Tuesday, May 16, 2017

No Boys Or Pictures Allowed: "Sharia Prom" At Public School In Hamtramck Causes Controversy

By Brandon Hall
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No boys? No pictures? No cellphones? What the hell is going on?!

Welcome to Hamtramck's girls only prom, an event designed to let Muslim girls celebrate the high school tradition without pissing off radicals in the region.

The 6th annual "Princess Prom" was held last weekend, though I think "Sharia Prom" is far more fitting...

According to Heat Street:

"With the goal of creating a “safe space” in mind, a Detroit school has set out to hold a girls-only prom to celebrate traditional Muslim customs. It’s being created for girls who would otherwise be prohibited by their ultraconservative Muslim families from going to regular proms, where attendees are allowed to have fun and dance with members of the opposite sex in good old American tradition.
Hamtramck High School’s girls-only “Princess Prom” was first organized in 2012 by a group of five Muslim girls to give them the opportunity to go to a “safe space” prom. In 2016, 230 girls showed up. This year, they’re expecting at least 250 attendees.
According to Michigan Live, the event is “intended to create a safe space for Muslim girls who normally cover up in hijab to let their hair down in an environment with no boys and no cellphones.” 
In normal circumstances, Muslim girls and women from ultraconservative backgrounds are not allowed to expose their hair in public, among many other strict religious prohibitions for women. With a cellphone ban in place, no one will be able to share photos of them with their hair displayed to social media platforms like Instagram and Facebook."
The event is a disturbing placation to extremists who think women aren't to be seen, nor heard. 
I am fine with the girls figuring out a way to have some fun in a difficult situation, it just sucks they find themselves in this predicament in the first place...

Brandon Hall is a lifelong political nerd from Grand Haven, and is the Managing Editor of West Michigan Politics.

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1 comment:

  1. Honestly, when everyone first read the headline, did they think that the LGBTIQ-crowd was getting all ecstatic over the "no boys" part?

    Speaking of which: Don't Muslims still toss them off of rooftops if they are caught?