German defense minister enrages Saudi Arabia during visit

Germany's minister of defense has sparked outrage in Saudi Arabia by following her own customs.  Ursula von der Leyen refused to wear a hijab on a visit to Saudi Arabia and instructed her staff that they didn't have to, either.

The horror!

She is not "submitting."

("Islam" means "submit.")  The U.K. Sun reports:

THE GERMAN defence minister has caused outrage in Saudi Arabia after she refused to wear a hijab during an official visit.

Ursula von der Leyen and her team did not wear the traditional veil which is worn by women or the full length Abaya garment even though she has claimed to ‘respect’ the country’s customs.

Her decision not to wear a hijab during her meeting with the Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman al Saud, was not met warmly by Saudi’s who took to Twitter to express their anger, the Express has reported.

One translated Tweet read: “The German Defence Minister: not wearing the hijab in Saudi was deliberate. This is an insult to Saudi Arabia.”

According to an Iranian newspaper, Von der Leyen said: “No woman in my delegation will be required to wear the abaya, as the right to choose one’s attire is the right shared by men and women equally.”

This is the way it should be.  Islamic law applies only to Muslims.  Not non-Muslims.  When I think of the bravery of von der Leye and contrast that with dhimmis like the Bush administration who covered themselves up like they were auctioned off at the slave markets of Raqqah, it sets an example for the rest of the world that they needn't kowtow to Islam.

Nor is it an act of terrorism for people to host a "Draw the Prophet Mohammad" contest.  That's not an act of hate.  That's making a statement that you're not subject to the rules of another religion.

Furthermore, America shouldn't be required to make religious accommodations in businesses, such as fashion, where dress is an important part of the job.  Remember the hijabi who sued Abercrombie and Fitch, claiming she had the right to wear a "head scarf" in the teen clothes fashion store?

So the Saudis are upset with the German defense minister.  Good.  They should get used to not being accomodated, and they need to learn that their religion does not rule others.  If only Ursula von der Leye, not Angela Merkel, were prime minister of Germany.

Ed Straker is the senior writer at

Thomas Lifson adds:

Islam eventually has to come to terms with being one among many religions, which will be extremely difficult.  Saudis may be offended by the sight of a female's hair, but many Americans, including me, are offended by fully covered Muslim women moving around in our cities.  If they insist that our women cover up when visiting Saudi, then we have the right to insist that their women appear unveiled.

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