Friday, June 22, 2007

No wonder Muslims are so pissed at the West

I must say this surprised me. It turns out Britons are quite offended by the niqab, the full face veil worn by Muslim women. I thought Britain was a fairly progressive place, but here we have some blatant, widespread discrimination. This discrimination may soon become institutionalized as British authorities are considering a ban on the niqab in schools.

It's tough for a Muslim in parts of Europe. In France, students at state schools and civil servants are prohibited from wearing the niqab, suggesting an underlying racism (or religionism, whatever). It's needless discrimination, and surely would not fly here in the United States, even with Bush as president.

The World is already having to deal with enough violent extremists, why exacerbate the problem with narrow-minded bigotry against the peaceful members of Islam. You cannot teach tolerance with intolerance.

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