An addendum to my last post, in case I wasn’t clear:
This issue, for me, is not about Morocco or Muslim countries, as some of my readers apparently seem to think. When I say religion is personal, I mean religion is personal, and if your beliefs don’t affect me, then you can do whatever you like. If that means Mormon polygamy or Christian wearing of a cilice, fine. I don’t take issue with the personal, consenting decisions of grown adults who choose to participate in religious practice. It’s when such practices – be they polygamy, hijab, churchgoing, Bible-reading, fasting, or what have you – are forced upon an adult, rather than consented to that I draw the line. My belief extends to when secularism is forced upon people as well, of course – a consenting person should be able to wear hijab if she likes, to school, or a “burqini” in the public pool. She should, of course, also be allowed to wear a bikini if she so likes.
So to those who’ve been calling me a hypocrite, do you get it now?