- Mar 3, 2004
By that logic we should ban teetotal vegetarians.First, Felixness didn't say they've hidden themselves away. Quite the opposite, if you read her carefully. And as a general observation, wearing clothes that differ from the general run of the population is a very bad way of hiding.
Second, Muslims do segregate themselves from the rest of society in numerous and powerful ways. They may be able to share an office space with you, but women who wear hijabs will not drink alcohol, or eat pork.
First, I'm not sure why you think not eating pork means a muslim woman is unlikely to go to a restaurant with me. I've been to Christmas lunches with the women in my office who wear hijabs. True, they didn't drink. But then neither did the recovering alcoholic I work with. True, they didn't eat pork. But neither did the vegetarian I work with. Another colleague had a fish dish - and despite the fact that I hate seafood, I managed to go to the same restaurant as him. Shocking, isn't it.This means they are very unlikely to even go to a pub or restaurant with you. (One needn't follow from the other, but with Islam it does).
So? I don't spend a lot of time alone with many of my colleagues. I also don't intend to marry any of my colleagues. If I worked with an Orthodox Jew, they would also not marry me.They are unlikely to spend any length of time alone with you socially. They cannot marry you unless YOU convert to Islam.