Norwegian Schools Preach the Wonders of Niqab

Bruce Bawer is a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the Freedom Center and the author of “While Europe Slept” and “Surrender.” His book "The Victims' Revolution: The Rise of Identity Studies and the Closing of the Liberal Mind" is just out from Broadside / Harper Collins.


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Kausar, then, who argues for the right of women to wear Muslim veils and head coverings on the grounds of individual freedom and diversity, would appear to be involved with people who would very much like to prevent women who don’t wear Muslim veils and head coverings from dressing as they like.  (And, apparently, preventing them from dancing, too.)

Meanwhile, on Kausar’s Twitter page, her name is followed by the words “I am exactly what I wish to be… a Muslim. Tell me what you are!” and by the URL of IslamNet.  What is IslamNet?  Hege Storhaug described it as follows early last year:

Over the course of only two years, the group has managed to acquire over 1,200 paying members and is now the largest Muslim student organization in the country. The only positive thing that can be said about Islam Net is that it doesn’t hide its objective: a society living under the Koran and sharia.  One of these students’ ideological heroes is Zakir Naik, who preaches hate and terror and is considered so extreme that he is not permitted to enter either Britain or Canada.

This, then, is Aisha Shezadi Kausar, the “author” whose message the leading Norwegian organization for writers and translators is helping to spread in the schools.

To trace Kausar’s career online is to find oneself wondering about a thing or two.  How did it happen, for example, that the teenage Kausar, supposedly even before she was a wearer of hijab, turned up in Nettavis as a defender of hijab?  Where did the Nettavis reporter get her name?  How did Kausar end up being a poster girl for Muslim female garb?  Why did she tell VG in 2010 that she’d been wearing hijab for three years when a year before she had presented herself to Nettavis as a non-wearer of hijab?

If this were just about Kausar, I wouldn’t bother asking such questions.  But Kausar is only one of a number of Muslim women in the West who in recent years have gone out into the media and claimed that they’re feminists with minds of their own, that they’ve freely chosen to dress as they do, and that as free citizens of a free country they should have the right to wear what they want in public.

But it’s the same with Kausar as it is with some of the other women who make these arguments: the more you look into their stories, the more strongly you suspect that there’s more there than meets the eye.  That, in other words, these women are not operating independently but are, rather, part of a large-scale, long-term campaign being run by others – by people for whom they, along with the media, the schools, and groups like the the NFF and Foreningen !Les, are just puppets on a string.

Not that that’s the most important thing here.  What matters more than anything else is this: people like Kausar and her associates, whoever they may be, know exactly what they’re doing when they target schools.  And the people who run the schools either don’t realize they’re being taken for a ride, or are too intimidated to do anything other than nod and applaud.  That needs to change – and now.  Otherwise we’d better be prepared for a generation of Western politicians, journalists, military officers, and educators who are – if possible – even more benighted and pusillanimous on this issue than the current crop.

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  • http://www.boycottscotland.com Edward

    Norway is going to Hell in a handbasket.

    Couldn't happen to a more deserving quisling nation.

    • Alvaro

      The problem in Norway and most of the Western world is that leftists have entered into a de facto alliance with conservative Muslims. Practically all teachers and journalists in Norway are leftists, who preach about the wonders of making Norway into a happy "multicultural" society, and have no qualms about using schools and mass media for propaganda purposes. Part if that very same problem is that quite a few conservatives seem happy with immigration themselves because of cheap labor.

      Unlike the people above, Quisling always worked for the interests of the Norwegian people, and only in a narrow nationalist view can what he did be described as treason, and the people who formerly were members of Comintern and wanted to abolish the army as late as in 1930, be regarded as patriots.

      • KarshiKhanabad

        Vidkun Quisling was hanged for being a Nazi sympathiser.

        These Norse dhimmi jihad-enablers are just as evil and just as nazi-like only they are applauded for their `openness', `diversity & multiculturalism' and `tolerance' (very narrowly defined, does not include Jews).

        Thank G-d, I'm an American! We at least still have a chance against the beard & burka crowd. They haven't yet figured out how to disarm us, if you get my drift.

        • Alvaro

          Wrong. He was shot for landssvik (treason) in 1945. The real traitors ran away in 1940 and tried to drag the country down with them; telling the people to fight a war they could not possibly win, while they and their families ran off to safety, and leaving Norwegians over to German rule, like in Poland. Quisling was responsible, just like the king and government of Denmark. He tried to prevent bloodshed in a war were Norway tried to stay out of, and protecting Norwegian interests. That is the job of every responsible politician.

          Comparing these traitors to Quisling is an insult to Quisling.

          "Thank G-d, I'm an American! We at least still have a chance against the beard & burka crowd. They haven't yet figured out how to disarm us, if you get my drift."

          This is just the beginning: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_mosques_in_t

        • http://www.contextflexed.com Flipside

          It’s fun to see you guys cheering for Anders Breivik again.

          • Ted G

            While you secretly cheer for the genocide of the Jewish race, you deceptive POS. Don't try to throw around your attempts at moral equivalency, you don't have the qualifications.

          • http://www.contextflexed.com Flipside

            No. If I wanted that, Ted, I’d cheer for it openly.

