This is a letter sent in from reader Ann Huggett. She had called and written to Essex County in response to the "Dept. of Justice Sues Essex County to Protect Islam!" article. I applaud her for trying to change the direction that we are heading in.
Date: Tuesday, June 9, 2009, 10:41 AM
Thank you for taking my call as I believe that an article, which I researched and wrote in 2003, may prove invaluable to Essex County in its lawsuit filed against it by the US Justice Department over the county firing a corrections officer for wearing religious head wear.
My article, Muslim Headscarves on Western Streets, takes issue with the Islamic headscarf, what it actually means, what it represents and precisely why it is being worn. In my article I provide back-up research and the following two paragraphs are crucial:
If I've said it once, I've said it a thousand times to anyone who will listen: that headscarf is NOT a religious requirement but a political statement and symbol of radical Islamic Fundamentalism. Egyptian student radicals dreamed up this headscarf in the 1970s as a covert political signal of Fundamentalist approval by female students for their male counterparts. This is according to Fadwa El Guindi, who is Adjunct Full Professor of Anthropology at the University of Southern California.
In her article "Veiling Resistance", which appeared in the March 1999 edition of Fashion Theory: The Journal of Dress, Body & Culture, Professor El Guindi said, "Women's Islamic dress, known as al-ziyy al-Islami, is an innovative construction that was first worn in the mid-1970s by activists. It does not represent a return to any traditional dress form and has no tangible precedent. There was no industry behind it-not one store in Egypt carried such an outfit. Based on an idealized Islamic vision gradually constructed for the Islamic community in the seventh century, it was made in the homes by the activists themselves."
Professor Fadwa El Guindi also has a book that might be of help in formulating your case. Her book is entitled, "Veil: Modesty, Privacy & Resistance" and is available through Amazon.com.
France, Turkey and Egypt all recognize the danger inherent in allowing this form of dressing and America must understand and recognize it too. Please forward this article's archived link (http://www.americandaily.com/article/3843) to the appropriate Essex County lawyers, who are handling this case. The US Department of Justice is clearly in the wrong and the Obama Administration has no business furthering Islamic political and cultural jihad here in the United States.
If you have any questions or if I can be of any further help, please call me at (xxx) xxx-xxxx.