Lets drag every woman who wears a Burqa into Top Shop and make them wear a pair of ‘Trakky Bottoms’ and Gold Lame Leggings, or if not then lets throw them into prison.
It is not a ‘religious garment’ it is not mentioned in the Koran, so the infringement of religious freedom is not an argument. The Burqa is a tool of male oppression (and I really hate it because the reason the Burqa is worn is because the men have their brains in their crotch and must be prevented from lusting after woman) and it is about control. Lets ‘Ban the Burqa’ because we all know that Muslim women come into this country and steal things and hide them behind their veils and also it stops Immigration Officials from actually seeing who is really behind the bed sheet. I think the Burqa is evil, I think it should be banned tomorrow, if for no other reason than it’s just ‘bad fashion’.
Before you un-follow I would march on the streets to save the Burqa, not that I am Muslim or even a Woman, but it is a fundamental touchstone of my belief that people should have the right of freedom of expression and that the State should not ban anything unless they is a really good reason to do so. The arguments so far have been verging on the racist, or at best ill-informed. Don’t get me wrong I think the Burqa is an evil piece of couture that is designed to hide women, but banning the Burqa will not solve anything, what will solve the gender imbalance is education and exposure to culture, exposure you will not receive if you cannot go outside and experience it because your faith system says you must wear a Burqa. Banning an item of clothing will do nothing but imprison women, incarcerate them either in their homes or, if it is taken that far, a stay ‘at her Majesty’s pleasure’.
I did agree with Jack Straw a few years ago when he asked a Muslim Lady to remove here veil so he could understand what she was saying, and I did agree with the Education Authority that said a Muslim Teacher (well all Teachers) need face contact with their pupils, it is one of the ways we communicate, and the branches of Islam that insist on women wearing the Burqa need to address these issues. The situation of wearing the Burqa and functioning in a western democracy are complex and far from perfect – but needlessly banning something is not the solution – education is, and in this country it is compulsory that everyone is educated.
Can someone explain why get rid of the Burqa would alter national life, or make me feel safer, or feel that I live in a tolerant society, please explain it to me.
Of course whilst we are banning the Burqa we can ban the Kilt and the ‘Trakky Bottom’ whilst we are making legislation, why not burn a few books as well to make it a ‘bit of a celebration’?
A quick look on Twitter reveals that the main proponents on banning the Burqa have a Union Flag on their avatar (they would probably call it the Union Jack, because they are so dumb about their own culture that they are steadfastly trying to protect) – I have to say I detest my country’s flag,to me it is symbol not of national pride (even the word ‘national’ has chill overtones) but a symbol of racism, intolerance, of a country that is squalid and insecure in itself and refuses to celebrate its cultural diversity).
To me the ‘Ban the Burqa’ campaign is about demonising the Muslim faith, it is about creating an evil spectre of the ‘other’ of the ‘unknown’. It is the other side of the telephone conversation we cannot hear, it is the whispers in the office, the sudden silence, it is the fear that we do not know everything, that there is something hidden in an age where everything is revealed. No other faith wears the Burqa (as far as I know) therefore it has to be against one religion, and yes lets reiterate that the Burqa is not required religious apparel, and the vast majority of Muslim women in this country do not wear the Burqa, but does the state want to take away their choice?
I am taken back in this debate to an Alpha Course I went on, yes the Christians, and one woman there declaring ‘all Muslims want to kill the Christians’. I was a little worried as I worked with a couple of Muslims and wondered if I should have someone taste my food, but apparently they didn’t, in fact quite the opposite the faith says to live a peace with everyone. The point is the debate is based on misinformation, very few Muslims wear the Burqa and if they want, why should that worry me?