Many Muslim women around the world have embraced the hijab, including me.I hate seeing women dressed crown to ankle in black sacks with only slits for eyes.
It represents not only an act of worship but also a freedom from the tyranny of constantly being judged by their physical and sexual attractiveness.
Non-Muslims often don't realise how liberating it is to not worry about your clothes, your hair, your make-up, your weight, your wrinkles, your bra size, your cellulite.
It does not represent freedom. It represents subjugation.
But here, read the rest of her argument and decide for yourself.
(I also think that Smith may have mistakenly used the word "offended" to describe his feelings, when in fact he meant "affronted". As an aside, I see women in Islamic dress, for that's what it is, who will not enter the lift with a man if they are alone - are they frightened that all men are rapists, for this must be what they are taught? Are they frightened of what might happen if a rumour gets home that they entered a lift with a man not a relative or their husband?)
*There is no freedom in Islam. Everything you do every day in every way is controlled, and you can "ask and imam" for advice on absolutely everything. You don't have to make any decisions, someone else can make them for you.
Someone with their values and morals rooted firmly in the 6th Century.
Great noise is made about the piety and honour and morality of the followers of Islam. How is it pious, honorable or moral to murder, to lie and deceive? To kill a member of your own family because they have been seen to sully your honour.
Clash of civilisations? There's nothing civil about the teachings of Islam.