To celebrate women’s day Sara Azmeh Rasmussen, a Norwegian of Syrian origin, burned a hijab in an official ceremony. She calls herself a ”cultural muslim”, and outed herself as lesbian early last year. The burning was announced beforehand
Rasmussens appeal might be related to the report of an Oslo women’s shelter, stating minority women were beaten into submission and forced to wear Hijab.
After the event Rasmussen declared that she is happy to live in a country where people can express strong opinions freely, and people who don’t agree with her have as much right to speak their mind too.
Although she was hit on the head with a snowball, she said she had been expecting much worse.
Naturally there was lots of outrage and screaming and there were water and snowball throwing attempts, however the hijab was utterly burned in no time.
I think its a bit childish behaviour on the part of the Holy-Hijab-Worshippers: after all, the public burning of all and sundry is a well-established folkloristic pasttime amongst the easily insulted Ummah.
Rasmussen wanted to call attention to what she thinks the hijab stands for – womens submission, objectification of women, fewer choices in life, and segregation of the sexes. She compared her action to bra-burnings in the 1960s. Growing up in Syria she heard from her grandmother that a womans wings are clipped.