Andi and the Hypocrites

We recently wrote about the bizarre attempt by German authorities to combat ‘Islamism’ through cartoons. As we wrote at the time, one of the cartoon’s positive role models is a Muslim girl called Ayshe who is described as a “modern, head-scarf-wearing, Muslim girl who staunchly believes in liberal democracy”. In other words, she’s a “good Muslim” according to the view of North-Rhine Westphalia, the German state that designed and published the story.

However, for all Ayshe’s apparent virtues, she still would not be allowed to be a school teacher in a state school in North-Rhine Westphalia (the state that published the cartoon) because she wears hijab:

The law banning Muslim teachers from wearing headscarves was adopted on Wednesday by the regional parliament of the western state of North-Rhine Westphalia, where the conservative Christian Democrats hold a majority. The Social Democrats and the Greens voted against it.


#1 Yakoub on 11.11.07 at 6:17 pm

The sister needs to check into a psychiatric clinic before looking for working – it’s obvious she has an eating disorder, judging by how thin she is. She’s even taken to eating her fingers as well!

#2 Amir on 11.11.07 at 6:36 pm

On a related note, the Revolt of the Comic Books in the latest American Prospect is quite interesting.

Probably the most widely read of the recent crop of political comics has been Marvel’s “Civil War,” a massive 2006–2007 crossover story line spanning the company’s main superhero titles. The story begins when the members of a young team of C-list heroes get a bit too big for their spandex and challenge a group of powerful supervillains living incognito in Stamford, Connecticut. The ensuing battle leaves more than 600 civilians dead, and public outcry prompts the hasty passage of the Superhuman Registration Act, which requires costumed heroes to be trained and licensed — and to disclose their secret identities to the government. The “powered community,” heroic and villainous alike, is riven by the act: Iron Man and the Fantastic Four’s stretchable supergenius Reed Richards rally support for registration, while Captain America goes rogue and begins building a dissident underground. The stand-in for the conflicted reader in this debate is Spider-Man, who is initially so convinced of the wisdom of registration that he unmasks on national television. When he sees the extradimensional Guantanamo being built to house resisters, however, he defects with a dramatic speech about the folly of trading liberty for security.

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