Saturday, December 27, 2008

Just Do It

Plain Sabbath Keeper writes in: "What road are you walking on?"
on December 25, 2008:

Mat 7:13 Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat:

Mat 7:14 Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.

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Don't worry about what the world thinks or your relatives. You are obeying GOD, and are an example to your children and to the watching world.The very first headcovering I wore was a pillow case, and my Husband cut it around the back so it would look more like a head covering( This was before I learned how to sew) and my sons played soccer at the time, and I went in front of all those Baptist Moms at the soccer game with that pillow case on my head. It is comical to think about it now, but that is what GOD was telling me to do, and I wanted GOD to see I was not ashamed to obey His Word.

Rom 12:1 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.

Rom 12:2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

Be encouraged.

Friday, December 26, 2008

Making Head Coverings for Others

"Montclair woman makes hats for the ill"
Jonathan Hunley, News & Messenger [InsideNova.com]
Published: December 24, 2008
Michele Hirata's life changed five years ago.

Her husband was in the Air Force in Monterey, Calif., and the couple was at a Christmas party. Another partygoer asked what she did for a living.

"I'm an artist," Hirata responded.

Only she wasn't an artist. She was a bank underwriter.

Her husband, Jeff, laughed.

But when 2004 rolled around, Michele Hirata had left that bank.

The blonde-haired woman with the easy smile has been an artist ever since. Her work hangs not on museum walls but on the heads of grateful souls worldwide. And her payment comes not in cold cash but in warm hearts.

Before that Christmas party, in August 2003, Hirata lost her mother to breast cancer, and she wanted to do something to express herself. So the next month, her mother-in-law taught her to crochet. She later taught herself to knit.

Six months later, "at 2 a.m. on a chilly winter night," according to her Web site, she used her new skills to find the answer to her mother's biggest struggle during her 17-year bout with cancer: losing her hair.

That's when Hirata made her first chemo hat, a toque made of T-shirt material that hugs the noggin and eases the frustration of living with a head injury or an illness that causes hair loss.

She's donated more than a thousand of the head coverings to folks as far away as China, Japan and England.

"This is the way I give back," said Hirata, who's lived in Montclair since March.

More of this story at the title link above. Also see the homepage: FatThumb.com

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"Fashioning warmth for soldiers"

by BRANDON SMITH, Wilmington News Journal
12/24/2008
There was a time when, from the comfort of their own homes, America’s housewives would knit and sew clothing and blankets for the country’s soldiers.

It happened during Colonial times and during the Civil War. But it’s happening again, and one Wilmington woman is participating.

“I want to do anything I can for those young men,” said Helen Kleinman, a Wilmington resident whose son is serving in Iraq. “We owe them.”

Iraq and Afghanistan may be hot in the summer and the daytime, but temperatures there can drop below zero in the winter and/or at night, said Sue Pflederer, who leads a project called “Operation Helmetliner.” The project directs knitters across the country to fashion wool head coverings with a certain pattern and send them her way, to be sent to soldiers in the field.

Some soldiers are based in remote outposts where temperatures can be even more frigid, said Pflederer. In these places, access to items like hats and scarves is limited or nonexistent.

From her Wilmington home, Kleinman has fashioned and sent more than a dozen embroidered quilt patches. Her patches feature a stately eagle and a message that the quilt was made for soldiers by appreciative volunteers. Kleinman’s patches are stitched onto quilts, made by others, that are intended to cover wounded soldiers transported by cargo planes without heat. This is apparently a common occurrence, said Pflederer.

“Thousands” of ordinary people are helping American soldiers stay warm and know they are appreciated, according to the group’s Web site. This time the effort includes more than just housewives.

The group is called Citizen S.A.M., Citizen Support for America’s Military, and is based in Peoria, Ill. Volunteers from across the country have used Citizen S.A.M.’s patterns and guidelines to make things for soldiers and send them to Peoria, where they are then sent to a unit of soldiers in the field.