          • KarshiKhanabad

            In that case, Herr von Flippy, go ahead and cheer openly for exterminating the Jews, because that's what you really believe, you little worthless Nazi bastard!

          • Fnord

            Says the guy who has no problem seeing Quisling celebrated as a protector of the norwegian people. You guys have lost it, and mr. Bawer seems to have become insane as well.

    • http://libertyandculture.blogspot.com/ JasonPappas

      Unfortunately, the rest of the West is following. I'm still amazed that the left has found a religion it could love–far more fundamentalist and repressive than any variant of Christianity.

  • tanstaafl

    The simple defense of Kausar and her fellow travellers is that Islam is not a religion. Islam is a militant political party, not unlike the Nazi Party.

    The only reason Muslimahs wear Islamic dress if to cover up the bruises and scars they receive from their masters, It is a symbol of oppression and should be banned world-wide.

  • Stephen_Brady

    When will people realize that multiculturalism will destroy Western Civilization and usher in decades … perhaps, centuries … of oppression and tyranny?

    I've been accused of being a "PC Multiculturalist" at this site, and nothing …. NOTHING … could be further from the truth. The fact is that I hate multiculturalism and I'm not exactly thrilled with the people spreading it, either.

    I foresee a time when people will have the fight against it, if their governments continue to fail them, and make no mistake … our governments are failing us. Let me be blunt as possible. No one is going to put one of these muslim garbs on either of my daughter's heads, or on my granddaughters' heads, without facing me ….

    … with extreme prejudice …

    • WilliamJamesWard

      It is interesting that youth love something new or different but to want to wear
      death robes, that is just to much of a stretch. It may have to do with hiding
      behind a mask, many youthful people are not in touch with what they have
      for a face and general appearance and would fall for the idea of concealment.
      Otherwise all of the young people I know laugh at Muslim dress and anyone
      involved with it. Norway is a mystery to me, I would never have thought that of all
      people they would allow Muslims to destroy their culture. Multiculturism is
      actually the destruction of multiple cultures to create one can of worms.
      Looking at what some kids are wearing I wonder if it is not designed to make
      us want a tent to cover them but Islam and Muslim, no way…………..William

      • Stephen_Brady

        I'm confused about all of the Scandinavian countries, also. These lands were, after all, the home of the Vikings, and I see less and less of that spirit among these people.

        I agree with your assessment of multiculturalism. When I was young, we were taught pluralism … the idea that from many cultures, nations, and races come one people. When I looked about me, I could see many different faces, religions, cultures, but only one nation. E pluribus unum.

        • Alvaro

          "I'm confused about all of the Scandinavian countries, also. These lands were, after all, the home of the Vikings, and I see less and less of that spirit among these people."

          The Vikings lived hard lives and were used to fighting. The current generations have lived comfortable lives and are for the most part not used to fighting or even protesting. In addition they have suffered from leftist brainwashing since kindergarten. The Viking spirit is a spirit that can be gained or lost. It is not genetics.

          • Stephen_Brady

            Well, I agree with you, of course. I was just trying to draw a comparison between Scandinavians of other times and those of today. The same can be said of the US, today.

  • Morty62

    Another brainwashed tool. It's like saying "I love freedom" and then locking yourself in a jail cell for life in order to show you have the freedom to not be free. Insane.

  • Marty

    Nothing beneficial comes out of islam. It is a death cult possessed by a sociopathic ideology incapable of acknowledging individual freedom and western civilization. islam should have disappeared centuries ago. Its continuance is a testimony to the masochistic side of human nature. Happily, 80 percent of the human race remains uninfected. Vigilance will be continually required to contain islam and there is nothing undemocratic about limiting its pernicious influence as much as possible in our society.

  • g_jochnowitz

    Despite the fact that Orthodox Jews and fundamentalist Christians are becoming more religious every day, Marxism and Islam remain the only doctrines that are accepted with absolute blind faith. Christians and Jews, as I always say, no longer advocate the execution of witches and homosexuals, despite Exodus 22:18 and Leviticus 20:13. The reason for the strength of the Marxist-Islamic Alliance is the power of their faith. The atheism of Marxism in no way interferes with its demand for total faith in the words of Marx.

  • Islam is Haram

    On the contrary, she called herself a “feminist in a religious head covering” and said that she “identifies with the tough Muslim ladies who have fought for women in hijab to be accepted.” Accepted for what? She wouldn't know feminism if it walked up and slapped her. Feminisim is all about equality of the sexes, the niquab and mores specifially, Islam is not. Feminism is not about allowing a man to define you, but that is exactly what she is doing. Might as well have her head in the sand – the effect is the same – the head is covered and you don't know anything thing else!

    Thanks for pulling back the niquab and exposing Kausar's lies!

  • guest

    Can I wear a black uniform with swastikas? That is MY religion. SO I would be allowed? If not why tolerate this abuse of our tolerance?

  • A free woman

    Although moslem garb in particular isn't prohibited covering one's face is illegal in many states and for good reason. Yet in the D.C. suburbs I have seen several fully covered women in the past 18 months. Can I make a citizen's arrest?