In the list of Islamic contributions to science, perhaps we need to add the discovery of “girl germs”.
TORONTO — In case of competing rights, a Toronto woman has lodged a complaint against a barber who refused to cut her hair because he’s Muslim. In June, Faith McGregor requested a man’s haircut at the Terminal Barber Shop in downtown Toronto. Co-owner Omar Mahrouk told her that his Muslim faith prohibits him from touching a woman who is not a member of his family. All the other barbers in the shop said the same thing.
“For me it was just a haircut and started out about me being a woman,” McGregor, 35, told the Toronto Star. “Now we’re talking about religion versus gender versus human rights and businesses in Ontario.”
She has filed a complaint with Ontario’s Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario because the incident made her feel like a “second-class citizen.” McGregor is not seeking monetary damages, but wants the tribunal to force the shop to offer men’s haircuts to both genders.
“In our faith, I can cut my mother’s hair, I can cut my sister’s hair, I can cut my wife’s hair, my daughter’s hair,” shop co-owner Karim Saaden told The Star. “We are people who have values and we hold on to (them). I am not going to change what the faith has stated to us to do.”
McGregor rejected an offer from the shop to find a barber to cut her hair.
“It’s the principle of the matter…This needs to be discussed and now it’s bigger than what occurred with me that one day,” she told the newspaper. [Source]
To throw one more tidbit of information out there: Saaden and Mahrouk are so strict in their faith that they also serve alcohol at their other barber shop.
It’s not that often that hip-hop gets discussed on Brown Pundits. But for my money the best hip-hop song of 2012 is here and it’s by an Indian-American (Bengali, I believe). Rapper/producer Lushlife, aka Raj Haldar, has his third album out, and it continues his exploration of old-school vibes and orchestral pop samples. Like much of Lushlife’s stuff, the track Magnolia clearly takes some inspiration from Nas’ 1995 album Illmatic , regarded by many as the highpoint of hip-hop; it evokes that same feel of sitting on a stoop, watching the urban world go by while drifting down memory lane. And it’s got some nice harp in it, and there’s just not enough harp in hip-hop.
The video is also quite wonderful, especially considering it apparently cost about $80 to make.
Those of you familiar with basic psychology will know about Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, which emphasises the way that maladaptive thinking leads to maladaptive behaviour. With that in mind, I’d like to juxtapose two passages from two recent posts here on Brown Pundits.
8) Non-haya types: You can spot these women easily. They may even be wearing hijab. But they do not have any shyness when talking to a man. They will ease into a conversation with a stranger man in her college class or work or public just as easily as she would ease into a conversation with a woman. This is not her fault. She was raised in an inclusive environment where men and women are ‘equal’ and so her dealings with men and women are also identical.
”There was a boy who came by on a motorcycle. She (Anusha) turned to look at him twice. I told her before not to do that, it’s wrong. People talk about us because our older daughter was the same way,” he said.
Her mother Zaheen described the aftermath: “She said ‘I didn’t do it on purpose. I won’t look again.’ By then I had already thrown the acid. It was her destiny to die this way.”
As many who frequent this blog are fascinated by “barbarian” behaviour, this story makes a great case study. See how many chav-indicators you can tick off on the checklist of chavdom:
Amanda Lowe, 26, was caught on camera stamping on Khuram Nisar’s head after calling him a ‘terrorist’ in Piccadilly Gardens. Lowe left her four-month-old baby girl and her eight-year-old daughter to launch the racially-aggravated assault. The baby’s father Wesley Earls, also 26, and her cousin, Daniel Wray, 21, then joined in the sickening attack. The group were later arrested by police in nearby Oldham Street. Lowe’s conviction for assault was her fourth in six years.
But she was spared jail at Manchester Crown Court after Judge Lindsey Kushner QC told her it would have had an ‘enormous impact’ on her children. The judge told Lowe – who is pregnant with a third child: “Your record is terrible for violence given that you are 26 years of age.
Came across this via some Tamil friends in my Facebook feed. It’s originally from The Mirror I think.