For more story, please click the title link above. Also see Operation Helmetliner at the CitizenSam.org website.

Discussing Head Veils

"General Discussion: Head Veils"

Interesting discussion with much personal example at the MusicaSacra forum

Following up on Headcoverings in Court

"Judge should apologize in head covering incident"
By Abed A. Ayoub, From News Services, Atlanta [Georgia] Journal Constitution,
December 26, 2008

A Douglasville woman was jailed recently for refusing to remove her hijab, the traditional Muslim head covering, in court. This calls into question whether constitutional rights ceased to exist in the Douglasville municipal courtroom of Judge Keith Rollins.

The hijab is worn by millions of Muslim women in accordance with their belief in Islam. Some choose to wear a hijab, a symbol of modesty, while others do not. There are many variations of the hijab; some women cover only their hair while others cover everything but their eyes, a style commonly seen in Muslim countries such as Afghanistan and Saudi Arabia.

In America, a majority of Muslim women who choose to wear a hijab cover only their hair, leaving the face visible for identification, as was the case with the woman sent to jail by Rollins.

The judge should note that followers of other religions observe the practice of headwear. Asking a Muslim woman to remove her hijab upon entering a courtroom is similar to asking a nun to remove her religious habit, a Jewish man to remove his yarmulke or a Sikh man to remove his turban.

The acts of Rollins are not only discriminatory, they are also unconstitutional.

Title III of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 prevents an individual from being deprived of or threatened with the loss of equal protection of the laws on account of race, color, religion or national origin by being denied equal use of any public facility. Denial of access to a courtroom based on religion is blatant discrimination. According to the Constitution as interpreted by the U.S. Supreme Court, the only way a state may infringe upon the free exercise of a citizen’s religious observance is if a compelling state interest exists to justify such action. There clearly is no compelling state interest to deny individuals wearing any type of religious headwear access to justice in this fashion.

Rollins defended this unconstitutional act by pointing to a courtroom rule that prohibits head coverings. Most judges do not allow headwear, such as baseball caps, in order to preserve the integrity of the courtroom. Asking an individual to remove a baseball cap is not the same as asking him or her to remove religious headwear.

As a judge, Rollins is held to a higher moral and ethical standard. Rather than preserve the integrity of his courtroom, Rollins has done the opposite. Georgia citizens must ask how they can live in a nation free of discrimination and racial profiling when the very practices that civil rights activists from Georgia fought to abolish are being exhibited foolishly in the courtroom. For Georgia to live up to the mantra of “The New South,” acts such as those exhibited by the judge must be corrected.

Rollins has been entrusted with upholding the constitutional rights of all who enter his courtroom. It is time for him to issue a public apology for denying an individual’s access to justice. Furthermore, the courtroom policy should be amended to allow religious headwear in the courtroom; it is hard to believe that head coverings for religious observance are disrespectful in any way.

The American Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC) believes that all individuals, regardless of race, ethnicity or religion, should be granted access to justice and we know that the people of Georgia, who have long been engaged in the fight for civil rights, share in our belief.

Abed A. Ayoub is legal advisor for the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC), based in Washington, D.C.

Wednesday, December 24, 2008


December Headcoverings by LisaMe

Covering Your Head (clockwise) for Cold and Snow, Eid al Adha, St. Lucia's Day, Kwanzaa, Yule, Chanukkah, Christmas, Santa Claus Day...

Monday, December 22, 2008

Thinking About Christian Headcovering

Several articles have reached my attention, which you may want to read, concerning women who cover their heads to pray and that passage of reading in 1 Corinthians 11:2-16.

"the voice of one crying in suburbia" has written before concerning these verses, and his family's growth in understanding this concept of women's headcovering. He's posted a response to the article that I referred to a few days ago, which discussed the concept of headcovering as a moot point in scripture, as per "exegesis". Please see his entry from December 21, 2008: "Headcovering and exegesis."


