Jun 24 2009
THE ISLAMIC BURKHA SHOULD BE BANNED. ‘The veil is a tool of oppression used to alienate and control women under the guise of religious freedom.’
French President Sarkozy has backed moves to outlaw burkhas in France.
Shopping in Harrods last week, I came across a group of women wearing black burkhas, browsing the latest designs in the fashion department.
The irony of the situation was almost laughable. Here was a group of affluent women window shopping for designs that they would never once be able to wear in public.
Yet it’s a sight that’s becoming more and more commonplace. In hardline Muslim communities right across Britain, the burkha and hijab – the Muslim headscarf – are becoming the norm. n London, I see an increasing number of young girls, aged four and five, being made to wear the hijab to school.
Shockingly, the Dickensian bone disease rickets has reemerged in the British Muslim community because women are not getting enough vital vitamin D from sunlight because they are being consigned to life under a shroud.
Thanks to fundamentalist Muslims and ‘hate’ preachers working in Britain, the veiling of women is suddenly all-pervasive and promoted as a basic religious right. We are led to believe that we must live with this in the name of ‘tolerance’.
I have read the Koran. Nowhere in the Koran does it state that a woman’s face and body must be covered in a layer of heavy black cloth.
The burkha is an entirely different matter. It is an imported Saudi Arabian tradition, and the growing number of women veiling their faces in Britain is a sign of creeping radicalisation, which is not just regressive, it is oppressive and downright dangerous.
The veil restricts women. It stops them achieving their full potential in all areas of their life, and it stops them communicating. It sends out a clear message: ‘I do not want to be part of your society.’
Every time the burkha is debated, Muslim fundamentalists bring out all these women who say: ‘It’s my choice to wear this.’ Perhaps so – but what pressures have been brought to bear on them?
The burkha is the ultimate visual symbol of female oppression. It is the weapon of radical Muslim men who want to see Sharia law on Britain’s streets, and would love women to be hidden, unseen and unheard. It is totally out of place in a civilised country.
Precisely because it is impossible to distinguish between the woman who is choosing to wear a burkha and he girl who has been forced to cover herself and live behind a veil, I believe it should be banned.
It is time for ministers and ordinary British Muslims to say, ‘Enough is enough’. For the sake of women and children, the Government must ban the wearing of the hijab in school and the burkha in public places.
My message to those Muslims who want to live in a Talibanised society, and turn their face against Britain, is this: ‘If you don’t like living here and don’t want to integrate, then what the hell are you doing here? Why don’t you just go and live in an Islamic country? UK DAILY MAIL
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