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From the left, the right and royalty

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Submitted by Rachel Garber (United States), Mar 23, 2008 at 20:41

I was going to make the comparison about non-Jewish men covering their heads, however, as you pointed out, those scenes are clearly in non- religious settings. Princess Diana and Camilla Parker-Bowles are non-political figures, despite representing England. I think they aren't even allowed to vote.

However, since the Brits seem to relate to heads of Arab countries as "fellow" royalty, they may following specific royal etiquette. Who knows. On the other hand, since Muslims tend to go into a major freak-out on any thing that they find "offensive", and "offensive" seems to be whatever the offended person decides is offensive. Convoluted, but accurate.

Muslims are are especially ready to find women's behavior offensive, and who knows what a person feels will keep them from censure, or even leave them subject to assault, or death. They are known to kill females who are raped. . And quite frankly, while I don't think any Arab/Muslim head of state would personally engage, or publicly assault a president's wife, or secretary of state, we already know that Arab/Muslims assault journalists, remember Daniel Pearl, to name one. but we also know that there are also a lot of crazies who are only to willing to attack and kill without compunction.

Do I think it's right, no, but that's such a gray area, in terms of perceived safety. .And quite frankly, I really do think it is about perceived safety. Maybe , I'm wrong, but I wouldn't be surprised at all if that is what drives the head covering, on the left and the right, and removing royalty from the mix. .

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