Some British Islamic cleric Anjem Choudary called Carla Bruni a prostitute. Why? Because he wants to hit back at French President Nicolas Sarkozy’s attempts to ban the burqa. He said:
- “Sarkozy may be content with being wed to a prostitute who flaunts her body to the world believing it to be righteous conduct, but he is reminded that a Muslim is not this shallow and depraved,” The Daily Star quoted him as saying.
This man should have the gonads to fight Sarkozy if he disagrees. There is absolutely no reason to bring in Ms Bruni. I have never heard France’s First lady ever claim that flaunting her body is righteous conduct. What is this cleric doing watching her in stages of undress, anyway? Does Islam not tell him to avert his eyes? And does wearing revealing clothes denote prostitution? She is married to a man of wealth and standing and is therefore in a vulnerable position if she were to do what the cleric has accused her of. I understand it is his attempt at metaphor, but then he too is prostituting his faith by parading it.
As for Muslims not being shallow and depraved, the first one is he himself. He is so shallow that he cannot see beyond his nose and depraved because he has been watching what is prohibited and hitting out at the person not responsible for the burqa ban. There are several examples of Muslim men who do visit commercial sex workers, watch porn, indulge in activities that might not be deemed right by the religion. No one is dragging them to do those things. They have made a choice and as long as they are not causing social damage, and are comfortable with their religious identity or otherwise, it is their responsibility as individuals.
It is always the woman who becomes the target – whether it is to put behind the veil or take her out. Has this cleric ever thought about the photographers who try to make money from Ms. Bruni's earlier pictures?
This man is sick.
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In another report models display a 19th century neck-to-knee swimsuit and a one-piece variety during an exhibition which traces the changing shape of swimwear, in Sydney
Isn’t it fascinating? How the heck did women swim in such voluminous garments? Perhaps they just stayed in the shallow or the fabric was made of material that made them float? I find the design quite absurd. There is no mention of the culture this is from, but even if the reason were modesty I am sure the 19th century had enough water for separate pools or partitions.
I know of women who are a bit shy even today and make it a point to run and wrap their sarongs as soon as they are out of the pool or sea, or choose a non-peak time to swim.