Olympic officials are currently haggling over whether one of Saudi Arabia's first female participants, Wojdan Ali Seraj Abdulrahim Shahrkhani, can wear a hijab during the judo competition. Let me say this, Sharia laws are backwards, no doubt about that. But I think Olympic officials' stance on hijabs is equally retrograde. And, predictably, the presence of female Saudi athletes has not gone over well with some Muslims who are reportedly calling the women "prostitutes." These trailblazers are courageous; they need support, not stupid men debating over the nonsensical claim that head scarves are a health risk...
Dear Olympic officials, if you think hijabs are a health risk in martial arts competitions, then please tell that to the young women with the swords. I dare you!
These images (above) and the video (below) are of students at St. Maaz High School in Hyderabad, India. The martial art is Wushu, what most Americans call Kung Fu. Now I can't say for certain, but they all look very healthy to me.
1. The other Saudi female participant is Sarah Attar (800 meters).
2. Western laws/policies are equally backwards. See, for example, Stones, Bombs, and Planes: A Tale of Two Barbarisms
• The NBA, where Negroes are allowed to run and shoot but not enjoy free speech
• South African track star, Caster Semenya, must prove she is a woman