Excelsior! Here is an icon for the advent of modernizing the Muslim world. She embodies everything sharia and the Islamic world deplore -- free women. Burn those burkas, baby, and come on in. The water is just fine.
I wonder if the ink is dry on the fatwa .................. "grumblings from certain members of the community."
Rima Fakih Is First Muslim Miss USA Atlantic Wire hat tip Choi
Rima Fakih, an Arab American from Dearborn, Michigan won the Miss USA beauty pageant Sunday. She is believed to be the first Muslim to win the title, though historical pageant records dating back to 1952 are not detailed enough to confirm. Fakih has been deftly profiled in the Detroit Free Press in a piece that chronicles her unique journey. The daughter of Lebanese immigrants, Fakih's parents proudly supported her despite grumblings from certain elements of their community.
UPDATE: Given some of the comments and emails I've been getting about this post, it seems necessary to explain that I do not think Miss USA is some kind of role model for American girls or for American culture. What I find positive about Rima Fakih is that she goes against everything Muslims want women to be -- and with all the ways that Islam oppresses women, free will, free women, free people. what could be wrong with that?
Further, of course Oklahoma should have gotten it. Hellooooooooooooooo. The dhimmi judges thought they were being Islamophiliac. But their utter stupidity has made for Shakespearean irony. Rima is an affront to Islam, a pox on their house. The judges know not what they've done.
UPDATE: Jason in the comments. Bingo, Jason:
Hopefully every young Muslim girl will now tell her parents "I want to grow up and be like Rima."