Tuesday 25 October 2016

Burka ban makes sense. Burkini? Not so much

Published 28/08/2016 | 02:30

Anyone who has ever walked down a street in England, France or Holland will probably have been struck by prevalence of the burka.

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The first time I went to Holland, they were virtually non-existent. The last time I visited that fine country, they were everywhere.

The burka has no place in civilised society.

Its defenders say that it is merely a statement of belief but the problem is that those beliefs are utterly anathema to Western values.

Putting a bin liner over a woman and forcing her to walk around dressed like a character from Pacman is not something which should be encouraged.

We wouldn't expect white separatists to walk down the street in a KKK outfit - there's no difference, in my eyes, between a hood and a burka.

But a burkini?

It doesn't matter what side of the political aisle you sit, the sight of armed French police telling a woman to uncover herself on a beach in Nice was both ridiculous and worrying.

The burka is unacceptable because, in our culture, we expect to see someone's face when we deal with them.

The burkini, on the other hand, merely covers the body, not the face. So what's the problem?

This is part of the single biggest issue facing Europe and the French have just scored a massive own goal.

The burka signifies a refusal to integrate and a contempt for the host country.

The burkini, on the other hand, is merely a sign of religious modesty and, while we may not share that sentiment, we can at least respect it. The line in the sand has to be attire which covers the face. There should be no compromise. But if a woman wants to cover her arms and legs when at the beach, that's her business and nobody else's.

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