Islam’s Rosa Parks?

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It only garnered a few paragraphs in the WaPo’s Local Digest but The Daily Beast has a longer writeup about a sit-in held at the local Islamic Center on the 20th. At the core of the debate is the mandate by some mosques that women pray in a separate area, sometimes behind an opaque screen or curtain. When a group of women who disagree with this policy came in and attempted to pray alongside the men, the mosque officials called D.C. police to have the women removed or charged with trespassing.

It’s an interesting situation, and the gender divide isn’t following the usual progression of less permissive to more permissive; the article cites a CAIR survey stating that 50% of mosques enforced separate prayer areas 15 years ago. 10 years ago 66% did.

Well I used to say something in my profile about not quite being a “tinker, tailor, soldier, or spy” but Tom stole that for our about us page, so I guess I’ll have to find another way to express that I am a man of many interests.

Hmm, guess I just did.

My tastes run the gamut from sophomoric to Shakespeare and in my “professional” life I’ve sold things, served beer, written software, and carried heavy objects… sometimes at the same place. It’s that range of loves and activities that makes it so easy for me to love DC – we’ve got it all.


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