The Burqa – Bane or Boon

I consider myself an open minded westerner.
I feel that people have the right to wear what ever the hell they want – within reason.

There is work appropriate apparel – due to safety et al
There is also work appropriate apparel that is fitting to the work at hand and the clientele/customer base that you serve.

I do not expect a female executive to be dress like she works in a titty bar. It is inappropriate. Does this make me conservative or just concerned that I’m self aware enough to know I’ll be staring at her tits all day and not get any work done.

And it’ll be my fault.  Personally in my opinion in all her forms, woman is the face of Our Lady. End of Story. Jeans have their place, minis have their place, and tasteful flowing skirts have their place.
Children being sexualised by the fashion industry and the popular media is in my opinion an abomination and leads to deviancy. It certainly blurs the lines in a liberal society where apparently all things are permissable. As a father I reject this direction entirely. Children should be allowed to be children – and dress like children – not tarts.

The Burqa is something else and I shall watch the French situation with concern to see how it continues to develop. I have voiced my opinion at length with regards to how Islam can relate to contemporary Paganism in 4 parts elsewhere on this blog:

 

The Burqa in my opinion is a tool of segregation – not just of the sexes, but of culture. It is something that has been around a lot longer than the existence of Islam. But since it is now universally tarred with Islam – lets keep it in that context for the purposes of discussion.
I should not say it is racist in the same manner that if I criticise Islam then I am called a racist even though Islam is not a race (Cassius Clay, Cat Stevens, Malcolm X) The imposition of the Burqa is however racist in that it forces the hosting culture to change to, to bend, to alter its process and denigrate it’s own traditions and customs to accommodate. It makes “we the people” reluctant to deal with Muslims, and thus it distances us. But what is worse in our eyes whether we recognise it consciously or not – it dehumanises Muslims in the eyes of the majority while we think we are fighting for their right to wear it.

From a distance this actually is beginning to make sense. I shall elaborate.

On education it has been asked: If these girls cover their faces, if they pass their exam with flying colours, would you wonder if it was those particular girls who had actually taken the exams?

I have to say: Yes.

The police and other public services have a reasonable expectation to be able to identify you. I – a citizen have a reasonable expectation for those services to support “me – the people” (Yes I know but bear with me in my naïveté ok)

We have already seen multiple cases were perpetrators of  murder  have been undone NOT because they wore the burqa to get away from the scene of the crime – but their cell-phone GPS was the only thing to put them at the scene.

We fortunately live in a society where civil disobedience to make a point is the norm. BUT we also have lived with terrorism for decades – a lot longer than our dear friends the Americans.  The Burqa is the getaway car of choice for criminals. It is the carriage of choice for terrorists. If I cannot see you then I cannot identify you. I don’t know what you are up to and by very virtue of your presence I have to treat you as a suspect because I cannot determine if you are acting in a dodgy manner like some spotty teen that may as well have “I Steal Shit” on his tee-shirt.

Instead of the Burqa celebrating a culture – it only dehumanises it. It marginalises it. Its existence is the flagship for Islam being seen as intolerant, backward, barbaric and passed its time. Much like people dragged off to be burnt as heretics were dressed in silly and old fashioned clothes to make them look well passed their sell by date.

What is worse – there are no non verbal queues and thus I cannot communicate with you 100%. It may as well be email. If I cannot communicate – then I cannot interact. I cannot share.
I cannot co-exist with something that deliberately separates itself.

The Quran does not support the use of the Burqa (or female circumcision). The Quran with regards to women makes a hell of a lot of sense when historical context is taken into account. Seriously – read it – it is worth the effort. I worked through the Yusef Ali commentary and these guys really had their head screwed right on about a lot of things. Yes some of it is a bit out there but  . . .that’s different cultures for you.

Surat An-Nur  24 Chapter: The Light. Verse 31

Yusuf Ali

“And say to the believing women that they should lower their gaze and guard their modesty; that they should not display their beauty and ornaments except what (must ordinarily) appear thereof; that they should draw their veils over their bosoms and not display their beauty except to their husbands, their fathers, their husband’s fathers, their sons, their husbands’ sons, their brothers or their brothers’ sons, or their sisters’ sons, or their women, or the slaves whom their right hands possess, or male servants free of physical needs, or small children who have no sense of the shame of sex; and that they should not strike their feet in order to draw attention to their hidden ornaments. And O ye Believers! turn ye all together towards Allah, that ye may attain Bliss.”

