Enough With the Melania-Headscarf Headlines

Why is this a new story? A headline? Something we want people to care about?I'm talking about today's article I'm seeing in various news outlets about how First Lady Melania Trump will not have to wear a headscarf when she accompanies President Trump on his official visit to Saudi Arabia. Or, let me quote to get it right: "Saudi Arabia’s Foreign Minister Adel bin Ahmed Al-Jubeir was quoted as telling media Thursday that America’s First Lady won’t be required to dress conservatively or tone do … [Read more...]

Neutrality & Acceptance – European Court of Justice’s Upholding of Workplace Bans on Headscarves

It's interesting, to me at least, that early this week I sat on a panel on "Fueling Hate: The News Media, Bias and Islam" at the University of Missouri's College of Journalism and declared that there are stories that many Muslims (journalists and otherwise) feel they are done, done, done with - one of which includes articles on hijab, headscarves, burkas and other types of modest Muslim dressing.And yet here we are, because the legislation and policing of "religious clothing" -- often … [Read more...]

A Blow to Christian-Muslim Interfaith Unity – Wheaton College Moves to Fire Prof. Larycia Hawkins

I am flummoxed and flabbergasted by the events of the last two weeks. - Professor Larycia Hawkins Wheaton College has begun the process of firing Professor Larycia Hawkins over her statements about Christians and Muslims worshiping the same God, after she donned a headscarf to show solidarity with Muslims at the start of December. The story broke in the news media and in social media earlier this week, with the Chicago Tribune reporting that the political science professor received word from W … [Read more...]

Please Do (If You Want) Wear the Headscarf in the Name of Interfaith Solidarity

My sister-in-law called me up out of the blue last week, talking to me for 20 minutes in a breathless catch-up of things going on in the nation, in the world, about the current climate for Muslims and Muslim women, about what I was hearing and covering through work, about our daughters, about something that just had happened to her that day:A friendly colleague where she worked (she’s a teacher and just joined a new school a few months ago) came to her and abruptly started talking about how s … [Read more...]

Wheaton’s Big Misstep in Muslim-Christian Show of Solidarity

Is the question really about whether Islam and Christianity can identify with each other? Or if Allah is the same as (or similar to) the God? Or if a political science professor at a private liberal Christian evangelical college has the right to don the hijab (head scarf) for Advent in solidarity with Muslims? Or if wearing that hijab is the right demonstration of solidarity with Muslims and Muslim women?Let’s backtrack a bit. Professor Larycia Hawkins, a political science professor at W … [Read more...]

Are We Still Talking About the Hijab? Well, Yes

There's a lot brewing in the American autism community this week, and while I'm mulling things over and how I feel about it (it's coming in a later post, I promise), I thought I'd leave autism out of the picture today (gasp! Is that possible?) and share with you some interesting hijab-related articles that have come my way from some our wonderful Patheos bloggers.I rarely write about the hijab (headscarf) on my blog, because there are much better writers covering all angles of this … [Read more...]

Listening Link – Discussing Autism and Islam on ‘The Drew Marshall Show’

The Drew Marshall Show (touted as "Canada's Most Listened to Spiritual Talk Show") sent me an email last week, asking if I could recommend one of the great Muslim bloggers on Patheos' Muslim Portal to come on his show and be his featured "God blogger" for that week's segment. I pitched to him all the great bloggers we have on the portal that I edit and manage (Svend White, who writes "Akram's Razor," Nancy Shehata who writes at "Muslimah in Progress," Hesham A. Hassaballa, who's a columnist on … [Read more...]