Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Pistol-Packin' "Mama" Wears Burqa to Rob Maryland Bank

Why bother wearing a mask when you can disguise yourself as a Muslim woman?

From the Washington Post, via Atlas Shrugs, who identified the theft as a "burklary."

Police said the robbery occurred about 4:20 p.m. at a TD Bank branch in the 3100 block of Briggs Chaney Road in the Silver Spring [Maryland] area. They said a man entered, showed a gun and demanded money. He received an undetermined amount and fled.

Police said he wore "a long black burqa over his face," and also wore blue jeans.

He was described as a man of unknown race who spoke with what was described as "a Middle Eastern" accent.


  1. I'm surprised it did not happen sooner

  2. Not to start a fight QR, but so what about this story? A man used a woman's burqa as a disguise?

    I mean we can both agree that Islam is an imperfect religion (and I don't believe there is a perfect one, although I am not an atheist nor an agnostic [except in the strict philosphical sense of the word]).

    Yet, recently there's been sort of a long line of posts that just seem to be attempting to simply attack Islam for no real purpose. I know you don't support the Ground Zero Mosque and Islamic violence (neither do I), but that's not a reason to mock Malaysian fashion, nor to just sort of throw in the fire bombings of the Christian churches in Malaysia without any context.

    I'm not trying to justify nor write-off these attacks, but they were regarding a specific court ruling and not a "habit" as you described. There are very various specific political and historical struggles going on right now in Malaysia that really need to be understood and not merely written off as just "more crazy Islamic violence." It's quite a different situation.

    I've said this before, but the US is not at war with all of Islam, nor should we be.

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  4. It's a long story, Yukio, and you'd have a hard time starting an argument with me.

    My story starts even before 9/11, because 9/11 was itself an opening of a wound inflicted long before. I had several close encounters with Islamic terrorism before 9/11.

    The attempt to build a mosque at Ground Zero has done to me exactly what it is intended to do--open painful wounds, and I will not dishonestly call them "old" wounds, or even "partially healed wounds." The Ground Zero mosque, for me, has been the straw that broke the camel's back. As more and more Americans experience the effects of Islamic terrorism, more and more Americans will start to falter under that last straw, whatever it is for them.

    My background and my occupation, and my spouse's occupation, have brought me into close business and personal relationships with people of many nations and cultures far beyond the experience of most people. In my immediate family, for example, more than 12 languages are spoken--most of them non-European, and in my home skin color is not even a consideration.

    Terrorism is. Abuse of women is. Included in my experience are business and personal relationships with Muslims from four continents and a number of countries. My professional history includes working on a study of Shariah law as it is imposed on Muslim women in Southeast Asia, a project initiated by a female (and therefore extremely courageous) Muslim legal scholar. The burqa isn't "fashion," Yukio, appreciated in the Western sense of an avenue of self-expression. When female toddlers are wrapped in scarves, I weep for them.

    When the Ground Zero imam attempts to import Shariah law, Southeast Asian style, to the U.S., I understand it as a direct threat to my freedoms as an American and, even more directly, as a female. The very thought of creeping Shariah law in the U.S. fills me with sorrow, with dread, and with fear. The burqa is part of the Shariah package.

    Sorry, Yukio, to ramble. It's the best I can do right now. Must run . . . .

  5. Very well thought out comment Quite Rightly.

    Islam is more than an imperfect religion. It has a violent streak. While there are some moderate Muslims out there I have only seen one denounce the ground zero mosque. Plus, when an imam won't even call Hamas a terrorist organization then I know we've got a problem. The problem with the Burqa is it used by men as a method of subjugation against women. And, the burqa is being used for the nefarious now.

  6. "When female toddlers are wrapped in scarves, I weep for them."

    Hurrah, QR. I remember burning with anger in a Trader Joe's in DC watching four girls peer through a window to the world in 110 degree heat while their brothers monkeyed about shirtless in shorts.

  7. @Mom - Not content with perpetrating their horrors on their own wives, mothers, and daughters, the imams are openly planning this future for our daughters and granddaughters. The "freedom of religion" Obama and El-Bloomberg are so crazy about is a men's club.