"The Family Revised" presents a very interesting personal point of view of a woman's hair (her own), and this passage in 1 Corinthians 11, on December 21, 2008: "Thoughts On My Hair". I really appreciated her thoughts here and encourage others to read.


Responding to a comment on his headcovering wife's blog about obedience and salvation, also read "If we walk in the light", December 18, 2008, "Obeying God- A salvation issue?"


Also read "Plain Sabbath Keeper"'s invitation to join her Yahoo group for "Veiled, Sabbath Keeping, Homeschoolers", as she encourages: "though you feel alone, like Elijah, GOD said there were 7,000 left that were serving Him, and have not knelt down to Baal, and Sisters that is still true. You may be the only one in your town, and even your county, that is wearing a head covering and dresses, and Homeschooling and all the other commandments GOD has given us, But feel encouraged Dear Sister, you are not all alone." This blogger has also provided a 4 part study of headcovering recently, beginning here at "part 1".


For more information on conservative Christians who also practice headcovering by women, check the article in The Ventura [California] Star: "Mennonite community", who live in the county there. Video from this article:

Friday, December 19, 2008

Shopping for pretty headcoverings

You might want to check out the new Etsy shop: "Happy Homestead". The creator is Christian blogger Melissa, of "Titus 2 Wife and Mommy". They offer home made plain or fancy coverings and headbands in many different styles and colors for women and girls. These are simple and attractive. Nice work, Ladies!


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Not to take away from Happy Homestead, but I want to remind my readers to please check out the other Etsy shops offering homemade headcoverings. Click here to link to 133 listings at Etsy for "head covering" and the 107 listings for "headcovering" (one word). I believe you must sign up on Etsy to order from these individuals, but this is perhaps worth looking into.

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Another short discussion Christians not covering

"Head Coverings"

Does Paul teach in 1 Cor. 11:3-16 that women must wear a head covering when they are “praying in worship” or not? Please prove by sound exegesis.


Submitted by Brian to "The Ironing Board" at wordpress
December 17, 2008

For those who have studied this issue before, there's nothing new here. For those who haven't, the discussion shows a few simplified descriptions of different interpretations of 1 Corinthians 11:2-16, using "exegesis" and "hermeneutics". If you like that sort of thing.

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For a similar discussion, but in female, less pedantic, and with censored comments, check "Keeping the Home", scroll down to: Monday, December 15, 2008
Are Christian Women to Cover Their Heads?


She has 41 comments there, including her own responses.

EDIT: This blogger has posted again on this subject, in a "part 2" at this address.


I found this article through an article at "
Visits to Candyland: Head Covering" - a Catholic blogger who disagrees with this writer.

Hebrew Roots Discussion

"Head Coverings - Men? Women?"
Posted by Yiska on December 16, 2008

Interesting thoughts and comments, especially from one commenter from India

Story we're following: head coverings in court

"Muslim Arrested Over Headscarf In Courtroom"
Wednesday, December 17, 2008 – updated: 12:15 am EST December 18, 2008
from WSBTV.com/news, happening in Douglasville, Georgia

My thanks to Lucy for first bringing this story to my attention. I've seen several reports from different points of view about what happened since, but the short story is that a Muslim lady accompanied a family member to a court hearing, was told that she would not be allowed in with her head covering on, and when she got angry she was put in jail for contempt of court. Was it because she was wearing a head covering and refused to take it off? Did she get belligerent with the official? Did the officials behave badly first?

Though I've not been able to follow the stories in the news and blogs closely lately (I have quite a backlog of interesting looking articles to read), this will be one story that I will try to follow, for the US American reaction. As the husband of the woman points out in the interview, which you can watch at this link, the outcome really does pertain to everyone of any style of faith who chooses to put something on their head, from Sikhs to Jews to Mennonites to Catholics to Muslims and so on. What is the US law? And what is the US heart?

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"CAIR Seeks Sanctions Against Anti-Hijab Judge in Georgia" - marketwatch.com/news

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EDIT: Adding this blog article, because I like it.

