Thursday, July 27th | 4 Av 5777


Be in the know!

Get our exclusive daily news briefing.

November 7, 2016 7:21 am

Are Niqabs and Kippot Equally Threatening?

avatar by Daniel Pipes

Email a copy of "Are Niqabs and Kippot Equally Threatening?" to a friend
Harry Styles's blue knitted kippa. Photo: Ben Winston via Twitter.

Harry Styles’s blue knitted kippa. Photo: Ben Winston via Twitter.

The Southern Poverty Law Center’s Heidi Beirich has distributed a standardized reply to the avalanche of protests (including a particularly eloquent one by National Review) against its wretched Field Guide to Anti-Muslim Extremists (of which I am allegedly one). Her apologia makes a quite remarkable claim in reference to me that calls for a response. She writes that

the calling for a ban of any religious dress is indeed extreme, regardless of the religious institution. Calling for a ban on the niqab is akin to banning a kippah. Daniel Pipes, another extremist on this list, has also called for a similar ban. These calls are contrary to religious freedom.

The kippah (aka yarmulke) — really? In response, I offer two points addressed to Ms. Beirich:

Related coverage

July 27, 2017 12:52 pm

Now Is the Time to Pass the Taylor Force Act

The Taylor Force Act stipulates that American aid to the Palestinian Authority (PA) be conditioned on the discontinuation of their...

First, I am fine with the wearing of a hijab or burkini — because these do not threaten public security. They are a matter of personal Islamic expression. But I reject the niqab and burqa, because they do threaten public security. Had you bothered to consult my blog on this subject, detailing more than 100 incidents where these articles of clothing have been used to facilitate criminality, political violence and jihad, you would understand the problem.

Second, headgear like niqabs and burqas are banned in banks and other commercial institutions around the world, for the obvious reason that criminals use them as accessories to holdups. So far as I know, not a single institution has ever banned the kippah, a tiny covering at the top of the head, on security grounds. Can you possibly figure out why not?

Share this Story: Share On Facebook Share On Twitter Email This Article

Let your voice be heard!

Join the Algemeiner
  • Lucy S.

    Kippot do not significantly alter the wearers appearance and are not imposed on one sex by the other. Therefore don’t threaten the social fabric or human rights.

  • harriet


    Are Niqabs and Kippot Equally Threatening?

    only if you wear the Kippa on your face