Below is part of a e-mail chain letter I received – It uses techniques of propaganda, but though I could see that, it still struck a note with me, particularly in view of Jack Straw’s pathetic admition that he always asks his female Muslim constituents who wear the niqab to take their headscarves off during consultations with him.
Jacob Dlamini wrote an interesting piece in Business Day about this: Britain unveils its prejudices against Muslim women. However, I would say that Dlamini is too soft on Straw, who claims to “feel uncomfortable” if he does not see their faces. One would not think a powerful, senior politician can become uncomfortable so easily, and I would say he his clearly up to something else – some said he is trying to raise his profile for the deputy -premiership under Gordon Brown. Whatever it is he is up to seems sinister to me, as he will have known, or should have known what the reaction would be. Is he so keen on on his career as to disregard the consequences for Muslims in Britain and the West.
Ever wondered why?
Why a nun can be covered from head to toe in order to devote herself to God?
But when Muslimah does the same she oppressed
Any girl can go to university wearing what she wills and have her rights and freedom?
But when Muslimah wears a Hijab they prevent her from entering her university!
—(end email chain letter)—
The British like it when people from other backgrounds and races become exactly like them. In fact they fully expect it, and cannot stand the otherness of other people. Why is it that I can’t get over that? Certainly, Afrikaners and other peoples are seldom any better.
It must be the way the British are always on the moral high ground, condescending to ‘help’ others to adopt British attitudes, British principles and the English language. The way English people can critcise America for attacking Iraq, astonishingly forgetting that Britain attacked and occupies Iraq too.
‘The most tiresome argument in this whole debate is that the niqab makes white, middle-class English people feel “uncomfortable” or “threatened”. Well, I want to say, what a load of whingeing wusses. Threatened by drunken football hooligans or muggers – that I can understand. But threatened by a woman quietly going about her business in a veil?’ – Timothy Garton Ash