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Tossing Pebbles in the Stream

This blog is my place to sit and toss pebbles into the stream. The stream of Life relentlessly passing before us. We can affect it little. For the most part I just watch it passing and follow the flow. Occasionally, I need to comment on its passing, tossing a pebble at it to enjoy the ripple affect upon Life's surface.

Sunday, March 04, 2007

Good for you Miss Mansour

Rights need to be fought for one small issue at a time. Not often enough do we stand up but let things slide.

To her credit, 11 yearold Aswahan Mansour, a Canadian soccer player stood up and refused to remove her Hijab in a soccer tournament. She was barred from the game by a decision of referee, which his right to interpret the rules of the game set down by FIFA. Red card renews Quebec hijab debate

The rule against head gear is meant to prevent injury to the play or her sister players. There is no explanation of how the head scarf is dangerous, as it is tucked into the neck of the shirt in the way the shirt tail is tucked into the shorts. No injury was cited as an example of the danger.

FIFA and the Quebec soccer body supported the referee's decision.

To his discredit the Premier Charest of Quebec put in his two cents worth supporting the referee. Should I mention there is a election underway in that Province which has a long history of some nasty forms of discrimination.

To their credit, Ms Mansour's coach and team mates supported her as did other teams from Napean. They left the tournament and refused to come back to Quebec to play until the rule is changed.

Aswahan Mansour

Iranian Women Soccer players

Ironically, FIFA is encouraging women's soccer in Muslim countries. The Iranian women not only wear the Hijab but also a uniform that meet a standard a modesty acceptable to Islam in that country.

Why should a young Canadian girl by disrespected by not being allowed to wear her hijab: a sign of her faith, modesty and chastity?


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