

    I think a lot of people can't accept that for many, many Muslim women make the choice to wear a head scarf or a full birkah, because women in so many Middle Eastern countries don't have a choice. They have to dress that way by law.

    I have no problem with the wearing of a headscarf or birkah.
    sweetpotato418

    Answer by sweetpotato418 at 4:31 PM on Jun. 18, 2011

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