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Why Was This Girl’s Passport Photo Rejected?

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Posted on Aug 16, 2006
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From The Telegraph

This passport photo was not, in fact, rejected by UK officials because the girl pictured was too adorable. Rather, it was because her bare shoulders might be considered offensive in Muslim countries.

British authorities informed the parents of this 5-year-old that the picture would not pass official muster.


It’s straight out of the you-gotta-be-f#$king kidding me dept: Her bare shoulders might offend Muslim eyes. Seriously.

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The Telegraph:

A five-year-old girl’s passport application was rejected because her photograph showed her bare shoulders.

Hannah Edwards’s mother, Jane, was told that the exposed skin might be considered offensive in a Muslim country.

The photograph was taken at a photo-booth at a local post office for a family trip to the south of France.

Because of the way the camera was set up, the picture came out showing Hannah’s shoulders.


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By RAE, July 18, 2010 at 4:09 am Link to this comment

You’ve got to be TAUGHT to be that PERVERTED about your body.

If Muslims chose to be offended by BLACK SHOES or the use of RED, YELLOW and GREEN on traffic lights would the rest of us all go bananas and change those things to suit their precious sensibilities?

Probably… the way the profound stupidity in our “authorities” is evolving these days.

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By Noelle, July 16, 2010 at 3:01 pm Link to this comment
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Ugh. I tried to get my passport today (in the U.S.) and my photo was rejected for
the same reason.

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By helen, October 11, 2006 at 4:58 pm Link to this comment
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Some muslim women in my opinion are very modest when they cover themselves!!!
They say they feel protected.
a muslim woman told me she feels very protected by covering herself up. for example how an orange feels protected by its peel, without the peel the orange wont feel protected at all.
and another example was a pearl at the bottom of the sea in its shell is more protected than it is without the shell.
so that is how muslim women feel when they cover themselves up.

these examples really made me think.
so i think no one has the right 2 abuse muslim women in this manner.

btw im no muslim if thats wat you think!!
im just telling you some points

and also muslims are always the ones people say stuff about.
no one ever tells a sikh to remove his turban
or a nun to stop covering herself!!!!

so i think muslims should be left alone. coz they have a right to wear whatever they want just like sikhs and nuns do.


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By R. A. Earl, August 16, 2006 at 7:41 pm Link to this comment
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“...But I do believe there is something to be said for modesty”

I’m not trying to come off as glib or a smart-ass when I ask WHAT MIGHT THAT BE? What is that “something” to be “said” for modesty?

What is the big problem with the HUMAN BODY, male and female, AS IS, without sugar coatings of any kind?

Don’t get me wrong… I think MOST PEOPLE should be required by law to cover their bodies when in public at all times… not out of any sense of “modesty” but to keep from profoundly offending the rest of us with their ugly, wobbling gobs of naked fat!

Let those with nicely toned physiques parade naked if for no other reason than to model for the rest of us what the MAINTAINED human body is supposed to look like.

I’m sorry to be so judgmental folks, but in my opinion, anyone offended by the sight of a child’s naked shoulders needs serious psychological counselling. He or she is sick in the head.

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By rachelle, August 16, 2006 at 4:53 pm Link to this comment
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Methinks Muslim men have a self-esteem problem of the first order. At times I sympathize with them until I hit… that great continent that is Africa. It is so sick to me, when it comes to male/female relations, that I am repulsed. If men can’t control, it seems, they are inadequate. Lucky is the woman who finds a real man, the inward-looking type who questions it.

The topic is as absurd to me as the question of the size of a man’s penis. It’s so primitive, it defies logic.

I should add, though, that there is no sense questioning the version of Muslim modesty that profoundly affects so many women. If only a certain ‘balance’ could exist. Women should no more be exposing their ‘attributes’ than men. And we all know what the media is feeding us on a daily basis: half-naked women and fully dressed men.

Btw, I am not religious—at all. But I do believe there is something to be said for modesty.

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