Hey, d’you know white people are racist on occasion?
Yes, apparently the Muslim apologists are dedicated to crying racism from the rooftops about any and all interactions that the people and government of various Western countries have with them. One recent issue is all the burqa hub-ub.
Old English guys being racist. Ooh, big news. The crazy thing was, that these were people remarking on an item of clothing. The government could have been saying that bright colored shirts were unacceptable, and laws would have to be passed because the shirts promoted traffic problems. The idea the Muslims fail to understand is that no one owes them any religious courtesy. Not. One. Shred. They’re more than allowed to practice this religion, but respecting it is not conditional on anything. They exalt it, but why do they feel we should treat it with equal respect? And this can’t be called racism, because Islam is not an ethnicity. Someone genetically different being discriminated against would be completely unacceptable. But someone who clearly adheres to unnecessary and barbaric tradition? That person should be questioned immediately, because it’s a totally arbitrary issue.
Historically, Muslims have never been down with secularism in Europe. For example, they raised a considerable fuss over the ‘hijab’ law in France
They got mad even though the law did not make mention (explicit or implicit) of any particular religious symbol. Of course, the great persecuted Muslim masses used their hyper-superior intellect to determine that this was a racist attack on them. And as usual, they bitched and moaned ad infinitum(not sure if that’s actual latin)
This has been going on for quite a while. And it belies a sort of racist pattern. Mind you, I don’t mean racist in the sense that slurs were exchanged, I mean it in the sense that there is much concern for fellow Muslims who were being ‘mistreated’, but nothing else. So first of all, no anger about a real issue. Nothing related to civil rights or freedom of speech. Not even anyone telling school kids to stop being religious. They’re mad because someone dared to trample on the supreme way of Allah. How dare these people question their traditions and cultures? This would not stand.
But religion really does need to stay at home. Because:
1) Religious ‘freedom’ really just means the ability to practice your own form of law within a state. In the case of the veil, this is clear contradiction with the practice of not covering your adolescent female children in sheets. It’s not personal expression, because the child is under 18. After that age, if she HONESTLY wants to be a Muslim (she can read up a bit and that’ll change quick), she can go ahead and wear one. Otherwise, her family needs to be kept on a tight leash. They have to avoid indoctrinating her and forcing tradition upon her
2) Religious symbols cause friction. Not sure if you’ve heard, but the general consensus on the Big Three is that they don’t like each other that much. You’ll find that little Christian children learning that Jews killed Jesus or little Jewish Children hearing about Muslims attacking Israelis (and of course, vice versa) cause a bit of tension. There’s no need to wear your faith so openly, it will cause you to collide with others.
3) Muslims shouldn’t lecture anyone on tolerance. Unless you’re a straight man in the Muslim world, your opportunities for civil rights are pretty shit. Women and Homosexuals are typically treated with extreme disdain in Shari’ah law. Adultery is acknowledged to be a sin, Homosexuality is punishable (in no pleasant manner, mind you) and of course women are second-rate citizens. Muslims lecturing people on tolerance is a lot like Nazis lecturing people on anti-Semitism. Oh no, Muslims. Didn’t know the fascist comparison worked both ways, did ya!
Overall, I understand that this is a tricky area, but the nature of the veil leaves some skepticism on the matter. Personally, most girls I know who come from conservative families have never been ecstatic about the concept. The grey area lies in defining when it really is personal expression and when it becomes a form of slavery.
But the truth is, if I proposed a law to Muslims tomorrow saying that women should be allowed to walk about ass-naked, there would be a great fuss. Huge understatement, but still. Think about it. It’s easy to lie about wanting tolerance and equal rights, but what they really mean is that it is significantly insulting to call a person’s religious attire atrocious. The double standard is, of course, immense.