30th June, 2009
The French President, Nicolas Sarkozy of a country where it seems few wear the burqa, has thrown the cat among the proverbial. Glad to see some European leader has the guts!
THE EYES BEHIND THE BLACKNESS
I caught a TV audience discussion programme on Sunday, The Big Questions, where the (male) anchorman, Nicky Campbell asked the eyes sitting behind the blackness (paraphrased) –
“You say it is to stop men ‘lusting after you.’ In Britain where we believe in equality, why don’t we men wear them, in case the women here lust after us?”
The niqab-wearing woman, Um Abdullah, was dumbstruck for some time, eventually saying something to the effect, “I hadn’t thought of that.”
She said her mode of dress was a requirement of her religion, Islam. She insisted that she had chosen to wear it by her own free will, and hadn’t been forced by others, mainly men. Quite how it can be a “requirement” but one can at the same time CHOOSE must be logic subtlety hidden to all but those behind the blackness, and their masters.
A WOMAN’S RIGHT TO CHOOSE?
The women’s rights argument is argued forcefully by both sides. Forget the facile “women’s rights” debate. That is circular and can be used BOTH ways. It is also meant to appeal to the confused PC brigade. Many of us in Britain have had enough of their confusion.
On that same programme a British non-Muslim academic who had studied Islam and the koran for 40 years in BOTH Arabic and English insisted that only “modest dress” is called for in the koran rather than the ‘body bag’. He was told by some idiot who thought he’d read the mysterious koran better to go off and study Islam for another 40 years.
SAFEGUARD MUSLIM CHILDREN’S HEALTH
These women are also robbing their own bodies of vitamin D which the rest of us soak up from sunlight. How many weakened immune systems result from this, costing our National Health Service millions to try to remedy? How many generations of girls are being subjected to illnesses because of this? Is THAT protecting their RIGHTS and those of their daughters?
The burka/niqab is intimidating, is threatening, is separatist, is a generational health threat to females, is a sign of inequality and can be used as a disguise by men with criminal intent. (Its use by Islamist men, suspected or intending terrorists to disguise themselves and pass through customs is well recorded.)
Above all, these modes of dress are insulting to MEN.
Don’t flatter yourselves, my dear Pairs of Eyes, that you are SO-O-O-O irresistibly attractive that you and all men need this kind of medieval protection. Not in Britain you don’t. Can’t speak for the sexual fantasies of all Middle East men, of course!
And, since you insist it is YOUR choice, don’t insult men by insisting that you are so attractive. Modesty, in the good old-fashioned British way is wider that this. It encompasses more than just sex-obsessed certainties.
YOU’RE NOT OUR TYPE
The bad news for you, burqa/niqab inhabitants is that you are certainly NOT attractive in any way to most men in Britain, covered or, possibly, uncovered.
This insult to non-Muslim men, indeed even Muslim men in Britain must stop. It’s time British men of all religions and none stood up and said so.
This is OUR country first, second and last, with a liberal western culture you moved here to (presumably) embrace. If there was ANY other reason for coming here, explain it. Or ask your menfolk – then work it out.
Women in our British culture do not hide themselves away, nor do they need to, from the presumably sex-mad male population. If you don’t like it – leave. There are many countries more suited to your medieval, primitive beliefs.
Our liberalism has had and has given ENOUGH.
Also debated today on Woman’s Hour, BBC Radio 4, with the very same Um Abdullah holding forth. (Visit the site to listen again for 7 days.)
To summarise – I consider myself pretty liberal as regards social mores. But with the spread of the burqa in MY country, Britain, I think it is clear we got it wrong – VERY wrong.
It’s simple: to any Muslim woman who wants to live here – leave the ‘body bag’ behind. You won’t have to ask your husband if he’s OK with that, as it is YOUR choice, you keep telling us.
This form of dress has NO place in our society, none whatsoever. Just as shorts and t-shirt would have no place for western women on the streets of Saudi Arabia. Our women would not dream of wearing such apparel in strict Islamic dress-code lands. WE in Britain now need to insist on the same kind of restrictions here.
The alternative is clear.
Burqa/niqab clad women in Britain need to choose AGAIN.
Is this photo session a set-up? Of course not. It’s just a waste of a camera click and a waste of female lives. DREADFUL STUFF.
Thanks to BlairFoundation Blogspot for the mention.
[Please note, neither this site nor, I presume, Blair Foundation Blaogspot, claim to reflect Mr Blair’s personal beliefs on this, or indeed on any issue, except where quoting from his actual, or, as reported words. Despite the blog name I can assure you that this site is NOT an extension of Mr Blair’s thought processes.]
Muslim schoolgirls have been told to remove their niqab face veils on a visit to a Catholic school in Jack Straw’s constituency today. Their teacher refused to remove hers, setting an interesting example. She was not permitted entry. That’s a start. From now on – NO ENTRY to Britain for burqa wearers, please. The mainstream party which adopts this policy may well get my vote in the next election. Also see The Mail report here.
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