Heading in the wrong direction
Posted by: Marcella, at wordpress, December 18, 2008

Purple. Red with golden tassels. Olive drab with strands of fabric shimmering through like gossamer. As a student in Egypt, this sea of warm fabrics and cool colors bobbing along in a crowd was my first introduction to the hijab in any practical way. I thought it strange back then, that women would wear such things comfortably, and from my young, Western viewpoint, saw it as discriminatory. Why should a woman HAVE to wear such a thing, I wondered, shaking my head at the apparent chauvinism of Islam.

And then, becuase I was in Egypt to learn, and study society, I did. I asked women what they thought of their headcoverings, and whether or not they ever felt oppressed by them. And I’m not speaking for all of them, certainly, but I spoke with enough women to understand that a headscarf is more than just a piece of fabric required by the religion. it was a symbol of beauty, and act of expression even, and a means of keeping somthing special under wraps. Literally.

“when a woman is covered, men cannot judge her by her appearance but are forced to evaluate her by her personality, character, and morals,” said Sumayya Syed during a recent discussion posted on Islam for Today.

I myself heard this over and over and over again, and eventually, came to beleive it. And at times, desire it for myself. How many times have I felt undressed by someone’s eyes, unwillingly? I will admit that the “judgement of morals” thing might not always be the best thing for me because sometimes I want that visual striptease to be an option, but many times, I would rather be looked at with interest for the intelligence apparent in words leaving my mouth, not the apparent pleasure of what might be able to go in it.

So in the past few days, as news of that judge in Georgia has incited anger and respect among different groups of people, I’m saddened to hear that most people still think of the hijab as something shameful, or disrespectul. I wonder if our culture will ever get it.

Monday, December 15, 2008

History of Iranian Dress and Fashion

What study of head coverings and modest dress would be complete without a good look into Muslim and Middle Eastern attire? Who influences who? I found this history, with plenty of illustrations, pretty interesting:

"History of Iranian Fashion"

(illustration of Qajar woman from this website)

Headscarves OK in Sweden

Directly quoting:
Headscarf Issue Alive In Sweden
December 15th, 2008 by Fred Stopsky of "The Impudent Observer"

The world is suffering from a severe economic crisis, terrorism has devastated people of Mumbai, Israel and Palestinians still fight one another, but for some reason, the issue of what a girl wears on the top of her head is a dominant issue for some people. During the 1960s, men and women went crazy over a boy who wore his hair long, and now in the first decade of the 21st century, a major concern for some is the headscarf. A Muslim student in a Swedish school was told she could not wear her headscarf because somehow it interfered with her work in school. The student was in a hotel and catering course that entails a period of time working in a hotel. But, the hotel refused to accept the girl unless she removed her headscarf.

The young lady refused to abandon her headscarf and sued the school district. The Swedish Ombundsman against Discrimination(DO) awarded the young lady damages of $7,400 and said she had a right to wear the headscarf. The hotel apologized and the ban on wearing a headscarf has been lifted. Now, if we could resolve other religious issues in such an easy manner….


See also this article in "The Local: Sweden's News in English".

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If you're interested in head coverings in Sweden, you might also find this gender-differences story interesting, from the same news source: "Boys blocked from bearing 'girls-only' Lucia crown."

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Following up on the Headcovering Obligation Truth

St. Louis Catholic, who posted the essay the other day explaining why wearing a headcovering is still an obligation for women attending Catholic mass, has published quite an interesting observation about the experience.

10 December 2008
"Some Early Thoughts on the Veiling Fallout"

I was so impressed with the first point made that I actually laughed. Not because it was funny, but because, I guess, it was so novel. It begins with a listing of all the post titles for the past little while, together with the number of comments garnered on each subject. Then the author writes:

I thank everyone who took the time to comment, whether they were impressed by, depressed by, unconcerned with, or just amused by the argument. One of the more common "anti" requirement arguments was that this issue was minor, or that it didn't matter much compared to other, bigger issues of the day facing the Church.

