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Friday, December 09, 2011

Banning the burqa

When Mohammed was asked how people should dress and he replied, 'tell the believing women to lower their gaze and to be mindful of their chastity' , do I think he meant wearing a glorified bedsheet with a slit in them for eyes? No, no I don't personally think he meant that at all. But it sure as hell isn't up to me to dictate to another religion how they should or shouldn't interpret their faith.

I live in NZ because it's a liberal progressive democracy that enshrines personal freedoms. If I want to wear a chicken suit and waltz down Queen street, I can.

The redneck, knuckle-dragging ignorance of NZ Firsts Richard Prosser's demand to tell Muslim Women what they can wear by banning the burqa is as totalitarian as the Islamic fanatics who force women to wear it in the first place.

How a person chooses to dress is not for the bloody State to determine, do we really want Richard Prosser in the closets of NZ policing what we choose to wear day to day?

I say, Richard Prosser, get out of our closets, and go back to yours.



At 9/12/11 8:29 am, Blogger Jacky said...

Banning the burka is bound to backfire as it has in France. Apart from the gross attack on freedom and turning wearers into criminals, you run the risk of glamorising the damn thing and provoking burka protest marches and sit-ins.
Better perhaps to make it very clear to people coming here that we see the burka as a sign of female oppression and there is strong disapproval of it in our society but that generally NZers will try to be polite when dealing with people whose faces are hidden and whose voices are muffled.
However they need to be aware that they will meet with negative reactions to it.

At 9/12/11 9:43 am, Blogger Duval said...

To my mind NZ First, or rather Winston, was put back into parliament for one reason and one reason only... to rattle National's cage and shake the skeletons our of National's closets. I seriously doubt any NZ First (Winston) voter gave a second thought to who would come with him. I agree Bomber... stay out of our closets Dick! Go back to yours and worry more about what lurks in the closets of National. It's what you're there for... not to jerk yourself off into the laundry baskets of NZ!

At 9/12/11 10:15 am, Blogger dee said...

Yes i think mr prosser has some disturbing issues,if we can see there face who cares what they wear!!

At 9/12/11 11:37 am, Blogger Kiwi Riverman's Blogesphere said...

You can ban the burqa in public situations where identity is concealed ie district courts, government departments, police stations, hospitals, health centres etc. But add to this hoodie jackets, motorcycle helmets, and certain headwear that also covers the face.

At 9/12/11 5:43 pm, Blogger Shona said...

While I do not agree with Prosser's view at least the issue is being discussed. The burqa has no place in NZ in my opinion. It is a sign of male opression of women and does not have anything to do with freedom of choice quite the opposite. As a woman I find it deeply offensive and on a par with foot binding and female circumcision.Kiwi Riverman's view is a practical one however and puts it into perspective for NZ society in the 21st century.We pride ourselves if anything on our tolerance in this country and we need legislation that defines our view as a society.The present situation has already given rise to open racial intolerance. It is only a matter of time before Fit In or Fuck Off becomes an acceptable attitude as it is in parts of Aussie. We are a secular society we have led the world in legislating the rights of women this is an issue that needs legislation now.

At 9/12/11 8:45 pm, Blogger Frank said...

Burquas today - builders' shorts tomorrow?

On second thoughts... burquas can stay. But get of of those builders' shorts, for God's/Allah's/Jehovah's/Flying Spaghetti Monster's sakes!

On a slightly more serious note, it appears that NZ First's 2011 intake of MPs are somewhat more... "eccentric" than their 1996 counterparts.

Oh well. MMP is supposed to encourage Parliament to be representative. NZ First clearly represents the Looney Constituency in society.

With ACT vanishing into the neo-liberal sunset, I guess it was up to NZ First to pick up the Wacko Vote.

At 11/12/11 7:12 pm, Blogger Fern said...

Prosser the tosser.
It's weird how flaky characters so often have names that lend themselves to ridicule.


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