A group of non-Muslim Swedish women have taken to wearing traditional Islamic headscarves in protest of the beating of a Muslim woman so attired.
The "hijab outcry" movement says that they believe that discrimination against Muslim women is "reason enough in a country where the number of reported hate crimes against Muslims is on the rise - and where women tie their headscarves extra tight so that it won't get ripped off - for the prime minister and other politicians to take action to stop the march of fascism."
While I personally have considerable difficulty with the entire concept of "hate crimes-" actions, not thoughts, ought to be the concern of the law- I very much sympathize with these women. Islamophobia has long since passed the point of rational distrust of radical Islamists in much of the Western world, and has become nothing more or less than a form of religious bigotry.
I see the "hijab outcry" movement as very much in the tradition of the Lutheran Danes during World War II who chose to wear the Star of David as a sign of solidarity with their Jewish countrymen.
ADDENDUM: I keep getting responses from people expressing completely appropriate concern about the negative effects of radical Islam, specifically in Sweden- a nation which now leads the world in rapes, apparently due to the notion certain Muslim men seem to have that "immodestly dressed" Swedish women are legitimate targets.
This, and similar anti-social expressions of Islamic extremism, need to be dealt with not only firmly but ruthlessly. But that does not justify equating Islam itself with the slime balls and nutjobs who profess it. If it did, all of us Christians would be responsible for Fred Phelps and David Koresh.