Yet, I must say, 78 comments on veiling posts versus 6 on other posts, ranging in matters from the St. Stan's lawsuit; advocating world government; the Immaculate Conception; the new head of an important Vatican dicastery; and high political corruption makes me think that though other matters are "more important", they sure don't rile people up like putting on a head covering at Mass.

OK, I guess the tongue in cheek attitude also had a hand in my response.

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Note: There's also a huge comment list on a post at "What Does The Prayer Really Say?" in response to his reply to the question "what to wear?" to a traditional Latin mass. In the reply, he wrote: "You are not obliged to wear a head covering, but it is a wonderful custom which I bet you would get used to quickly and really like once you did. " Though not every comment is specifically headcovering oriented, I did not take the time to count all the responses.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

But is headcovering going to remain obligatory in Islam?

Found quote in Haaretz.com concerning Turkish foreign policy with Iran:

The veil worn by observant Muslim women is once again stirring anger in Egypt over its religious function. Is it a duty or an option? The radical organizations offer all the suitable quotations from the Koran and the important adjudicators to "prove" that Mohammed literally meant for every woman to hide her face and hands, and not to make do merely with a head covering. They believe that the eyes are the gate to the woman's soul and therefore need to be hidden. On the other hand, the sages belonging to the centrist stream of Islam believe that the veil does not appear in any of the precepts of Islam and that, at most, this is a custom which must be permitted. But of course, as usual, this is not a purely religious-legal argument aimed at fixing the way in which Muslim must women appear in public. The argument is political.

At a time when the Egyptian government is investing vast efforts to uproot religious fanaticism and is not merely making do with the arrests of members of the Muslim Brotherhood organization, but is banning women with veils from appearing as announcers on TV programs and postponing the appointment of women as religious instructors because they wear veils, the following initiative is merely the next obvious step on the way to the religious de-legitimization of the veil.

With this, I refer to a new book being published by Egypt's Wakf Ministry, written by cabinet minister, Mohammed Hamdi, who is a religious sage and religious law analyst. In the book, he "proves" through signs and omens that wearing a veil is not a religious edict but rather a custom, and as such it enjoys a lower status; with this, it will soon be possible to call for the custom to be uprooted altogether. The co-authors of the book, which will be distributed to all the imams in Egypt's 140,000 mosques, include the head of the Al-Azhar Mosque, the most important religious institution in Egypt, and the mufti of Egypt. Hamdi explained that the veil is not merely the result of a radical religious point of view, it even creates it.

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

"The Truth Unveiled" - Headcovering Obligatory in Mass

8 December 2008, in St. Louis Catholic at blogspot.com
"The Truth Unveiled: Head Covering Still Obligatory for Women Attending Mass"

A few notes follow:

In conducting a proper analysis of the question, one must retrace the scriptural, patristic, and canonical history of the practice in order to determine properly its value.
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To begin, in I Cor. XI, 5, St. Paul declares: “[E]very woman praying or prophesying with her head not covered, disgraceth her head: for it is all one as if she were shaven.” As it is not known when St. Paul confirmed the Jewish and Roman practice of women wearing a head covering when praying, it qualifies as a true immemorial custom, because the exact date upon which it became binding upon women in the Church is beyond the memory of anyone. As St. Paul declares that his teaching is not his own, the custom could even have been confirmed by Christ the Lord Himself. Cf. 1 Cor. XIV, 37.
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. . .on June 21, 1969 – after the new Roman Missal had been promulgated by Pope Paul VI – then Msgr. Annibale Bugnini, the prelate appointed by the Pope to draft the rubrics of the new Missal, issued a statement to the Press specifying that at no time had the requirement of head-covering been abrogated: “[T]he rule has not been changed.”

This essay is followed by much discussion in the comments.

