Monday, August 29, 2005

I hate to say it...

I hate to say it, but I have to agree with the PM on this.
PRIME Minister John Howard did not support a push by Liberal backbencher Bronwyn Bishop to ban Muslim girls from wearing headscarves in public schools, he said today.

The current trend to attacking muslims for their religion, culture and general beliefs is disgusting. The threat of terrorism has people scared and they are searching for a scapegoat, and muslims seem to be it.
Ms Bishop has backed the view of outspoken Liberal MP Sophie Panopoulos in calling for the ban, describing the wearing of the hijab as an iconic act of defiance.

Of course it is an 'act of defiance', muslims continue to wear the hijab because of their beliefs, and unsurprisingly, they believe in them and won't let someone else's misguided blame stop them from living the way they want. Was it an 'act of defiance' before Sept 11? Or was it just a hallmark of a people proud of their culture and religion?

Once you start walking down the road of banning religious articles, things get very fuzzy. As the PM said, if you want to ban the hijab, do you ban turbans? Do you ban orange robes? Do you ban crucifixes on necklaces or ear-rings? Do you even ban white shirts and black ties?

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