Ten minutes in. The woman in the niqab is Sahar al-Faifi, a community organizer and geneticist (the caption says). She says the big question assumes there is a conflict between religious rights and human rights and there is no such conflict. Same-sex marriage is totally impermissible in Islam, she says; that is agreed upon.
But it doesn’t mean for me to actually project my belief into my action allowing myself to discriminate against them. So that’s, that’s – you know, the human rights and the religious rights are in align. There is no conflict between the two.
See what she did there? She completely contradicted herself. She said there is no conflict, and then she promptly described a conflict. Same-sex marriage is right out in Islam, but she doesn’t get to act on that. Why not? Because acting on it would violate human rights!
They get onto the French “ban” on the hijab, and al-Faifi says if there were such a thing in Britain she would be stuck at home, she wouldn’t be able to go out. Which is nonsense, because the French “ban” isn’t a ban everywhere, it applies only in government buildings. Nobody points that out. The presenter asks her to remind everyone why she hides her face and she says “it’s an act of worship and it’s modesty.”
It’s “an act of worship.” Why? Why is sticking a piece of black cloth over your face “an act of worship”? Why is it an act of worship only for women?
I think that’s just some grandiose words that don’t mean anything, to explain a stupid and nasty custom that stifles women.