Long rant warning. I’m about to upset a lot of people.
All Muslims are terrorists. Muslim women who insist on wearing veils in the UK are disrespecting our culture and clearly have something to hide. If we showed the same kind of disrespect in ‘their’ countries we’d all be killed. Muslims should, quite honestly, dress like we do or go home.
Nanny State Mentality
Regular readers know that I’m opposed to governments who impose strict laws which go way beyond the issues of law and order. In fact I’m opposed to any kind of authority which goes beyond that which maintaining order. I don’t believe in the ‘Nanny State’ and I regularly make gloomy predictions of Orwellian futures which I still stick by. The frightening thing is that the Police state of the UK is being created from within – by the people.
I got into hot bother with my school in the UK when I refused to wear a tie. I wore nice trousers, shoes, my best jacket and either a good T-shirt or buttoned shirt and looked professionally smart enough to happily go to any interview. But a tie was too restrictive for me as a music teacher who’s teaching style is to bounce around a lot and move all over the classroom at speed trying to assess thirty kids at a stretch. But the school authorities deemed it ‘unprofessional’ – that most ubiquitous and slippery of terms. Our sixth form students could – and did – pretty much wear whatever they wanted and our female staff had almost no dress restrictions at all. But male staff had to wear a tie. It was unjust and pointless.
I never wore one and I demanded my moral right to make that judgement as a professional in an age where very few need to wear ties for their work any longer.
You can imagine then, that I’m pretty upset to see the debate about Muslim women wearing veils coming up – and you’d be right. What right do we have to tell others what to wear? The views I wrote in the first paragraph are not mine. They are the messages being conveyed to Muslims all over the world by this debate and, to my utter disgust, being said openly on the street, on my Facebook notifications and in the comments under all the articles I’ve read online covering this news (you can read them yourself in the links at the end).
The Racism within
Here are a few such comments picked largely at random (italics and bold mine):
“As it happens this veil thing is not a religious requirement, but even if it was I think it should be banned entirely from all public places. It makes normal people feel uncomfortable here”
“Come to England, build your Mosques do as you please. But let us go to your place of origin and let us build places of worship, practise our believes, oops no we can’t can we, you would execute us”
“The burka has no place in British society. We accept many foreign influences and customs into our country, and have done for centuries, but this archaic and mediaeval imprisonment of women should be banned in all public places.”
“…round up everyone who is totally alien to our way of life and culture and send them to a more suitable country…”
“Our government’s allowing the wear of this S**t is all about UK flattering to bloated rich Sheikhs of golf countries and emirates who have HUGE wealth and investment in the UK, to attract them into more investment, and to prove to them how tolerant people are in here towards ODDNESS. Neqab wearing is a harmful oddness, and its wearers need to stop.”
There were more offensive comments I could quote but I will refrain as these are bad enough. I’ve often talked to British friends about the racism inherent throughout the country and I’m repeatedly told it is just a small percentage of people and I’m being unfair to the British on the whole who are very tolerant of other cultures.
There is truth to this – I don’t suppose for one minute that everyone in the country holds the same views – but this is far from being a tiny minority view. I meet and mix with people far and wide and I’m afraid it is the minority who don’t hold these views to some extent or other.
British History re-written
What doesn’t help is that we’ve re-written history in order to believe such nonsense. It was the colonial British who began the job of presenting ourselves as a ‘pure breed’ destined to rule less civilised people (i.e. Asia and Africa) who should aspire to be like us even in their own countries.
It is no coincidence that the British Empire dismantled after the second world war. Hitler threw a mirror up at our faces and we didn’t like the ugliness we saw. We looked uncomfortably like him.
Yet we still wanted the riches places like India had given us for three hundred years and so we offered them friendship and the offer of work in the UK. We had told them for centuries that they were British subjects and now we said they could be British citizens instead. We did this – Asians didn’t assume they could come to the UK. They just trusted us – foolishly, I think, considering the British repeatedly showed they couldn’t be trusted during the Raj – and came with our invitation into our open ports. Instantly, white British people rejected these Asians but Asians were used to suffering and they had invested too much in coming over to turn round now. The Asians stayed and survived by keeping their own close-knit communities. Very quickly, the British public forgot we invited them over and that we had used these people for a long time. Of course we forgot! India is, after all, so very far away.
Mongrels and Globish
The British have never been a ‘pure breed’. Thank God. I think it is one of our greatest strengths and the crime is that we’re doing so much to deny it. We’re made up of Celts, Saxons, Angles, Romans, Vikings and – for three hundred years our rulers – the French. We’re a mongrel race and that’s no bad thing. Indeed our language is so complex because it is a complete mishmash of other languages and cultures.
English was, for a long time, the subjugated language – French and Latin were the only acceptable educated and legal languages – but the common people kept fighting for it and the language grew and developed, incorporating all languages it encountered. The acceptance of incorporating and ‘inventing’ new words is best demonstrated through Shakespeare who created hundreds of words we now use daily which didn’t exist in his time to expand the language. No one found any problem with this because the lie that there is a fixed ‘grammar’ to English hadn’t been enforced by the elite. Indeed, Shakespeare himself, never spelt his name the same way twice and none of the signatures we have on record are spelt the way we spell his name now. The language adapts.
