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Sorry, but we can’t just pick and choose what to tolerate February 16, 2007

Posted by infidelkafirwatch in Uncategorized.
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The furore over the right to wear the veil has exposed the double standards of the liberal anti-Islam agenda

Well, who would have thought a bit of black cloth could have provoked such anger and such anguish. The anger is part of a growing and alarming trend. The general consensus among the anguished (such as this newspaper) is that, in Jack Straw’s words, “there is an issue here”.

Certainly there is. The veil question has exposed a staggering level of thoughtless illiberalism, and not just where you’d expect to find it. Hot off the mark, the Express consults its readers about a ban on the veil: “An astounding 97% of Daily Express readers agreed a ban would help to safeguard racial harmony.” It’s not quite clear how this ban would be implemented. (Policemen ripping veils from women’s faces? Asbos? Flinging wearers in jail?)

Clearly there are precedents: the Dutch parliament has voted for a ban on wearing burkas in public places, and three Flemish towns have actually instituted a ban. In this country, Yasmin Alibhai-Brown supports a burka ban on feminist grounds, and the “progressive nationalist” David Goodhart, who edits the left-leaning Prospect magazine, calls for a ban on the burka in schools and public offices (which, depending on where Jack Straw holds his surgeries, might solve his problem at a stroke). The problems attendant upon such a policy are demonstrated by the Belgian municipalities, which had to define burka-wearing in a way that didn’t criminalise carnival masks (and it is very hard to see a way of defining the burka that wouldn’t incriminate the niqab). read more

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