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Daniel Pipes: Bizarre Fixation on Hijab

Daniel Pipes: Bizarre Fixation on the Hijab

(Read an UPDATE here)

In a running column entitled, “Hijab on Western Political Women,” failed academic turned zaney anti-Muslim blogger, Daniel Pipes, sets out to (in his own words):

For fun, how about collecting those instances when female political leaders, especially leftist ones, don the hijab (Islamic headscarf)?

(What normal person sitting before a computer thinks up of such a bizarre thing to do when trying to “have fun” anyway? Welcome to the world of Pipes I guess. )

Pipes then includes photos of princess Diana, queen Elizabeth, Laura Bush, Hillary Clinton, Chelsea Clinton and Angelina Jolie, among others, wearing a Hijab when at various mosques.

This caused us to wonder, surely Mr. Pipes is not sexist. Surely, he would invite the same scrutiny to the men in their lives: princess Diana’s husband and queen Elizabeth’s son (prince Charles, heir to the British throne), Laura Bush’s father-in-law and husband (George H.W and George W., both U.S. Presidents), Chelsea Clinton’s dad and Hillary Clinton’s husband (Bill Clinton, U.S. President) and Angelina Jolie’s dad (actor Jon Voight). Surely Mr. Pipes would not want to give those men a pass, especially given all of them (but the last) are far more important politically than their women.

Well since Daniel Pipes is not very good at holding a mirror up to his face, we here at loonwatch volunteered to do that for him. Seeing that Mr. Pipes is Jewish, we put together the following photo display (true to a Daniel Pipes style presentation) – one that is relevant to his own religion not someone else’s – to see what he thinks of it and what he reckons it signifies.

So “for fun”, Mr. Pipes, how about  collecting those instances when Western (and Eastern) male political (and non-political) leaders, especially leftist (and rightist and centrist) ones, don the kippah or yarmulke (Jewish skullcap)?

We start with the most politically powerful men on the planet, U.S. presidents:

President Bill Clinton wearing a yarmulke

U.S. President Bill Clinton wearing a yarmulke

President George Bush wearing a yarmulke

U.S. President George Bush wearing a yarmulke, flanked by Israeli ministers Shimon Peres and Ehud Olmert

President Barack Obama wearing a yarmulke

U.S. President Barack Obama wearing a yarmulke while praying at the Western Wall

President George Bush the father wearing a yarmulke as he kisses the Western Wall

U.S. President George Herbert Bush (the father) wearing a yarmulke as he kisses the Western Wall

President George Bush wearing a yarmulke as he prays at the Western Wall

U.S. President George Bush wearing a yarmulke as he prays at the Western Wall

President George Bush wearing another yarmulke

President George Bush wearing another yarmulke

American Senator Joe Lieberman puts a yarmulke on the head of former presidential candidate senator John McCain

American senator Joe Lieberman puts a yarmulke on the head of then presidential candidate, senator John McCain

And other politically powerful world leaders:

British prime minister, Gordon Brown, wearing a yarmulke

British prime minister, Gordon Brown, wearing a yarmulke

Then British prime minister Tony Blair wearing a yarmulke

Then British prime minister Tony Blair wearing a yarmulke

French president Nicolas Sarkozy wearing a yarmulke

French president Nicolas Sarkozy wearing a yarmulke

Then Japanese prime minister Junichiro Koizumi wearing a yarmulke as he prays at the Western wall

Then Japanese prime minister Junichiro Koizumi wearing a yarmulke as he prays at the Western wall

Russian prime minister Vladimir Putin wearing a yarmulke

Russian prime minister Vladimir Putin wearing a yarmulke

Prince Charles of Wales, regent to the British crown, wearing a yarmulke

Prince Charles of Wales, regent to the British crown, wearing a yarmulke

And other American political men:

"America's Mayor" Rudi Giuliani, mayor of New York City, wearing a yarmulke

"America's Mayor" Rudy Giuliani, mayor of New York City, wearing a yarmulke as then Israeli prime minister Ariel Sharon looks on

Clinton's Special Middle East Coordinator Dennis Ross wearing a yarmulke

Clinton's Special Middle East Coordinator Dennis Ross wearing a yarmulke

US ambassador to the United Nations, John Bolton, wearing a yarmulke, not in a temple but at the Republican National Convention

US ambassador to the United Nations, John Bolton, wearing a yarmulke - not in a temple but at a Republican National Convention