It’d be interesting if it wasn’t nonsense, although Razib and others probably have more to contribute on this than me.
I guess every race and ethnicity has its own entrant in the “our people invented everything” stakes.
I’ve got a post up over at my blog which looks at some new theories being touted by the lunar Right, which add to their collection of reasons why Barack Obama is the Worst President in the History of the Universe. Turns out he’s no longer a Kenyan (his dad wasn’t really his dad), was once an Indonesian citizen, and the reason he likes Moozlems so much is probably because he used to indulge in steamy man-love with one of them.
Now in a flash of inspiration, someone has come up with a concept that neatly combines the right-wing’s two favourite destroyers of the fabric of society (gay marriage and Islam) into one nice package: Obama was secretly married in college – to a man! And to a Pakistani man at that!
What makes Obama the most interesting man in the world is not just that he is able to simultaneously be all of these things – a gay Muslim who is really an atheist yet claims to be a Christian – but that no one who he ever met in all that time seems to be willing to verify any of these details. Which, if you really want to get into conspiratorial mode, is probably because he had everyone who knew his secrets killed execution-style by the Illuminati Hit Squad.
The genius behind this story is the Tea Party’s professional conspiracy theorist in chief, Jerome Corsi. You may remember Corsi for his role in smearing 2004 Presidential hopeful John Kerry’s decorated record as a soldier in Vietnam, and his role in the Birther movement. His logic states that Obama must have been married because he was photographed wearing a ring on his left hand where one normally wears a wedding ring. And Corsi decides it was probably a gay marriage because… well, in this photo he is seated almost touching another guy, his Pakistani college room-mate Sohale Siddiqui. And sitting close to another guy is, as we all know, a clear sign that one is hungry for cock.
Zachary brought this up in the comments of my other post, but I figured a post of its own might be better for discussion. I originally posted this up at my own blog.
A STUDENT at an elite Sydney private school who scored a uni admissions rank of 99.95 out of 100 in 2008 has lost an appeal alleging discrimination stopped her getting full marks. Abbotsleigh student Sarah Hui Xin Wong’s mother Eileen complained to the Administrative Appeals Tribunal that the Board of Studies had unlawfully discriminated against Sarah because they didn’t provide her with adequate special provisions to help her write her exam essays. Ms Wong, 21, has hyper joint mobility of the wrist. She received some rest breaks during the exam. The family told the tribunal that Ms Wong would’ve got much higher marks if she had access to a computer or extra rest time during exams. Ms Wong’s marks won her a place in a medicine degree at Sydney University and she came fifth in the state in chemistry. She was offered a writer to dictate her essays to but chose not to do that. [Source]
My only thought are that it should really be all about “be the best that you can be”.
I’m not all that sympathetic to her. Her score was enough to get her into the course she wanted, and is surely in the top hundred or so in the state. Yet they took it to the state tribunal court; seems like a waste of everyone’s time for me. There is absolutely no practical difference between 99.95 and 100 other than bragging rights with the other aunties.
I’ll also add Australians aren’t all that comfortable with people who seem to revel in their excellence.
I suspect my desi partner (and future Tiger Mother in the making) might agree with Zach, even though as a medical student herself, she’d probably categorise Sarah Wong with the overachieving study-machines she refers to as “the mutants”.
Recently ABCTV featured the comedy duo Fear of a Brown Planet on Australian Story, which each week does a somewhat mushy profile of interesting Australian people. The duo, Aamer Rahman and Nazeem Hussain, are a couple of young Muslims, Bangladeshi and Sri Lankan respectively, whose act focuses primarily on racism, and the experience of being South Asian and Muslim in Australia. There has been an ongoing debate going on in Australian politics about the alleged left-wing bias of the ABC, and this sympathetic profile of an act that tends to make white people a little uncomfortable is more grist to that mill.
I know these guys and generally find them funny, even if their analysis of race relations strikes me as rather simplistic at times. In any case it’s interesting to look at how South Asian Muslims balance their identity with an Australian one, and how the two guys balance their humour and decidedly liberal activist views with a religion that is decidely illiberal and not especially known for its humour.