Banning the burqa/niqab in Australia:
Since the most recent debacle involving two police officers and a niqab wearing Muslim woman (Carnita Matthews) hit the news, anti-Islam simpletons have been screaming for a ban for the burqa/niqab. Apparently, until now, a person wearing a burqa/niqab could refuse to lift their veil for a police officer on religious or cultural grounds. But, that did not suggest that they could simply walk away from a crime scene or investigation. Police have always had the power to demand that a person refusing to identify themselves wait until a female officer was present, or accompany the police officer back to the station.
Nonetheless, the ‘debate’ continues to rage around a few core arguments which are constantly thrown around by the rabid frothing racists. They are as follows:
1. Wearing the burqa is a security issue.
You’re allowed to enter the Australian Parliament wearing a balaclava if you want. And how many crimes have been committed by burqa/niqab wearing Muslim women in Australia?
2. You can use the burqa to rob a bank, so it should be banned.
If the burqa was banned, would people respect that legislation while robbing a bank? People who want to rob a bank are going to wear whatever the hell they want. Shall we ban cricket helmets, and beekeeper masks?
3. You can’t stop and talk to a person wearing a burqa on the street.
Well, yes you can. But who does that? And for that matter, who actually stops and speaks to anyone that they meet on the street and in the shopping centers?
4. Burqas are designed to appear anti-social.
Well let’s ban emos and goths. Let’s ban big bikie looking guys who have those hideous pubic beards on their faces, and those sagging cheap tattoos all over every inch of their bodies. Let’s ban drunken men. They look pretty anti-social as they’re either leaning out of a speeding car calling you a slut or poking your boyfriend in the chest for looking at them funny. Let’s ban punks. Anyone wearing a 12 inch mohawk, black leather, death metal band t-shirts and more metal than a teenage boy’s mouth is pretty anti-social looking. Anyone else we should ban or deny rights to? All of those people appear pretty anti-social to me, but talk to someone who knows one. Or someone that is one. And they’ll tell you that they’re alright.
5. You can’t walk into shopping centers and banks wearing a motorcycle helmet, so the burqa has to be banned.
Firstly, why the fuck would anyone want to walk around and do their grocery shopping wearing a motorcycle helmet? Anyone who has ridden one before will tell you that you practically need a shoehorn and a crowbar to get in and out of it. Secondly, if hiding your identity is so important to you, how about you wear a burqa? You’re more than welcome to. But just remember – if you’re asked to identify yourself, you must comply, as has ALWAYS been the law. Thirdly, realise that granting liberties to others doesn’t necessarily impinge on your own. Allowing Muslim women to wear the burqa doesn’t mean you have any less rights.
6. It’s not compatible with Australian society.
Smoking near non-smokers is a completely incompatible aspect of society, yet cigarettes aren’t banned. Getting shitfaced and swearing in front of your children isn’t compatible with our societal standards, but it happens and alcohol isn’t banned. Teenagers are generally trying to be incompatible with society, but they’re not banned. Men are responsible for the vast majority of all crime in Australia, yet we don’t ban men. Australian society does however suggest that we are free to wear what we want as long as it is in modesty, and we are also allowed to be part of any religion, or no religion. Wearing a burqa is entirely compatible with our societal values.
7. It’s not a part of our culture.
AFL had its origins in Ireland. Beer and BBQs are certainly not exclusive to Australia. Eating pizza in front of a DVD? Nope, that isn’t Australian culture. Cricket? Nope, that started in England. Going to the beach? Nah – Australia isn’t the only country with a beach culture. Acting like a larrikin? Nope, laughter is universal and practical jokes certainly didn’t originate in Australia. Mateship and the idea of a fair go? Australian only? You’ve got to be kidding.
Try and define Australian culture first – good luck. And then try to define what’s not in Australian culture. But make sure you define Australian-only culture before you try to tell everyone what’s not Australian. It’s only when you realise that you can’t define Australian culture that you will realise that you then cannot define what is NOT part of Australian culture.
8. The burqa/niqab/hijab oppresses women.
Why then, do burqa/niqab/hijab clad Muslim women turn up in droves to rallies supporting their freedom to be able to wear them? Why then do some women choose to wear such veils? In Australia, if anyone tries to force you to do anything you don’t want to do, you’re supported by laws. If there are husbands in Australia forcing their wives to wear certain kinds of clothing, they are breaking existing laws. Therefore the burqa is not oppressing anyone. If anyone is being oppressed, they are being oppressed by men who are breaking Australian laws.
9. With the burqa banned, Muslim women will have more freedom.
No. Firstly, if a woman is being forced to wear the burqa/niqab by her husband/family, a nationwide ban is going to force that woman to never leave the house. Secondly, freedom of religion and freedom of modest dress in Australia is a liberty that will be taken away if the burqa is banned.
10. Allowing the burqa gives citizens the right to refuse to identify themselves to police officers.
No it doesn’t. Never has.
11. Muslim women should embrace Western culture and dress how Western women dress, without allowing the choice to wear cultural/religious apparel.
So once the burqa is banned are we going to see Muslim women walking around our beaches topless with g-strings on? Are we going to see them spending the family savings on fingernails, toenails, spray-tans, brand name clothes, high heels, push-up bras, cosmetic surgery, blonde hair dye, fake eyelashes and make up in order to appear more natural and free? Will Muslim women who have traditionally worn the burqa suddenly be spurred into looking like a Barbie Doll?
12. Women who wear burqas are denied the opportunity to socialise.
Women who wear the burqa are free to socialise with whoever they like. And they do.
13. Women who wear the burqa are bringing their customs and religions here from their country/s.
Yeah, it’s been happening for the past 200+ years. Australia is a multicultural and secular society. Over 25% of people living in Australia were born overseas, and over 50% have relatives who were born overseas. But burqa/niqab wearing Muslim women are NOT going out of their way to force anyone else to make the same clothing choices that they are making, nor are they trying to convert anyone to Islam.
14. Calling for a ban on the burqa is not a religious restriction, as the Q’uran does not say that it is compulsory.
But for all nearly all of the reasons stated above, the Catholic nun should be also stripped of her right to wear her religious garb. Who knows what kind of bombs she could be hiding under her robes and habit? The nun refuses to wear what the rest of us are wearing. The nun aims to fit into a group of people and wants to be identified as such by wearing what she wears. The nun’s garb is not compatible with our culture. But the Catholic nun is not attacked, nor are her rights questioned, because she isn’t a Muslim.
15. Berating Muslims is not racist, because Islam is a religion, not a race.
Yet people constantly tell them to fuck off back to their own countries. Go figure.
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