The Telegraph is really going downhill: Why Michelle Obama was wrong to not wear a headscarf

This gesture is being widely praised for sending a “bold message” to the Saudis: you can’t keep us veiled.

Except that the veil is not a Saudi custom but a Muslim tradition. Women across the Muslim world, from Turkey to Chechnya, wear the veil out of deference for their God.

In refusing to cover her head at a funeral Michele betrays a typical Western confusion of the religious with the cultural. A Muslim woman covers her head out of respect for God, not fear of the caliphate…


They don’t respect us, why should we respect them? It’s always a one-way street with Islam.  They’re allowed to positively despise us, but we are expected to “respect” them?  

And whatever became of the quaint idea (I did hear it maybe 10 years ago) that head coverings were not mandatory, but just a custom that developed later?

Clearly this paper has sold out totally to conservative Muslim interests. Islamization of the West indeed.  The comments are extremely polarized.

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  • Exile1981

    She did it for all the wrong reasons.

    • Frau Katze

      But as least she did it. Stopped clock, etc.

  • simus1

    Wonder if they acquired a very generous “silent partner” just before making a beeline for the journalistic sewers?

    • Justin St.Denis

      Always follow the money.

  • Mickey Oberman

    I disagree.
    They cover themselves out of fear.
    Whether it is a custom or a tradition, not to do so could meet with severe punishment.
    I reiterate, it is fear. Fear more than any other motive.

    • Justin St.Denis

      You are absolutely correct.

  • Linda1000

    I think that Western women in Saudi are not required to cover their head but must wear an ahbaya (black cloak) when out in public. For Saudi women, full gear is required. In the other Gulf states, only conservative dress is required for western women. In Iran full gear, a long manteau (not always black in color) is necessary for all women, no matter if you are just a Western tourist.tourist.

    • Justin St.Denis

      Iran is the most repressive regime. I have Iranian women friends who were arrested for showing their FEET. I am not kidding. Today, they own/run a hairdressing salon in the High Park neighbourhood. And they sing! BEAUTIFULLY!

      Iranian women were once RENOWNED for their singing. Today, there are more female Iranian singers in Los Angeles than in all of Iran.

      • Linda1000

        I believe you. Iran is always coming up with new rules about how women should dress. Not so long ago, I think the fashion police were cracking down on lipstick and sexy eye make-up or maybe the no sexy eyes was in Saudi. Often Saudi women wear gloves also in addition to the full niqab face veil. Looks stupid and impractical in the desert heat.

  • DVult

    They’re covering their hair to keep the sand out. It’s not necessary when you are not actually living in the desert anymore.