…for Jack Straw’s opinion on the niqab? Who? Whoever it was who asked him to pontificate on a matter that is none of his concern seriously needs his head tested. Quite frankly, Mr. Straw, I, and I daresay many other niqabis, could not possibly give two flying doves whether you insist that you do “not want to be “prescriptive” of Muslim women’s dress,” and at the same time “would rather the veils be discarded completely” and that you think the increasing trend towards covering facial features was “bound to make better, positive relations between the two communities more difficult.” Its the lack of tolerance for garb, culture, and religions different from your own that makes relations more difficult. You empire builders, you.
And we apparently have our very own apologist in tarnished armor, Dr. Daud Abdullah, of the Muslim Council of Britain, who apparently finds affinity with the enlightened and freedom-loving Mr Straw: “This [the veil] does cause some discomfort to non-Muslims. One can understand this,” he said, adding that Muslim opinion was divided on the wearing of the veil. Divide this, Dr. Abdullah: When we feel uncomfortable about people leaving their homes with their underwear and nightwear as “modern-day fashion,” doesn’t everyone tell us to get over it? Well, we’ve gotten over it. Now, maybe you need to help Mr. Straw find a way to get over the niqab. Give it a shot, Mr. Straw; its really not that difficult to be tolerant. Try it someday. You may learn to like it, although perhaps not as well as your forefathers enjoyed looting the East of the Kooh i Noor.