Saturday, December 6, 2008

Muslim Head Scarf in Europe and the US

Because what affects those in one part of the world affects all of us.

"French Headscarf Ban Not Discrimination, Says European Court"
05.12.2008, in DW-World.de
Copied article:
Europe’s top courts have ruled in favor of a French school that expelled two Muslim girls for refusing to remove their headscarves for physical education classes. The ruling fuels the debate over secularism in France.

The European Court of Human Rights has dismissed a complaint by two French Muslim girls that their school violated their freedom of religion and their right to an education. The girls were expelled after repeatedly refusing to remove their headscarves for physical education classes.

photo: "Headscarves have been banned in French schools" from website

The teacher had said that wearing a headscarf was incompatible with physical education classes. The girls, Belgin Dogru and Esma-Nur Kervanci, are French nationals and were 11 and 12 respectively when they were expelled from the school in the north-western town of Flers in 1999.

For secularism's sake

Based in Strasbourg, the European Court of Human Rights ruled on Thursday, Dec. 4 that the school's move to expel the girls was not out of line, emphasizing that the girls had been able to continue their education via correspondence classes.

"It was clear that the applicants' religious convictions were fully taken into account in relation to the requirements of protecting the rights and freedoms of others and public order," the court said in a press release.

A Muslim woman adjusts the headscarf of a young girl Bildunterschrift: Gro├čansicht des Bildes mit der Bildunterschrift: Religion has no place in France's schools

The court also observed that the purpose of the restriction on the applicants' right to manifest their religious convictions was to adhere to the requirements of secularism, a hot topic of debate in France.

Secularism is taken very seriously in the country's state schools, and in 2004 a law was passed that bans pupils from wearing conspicuous signs of their religion at school.

France is home to Europe's largest Muslim minority.
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"Morocco moves to drop headscarf"
By Richard Hamilton, BBC News, Rabat; from MoroccoBoard.com
From the introduction to the article:
Morocco is making major changes to religious education, in particular regarding whether young girls should wear headscarves.A picture of a mother and her daughter wearing headscarves is being removed from the latest editions of a text book.A verse from the Koran that says girls should don veils has already been taken out of the books.Other Arab countries have made similar changes, worrying that the veil could be used as a symbol of extremism.

photo of picture removed from text book from this website

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"Women’s Liberation"
in middle-east-online.com, 2008-12-06

Beginning:
As I witnessed the ensuing barrage on Islam, Islamic values and culture, and the infamous declaration of the ‘new crusade’, I started to notice something called Islam. Today I am still a feminist, but a Muslim feminist, says Sara Bokker.
Sara Bokker begins by telling where she comes from: "I am an American woman who was born in the midst of America’s “Heartland.” I grew up, just like any other girl, being fixated with the glamour of life in “the big city.” Eventually, I moved to Florida and on to South Beach of Miami, a hotspot for those seeking the “glamorous life.”" She also writes:
Most of the women I know wearing Niqab are Western reverts, some of whom are not even married. Others wear Niqab without full support of either family or surroundings. What we all have in common is that it is the personal choice of each and every one of us, which none of us is willing to surrender.

An interesting and insightful personal experience with the coverings that are now verboten in much of Europe. Will her rights to cover her head in North America also be taken away in our secular world? Will mine?

History of Hats

Wisdom: The folklore of hats

By MICHAEL HICKEY, of MarcoNews.com (Marco Island, FL), December 5, 2008

A rather sweet and concise little article about the history and use of hats, mostly in the Western Male persuasion. But ending very sweetly with a little verse. Information that's enjoyable to read.

"Discriminated"

December 5, 2008, in "Thoughts of a Sober White Woman": "discriminated"

what happens when a woman, who doesn't usually, puts on an Eastern looking headcovering...

