Amren recently linked to a story about a Canadian journalist who was punched by a Muslim woman for (allegedly) taking her photo in public. I quote:
A Canadian journalist was ‘punched in the face’ by a Muslim woman after accidentally taking her picture in a public square.
Writing in his column, David Menzies said he was with his nine year old son in Toronto’s Yonge-Dundas Square testing out a new digital camera when a woman in a hijab approached him shouting that he could not take a picture of her.
The popular car columnist then says he was punched in the head by the woman and surrounded by a group of people shouting Arabic at him. A police officer then refused to press charges.
Relaying the incident in the Toronto Sun, Mr Menzies said: ‘Suddenly, a woman wearing a hijab ran toward me.
‘She was part of a group that included two women wearing full face-covering burkas. She was screaming: ‘We are Muslim! You do not take pictures of us!’ (Odd. I can’t find the “no photos” rule in the Qur’an.)
‘I informed the lady I was in a public square in a democracy. I can actually take pictures of whomever I please.
‘And then: Ka-pow! Her fist collided with my face. Worse, she almost knocked my new camera from my hands.
‘My son and I were then surrounded by a mob of about 20 people, many of whom were speaking Arabic.
The officer at the scene refused to file charges against the woman. It occurred to me that people who are easily offended are only asking to be offended more. We should photograph Muslims, as they go about their business in public, and then post those photos online. By doing so, not only would we have the satisfaction of knowing that we are causing anguish to the Muslims who would assault us for exercising our freedoms, but by doing so, we would be protecting those very freedoms.
To the Muslim woman’s statement, “You do not take pictures of us!”, I reply that I ordinarily would not be inclined to photograph Muslims – but, since you put it that way, I certainly shall take your picture! Not all Muslims feel this way about photography; while in Brunei and Egypt, nobody hassled me about taking their photos. In fact, many people even appreciated it and smiled for the camera. But we can always hope that the lunatics, of the sort that attacked Mr. Menzies, will see the online photos and be enraged. Then it would be worth the effort.