OR

Surat Al-Ahzab Chapter 33 Ayah/Verse 59

Yusuf Ali

O Prophet! Tell thy wives and daughters, and the believing women, that they should cast their outer garments over their persons (when abroad): that is most convenient, that they should be known (as such) and not molested. And Allah is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful.

The first does not abrogate the other – Hair does not qualify as boobies, and the face does not qualify as boobies – UNLESS you are off the wahhabi bent.  I can understand the Prophets recommendation of the head covering, but robes of concealment are akin to a time when raiders took slaves. It has no place in the modern world.

Neither of these requires the covering of the face. BUT The Wahhabi (Saudi) approach is a little different in it’s application:

written by Muhammed Salih Al-Munajjid on the Saudi Arabian website Islam QA, states:

“The correct view as indicated by the evidence is that the woman’s face is ‘awrah which must be covered. It is the most tempting part of her body, because what people look at most is the face, so the face is the greatest ‘awrah of a woman.”

There lies the rub and the expression of a radical islam that feels ever increasingly that it has its back to the wall. This is whyy we are seeing it more often.
Where am I going with this: To say the least I am terrified that this segregation is actually serving a more neo-conservative lobby where if we can dehumanise, where we can constantly be bombarded day after day after day about the so called emerging islamic threat then that propaganda will eventually spill over after ONE single instance of well placed and orchestrated violence.

I’ll get to what I mean by than in a minute and this is not conspiracy theory but a genuine concern that history may be set to repeat itself except that this time the puritans cant just sail away. I’m going to go out on a limb here and hypothesise as to what’s actually going on.

What is the motivation for this? When I look at Libya – “we” the people are told it’s about Democracy –  I’m however  told it’s about Oil – I know it’s not about either of these. Oil is a symptom – a corpse being picked by opportunist scavengers.

It’s about Gold – and the reimposition of the gold standard (gold Dinar). It’s about the private owners of the American federal reserve (See the Federal Reserves Act 1913) attempting to stop this. It’s about the perfect enemy being fostered and deliberately marginalised so neo-conservatism has it’s “reds-under-the-bed” to keep Joe public in line.

Our public outrage about the Burqa is orchestrated, controlled, fostered and over time very well directed regard what is now considered by the “News of the World” generation to be a barbaric culture and religion. In the same manner that a soldier starts shooting at a round target on his basic and slowly works towards a human shaped target – the exact opposite is happening here. The face becomes faceless. Dehumanise, distance, alienate. Make them less than human – make them a public nuisance – make them “steal Christmas”, make them a threat to our children, make the common man scared to go out to the movies, scared to talk to his friends, scared for his children  and history will repeat itself.

Does this mean a repeat of the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria and what that lead to?

Does this mean the continued escalation of issues world wide until  a favoured celebrity is shot/stabbed/blown up due to fattwa, and we have a repeat of  Kristallnacht – and we good people all know how that turned out but this time the difference will be that the population will at worst support it with rapturous applause, and at best turn a blind eye to the plight of not 6 million people – but the best part of 1.7 billion.

Of course – this could never happen. We are civilised people that would never consider eugenics, regime change, war for oil and resources, and a plethora of depopulation strategies that beggar belief. No of course not, we’d never do anything like that. It would be inhumane. It would be like us using concentration camps (Boer War) or Internment camps  (America). . . .

History has proven that 7 Million people can die off in 6 months (Ukraine Famine orchestrated by Stalin 32-33) and the rest of the world not give a rats backside. Armenia, Kampuchea, Somalia, the Balkans, The Chinese Cultural Revolution, Rwanda, the list is endless – and no-one cares as they are too distracted with just staying alive, just paying the bills and mired to the gills in an ever present deluge of pre-totalitarian liberalist media pap, reality and  propaganda driven television, rampant consumerism and learned ignorance.

We can pretend to be utterly shocked but there is nothing we can do to stop it.

Radical Wahhabi Islam is being made out to be mainstream Islam and this is simply not the case. They’re just folk. They’re decent folk too. France is a situation that will escalate but the die is cast as we are seeing the imposition of @British Values@ in the UK now that UKIP have proven that the social engineering is working – it matters not what happens next because both sides pander to the far right – if the liberals try to over turn it in court then it proves Muslims don’t want to integrate and thus are a problem. If they fight it out then they are criminalised and thus Muslims are a problem.  I feel this is the beginning of something very very nasty.

It is made worse were the likes of Mr Chaudry are deliberately fanning the flames in that moderates are being marginalised through their imposition of Sharia Law where they have no right to do so – and thus the common man refuses to deal with these people any further creating a vacuum between communities that will only ever be filled with violence.

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