Mark Reynolds | Daily Express | Wednesday June 24,2009
BRITAIN should stop women wearing the body-concealing burkha, both Muslims and non-Muslims said yesterday.
They were backing French President Nicolas Sarkozy’s call for Muslim women to be freed from being “prisoners behind a screen”.
Moderate Muslims in Britain supported the move here, pointing out that the burkha had no justification in Islamic teachings.
Ghaffar Hussain, of the anti-extremist think-tank Quilliam, said that while not in favour of an outright ban, there was nothing on religious grounds that justified women having to wear burkhas.
The think tank said that people should be allowed to wear what they wanted.
But the arguments for wearing burkhas were bogus.
Mr Hussain said: “There is nothing in the Koran that says you have to wear a burkha. It’s a cultural thing. To wear a burkha in modern Britain is not essential from any Islamic point of view.
And a rejoinder from burqa fetishists, ENGAGE…
The niqab and burqa debate sparked off by Nicolas Sarkozy’s comments on Monday continues apace in today’s papers.
The Daily Express informs us that both Muslims and non – Muslims want Britain to ban the burqa. Their sources of authoritative commentary? Among others, the rabid neo-con Douglas Murray and Ghaffar Hussain of the Quilliam Foundation. What a surprise.