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The Burqa: Religious Freedom, or Religious Oppression?

Harry Richardson

Harry Richardson is a long-time student of Islam and author of best seller, "the Story Of Mohammed - Islam Unveiled', http://thestoryofmohammed.blogspot.com.au

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In an article in Queensland’s Courier Mail yesterday (7/10/14), Paul Syvret took Senator Cory Bernardi to task. He implied that Bernardi was being hypocritical for supporting free speech, whilst being against the freedom to wear a religious face covering.

[For convenience, I will refer to this covering as a Hijab. According to Dr Raihan Ismail, who is a lecturer in Middle East Politics and Islamic Studies at the Australian National University, “Hijab is also a general term referring to the practice of wearing veils of all kinds”.]

I felt that Mr Syvret was missing an important feature of freedom which seems to be little understood in today’s climate of general moral fuzziness. I don’t want to get bogged down in the burqa debate, but I feel this point is the key to understanding the whole issue.

The point is, THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS ABSOLUTE FREEDOM.

For example, a smoker and a non-smoker can’t both be free in the same railway carriage. Giving someone the freedom to keep slaves does not make him a champion of freedom.

I could go on, but I think you get the point.

What people seemed to understand more clearly in the old days (and I’m not that old) was that the aim of a decent society should be to create the maximum  freedom possible, even if this means restricting freedom in some situations.

The prison system restricts the freedom of thousands of criminals, but allows millions of us the freedom to walk the streets and to retain our property. Traffic laws restrict our driving behaviour, but give us the freedom to travel in safety.

When we approach an issue of freedom, it is important to frame it in these terms, in order to understand the issue clearly.

If we go back to the hijab issue, you may remember a few years ago, Sheikh Taj El-Din Hamid Hilaly made comments which suggested that women who were not wearing a hijab, were to blame if they were raped.

The Sheikh was not just some random Muslim, spouting off at a barbeque, he was the Grand Mufti of Australia and New Zealand at that time and the comments were made during a Ramadan sermon.

Whilst his views surely don’t reflect those of every Muslim in Australia, it seems unlikely, given his position, that this is a minority viewpoint. Anyone who agrees with Hilaly, must by default believe that NO women should be free to walk in public without a hijab, under penalty of rape.

We can then apply the question, “Is allowing the hijab, increasing the overall freedom in our society, or restricting it?”

When we do apply this question, Senator Bernardi’s stance begins to look quite logical after all.



Comments

I recall an old political adage "For the greater good"
If I cannot walk into a bank wearing a Hijab, but by law must wear it when riding my motorcycle, there are two clear issues. The first is clearly for the greater (safety) good of the public in a bank, the second is a reasoned decision that my head is better protected in the event of an accident.
That aside, the Hijab, Burqa or whatever is a symbol of dominance (or female submission) which is totally contrary to our culture. (I haven't heard Gillard screaming misogynist invective about the Islamic culture

Senator Bernardi is correct. The Hijab and other ISLAMIC dress is a statement of ISLAM. Who knows who is under a Hijab? When a "radicalized Dingo" bowls into Myers and unleashes 30 rounds from an AK40. or in retaliation a Hijab dressed Australian Redneck blows a Mosque. Its not showing a leg that does it.......... the wankers. So just leave them to it and see what happens. I'm OK Yak, I live 3,000 kilometers away in Pig infested country!!

It is oppression, pure and simple! I am totally gob smacked by the hypocritical silence of the hand bag hit squadders! You know the ones, who screeched and moaned at Abbott when he looked at his watch, cheered when the then wicked witch in the Lodge made her famous ranting raving claims on misogyny! Where are they ref female circumcision, marriage of minors, forced marriage, forced fashion wear and stoning, honour killings etc, etc, etc?

As you know when men have too much to drink :
They talk a lot
Become highly emotional
Drive Badly
Become argumentative and like to fight
This is the reason I take my hat off to women …….. Because
They manage to do all this without drinking a thing.

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Husband was throwing knives at his wife’s picture.
All the knives were missing the target!
Suddenly he received a call from her "Hi, what are you doing?"
His honest reply, "MISSING YOU."

Thank you Harry, well said. In the minds of most of the main stream media, Cory Bernardi is a wicked wicked Conservative and must be discredited at all times, ignoring the fact that he is correct, but not PC correct.

