Geert Wilders is fighting a heroic rearguard action against the Islamization of the Netherlands, and one of his tactics is to propose a ban on the hijab in public buildings. At the same time, the forces of political correctness among the Dutch avant garde have taken to wearing headscarves in solidarity with Muslims. And we’re not just talking about the women — the men are doing it, too.
Our Flemish correspondent VH files this report:
The Dutch high school teacher Jos Baijens — a grown man, 43 years old — has worn a headscarf since Monday, March 1.
By doing so he protests against Geert Wilders’ proposal to ban headscarves in all municipal bodies, public buildings, and government-funded organizations and associations.
VH includes a translated news report featuring Mr. Baijens. Many thanks to Vlad Tepes for the subtitling:
A full transcript of the video is at the bottom of this post.
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Mr. Baijens (43), father of three, says he will continue his protest by wearing the headscarf, a symbol of political Islam and the suppression of woman in private. The headscarf was a gift of a Somali woman, he said.
On Wednesday, during the municipal elections, a group of teachers and students in the Hague will organize a “playful action”, also by wearing headscarves when they go to vote. With this action they want to take position against the proposal of the PVV to prohibit headscarves in all municipal bodies and subsidized organizations and associations.
The students and teachers, associated with various educational institutes in Hague, are calling on voters also to wear a headscarf when they visit the polling station on Wednesday. […] They want to make it clear that a headscarf is not something exclusive to Muslims: “Brigitte Bardot in the sixties also often wore headscarves.”
I wonder if all the Muslim guys think Mr. Baijens looks really cute in that outfit…
|00:00.00||Of course, it is weird. Men do not wear headscarves, not even the Muslims do.|
|00:05.00||Even so, Jos Baijens, a Dutch language teacher in Eindhoven…|
|00:10.00||has worn a headscarf since March 1. He protests against the proposal…|
|00:14.00||by Geert Wilders to levy a tax on wearing headscarves.|
|00:18.00||“Will Geert Wilders not be laughing his head off about you?”|
|00:22.00||I do not know, you must ask Mr. Wilders. “It looks quite funny, I must say.”|
|00:26.00||Yes, I receive different reactions, some say it does not suit me at all.|
|00:30.00||But when I take it off my hair is messed up and they say put it back on.|
|00:34.00||“What do you hope to achieve?” Uh … that people at home start thinking about how…|
|00:38.00||ridiculous it is that we in the Netherlands in 2010 want to ban headscarves…|
|00:44.00||and reflect on how we build a tolerant, free, and safe society, …|
|00:49.00||and that is not the way Wilders wants to do it.|
|00:53.00||After one teaching session the Board of the school made Baijens take it off, …|
|00:58.00||the school thinks the classroom is not a platform for political purposes.|
|01:02.20||“What were the first reactions in school this morning?” Well, quite variable…|
|01:06.00||as always with politics I think. I had a good fierce debate in the classroom, …|
|01:12.00||some students said: ‘Sir, you can’t do this, you support the oppression of women’…|
|01:17.00||‘Are you also for circumcision? Wilders is right.’|
|01:21.00||But also people who said ‘Wilders really goes too far, you are doing a good job’.|
|01:25.00||Most people are responding very positively: ‘It’s good that you do this.’|
|01:30.00||“Have you had any reaction from Muslims you know?” Yes, most Muslims in school…|
|01:34.00||were very enthusiastic: ‘How good, how sweet and brave of you’ …|
|01:39.00||and I’ve checked it with Muslim experts: ‘Do I offend people with this?’|
|01:46.00||I don’t want to ridicule anyone, don’t want to ridicule headscarves.|
|01:50.00||But they said, ‘We see no problem whatsoever’.|
|01:54.00||“A stupid question: how do you put that on?” Well, I have two cloths, I have just …|
|01:58.00||a triangle like the housewives use when they clean…|
|02:02.00||and this thing you just pull on, it has a hole to stick your head through.|
|02:06.00||“Everybody can do that?” This anyone can do.|