Monday, October 31, 2011

How to sew a Christian veil

Please, go to this lady's videos for numerous helpful and sweet videos to help you make and wear your own simple head coverings, as well as learn other sewing tips.   Her website, for more information on these headcoverings and other modest issues, is : She offers head coverings of various styles for sale as well. Because of this, she notes at her website "10-21-10 Please note: Due to my personal convictions I will not sell coverings to someone if I know they will be used for costuming purposes for Halloween. There may be cases where I wouldn't mind a costume in general as long as it is used in a Godly and respectful way...but a Halloween costume is not among them. I do not mean to offend or hurt anyone's feelings, but I am adamantly opposed to that holiday and what it stands for. I prefer that my covering sewing time be used for making coverings that are to be worn for Biblical purposes. This is obviously something that must be on your individual honor as I do not always know what a person may place their order for. It only just occurred to me that someone might wish to order for that reason and I just felt led to post this as a policy, especially as it is that time of year."

You can read her own words here: "Headcovering Testimony," By Mrs. Eleanor R. McDonie.

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Headcovering is Not a Costume

Dr. Faheem Younus, Adjunct Faculty for Religion at CCBC and Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine at U MD, writes some thoughtful comments on head covering as pertains to this part of the year, that is, Halloween, and how it applies to the education of hijab other times in the year as well, in: "Hijab is Not a Halloween Costume."(  Find a neat short list of questions and answers about hijab as well.

I always find myself reading articles like these and thinking how easily the words could be replaced by other women who choose to cover, specifically Christians who wear headcovering and dress modestly too.

As usual, be aware that comments below articles are not written unbiasedly or politely.  This one has so many comments that I wish I could answer... if only I knew that those who wrote the comments would listen.  Let's keep educating others while we maintain our faith and modesty.

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Nobel Peace Prize recognises women rights activists

"BBC News - Nobel Peace Prize recognises women rights activists"

This year's Nobel Peace Prize has been awarded jointly to three women - Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Liberian Leymah Gbowee and Tawakul Karman of Yemen.
They were recognised for their "non-violent struggle for the safety of women and for women's rights to full participation in peace-building work".
Mrs Sirleaf is Africa's first female elected head of state, Ms Gbowee is a Liberian peace activist and Ms Karman is a leading figure in Yemen's pro-democracy movement.
"We cannot achieve democracy and lasting peace in the world unless women achieve the same opportunities as men to influence developments at all levels of society," said Nobel Committee chairman Thorbjorn Jagland in Oslo.
Reading from the prize citation, he said the committee hoped the prize would "help to bring an end to the suppression of women that still occurs in many countries, and to realise the great potential for democracy and peace that women can represent".

Read more about these women at this link.

Thursday, October 6, 2011

In Her Own Words, To Cover in Court

"An Expression of Faith" - a short essay in the ACLU's blog, attached to their website, written from the point of view of that headscarf wearing woman who tried to enter a public courtroom, back in 2008, in Douglasville, Georgia, USA.  I have read numerous articles about and referencing this situation, and found it nice to read the woman's own words.  Her situation was one of those "shots heard round the world" regarding those head coverings, faith, women's rights, modesty, and proper court behaviour in the United States.  Because of the denial to her to enter the courtroom with a head scarf, and her subsequent arrest and detainment in jail, much attention was brought towards Islam and toward this lowly headscarf, though both are still much misunderstood because of the various understandings and practices of the wide variety of people who follow this faith and tradition.  As a result:
In July 2009, the Georgia Supreme Court Commission adopted a policy drafted by the ACLU regarding the treatment of religious head covering. Additionally, a civil lawsuit was filed against the city and the police officers that were involved in my arrest. We recently settled this lawsuit out of court and the city has adopted a head covering screening policy which in part states that head coverings for religious or medical reasons may be allowed in courtrooms, and if a security search is deemed required, the individual wearing the head covering may have the inspection performed in a private place by a same-sex officer.
We've come a good way in the US and in many other places, explaining the reasons for these head coverings, and correcting misunderstandings and prejudicial behaviour.  But we still have far to go, as head covering women and those who love them, for there are still many misunderstandings, prejudgements and misgivings - on both sides of the cover/uncover fence.  If practicing Muslim women are kept from dressing in a way that their faith proclaims as modest and respectful, then so also will modest, traditional Jews, Christians and other women who choose to cover up in modesty or from respect or devotion be ridiculed, misunderstood, and maybe even mistreated or "disrobed" (to use the term used in the above linked article). Please keep studying, sharing and encouraging.  We who wear those headcoverings will certainly appreciate it.

See also  for news on this story.

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Looking for Your Headcovering Blog Articles

Attention Reader-Writers:  I would like to gather a listing of links for bloggers and writers who have an article about head covering, either from a personal experience or from a study that you've done.  When I first began really studying about head covering as a serious expression of my faith, the more I read, the more I found myself able to come to a conscious, confident decision.  I was amazed at the number of personal testimonials, research reports, and even fashion guides and how-to's that I was able to find from non-professional sources online, in addition to the already well-written articles and studies provided by different religious organizations, books and individual leaders from various backgrounds.

If you have written an article about the head covering for your own blog, or organizational blog or website, please send me a link that I can share here on the ThoseHeadcoverings blog, and maybe in the future, on my ThoseHeadcoverings website (when I figure out how to update the google pages or finally move everything to another website host).

Note to remember:  I do include information on my blog and in my website from a variety of sources, some of which you, or I, may not completely agree with.  I don't want anyone to think that just because a wide variety of people believe in wearing a covering on their head means that we agree that everything else that everyone else does is acceptable to everyone.  For example, it does not mean that they will agree on many articles and foundations of spiritual faith, from the widest differences (such as pointed out in my main "categories" of Christian, Islam, and Jewish), down to the slighter differences in regional cultures and traditions (such as, say, conservative to more liberal or moderate groups).  I may write about how I understand things and how the covering is important to me, and I will share the outlooks of others who are willing to share how they see the cloth upon the head, and what it means to them.  It does not mean that we are condemning anyone who does not agree with us.  We are not in a position to condemn or to judge others.  We are only in a position to follow our conscience as our study and experience guides us.  We hope that by sharing with others, that we can encourage you continue seeking the truth and obeying the truth, not merely getting by on what is right in our own eyes, or what feels good to do.  The more we live, the more we learn, and the more we learn, the more we realize: the less we know (somewhat of a quote from a song in the movie "Yentl").  May you keep learning and living, and may you be encouraged by what you read here.  Thank you for listening.