Today in the National Post's Full Comment, Jonathan Kay suggests that the burka is a religious expression.
[Which hood hides the real terrorists? Contestants, please remove your hoods!]
We can understand where Jonathan is coming from. He is saying that if we ban one form of religious expression, then all can be banned. A valid point.
However a burka [ burkha, burka or burqua from Arabic: برقع burqu'] is a hood with holes for eyes in it.
What if Muslim terrorists decide to start wearing that guise as they travel our streets? Do we really want people entering public buildings with a hood over the head showing only eye-holes? Would that be a danger to our public places and way of life?
In our society, some things must be a given. We DO NOT hide our faces; if we do we are trying to hide something that could identify us later, after a robbery. [Where DID I put that balaclava? I need to make a withdrawal. (:-)]
Freedom of religion is one thing but this is NOT freedom of religion as experts on the Qu'ran will tell you.
Nicholas Sarkozy is right, Jonathan is wrong.
Comments re Full Comment
Jun 24 2009
Left wing usually means those who believe we should be taxed more so the government can re-distribute our earnings because they know better how to do it. Obama would be a case in point, close to home.
If most governments in the world were businesses and had to make a profit, most would be bankrupt. The only reason that they are not is because they just tax us more to make up the difference. And if that is not enough then they start taxing our children, our children's children and all future unborn.