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Battle of the Burqa

Battle of the Burqa

By Heather Abraham Recent news reports and articles concerning France’s attempt to ban the wearing of certain modes of Islamic “veiling” in public is more than just the latest example of Western anti- Islamic sentiment.  As John Sullivan wrote in his Religion Nerd article entitled The Muslims are Coming, this  anti-Muslim sentiment has fallen in with the […]

England Three – Germany Won: Why Americans Can’t Understand Football

England Three – Germany Won: Why Americans Can’t Understand Football

Football is undoubtedly serious business in England. But one English chant gives me pause: “England three; Germany none.” This chant was even more common in 2006 when the World Cup was held in Germany, though a match between the rivals did not take place. According to the facebook page dedicated to this chant (titled “Two World Wars and One World Cup”) the modern rivalry between the teams prompted the UK government to caution “fans travelling to Germany for the World Cup to refrain from taunting the locals with this tune.”

Europe's Battle of the Burqa

Europe’s Battle of the Burqa

The veil, Islam’s most controversial symbol, is not the primary issue but has come to symbolize the clash between western secular society and the determined attempt of Muslims to push back against secular cultures that are uncomfortable with public and political displays of religious devotion. Let’s face it, the veil makes many of us uncomfortable; especially for those from secular societies.