posted on Aug, 10 2010 @ 04:30 PM
Richard Dawkins Likens Burqas To Trash Bags, Speaks Of 'Visceral Revulsion' To Islamic Veils
What a charming man.
I'm all for free speech but what happened to social tact? This seems to have been sacrificed at the expense of the former. My opinion? It's
sometimes just a good excuse to be rude.
Outspoken British academic Richard Dawkins has sparked outrage by likening the burqa to a "full bin liner." [The British phrase for trash
In an interview with the Radio Times, the 69-year-old author and evolutionary biologist reportedly said he is filled with "visceral revulsion"
when he sees Muslim women wearing the traditional, face-covering Islamic veils.
Yet Dawkins, well known as a prominent defender of atheism, stopped short of advocating a burqa ban.
I'm not a big fan of fundamentalist anything, and that goes for fundamentalist atheism too. These are some needless inflammatory statements that he
could easily have kept behind closed doors.
"As a liberal, I would hesitate to propose a blanket ban on any style of dress because of the implications of individual liberty and freedom of
choice," he told the Daily Mail after making his initial remarks.
That's awful nice of you Mr Dawkins... as a liberal. However your nasty comment will be jumped upon by anyone wishing for an outright ban, as you
Personally I do not in anyway agree with a ban on the burqa, and the mere suggestion of banning an item of clothing in this day and age really pisses
me off. It is not even illegal to wear a full Nazi uniform, just to put some perspective on the matter.
For women's rights? Bull...! How are we improving the rights of any member of society by removing their ability to wear a certain item of dress in
public? Some women choose to wear the full Islamic dress, it does not say you have to in the Quran, so they are not being forced by religious leaders.
Some, a small percentage, may be forced by their husbands, and if a ban is in place will most likely therefore be forced to stay home. So we would not
be helping these members of the community either.
For security? Bull...! Show me the stats that prove crimes are being committed in burqas? Burqa wearing Muslims are a very very
percentage of society.
Anyway contrasting views are always welcome, but please no needless bashing of Atheists or Muslims.