Ahmed rides his bicycle thru his sharia paradise. He's only just traded his donkey for the bike . A gratuity of one goat to quell the imams protest ,there are no bicycles in the Koran, and life is now in the fast lane. His new wife ,twelve year old, first cousin Fatima sits on the back. He bargained a good price from his uncle. Three goats. Soon he will stop to pray and ask Allah to speed up his Aust asylum application. He will promise Allah if his asylum is allowed his wives and daughters will all wear the burka to remind him of this sharia paradise. His cousin Amal already in Aust told him the govt is trying to kick people off the dole so that they'll have enough money for Ahmed . It is a sign from Allah. Amal gets $3000 a week in welfare and he will show Ahmed how to get the money .

You're also on the Wanganui computer Bruce. I'm sure the powers that be know full well of your subversive influence.

A MESSAGE FROM PHILBO. A MEMBER OF THE TRUE RELIGION OF PEACE....HERE IS IT IS...........philbo 13 minutes ago
Grenade, I would rather gut you with a blunt rusty bayonette. With no respect Muzliumoscor.

I am wondering about the same thing as Derek. Have we got a spotter watching every bomb that is dropped and with calculator in hand adding up the cost? How ridiculous. As Derek mentioned, wars are costly and what is it about them reporting every bomb that is dropped? Next, if we get troops on the ground, they are going to need a requisition to monitor how many bullets they are using and for what purpose. The media has gone crazy.

I have a email depicting young kid shooting and watching the poor bugger getting their heads removed, after what I saw , I could not give a continental fuck what ABBOTTS says to look after the muslims , he did a good job for a while as did morrisson I sent the emails to S M and Barnaby not expecting any reply .

This will have the likes of Sea Patrol Sarah in fits of rage and frustration, fancy bombing some potential illegals. I can only guess at the kerfuffle if Australian bombs kill some innocents in one of these desert shitholes. The Left will be beside themselves in rage, all directed, of course, at our Prime Minister.

Yes good old google, Julian Assage - still stuck in the Ecuadoran embassy in London -lays out the facts about Google.
Its corporate motto may be "don't be evil", but it's sure working hard to cosy up with the State Department and NSA.
Video: http://www.brasschecktv.com/page/27262.html

Paul Syvret is a feverish champion of the left. He works for a dying newspaper. His future is uncertain. Cory Bernadi is a young senator with two children. He lives on a senator's pay packet with loads of perks. His future is assured. He is also a Liberal; in other words a perfect target (in every way) for Syvret's poison pen. Freedom has nothing to do with it.

Chinese Communist Billionaire flies in to the Gold Coast. Worth around 10 Billion Dollars. Wants to buy this and that...blah blah. My first question? How did you acquire 10 Billion Dollars in the first place? Not many years ago Communist China was a Basket Case. The Chinese spent 40 Billion dollars on real estate round the world in the last year with 75% PAYING CASH! ATO? Got your eyes closed again eh?

There are between 20 and 25 Million Kurds living in Turkey.
I know there are variations in the recent number of Kurdish refugees but seems 200,000 is about right.
For 9 years singing songs in Kurdish was banned in Turkey. The penalty could be and has been prison.
While reading up on the Kurds I realised I had forgotten about the PKK who were fighting an armed struggle within Turkey.
The people the West are defending have an ideology which was originally a fusion of revolutionary socialism and Kurdish nationalism, seeking the foundation of an independent, Marxist–Leninist state in the region known as Kurdistan.

So Turkeys choice at the moment is either support ISIL (do nothing?) or support the PKK who have waged a Civil War against Turkey.
I cannot see a happy ending here

well said .....

Memo to RAAF. Throw away your stupid Red Card system and start the killing.....

But did they have any fuses in them?

All this kerfuffle about what the RAAF is doing, did they drop a bomb, did they not etc. Vietnam was supposed to be the 'Media War' where every incident was covered and recorded by the media but I can't recall reading about every single time our Canberra bombers dropped a payload on Hanoi or Haipong.

I am sure BB is watching Bruce. Good, I am certainly not ashamed of what I post here on this site. I am passionate about Australia. Particularly re Muslims. Having come from the UK many moons ago. I remember only too well a certain Mr Enoch Powell and his predictions on the influx into the UK and it's future regarding Muslims.