“I don’t care if she knew about this,” Ann Coulter said on Fox news earlier this week. “She ought to be in prison for wearing a hijab. This immigration policy of us, you know, assimilating immigrants into our culture isn’t really working. They’re assimilating us into their culture. Did she get a clitorectomy too?”
Umm…excuse me…but what??
In case you’re confused, let me summarize the whole thing for you. Ann Coulter is a right-wing political commentator and she is commenting on Tamerlan Tsarnaev’s wife wearing a hijab (Tsarnaev and his brother are charged with the Boston Bombings). The US authorities are currently questioning the Tsarnaev brothers’ parents and Tamerlan’s widow to see if they knew of anything about this plot.
Now coming back to the point, I have absolutely no idea what Ann Coulter is talking about?! Granted, being Tamerlan’s widow does by default put a lot of suspicion on Katherine Russel Tsarnaev. That is but natural, whether or not she is innocent. But where does the fact that she wears a hijab come into this? Last time I checked, religious freedom was still pretty much a reality in the USA. Maybe Coulter needs to be reminded of that. Maybe she needs to be reminded that wanting a person to be arrested because of their cultural or religious preferences is not just wrong but is discriminatory.
Fine, Katherine wears a hijab. And Ann Coulter wears a dress. Big deal! Who cares? How does that even matter in the long run?
You might not understand why a woman would want to wear a hijab, but you’ve got to respect it. It’s a personal choice. Would Ann Coulter put a nun in prison for wearing a habit? Somehow, I think not. But what exactly is the difference? The nun is wearing a habit because her religion tells her to and so is Katherine Russell. Because, at the end of the day ,its about personal choice. Nothing more, nothing less.
Ok, maybe in this case, it wasn’t a personal choice. Taking into consideration the fact that Tamerlan Tsarnaev was obviously an extremist, it might be safe to assume that Katherine was forced into it. But even if that is true, how does it justify criminalizing a dress code? If that was indeed the case, then this would be a classic case of victim blaming.
The facts here is that Tamerlam Tsarnaev and his brother are extremists and were responsible for the Boston Bombings. Additionally, it is plausible (but plausible suggests a possibility, not a fact) that their families might have known something about this. But on the other hand, it is equally plausible that they didn’t. Now these are the facts. Anything beyond that, how they dress, how they eat, what time they woke up, what time they decided to have lunch on April 11th 2009, whatever, is completely irrelevant! And it is completely moronic and idiotic to even suggest the criminalizing of such aspects of anyone’s life.
The world is a diverse place. We come from all kinds of different cultures and backgrounds. And because of this diversity, the only way we can coexist is by understanding others. And if you can’t understand, well the least you can do then is tolerate. Anything below that is unacceptable. Because anything below that can lead to radicalism and extremism. And that is what eventually culminates in a 9/11 or a Boston Bombing.
So maybe, just maybe, Ann Coulter should be careful about what she says.
Think before you speak. You’ve heard of that proverb, haven’t you?
Well, there’s a reason it exists!