sparked a major debate in the UK on whether or not the full veil known as
the hijab should or should not be worn in public. In this article I will
look into the pros and cons in this argument beginning with why the veil
should not be worn in public in the UK.
There is an argument that says that for generations in England, women have
fought for full equality. The veil is an outward and visible sign of the
subservience of women in the more conservative male dominated muslim sects.
As such it is unacceptable to the host community which is still
predominantly liberal, tolerant and Christian. It is only a small step from
the veil to hanging women for adultery. This is not a Muslim state and will
never be one. The old adage "when in Rome do what the Romans do" can easily
At the end of the day this is England where everybody should follow the
English way. When you speak to a person you should give them eye contact and
how can you do that when you can't see their face. What about face to face
contact when you can not see somebody's face. Whilst any person lives in
England you follow the tradition's and culture of England. Like it or move
The other side of the coin in this debate centres on Britain being a multi
culturalist society and we should respect and welcome the traditions of
other religions in this country.
We believe in
the right of freedom of expression so it should be perfectly acceptable for
a muslim woman to wear the hijab whenever and wherever she likes if she is
not hurting other people.
How on earth can the veil make you feel uncomfortable?. You can see her eyes
and hear her voice what more do you need to see. Women who prance around
'half naked' wearing vest tops, bra tops and bikini tops are the ones who
offend and make other people uncomfortable. That compared to the veil is
nothing. The veil is a good thing and nothing bad comes from it as result
from wearing it.
I have looked at both sides of this debate and written about many of the
sensitive issues involved. I will now express my own conclusions on the
I think there are a lot of different groups who get up in arms over things
instead of trying to understand why the problem has arisen in the first
place. As far as I understand Jack Straw is not commanding the women of
Blackburn to take off their veils. he has asked politely, its their choice
if they want to or not.
If muslims believe that women should cover their face then let them. Its a
belief and as a multi cultural society we should accept that.
When someone notes that those who hide their faces might find it difficult
to integrate. This comment should not be a cause for outrage but
understanding. Why do people find it difficult to talk to someone who covers
their face? Why should not seeing who you are talking to make you uneasy.
Jack Straw has opened an interesting debate, the best outcome can only come
from seeing why it has been said in the first place instead of getting
outraged and setting up defences