Wednesday, 14 July 2010

..Religion WTF.............. Leave The Burqa The Fuck Alone !!! .........

................................. it is institutionalised intolerance and everyone knows it.

You're scared of Islamic extremists - join the club.

You think banning the burqa is gonna make them easier to catch or emancipate Muslim women? - get the fuck out.

If you ban the burqa - then logic dictates you do the following..........
  • Ban the open display and wearing of crucifixes in public and on churches
  • Ban Jews wearing Kippah (that'd go down well)
  • Ban Mormons from going door to door (that one might prove popular tho)
  • Ban religious billboards
  • Ban religious events of any sort where they occurr in public
  • Ban Hare Krishnas dancing at malls
  • Ban religious paraphernalia of any kind

My Muslim cousins and I do not agree on some things - but freedom to wear our traditional garb - whether you agree with it or not - is a vital practice to our religion.

So get your hands off it and get your governments and local city councils back to other issues that are worth your time like - Oh I don't know - feeding and housing the poor and homeless maybe?

Burqa Ban........................... WTF????

Shalom & Asalam melekham




queer heaven said...

I was going to respond to this post, but I realize this is your blog and dear Damien you are allowed your own opinions. So I will keep my thoughts on this subject to myself.

The Mutant said...

I couldn't agree with you more. This kind of scare-mongering is just insane. I'm actually surprised some countries have already instigated such a ban.

This kind of intolerance is only a step away from the rabid stupidity that triggers world wars... In fact, does it sound familiar to you at all?

corve said...

interesting points u raise here

Bob said...
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Bob said...

For what it's worth:
You are preaching to the agnostic choir here.

SteveA said...

I know when I was in school there was a ban instigated at some of the private colleges and this was back in the mid-80's. The issue is still relevant today....and as of this date ,y points of view swings like a pendulum!

Calvin said...

I always agree with what you say, but I have to respectfully disagree with you on this one. I think that France has every right to put into law not allowing Burkas to be worn if you live in that country. If you're from the Middle East and trying to assimilate into a foreign culture, than you should abide that by country's culture. Why should France (as a Western culture) allow something that one culture uses to make women less than men to be part of their culture? Islamic extremist doesn't want Western culture in their countries, then why should we not say that we do not want your extremism in our Western Culture? I'm a liberal, gay man, but to me, it's just one more way that Islamic extrimist are trying to pose their religious views on Europe and the rest of Western world. And no, I do not agree with the mess that's going on in Arizona (that Governor is a total nut case) and no, I do not want that Islamic center to be built two blocks from ground zero in New York.

Calvin said...

Sorry, that should have been spelled "Burqa".

Stan said...

all this is the reason why all religion is a curse to man and everything else on this good earth.

Sue said...

I am torn on this one Damien! As an American, I believe in the freedom to practice one's religion and that means that I am pro burqa. [And in agreement with you!] But as a feminist, I think that fundamentalist Islam represses women with the Burqa, purdah, not educating them, and forbidding them to work in public. So I am anti burqa and pro France's decision. None of the other religious practices that you list repress anybody in the way that the burqa does.

I guess that if I were in charge of the world, I would change the Islamic religion so that it wasn't so extreme and give women more freedom. Many Islamic peoples practice this way right now and they do just fine. We would also do far better with fewer extreme fundamentalists in all of the religions in the world, including Christians and Jews. Certainly there would be fewer violent conflicts and loss of life.

Damien Oz said...

Calvin et al - you know what the problem with us is on this issue.... we are all right and all wrong.

This is a contentious issue.

I LOVE the discussion we are having on this - MORE !!!

nsfw said...

The fact remains, that anybody who expects to have a driver's license or passport, or enter a government building or financial institution must show their face. Balaklavas are also illegal in most european cities. It is a question of identification and security.
Of course, the obvious oppressive and medieval nature of the burqa is an obscene ritual and unsuitable for practice in any contemporary society.

Eric Whitney said...

I started at the same place as NSFW: who cares as long as they uncover for official interactions where identity or security are concerns. Over time, I grew closer to Sue. And then, I'm afraid, beyond.

Reading and thinking about it (here we go), has led me to the idea that burqas are to the practice of Islam what easter eggs are to the practice of Easter. Except darker colors.

Therefore, since burqas don't rise to the level of religious, and so deserving of protection for religious reasons, they live in a much more rough and tumble area of cultural protections. In this area, different interests bump against each other, none with any particular advantage, and we pick and form our choices and make our laws based on the society we want to be. Think cock-fighting.

In that land, i'll join forces with anyone against the fascists. My interest in creating a space for a girl to grow up without the burqa's oppression far outweighs any interest I have in letting her mother continue to wear hers. And certainly obliterates any thought I have to respect her father's desire to compel her into one.

That said, I'm all for hijab and headscarves, and regularly encourage my teen-aged daughter to look into the practice.

Calvin said...

Just a follow-up comment to this post. I stand corrected on my view to the building of Park 51 and now support it. The religious, right-ring extremist is slowing and methodically killing freedom and the separation of church and state in my country. I fear for the future of the U. S. My view on France's decision, however, still stands.