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There Is No Freedom Beneath The Veil 21 December 2006

Posted by David in Uncategorized.
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Danny Finkelstein at the Times believes that true freedom means allowing people to wear the veil. He writes;

“There has been a vibrant debate about whether Muslim women should be entitled to wear a veil in public. Now the debate has reached a new pitch with this story (a man who was being hunted for the murder of a policewoman is understood to have escaped from Britain by disguising himself as a veiled Muslim woman). Does this conclude the argument? I don’t think it does. Despite my opposition to all kinds of fundamentalism, I think that a liberal society ought to be able to withstand a few people exercising their free choice to wear a veil. And it is important to understand that, difficult though it is for many us to comprehend, it is a free choice.”

I would like to know his definition of “free choice”. Perhaps he should visit the Islam Q&A Website to discover “The Prophet…commanded us to smack children for not praying when they reach the age of ten”,  and “women are forbidden to uncover their faces in front of non-mahram men to avoid any mischief”. Or perhaps “hitting one’s wife is not the first choice of ways to discipline her. First of all one should exhort and advise her, then forsake her. If that does not work, then he may hit her”.

Free choice Mr Finkelstein, or a lifetime of brainwashing? We must tackle all fundamental religions, not just Islam. We cannot tollerate intollerance and behaviour like this. Why are so many people like Mr Finkelstein keen to bury their heads in the sand?

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