And to match Angelina Jolie, how about some entertainers including her own father:

Evangelical Christian actor Stephen Baldwin wearing a yarmulke not at a temple but at a Republican National Convention

Evangelical Christian actor Stephen Baldwin wearing a yarmulke - not at a temple but at a Republican National Convention

Actor Jon Voight holding up his yarmulke at a Republican National Convention

Actor Jon Voight (Angelina's dad) holding up his yarmulke at a Republican National Convention

Michael Jackson wearing a yarmulke

The king of pop, Michael Jackson, wearing a yarmulke

And how about other world faith leaders:

His holiness, the Dalai Lama, wearing a yarmulke as he prays at the Western Wall

His holiness, the Dalai Lama, wearing a yarmulke as he prays at the Western Wall

And speaking of political mixing with religious:

The "Mccippah", a play on "McCain" and "Kippah" which means yarmulke, a feature at the Republican National Convention 2008

The "Mccippah", a play on "McCain" and "Kippah" (yarmulke), a feature at the Republican National Convention 2008

Now, we have a few simple questions to ask Mr. Pipes:

First let’s get real: clearly, Mr. Pipes is not interested in some irrelevant, uneventful “fun” on that merry temple of love and good times of his, danielpipes.com. Everything he writes and puts on there he does so with a purpose in mind. It seems that his “little fun” hijab photo display was yet another sorry attempt to cry “Islamization” and “dhimmi” and all of the favorite concepts he and his friends love to evoke.

So here goes the questions:

1. Do you believe that non-Muslim Western women who wear a hijab when visiting mosques or other Islamic religious settings are doing it as a sign of respect, or a sign of capitulation and a consequence of Islamization?

If the former then what’s the point of your running photo display? And if the latter which more logically seems to be the case, then:

2. Do you believe that non-Jewish Western men who wear a skullcap when visiting a temple or other Jewish religious settings are doing it as a sign of respect, or a sign of capitulation and a consequence of Judaization?

If the former, then why the double standard? And if the latter then why haven’t you sounded the alarm to save the West from Judaization.

More questions:

3. What would you say and how would you react if Western political women not only wore the hijab at the mosque but prayed there while they are at it? Would you see it as a lovely sign of camaraderie, an expression of tolerance, a sign that we all share a common God? Or would you cry “dhimmi”? Just curious.

(If the latter then kindly educate us: what is the “dhimmi” equivalent of a Western political man – a head of state no less – who does the same but within the context of Judaism rather than Islam?)

4. You seem to gloat about the reporter who took off the “Chador” (a traditional Islamic dress worn in conservative Iran) and threw it at Imam Khomeini whom she was interviewing. Now, I personally believe that Khomeini was a loony Imam. But I am just curious, would you also gloat if a reporter threw a yarmulke at some loony rabbi like say, Chief Rabbi Ovadia Yosef or Rabbi Yitzhak Shapira or Rabbi Jon Hausman? Just curious.

5.  Are you aware that Eritrea is not an Islamic country and that it has as many Christian citizens as it does Muslim. Are you aware that Hillary Clinton is not necessarily wearing a hijab in the photo of her in Eritrea, but a traditional Eritrean loose shawl worn by both Muslims and Christians there? Are you aware that every other American woman in that photo (and there are at least three) are not wearing a similar shawl clearly proving that it is Hillary’s choice not some enforced evil Islamic spell on Western women as seems to be implied. Q: So if it’s neither enforced, nor a hijab to begin with, why do you use that photo. A: expediency. Typical of Mr. Pipes.

6. Lastly, if some blog put up a display like the one above with the insinuation that there is some insidious force at play, would you not cry anti-Semitism? SO, given your photo display and the accompanying shady commentary, aren’t readers then well within their rights and the bounds of reason to cry Islamophobia? Just curious.

Mr. Pipes, we await your response to our questions. For the rest of our dear readers, this has been a little peek inside the  paranoid mindset of an Islamophobe and the convoluted, often petty, ways in which it processes our world.

(For the record, LoonWatch, unlike Mr. Pipes, takes the consistent position that both non-Muslim women wearing hijabs in Islamic religious settings and non-Jewish men wearing yarmulkes in Jewish religious settings is a sign of respect and nothing more. And that wearing them outside religious settings is indeed strange but a personal choice that is no cause for alarm or geopolitical analysis).

