“Soft despotism is a term coined by Alexis de Tocqueville describing the state into which a country overrun by "a network of small complicated rules" might degrade. Soft despotism is different from despotism (also called 'hard despotism') in the sense that it is not obvious to the people."

Sunday, October 15, 2006

Burkka Babes Redux, The Niqab Must Go.

More nonsense and arrogance from the burkka-babes, The BBC has picked up a story from The Daily Mirror about a teaching assisitant who thinks she should be allowed to teach young English Children while dressed in a tent with a periscope. Imagine if a teacher showed up for work dressed as Zorro claiming he was a Zorroastrian. All this to be culturally sensitive. Now, admittedly I have some very strong opinions on this particular stupidity.

In February over at Euro Blog during a discussion on the same subject I said: "What utter nonsense. Of course the burkka should be banned in the West. It is not a benign fashion choice. It is a symbol of repression against half of humanity. It represents fear, ignorance, intolerance, prejudice, subjugation and terror. No decent society should tolerate such utter nonsense and gender based bullying. It is time, way past time, to stop being defensive about our cultural values and grovelling before theirs.

Earlier this month, I argued: "Human beings have evolved as social creatures. We come into the world and if lucky are nurtured and cared for by loving protecting families. We are socialized to understand that there are those that want us and protect us and those that mean us harm. A child learns quickly. Watch the human face of a normal person that picks up a child. We say the face "beams". We have different faces for every type of emotion from love and lust, to happiness and contentment. We have malicious faces, evil faces, faces of barbarians, faces of liars, faces of fools. The human face is a face of all of mankind. A smile is a universal signal to every human face, male or female, on the planet. When I see a Niqab, I think of other hidden faces, with only their eyes exposed, standing behind other faces, with only their eyes hidden. When I see a Niqab, I see a medieval remnant of the repression of woman and everything incompatible with western culture. The Niqab has no place in the West."

I am always looking for a symbol of hope that the scourge of Wetern Civilisation, Multi-Culturism, is on its merry way to join Nazism and Marxism in the outhouse of bad ideas. Is this a sign?

Veil teacher 'should be sacked'

A Muslim teaching assistant suspended for refusing to remove her veil in class should be sacked, a local government minister has said.
Phil Woolas, whose brief includes race relations, told the Sunday Mirror that Aishah Azmi, 23, had "put herself in a position where she can't do her job".

Ms Azmi, who works at a junior school in Dewsbury, West Yorkshire, said her pupils never complained about the veil.

She said she would remove the garment, but not in front of male colleagues.

Mr Woolas told the newspaper this amounted to sexual discrimination.

He added: "She is denying the right of children to a full education by insisting that she wears the veil."

And it goes on ad nausem. If you like, read it here


  1. Unacceptable

    What a worthless word.

    It applies to nuclear weapons and dress codes equally

    Normally is said, loudly, immediately prior to acceptance.

  2. Otherwise it is unacceptable to have different norms for women versus men in the workplace.

    You're damn right it's unacceptable, the "norm" for women is to earn 77 cents for every male buck.

  3. Not according to those who have already run-up the white flag.

    British Airways Uniform: Hijab Yes, Crucifix No
    [British Airways] Heathrow check-in worker Nadia Eweida claims she was effectively “forced” to take unpaid leave after refusing to remove the Christian symbol, which is about the size of a five pence piece. […] Miss Eweida, from Twickenham, West London, said she wears the cross because of her deeply-held religious beliefs. She said: “I belong to Jesus – one body, one spirit, one baptism.” Miss Eweida is from an Egyptian background and attends Pentecostal as well as Arabic churches. [...]

    A BA spokeswoman emphasised today that “[…] Our uniform policy states that these items can be worn, underneath the uniform. There is no ban. This rule applies for all jewellery and religious symbols on chains and is not specific to the Christian cross. Other items such as turbans, hijabs and bangles can be worn as it is not practical for staff to conceal them beneath their uniforms.”

  4. Heathrow check-in worker Nadia Eweida claims she was effectively “forced” to take unpaid leave after refusing to remove the Christian symbol, which is about the size of a five pence piece.

    Matt 6:[5] And when thou prayest, thou shalt not be as the hypocrites are: for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and in the corners of the streets, that they may be seen of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward.

  5. i cant speak for the whole of the western world but in the USA we are supost to have the ferrdom of religon that means cathlics get to wear their st meddalions christians may wear their crosses jews may wear a yammica or a star of david and muslams may wear their burkas if they chouse it is freedom of religon not freedom from religon