|"Two thirds of Britons said full face veils made them feel 'uneasy'. " Photo: Rex Features|
"Banning Muslim women from wearing the veil is 'not the British way' and would be like attempts to clamp down on the miniskirt in the 1960s" according to Baroness Warsi in an article for the Telegraph here. Not the best comparison and definitely not the view of the majority of Britons in another Telegraph article here who want to see a ban on full face veils in all public places, similar to the laws in France. What people do in the privacy of their own homes is up to them but if Muslims want to enjoy the benefits of freedom offered by a Christian country they should not abuse the privilege.
The true "British way" encourages openness and freedom of expression. But these values must not be used against us as a means of changing Britain by imposing alien cultures on others, especially in the knowledge that the same privileges of religious expression are denied to non-Muslims in Islamic countries . Wearing the veil is not the British way. Like Islamic dress which is now commonplace, intentionally or unintentionally, it supports cultural jihad by 'normalising' an ideology that despises Western culture:
There are a few tactics that have greatly helped Muslims to achieve these goals. First, Muslims have demanded that the host nations incrementally adopt various aspects of Sharia law and Islamic traditions, or else risk being deemed discriminatory or “Islamophobic.” Meanwhile, Islamic immigrants increasingly elect not to assimilate into their host societies, choosing instead to cultivate ethnic separatism and push for the creation of a (Muslim-only) state-within-a-state. Finally, Western leaders acquiesce to many Muslim demands in order to avoid further Muslim violence and crime that has plagued Europe over the last two decades." Full article here.
Today comes the news that a terror suspect has gone missing after changing into a burka at a mosque and is being hunted by police. Will they be inhibited in their task by complaints about 'stop and search'? Earlier this year burka-clad Selfridges raiders escaped with £1m worth of watches, story here. It is too easy to play the victim in this country. We are becoming the victims of our own stupidity. We are acquiescing to demands that would be denied to us in other countries because of a misplaced sense of fair play.
In reality Islam has been shoved down our throats for years without our knowledge on a 'not asked, don't tell' basis, see here. I don't want to eat the flesh of an animal that has been bled alive listening to religious phrases recited in praise of Allah. That is not the British way. The last time I shopped at Waitrose was when I enquired whether a leg of lamb was halal after reports that most New Zealand lamb was. The butcher's response was that all their meat was halal implying greater respect for the beliefs of Muslims than for Christians. Although their web site now states that some non-halal meat is available, market share and the profit motive appear to be uppermost in their marketing strategy. By contrast Morrisons has a clear marketing strategy of selling non-halal meat unless specifically asked for. Occasionally things go wrong as demonstrated here but such episodes clearly demonstrate a greater sensitivity to Muslim beliefs than to Christians who are regularly served halal meat slaughtered "In the name of Allah" without their knowledge. Full story here.Having condemned multiculturalism as a failure a couple of years ago with the comment "We’ve failed to provide a vision of society to which they feel they want to belong. We’ve even tolerated these segregated communities behaving in ways that run completely counter to our values", last week the Prime Minister announced that "Britain is set to become the first non-Muslim country to sell a bond that can be bought by Islamic investors in a bid to encourage massive new investment into the City." Read the article here which drew this response from the Spectator:
And once it is officially proclaimed a good thing for a non-Muslim country to offer sharia-compliant products, it will not be long before rich and powerful people will start arguing that other sharia-compliant customs — marriage, for example, and criminal punishments — should also be accommodated in our law. Our great western economic and financial institutions seem unaware that the battle for sharia-compliance is highly controversial in the Muslim world itself. Extremists push it, moderates resist it. The British government and the City of London are lining up with the former.
Christ had a few things to say about getting around the law so why in a Christian country do we welcome a system of Islamic compliant finance that complies with rules set by Islamic scholars, the same class that issue fatwas against us? Even if we need the money, it is not the British way.