to not be in a minority, Evie? We get to avoid all of the treatment that this woman is subject to on a regular basis. Still, I understand her point. Why don't you?
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We are all part of some minority Dan. I grew up as a minority in my neighborhood so please don't try to lecture me about being stared at for being different or not feeling like I fit in. I was a minority in college and got stared at a lot there too. So what? Get OVER it. Not everyone that you THINK is staring at you is even looking, and not everyone that IS staring is even aware they are. I don't know what else she wears to work out, but there's enough different about exercising with a headscarf that would make most people wonder.
Oddly enough she describes this as her country, yet identifies as an Arab Muslim, not an American, or even Arab-American or Arab-American Muslim. It's only "her country" when she feels people are staring at her. She probably stares at Orthodox Jews. Methinks it is she that has the problem. Thank God Algore was there to pick up her keys!
... it's the interesting fact that there are no rednecks in Cambridge so presumably (by LIBERAL stereotype) supposed redneck bigotry should be absent in the liberal haven of Cambridge. Yet, oddly, exercising in a gym with Al Gore, she feels out of place.
If I saw a Muslim woman exercising in a headscarf, I too might wonder "what's up".
Muslim Women in Sport
The restrictions on women participating in sport or physical activity is more than that of men. All Islamic observances must be followed, regardless of any school policies or social stigmas. Our obedience to our Creator cannot be given preference to a creature of Allah.
When participating in sports, the clothing must be Islamically acceptable. This would therefore exclude shorts, t-shirts, leotards, swimming costumes etc.
It is very important to ensure that there are no males watching. Mixing of sexes is forbidden in normal situations, except in special situations under certain conditions, let alone in a sporting arena or exercise facility. It also restricts your activities, and modesty would not allow this in any case.
Al Gore shouldn't have been watching to even notice she dropped her keys.
and that this woman's feelings of persecution are well founded. Actually Josh, Cambridge is a hotbed. It's a hotbed of liberalism. Maybe the lady was justified in her feelings. Maybe the liberals of Cambridge are bigots in their views of women and Muslims. After all, the President of Harvard is famous for making disparaging remarks about the ability of women. There was also the woman MIT professor who failed her cause when she said she was close to fainting after hearing what the Harvard President said.
I'll concede this one Josh. I'll admit that the liberals in Cambridge, as are liberals in other places, are particularly prone to bigotry against anyone who disagrees with their point of view. Not just Muslims, but those uppity blacks who want to start thinking for themselves. I think we need to send in the ACLU to clean that place out. Are you with me?
All I said was that there are probably bigots in Cambridge just like anywhere else. You were the one discounting the notion just because there (supposedly) aren't any rednecks there.
Your continuous generalizations about ''liberals'' are more bigoted than anything I've said or suggested in this thread. I especially enjoyed the one about how we don't like conservative women who are attractive. That was a hoot.
Here's the link:
I can see where you'd try to forget having posted it, though I see now that you said attractive people in general and not just attractive women.
She needs to get over it. It IS curious and out of the ordinary to see someone on a piece of gym equipment wearing a headscarf.People do tend to stare at sights that are out of the ordinary. That's all. She undoubtedly does it too.
For all she knows Gore is laughing at her behind her back. What silliness.