Tuesday, October 10, 2006

The Veil Debate

Jack Straw, British MP and leader of the House of Commons sparked a debate about the full veil (burka or niqab or whatever) when he said he believed covering faces could make community relations more difficult. That's an understatement Jackie boy.

Consider these two facts:
1) A male terror suspect in the UK escaped capture for several days by dressing as a Muslim woman in a burka. Eventually the smart ass was caught (This happened on several occasions in Egypt and I am sure elsewhere).
2) The Sun journalist Anila Baig told how she passed through Leeds-Bradford airport wearing a niqab covering her head, without being asked to show her face.

If you ask me, niqab should be banned because of the dangers of concealing a person's identity. If the extremists argue that banning the niqab breaches their human rights, I'll tell them that it wouldnt have been a problem if we didnt have so many fucking terrorists in our midst. Sad but true.

Sorry niqab babes, but Batman's place is in the movies not out on the streets.


  • Yes but the question is where do you draw the line? What else shouldn't be allowed about people's personal appearance? Also his comments about community relations were kind of ignorant, that's like saying we have a stereotype of this group of people and should ask them to change so we see them differently, no?

    By Blogger شهرزاد Shahrazad, At 1:16 PM, October 10, 2006  

  • how can a fully veiled woman relate to her community if nobody sees her face? Is interacting with one's community a monopoly for men? If so, why? I just think the niqab is so unnecessary and projects a very backward image of Muslims because it is a form of oppression. I know that some fully veiled women dont feel this way, but when I ask myself what is the niqab all about? the answer that keeps popping up is that women are evil creatures that should be covered from head to toe to try to contain the damage that they might inflict on morality. This is very wrong, I think.

    By Blogger zabinzo, At 1:43 PM, October 10, 2006  

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