  8. @ QR

    I think we could have a pretty interesting discussion about what fashion is, but that's probably for another time. While you claim the burqa isn't fashion (in a self-defined Western way), your post on the Malaysian fashion show of which you disapprove has only one picture of a burqa, a picture which does not appear to be a photo from the show itself (can't tell, your link to the story is dead). If it is simply the burqa that is the problem, why not post something about extreme-orthodox Jewish women that essentially wear a burqa as well? Aside from the burqa, most religions have unequal dress codes for women. Islam isn't unusual in demanding a more modest dress code for women.

    My point is that when you merely attack anything that hints of Islam, you are creating an overly-generalized shadow enemy. Any Muslim is the enemy-- or at least a potential enemy. If you follow this strategy you are guaranteed to lose the fight because (a) you are fighting your perception of an enemy rather than an enemy itself and (b) you are attempting to define as an enemy over 1.5 billion people.

    There are specific extremist branches of Islam that are enemies of the US. This is where the fight is. Not at Malaysian fashion shows, not at women who merely wear burqas (even if you disapprove of the practice).

    BTW, why have you not posted about Rifqa Bary recently? She turned 18 and was released from custody in Ohio, you know.

    As you know QR, I've been reading your blog regularly from the beginning of it. I know you are a good-hearted person, and I believe you to be a person of strong moral character. So please take these comments in the friendly spirit that they are meant-- and not as some sort of ridicule or accusation.

    @ Teresa

    Many people on this country's political Left refuse to call Hamas a terrorist orginization. This places Israel and other US allies in a very tenuous position. It is foolish, self-defeating and a betrayal of our allies to our enemies (the new guidelines for Obama's foreign policy it seems). To me, that's a more immediate and serious problem then some imam not doing so. BTW, which imam are you talking about?

    Yes, the burqa can be used to subjugate women. What are you going to do about it? What is the US going to do about it? Should the US follow France's stupid example and ban the burqa?

    People should have the freedom to believe as they choose, and to dress as they choose. Should someone not choose to believe in their religion (such as Rifqa Bary) or to dress outside of it, then they should be afforded protection to do so. But imposing an American-style Christian value system upon people unwilling to accept it is tyrannical in a nanny-state kind of way.

    Any lasting change must come from within-- this is something the American Left has never understood. In other words, the Muslims must change themselves (and they will for better or for worse). The US funding certain mosques (something which so many people have such a problem with) is an attempt at encouraging and supporting such internal change toward a more Western-friendly stance (one can argue as to the accuracy and effectiveness of it). If you want a change in Islam identify and support moderate Muslim movements (not a simple task and mistakes will be made), identify, confront, and fight extremist movements. Simply being outraged at people for women wearing head scarves accomplishes nothing-- at best.

  9. @Yukio -- When women of faiths other than Islam start concealing bombs under their "modest" dress, let me know, and I'll write a post about it.


  10. And just what percentage of the 1.5+ billion Muslims in the world do these terrorist women represent?

    And I am not seeking moral equivalency, nor was I critical of any post involving terrorism and/or violence. You wrote a post mocking a Malaysian fashion show which bothered me-- not a post mocking Iraqi suicide bombers.

    And do you truly want a list of appalling violence commited by non-Muslims? Even if the list was limited to just the 20th century, the worst genocides (in terms of numbers) of that century were committed by non-Muslims. Would these acts have been better or worse if committed by Muslims?

  11. Yukio - Hmmm. How do I explain this?

    When a person encounters Islamic terrorism, it's astounding how non-remote the probability becomes.

    People have different responses to such experiences. My set of responses does not include a sense of obligation to honor fashions specifically designed to turn innocent children into chattel because they don't belong to the Muslim-approved gender.

  12. With respect QR, this exchange seems to be uncomfortably funneling itself into subjects that are personal and private for you, and I get the feeling that it would be best, and a relief, to not force/follow that course.

    I believe we shall simply have to cordially agree to disagree on this subject.