Boris and the Burka

Aug 12, 2018 by

The comments by the former Foreign Secretary have generated a huge amount of reaction, with accusations of cultural insensitivity, even racism, and questions about the kind of society we want to live in, and the nature of the headgear. Is it a symbol of the separation of the sexes, even the oppression of women? Some say it’s simply an expression of personal spirituality, to be celebrated as part of our diversity; others (including Boris Johnson) that it is divisive; comical perhaps, but also sinister. Should we view it as a visual missionary tract and revolutionary flag, symbolizing the submission to Allah which (according to its wearers) we should all adopt?

Newer items at the top:

Anglican Unscripted – Banning the burka?

And the winner of the BoJo Inverted Pyramid of Piffle award is . . . by Gary Oliver, TCW

Boris and the Burqa by Carl R Trueman, First Things

Boris Johnson is a victim of the modern inquisition by Brendan O’Neill, Spectator

Anti-Brexit bishops jump on Boris burqa bandwagon by Archbishop Cranmer

Burka Brawl: Britain Finally Standing Up to Islamism? by Raheem Kassam, American Spectator

Boris, speak for England by Raheem Kassam, Daily Caller

Don’t ban Boris… ban the burka! by Allison Pearson, Telegraph

It’s not just about Boris – virtue-signalling from all sides is damaging political discourse by Kate Andrews, City AM

Questions from Is the BBC Biased blogspot

Boris Johnson’s ‘inappropriate’ jokes about Muslim women are harmful, says Bishop of Bradford by Adam Beckett, Church Times

Boris Johnson must face full inquiry, Muslim leaders tell May by Dan Sabbagh, Guardian

Drawing a veil over the incident by Paul Goodman, Conservative Home

Taj Hargey interview: ‘The burka is a fifth column… we will wake in the Islamic Republic of Britain’, Sunday Times

Round-up from Conservative Home:

When humour dare not show its face by Julie Lynn, TCW

Time to ban the burka? You say YES, The Conservative Woman

Burka row: Theresa May faces furious grassroots and donors backlash over ‘malevolent’ decision to discipline Boris Johnson, Telegraph

Bishop calls for burka ban: Pakistani-born Church of England cleric voices support for outlawing veil in public by Jonathan Petre, Mailonline

The row over the burka reveals just how idiotic the political class has become by Charles Moore, Telegraph (£)

What happened to Je Suis Charlie, Prime Minister? by Gavin Mortimer, Spectator

Face up to it – the burqa should be banned by Laura Perrins, TCW

Forget burkas – Christianity’s the faith that is really under siege by Peter Hitchens, Mail on Sunday

Letterbox-gate: who said it first – Boris or the Guardian? by Steerpike, Spectator

Who’s really racist – Boris or his critics? by Brendan O’Neill, spiked

Oxford Imam sides with Boris Johnson and calls burkas ‘hideous, ninja-like garments’, Oxford Mail

Critiquing Islamist fundamentalist practice is not an ‘attack on Muslim women’ by Munira Mirza, Conservative Home

No, Ruth Davidson: the burqa is a world away from a crucifix by Archbishop Cranmer

Boris’s burqa-bashing is not ‘Islamophobic’ by Frank Myers, Spiked

Sky Data poll: Comparing women who wear burkas to bank robbers ‘not racist’, Yahoo News

Boris Johnson and the liberal criticism of Islam by Brendan O’Neill, Spectator

As a Muslim, I strongly support the right to ban the veil by Qanta Ahmed, Spectator

“Difficult, and often embarrassing, conversations” by Paul Goodman, Conservative Home

BoJo, the burqa and the Left’s blatant double standards by Gary Oliver, The Conservative Woman

The countries around the world that have banned the burka, Mailonline


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