- Zingel


Author’s Note: Daniel Pipes makes a lame attempt to address the hijab/yarmulke comparison in a 2008 addendum to his article in which he “rejects” the comparison altogether, stating in typical Pipesian delusional style that such a comparison is irrelevant, and positing that the “tallit” the Jewish prayer shawl is instead more comparable to the Hijab.

This is nonsense.

The tallit is not worn in public everyday life the way Muslim women wear the Hijab in daily public activity (for Hijabis); however, Jewish skullcaps are worn in daily public living (for Jewish Orthodox men). The yarmulke, not the tallit, is the closest Jewish analogy to the Hijab.

He also implies that half the pictures of Western women wearing the Hijab is not in a mosque while most Western men who wear the skullcap are in a temple. Not true, they are exactly analogous and proportional. Most of the pictures of the Western women wearing a Hijab is in fact in a mosque or mosque setting and it is usually a simple headscarf not some full body chador as he implies but even his collection of pictures clearly contradict (Iran, a conservative theocracy, being the exception not the norm). On the flip side, our photo display has photos that debunk his insinuation that Western men wear yarmulkes only in temples.
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  • kiki

    Good Lord, who are you people? I hope your heads will be the first to roll, after obammymammy’s of course. Some muslim is going to be more than happy to saw your heads off with a rusty blade.

  • DrM

    @Satish,

    Straw man arguments. Hijab(not hizab) is gender neutral. Here’s a surprise : men and women are different. Muslims don’t make the hijab an issue, non-Muslims do with an obsession which defies logic. Your “arguments” are the same recycled rubbish we’ve heard all too often.
    Get a better understanding of religious practices beyond a snarky pedestrians view.

  • Satish k Kapoor

    Sir,

    Even if hizab is not Islamic,why do Muslims alone make it an issue? Why again,geniuses like you waste time in gathering material on this subject to score a point. Why again,you never ask,why hizab is important for a woman not for a man? How much scientifically justifiable is hizab in hot sultry weather in tropical countries? Would this discussion ever end? Would it not lead to arguments and counter arguments,landing no one anywhere? Who wears what is a personal matter? But when we would grow up and discard what has become redundant in course of time? Do we go long distances on camels or horses today? Send messages through pigeons. Times have changed. Should we not?

  • Noor

    I wished they could have compared it to tefillin. That would have been much more fun.

  • http://govvs.blogspot.com/ Lex, Agent of Chaos Azagthoth

    I always see that woman’s name as Woofer Sultan. Every time.

  • DrM

    This reminds of the lie put out there about Iranian Jews being forced to wear yellow star badges by Amir Taheri.

    http://drmaxtor.blogspot.com/2006/06/presenting-amir-taheri-badge-of.html

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  • Danios

    Great article, Zingel. Keep em coming.

  • Nabeela

    “Well since Daniel Pipes is not very good at holding a mirror up to his face, we here at loonwatch volunteered to do that for him. Seeing that Mr. Pipes is Jewish,”

    I’ve noticed this double standard in a lot of his so called observations on Islam. He pretends that they are unique to Islam. As well as Hijab, his statements of Turkey reforming Islam were more than hypocritical.

    —————————————
    Is Turkey’s Government Starting a Muslim Reformation?
    May 22, 2008
    http://www.danielpipes.org/5554/is-turkeys-government-starting-a-muslim-reformation
    What to make of this initiative? Serious efforts to modernize Islam, which this appears to be, are most welcome. Does the project’s avoidance of the headscarf topic also imply its not taking up female legal rights, women marrying non-Muslim men, ribba (interest on money), jihad, the rights of non-Muslims, and the creation of an Islamic order?
    —————————————————
    What i want to focus on here is his questioning if the “reformation” planned by Turkey would allow Muslim women to marry non Muslim men.

    Even in America, Orthodox Judaism only recognises marriage between Jews only. The Reform and Modern Orthodox have somewhat lax laws that do allow some kind of intermarriage between faiths, but Orthodox is the standard that is considered bona fide Judaism. In the USA, any Orthodox Jew who wants to marry a non Jew can do so in a CIVIL marriage but not in a religous one.

    But in Israel, which Pipes touts as a “Democracy”, there is no civil marriage allowed at all! Only religious marriages between the different faiths are allowed. Jews cannot marry a non Jew, in Israel.