Friday, December 5, 2008

Blogging about Christian Headcovering

Here's a few posts over the past little while:

Why I Have Chosen to Wear a Head Covering
Apostolic
November 5, 2008, "(posted with permission by Love4Holiness)"

Church Etiquette

Catholic
December 2, 2008, "the joy of my youth"
includes this helpful advice:
1. Women should have their shoulders, knees, and head covered while in church. However, this doesn't mean that women should wear overly baggy sweaters and shapeless skirts. It is still important to look like a woman and not a pauper. It is possible to embrace your femininity without sacrificing modesty. Head covering is preferable and not necessarily required (though this fact is debatable). It should be done with a veil (of appropriate color for your life state, etc) or a nice looking hat that is appropriate in style. Women who have never married should wear white or an ivory colored veil while married women wear black. Young girls should be held to the same standards as women to the best extent possible (ie - it may be difficult to keep a little viel on the head of a young toddler!). Also, colored veils are pretty, but look pretty juvenile on a grown woman. They look best on young girls.

Head Coverings: Should women wear them in church?
Head Coverings: Should women wear them in church? (part 2)
December 1,2, 2008, Reformation Faith Today
poster does not think that headcoverings are required

Head Coverings: Part 1 Geneva Bible

December 01, 2008, Benjamin Shaw... Associate Professor of Old Testament at Greenville Presbyterian Theological Seminary
believing that headcovering is a social/cultural thing, based on understanding of the Geneva Bible and people of that culture


Q&A Fridays, Issue #46
12.04.2008, Michael Bunker, "A Process Driven Life"
"Christian Agrarian"
scroll down to the first question, does a divorced woman still need to cover her head?
includes these thoughts:
We should remember that the headcovering is not a punishment, it is a blessing and a sign of God's great order and glory. Women who veil themselves willfully out of obedience to God, find that it frees them from so many worldly errors, and gives them a sense of peace and belonging in God's kingdom. It should never be considered a burden.

Womans Headcoverings - Part 01 and Part 02
By Craig Simpson, "Find the Light Study Library"
Christadelphian, podcast

On Veil
December 05, 2008 - "Crazy Tune"
Orthodox Catholic
photos and historical references to the tradition of headcovering, including these comments:
I am not wise enough to say much about head coverings. But veil (head coverings) is a beautiful thing in my opinion. When I saw people wear head coverings back home in Indonesia, I put more respect to those women, for it gives a sign of contradiction in the world that glorify immodesty.

What Modesty Does to Your Life
December 4, 2008 — Anna, of "Veiled Glory"
from her video files... :)

Playing on the Edges...
December 2, 2008 - "Testimony of Grace"
with photos of her pretty new wrap style :)

Monday, December 1, 2008

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Two Mannequins by LisaMe

This really wasn't made as an insult to anyone. The idea came into my head as I was thinking about all the mix of cultures around here, and the coming holiday season, and the ignorance of some people... me included... which can always use a little education. Just a little levity, I hope.

And I hope everyone in enjoying their December.

Veiling the Sacred

"The Secular War on the Supernatural"
Article by Dr. Alice Von Hildebrand, July 17, 2006

This article explains with much information the problem of forgetting the supernatural in the church, specifically the Catholic Church. I am not Catholic, and so some of this was very helpful to me in understanding the sacredness of the traditional Catholic Church. In our modern era, sacred things are forgotten, as we all seem to strive to make everyone equal. But there are secular things which are strongly representative of supernatural truths. One of those talked about much in this article is the female person, and so, we come to the section on veiling:

And this is why the female body should be veiled because everything which is sacred calls for veiling. When Moses came down form Mount Sinai, he veiled his face. Why did he veil his face? Because he had spoken to God and at that very moment there was a sacredness that called for veiling.

Now the . . . feminists after Vatican II suddenly “discovered” that when women go to Church veiled, it is a sign of their inferiority. The man takes off his hat and the woman puts on a veil. My goodness, how they have lost the sense of the supernatural. Veiling indicates sacredness and it is a special privilege of the woman that she enters church veiled.
Please read the entire article at the link above, to understand more of what the author is saying.