The result – in part, but not wholly, through the British Empire – is that ‘Globish’ is the language of the world and this is a wonderful thing for trade, development and world peace. It’s not wonderful because it is ‘British’. It’s wonderful because it is a single language which historically has always accommodated other languages to survive and can be adapted by each country to make their own – as the Americans have done so successfully. It doesn’t belong to us; it belongs to everyone.
So a the British public today are under an illusion when they think Britain has ever been an homogeneous collective of like language, social rites and culture. The British seem stuck in a lie first perpetuated by the Victorians and have forgotten that the British invited the Asian community back when we were ‘prepared’ to accept those we formerly ruled as British citizens (or at least pretend to).
If we have anything great in us, it is that we have swallowed up the rites, rituals and customs of those who come from afar. Our Christmas trees are German – indeed, our whole Royal family is! Almost all our favourite ‘Great British Takeaway’ food comes from other countries. Our language is not ours and we really don’t have much of a cultural identity which all of us can say for certain came from these shores and nowhere else.
And nor should we try.
The Muslim Problem
Yet, we hate the Muslim women who choose not to dress ‘like us’ – something which is also a lie. When white British people wear sarongs or Hawaii style shirts or even sometimes girls will dress ‘exotically’ and wear sarees, it’s all part of the fun of the freedom the Brits enjoy in a culture that no longer has social taboos about clothes. Yet, when a Muslim woman chooses to wear the hijab or purdah or other forms of veiling, this is…’distasteful’.
Muslim veils are too ‘other’ for our tastes. We make excuses why they should be banned. Like all good lies, this one has some basis for truth: there are situations where a woman needs to be unveiled and I do think it is reasonable in a court of law for this to happen at least in some circumstances. While the biggest concern ‘officially’ is the full veil which hides all but the eyes (and even the eyes in extreme cases) really, any headgear is objectionable to the British. It all represents too much ‘otherness’. We like to invent situations why veils shouldn’t be worn – courts, schools, airports and so on – and extend the argument (which are not all necessarily valid) to a ‘general rule’ which goes way beyond genuine issues and becomes dictatorial imposition.
The Dictatorship of ‘Nanny’
While some of you reading may be thinking the veil will never been banned or that I’m exaggerating the situation, I’m quite certain I’m not and predict that just as France has banned it so Britain is highly likely to follow suit.
The more liberal-minded tell me it is simply to liberate women from the oppression of Islam and that Muslim women are desperate to be free of their yoke.
Yet again, I say, ‘Nanny’ is dictating what is the best possible ‘good’ on behalf of others. We really haven’t changed much since the Empire. Our conscience may have told us we can’t rule the earth but our hearts still tell us it would be better if we did.
Change should come from within – not be imposed from above
Again, like all good lies, there is some truth. No one can sensibly insist there is no abuse of women in Islamic societies. Like all societies – religious or not – women and children will suffer abuse where men can get away with it. But we’re forgetting that the overwhelming majority of Muslim women choose to wear the veil or not to wear it. All the women I know who wear veils do so from their own religious beliefs and not because they have had it imposed by their husbands as the white British public tend to believe.
Where there is abuse, it needs to be dealt with from inside – by Muslims themselves. And it is happening. The recent waves of revolution which swept North Africa and led us to the Syrian crisis now are good indications that Muslims think for themselves just like White westerners do and they really don’t need our help thank you very much. As Gandhi says in the film when the British ask what about all the problems which will arise when the British leave India.
At least they will be our problems, he says – and he was right.
The tiny number of situations where a veil might cause an issue aside, to blanket ban veils in public is simply another way of saying “Muslims go home” – perhaps the Government will put that on the side of a van soon too?
The Hidden Rascism
You don’t need to belong to UKip or the British Nationalist Party to be a racist; just be afraid of your neighbour’s religion and culture and disapprove. Tell yourself they should follow our culture (which doesn’t exist) and try to ‘fit in’ (which they will never do) despite the fact you would never dream of saying that to your white friend who is a Buddhist, or the Goth teenager down the road or, these days, the cross-dresser living opposite.
No, only your fundamentalist, terrorist Asian living next door, living off benefits falsely and plotting their next bomb attack need to be made to fit in properly. And how do you know your neighbours are like this?
Easy. The women are forced to wear veils. It’s a dead give away.
Some have commented it is disgusting. Reading those comments, I can’t help but agree but, as you can probably tell from this rant, for completely different reasons.
Since writing this I’ve just read that the Romanian Ambassador to the UK has attacked UKip for the increasing racism in the country. The comments made at the bottom of the report make for eye-opening reading. Below are several related reports which I recommend you read through to the bottom and look at how people are reacting if you still think the UK is racially tolerant.
Recommended Reading (for the comments):
Special report: The punishment was death by stoning. The crime? Having a mobile phone (this is also a very badly written report by the Independent and clearly biased against Islam. The comments that follow are a tirade of racist abuse)