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June 19, 2016 / philosophermouseofthehedge

Tamales, fajitas, and hijabs

Practical matters.

Don’t be that idiot. The one sent scrambling by Half Magic or half-truths. The one who thinks anyone speaking Spanish is Mexican.

Broad sweeping generalities are so handy, but for the stupid. And politicians (Their IQ is TBD).

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Before anyone starts yammering about banning Muslims by stopping immigration from the Middle East, a reality check might be in order.

Attention: not every person from Mexico or Latin America is Roman Catholic.

While many realize that Latinos are probably the fastest growing group in the US,  most are not aware that Latinos are the fastest growing group of Muslims, too.

Some wonder if it’s a search for a lost heritage since Muslims ruled Spain for 800 years. (Well, the language traveled across, so…I have the image of some Jesuit priest rolling over in his grave.)

While growing up in the Catholic church, some converts said it was too big and impersonal – that no one told them what it was all about, the rituals, the symbolism. Church was all robotically copying parents.  With Islam, they say, they sit, discuss, and answer all their questions.

Other feel that Islam more closely aligns with traditional values of Latin America’s patriarchal conservatism. Something that doesn’t always match with modern American culture and the  popular feminists ideas.

What ever the reason, the number of Spanish-speaking Muslims is growing rapidly. 

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Don’t fret. Muslim women are not giving up on fashion. (Pretty obvious locally)

Dolce & Gabbana and Uniqlio’s London stores carry hijabs, headscarves, and abayas. Marks and Spencer offers a “burkini” for swimming. (More here)

“Muslim Lifestyle Expo in London highlights largely untapped market” Some predict the next big focus for major brands/businesses will be the Muslim communities which include both the conservative traditionalists, and the younger trendy crowd who demands style and is brand loyal. (April 2016)

Fashion legend Pierre Bergé of YSL fame is having none of it, though. (His reasons here.)

Realistically, halting the EU relocation of refugees, won’t stop the growing Muslim population in the US.  

Especially with some immigrants kidnapping children to appear to be a family to get gain entry and special treatment from INS or with the coyotes/human traffickers using 18 wheelers and rented buses to “sneak” people across the southern border from Mexico.

Immigrant families surge across border. 2016 already worse than 2015.” (“Some 6,788 people traveling as families were caught on the southwest border in May alone…. “)

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Has anyone asked the EU how many refugees from Latin America they are willing to take in for resettlement?

They just keep coming.

It’s summer. It’s 100 deadly degrees.

(“Increase in border crossings despite extreme heat“)

Some speak Spanish. Some are not Catholic. Some are not as they appear.

Practical matters

Phil, the Philosopher Mouse of the Hedge

Never explored Half Magic? Harry Potter would approve. Generally speaking, who doesn’t wish for a bit of magic these days?

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  1. robincoyle / Jun 19 2016 3:42 pm

    I had NO idea. And I had NO idea there is high-end burka designers. You always enlighten.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jun 20 2016 8:01 am

      Some of the ones we see locally in shopping malls/restaurants are quite elegant and costly. Wonder if they are cooler in this climate. Oh, with AC who goes outside in summer anyway? We all need sweaters! Thanks for parking a comment in this aisle


  2. roughseasinthemed / Jun 19 2016 3:58 pm

    Hola. Hablo español, pero no soy musselmana etc.

    In terms of Latin American immigrants Spain offers concessions to Hispanics.

    But, had no idea. Excellent links, gotta applaud Bergé. Not that I am the world’s best fashionista.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jun 20 2016 7:58 am

      Was wondering what you’d think of all this.
      (Just because you speak Spanish, doesn’t mean you can move in. Besides Mexican Spanish might baffle Spaniards as much as TexMex Spanish baffles Mexicans…Would DNA work? HA HA. Seriously, most Mexican/Latinos used to hate the thought/results of the conquistadores of Spain, so this is a shift.)
      The Rio valley schools/South TX school always have such a struggle getting young Latinas to be serious about schools as it is fighting cultural expectations for women. Even now it appears. HAve you read this: ? I was disturbed by one statement that women might prefer single sex pools because then they won’t be embarrassed by the bruises left by their husbands. A serious division about what is “normal” or perfectly acceptable for treatment of women. Seems to me like a culture clash that will be difficult to reconcile in order to keep things peaceful.
      Thanks for lolling around this porch for a while. Porches are so fashionable.(Now if I only had a screened one this summer)


      • roughseasinthemed / Jun 20 2016 10:29 am

        When I was a kid there were women’s swimming hours. Not for relig reasons but based on the same lack of rationale.

