This is more along the lines the kind of values-driven response Muslims should have to the French authorities wanting to ban modesty.

We need to be having a conversation about the kind of society we want to live in and raise our children in. What is the significance of having the Virgin Mary as a role model when her defining virtue — modesty — has no currency in our world and, in fact, is being subverted at every turn? These are the kinds of existential and ethical questions that cut to the core of what it means to be human and what it means to live in a world created and controlled by a Higher Power.

Bickering about “freedom” and “choice,” in contrast, is vacuous and self-destructive. I don’t want to live in a society where people have the freedom and the choice to drive themselves and, by extension, those around them in society writ large into the ground. Rather than trade with the worthless currency of liberalism, we need the language of faith to inform these decisions of critical significance. As far as modesty and dress go, Muslims and Christians are on the same page. We both have the blessed Virgin to inspire us.

“Behold! the angels said: “O Mary! Allah has chosen you and purified you – chosen you above the women of all nations.”

 

Daniel Haqiqatjou

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