Muslim head scarf day canceled by clueless Ohio principal
A high school principal in Ohio was forced to cancel an event where female students would wear a hijab to celebrate "diversity." This counterintuitive event was the target of outrage on the internet at the cluelessness of a principal who believed celebrating diversity by allowing young women to wear a symbol of anti-diversity was just fine.
Cleveland Plain Dealer:
Intense criticism has prompted an Ohio high school's principal to cancel a student event in which girls would celebrate diversity by spending a day wearing a Muslim headscarf.
Mason High School Mindy McCarty-Stewart also issued an apology in an email Thursday to district families, saying the intent of the April 23 student-led event was meant to be positive, the Cincinnati Enquirer reported.
"I now realize that as adults we should have given our students better guidance. After much consideration and after talking with the student event organizers, we have canceled the event," she said.
The event, dubbed the "The Covered Girl Challenge," was designed to combat stereotypes women face wearing head coverings. Similar events have been held on college campuses and other high schools.
Although many praised the event, a backlash erupted on the Internet from some complaining the event promoted a single religion as well as a garment some linked to oppression of women.
On the other hand, others complained that having all girls wear scarves seemed mocking of a Muslim tradition, as inappropriate as students dressing up in a priest's collar to celebrate Catholicism.
Sharon Poe, a former school board candidate in the district, told the Enquirer she opposed the "Covered Girl" event.
"My belief is wearing these hijabs represents the oppression of women and Sharia law," she said, adding that public schools should not be promoting one religious tradition over another.
However, Yasmeen Allen, an Iraqi native with two teenagers at Mason High, told the newspaper that Muslim students at the school "were robbed of an opportunity" to counter negativity their religion faces around the world.
McCarty-Stewart said she decided to cancel the event because it was clear it was not reaching its goal of teaching tolerance, the Dayton Daily News reported.
I would say to Ms. Allen that the way to counter negativity of your religion around the world is to stand up and shout at the top of your voice that you will not be oppressed because you're a woman. If you choose to be oppressed, that's your business, as this commenter at PJ Media showed:
If they really wanted to "celebrate diversity" they would tell children to wear a head covering or other clothing that their culture or their ancestors' culture wore for female modesty or religious piety, that way boys could be included, as well.
As a woman who covers her hair for religious reasons(in a culture that tolerates non-compliance) I personally find some of these responses over-the-top and offensive.
True, there are Islamists that demand that ALL women follow their decrees but there are also those women who want to follow their traditions.There are also those who use a female hair covering as a political symbol with little concern for modesty, as well.
Women who are brainwashed into thinking they are "honoring their traditions" perpetrate the misogyny of the male culture in every country where there is a Muslim majority. In many cases, the family enforces the wearing of the burqa and hijab and keeps their young girls virtually locked up. You may not be punished for non-compliance by the government, but surely many if not most Muslim families see to it that their daughters behave "modestly" - or else.
Such is the ignorance of this principal that she didn't think it inappropriate for American girls to imitate the oppression of Muslim women. Someone that dense should be fired. Instead, she will probably get a raise.