Thursday, 1 July 2010

British MP Tables Bill to Ban Burqa

Insisting that his bill has widespread public support, the Kettering MP added: 'People feel that something should be done about burkas, but so many are afraid to speak out for fear of being labelled a racist.

'Part of the British way of life is walking down the street, smiling at people and saying hello, whether you know them or not.

You cannot have this everyday human interaction if you cover your face.

'These people are saying that they don't want to be part of our way of society.'

People walk down the street in Britain and say "hello" to each other??? I don't know about that but in a place where people get on the subway and blow themselves up it would be nice if one could actually see who was sitting across from them on the tube, instead of looking at someone who you think is probably a woman dressed up like a black ghost for Halloween. If women want to cover their hair with a hijab, it really doesn't bother me (and I know I will take some heat for saying that but I really don't care, little kids, that's another story), but covering your face is completely counter-culture. Covering your face takes away your identity. It makes you anonymous. It means if you disappear and end up buried in a suitcase in your uncle's backyard the outside community won't notice. It is a billboard that says "I refuse to integrate." And then there is the issue of buqas being used (largely by men) for crime....

There will be much more to come on this topic. Given the reaction in the UK to Belgium's proposed ban of the burqa, there will no doubt be a strong reaction to this proposal.