It has been widely reported that female fencer Ibtihaj Muhammad is the first American Olympian to compete in a Islamic Hijab.
She has been commended for “slaying misconceptions.”
Given the fact that virtually every day in Europe, Israel, Bangladesh or elsewhere, the news brings us a new report of an attempted or successful Muslim stabbing or slashing attack – often a mass stabbing or slashing attack against randomly selected non-Muslims – it is unclear why the fact that the first US Hijab wearer is competing as a swordswoman “slays” or “skewers” or “puts to the sword” (see below) any common perceptions of Muslims.
It seems to me, rather, a coup de grace to reinforce them.
…Miss Muhammad is also being portrayed in the US media as a sort of feminist icon. You go, girl, and all that.
But she is on record as saying that the reason she got into fencing in the first place is because it was one of the only sports where she could compete covered up.