Monday, January 18, 2010

Burka ban is the wrong approach

I gather that UKIP are planning to ban the burka if they achieve power - which isn't very likely.

But whether a UKIP victory is likely or not, I don't think the correct approach to the rise of militant Islam is to ban the visible symbols that remind us of its oppressive and illiberal nature. Instead, what we need is the freedom to be allowed to discriminate and make personal judgements the way we once used to.

The reason things like the wearing of the burka have become commonplace is due to the enforcement of "tolerance" and "multiculturalism" by liberal progressive governments. Laws brought in to force us to "celebrate" this "diversity" have restricted our ability to make personal judgements about what is or isn't acceptable to us.

The thing is, equality and anti-discrimination laws sound good in theory, but in practice all they will do is entrench feelings of injustice and favouritism on both sides. What we have here - with this UKIP proposal - is the law saying on one hand that you and I may not discriminate against people who wear the burka and then the law discriminating against people who wear the burka!

The right thing to do is to peel pack the layers of anti-discrimination laws as it is those that cause racial, religious and ethnic tensions far more than anything else. Moslems should be free to wear the burka if they wish, but non-Moslems should be just as free to shun those that do if they so wish.

It should never be the job of the law to tell people what it is they may or may not tolerate. It is ridiculous in this age of "human rights" that the government use the law to suppress one of the fundamental human rights - the right to exercise free will.


The real Junius said...

But the law already does tell us what we can or cannot wear - seen anybody exercising the right to nudity in Oxford Street lately?

Motor cyclists are required to remove their helmets when entering banks, Hoodies are banned from shopping centres etc ... if the laws that already exist were actually policed then these people would find it too inconvenient to maintain this stupid fiction that it is a religious right.

The burka is banned in public in Turkey, which is a Muslim state, so there goes their 'religious' argument!

Let them wear the burka but police the laws, do not let them enter shopping centres, or banks or any public place - that I believe also includes government departments!

And that might make it difficult for the second wives to claim their illegal benefits - Illegal? Yes!! bigamy is also an offence under English Law and this is still England at the moment, I believe

Stan said...

I don't think there is actually a law that says hoodies may not be worn in shopping centres or motorcyclists must remove their helmets when entering a bank - I could be wrong - those are rules applied by those businesses and demonstrate my point about individuals (or individual businesses) having the right to discriminate.

I personally don't recognise the "right to nudity" in public places as a legitimate right and I haven't been to Oxford Street (in London) for some time.

Larry said...

If nudity (the way God made us) isn't a right, then the wearing of rags on ones head is not a right. Ban the burkha, and if they don't like it they can fuck off back to the caves of Afganistan.