        As far as I know, Andalucían Spanish is close to Latin American Spanish. Partly because most conquistadores set off from Cadiz and many/most came from here. So apart from a few odd words, a bit like English and Americanese, I’d be up for it.


        • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jun 20 2016 1:59 pm

          Women’s swimming hours – totally alien to here. Maybe it was “unofficial as most men worked during the day and few were at the pool weekdays until night. The concealing the bruises really disturbs me – especially with girls marrying so young (when they are trainable?)
          It’s the regional/county’s vocabulary (and cadence/pacing) differences that cause all the arguments of what is the “real” Spanish among groups here – especially in schools and for educational materials. It’s rather humorous at times. Do not ask them to compromise. Andalucian (about same as Argentina’s) is easier on the ears than Mexican Spanish to me (from sales meetings and business trips.) Had a couple of ancestors as mercenary soldiers set sail from Cadiz. Got the ship’s names and photocopy records around here someplace. We’ve always been wanderers. What else is life for? Stay cool.


  3. Kate Crimmins / Jun 19 2016 5:19 pm

    A burkini? Wow!


  4. The Coastal Crone / Jun 19 2016 5:28 pm

    Latino Muslims? Who knew! I will have to check this out!


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jun 20 2016 7:41 am

      There’s also a huge LDS/Mormon population all across Mexico, Central and Latin America and has been for a long time. Possibly as it also tends to be conservative, patriarchal, and family/community oriented. Everyone I know from Chile is either LDS or was raised that way.
      Religions/philosophies are an important part of any country’s culture. It would probably go a long way if students in school learned about them as well as a place’s geography and history – but here you can’t bring relgions into classrooms – a bit of a shame. Might go a long way help peole get along in this world growing ever smaller.
      Thanks for taking a siesta here to chat


  5. Paul / Jun 19 2016 8:44 pm

    Muslim Hajib fashion is becoming quite the business here in Ottawa.The styles are very attractive:

    That said what is crossing the Mexican Border has never been just Mexicans. Have you ever read a book called “Surely You’re Joking Mr. Feynman”?

    It is hilarious and yet so scary. Feynman was a nuclear physicist who worked on the first nuclear weapons in the 40’s. At one point he spoke about the discussion around missile delivery systems for the weapons. The US was way behind Germany, so the US rounded up all the defecting German rocket scientists they could find, transported them to Mexico and then created all the paperwork to make them Mexican citizens. They then loaded all these scientists into a bus and snuck them across the border into the US to work for the government building missiles.

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jun 20 2016 7:30 am

      Fashion is fashion and there’s no way to discourage it – even strict religion or oppressive authorities. When school uniforms started in public schools here, the girls still managed to sneak in style with fancy white socks/blouses/belts that met the guidelines, but…
      (BTW your comment ended up in spam due to the links apparently, so I had to strip those out. Very odd)
      You’re right. There’s always been a lot of international groups arriving across the southern border. It’s never been exactly difficult to get across the Rio Grande with the close connection between the communities on both sides. Forever there’s been occassions where the MX soldiers got “lost” and ended up at a store/gas station and while they were there, they might as well pick up some cigarettes..maybe a coke. It was kinda a neighborhood feel in places.
      All sorts of antics were involved getting the German scientists here and resettled – quite a story during a fascinating period of history. (Wasn’t there a recent tv series about them on cable channel or something? I meant to watch it, but tv is always the last thing I think of. Had hoped it was a well done period piece.)
      Running through quickly, but will stop over for coffee today. Thanks for dressing up a comment to leave here

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  6. Littlesundog / Jun 20 2016 7:49 pm

    I need to come out of the woods more often. If some of that clothing would keep the skeeters from biting, I’d upgrade my wardrobe. I wonder if they offer camo design? I do try to blend in you know!


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jun 20 2016 7:56 pm

      Was in Bass Pro today, but didn’t see any camo ones…perhaps one of the curtains and a sewing machine? Could be an idea in the making HA HA.Thanks for swatting a comment this way


  7. PiedType / Jun 21 2016 8:48 pm

    Enlightenment! How refreshing. Thank you!


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