    So why does he expect Islam to “modernise” when his own religion hasn’t, and even in the USA the Orthodox won’t bless intermarriage between faiths. Certainly not in Israel.

    The Israeli law site clarifies the marriage laws. Just to show how prejudiced and bigoted Pipes is, I have included a link from the Guardian in which Chinese workers had to sign a contract saying they wouldn’t have sex with Israeli women, nor any religious or other rights. Basically they were little more than slaves.

    So much for a democracy! When this happens in a Muslim country (and I’m not denying that it goes on in Muslim countries) it is used to smear Islam. But neither Pipes, nor the Loons, nor the neo con controlled media make mention of the duplicity of the Islamophobes comparisons regarding Israel.

    I wonder how Pipes would get out of this one…I for one would like to see what he has to say to this. Remember, as a Jew, Pipes and Geller like all Jews have right to citizenry in Israel.
    ————————–
    Marriage – Options in Israel
    http://www.family-laws.co.il/marriage-options-in-Israel
    Cohen Cannot Marry Converted Jew

    Jewishness Doubted – Conversion Before Jewish Marriage

    ——————————
    Chinese workers in Israel sign no-sex contract
    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2003/dec/24/israel1
    Chinese workers at a company in Israel have been forced to agree not to have sex with or marry Israelis as a condition of getting a job.

  • http://www.oic-oci.org/home.asp Proud Muslim

    What happens when Wafa stalin Sultan and Daniel Pipes get together?

    Well, here is this sorry pair, debating together, earlier this month. There is a video too for anyone who wants to see

    Moderate Islam: Western Ally or Western Myth?
    by Daniel Pipes and Wafa Sultan
    http://www.danielpipes.org/7843/moderate-islam-western-ally-myth
    Middle East Forum
    December 1, 2009

  • Nabeela

    ihungarian, I totally agree with you, and most of the other commentaters here (except the AzZakum scholar…God, which rock did he creep out from under? no offence to the little creepy crawlie there…)

    Zingel the last post was brilliant with pretty pictures. Thank you..I wonder if Pipes knows you beat him at his own game so well…LOL

    One suggestion if I may, when you carry pictures it would be wonderful if there was litte caption giving date and location. It’s more informative that way.

    A bit later on, i’m going to post something that highlights the double standards that Daniel Pipes employs..this time regarding Muslim women being allowed to marry outside the faith. It’s not about Hijab’s, but in a way, tt’s related to the above article as it displays his breathtaking hypocricy. Feel free to add it to your article above if it helps get the message across.

  • http://www.loonwatch.com Zingel

    Thx HGG, fixed it. Az Zaqqum, nope your first post featuring a crappy poem about a dog and Muhammad was axed and not published. You’re in luck though, there’s this site called jihadwatch, try them, they love crappy material over there.

    And sure, Hijab is NOT Islamic:

    Jewish Hijab
    It’s Jewish

    Jewish Hijab
    yup, Jewish

    Christian Hijab
    and Christian

    Christian Hijab
    yup, Christian

  • Ryan

    indeed. this site is a blessing

  • Az Zaqqum, Islamic Scholar to the Infidel

    and I hope you have the balls to post my first post.

    Hijab is NOT islamic!

  • George Carty

    @DrM

    Anti-semitism – the original socialism of fools
    Green ideology – the new socialism of fools
    Anti-Catholicism – the liberalism of fools
    Islamophobia – the feminism of fools

  • iHungarian

    Damn, Pipes, Zingel showed you! This is the beautiful thing about loonwatch, for years these clowns have been getting away with the shallowest most ridiculous analysis and commentary for one reason and one reason alone, because there were few people out there who were deconstructing their rants and challenging them, either they were taken seriously by gullible folks or dismissed as morons by the rest… but it is important they are actually debunked logically… they are so far off that they are begging to be debunked half the time, and finally I am so so glad there is a site like this that is doing just that in a smooth, entertaining and informative manner… thank you thank you. LW needs to start accepting donations!

  • Zeeshan

    The article makes sence , as every article in loonwatch. And thanks to all the authors for working so hard. since revealing truth is definitely a very hard work.

  • Nissa

    Pipes needs a life! OH NOES ANGELINA WORE A SCARF OVER HER HEAD- THE MOSLEMS ARE TAKING OVER THE WORLD!! What a tragic case of being totally off your rocker!

  • Zeeshan

    Wonderful article. Thanks loonwatch

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